The road less traveled is getting harder to find, as more and more undergrads beat a path around the world as part of their studies. Last year 674 students participated in 57 off-campus academic programs, including foreign study programs (FSPs), language study abroads (LSAs) and Dartmouth exchange options. Students return with new friends, lasting memories and—thanks to the ubiquity of smart phones, GoPros and digital cameras—photos. Lots of them.
Since 2012 the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, which oversees Dartmouth’s off-campus programs, has invited students to showcase their images from abroad and compete for cash prizes. The competition “serves as a nice way for students to reflect on their academic and out-of-classroom experiences,” says executive director John Tansey. “It also affords an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the variety of remarkable experiences available.” For the 2016 competition, 38 students submitted 82 photos in four categories: nature and physical landscape, people and community, academic engagement, and urban and architecture. The photos were displayed last spring at Collis Common Ground, where faculty, students and staff could vote for their favorites. Here’s a small selection.