Dartmouth-Greenland Off-Term Opportunity

Dartmouth to Greenland

Study at Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland)! Our Dartmouth-Greenland off-term opportunity remains at the heart of our commitment to expanding mutual understanding between Dartmouth and Greenland.

Apply for the rewarding opportunity to understand the Arctic and learn from the University of Greenland's faculty and students in Nuuk. The rapid changes taking place in Greenland due to climate change have ramifications for the country's economic, environmental, political and cultural institutions. For students interested in environmental or Arctic studies, anthropology, linguistics, international studies or political science, studying at the University of Greenland offers an indepth analysis of issues from a different cultural perspective.

Classes at Ilisimatusarfik typically are taught in Danish and Greenlandic, but a growing number are taught in English, primarily in the social and political sciences. Courses in English have included Greenland's international role; hunting and fisheries; international law; and 21st century conflicts. The courses offered in Fall 2021 have not yet been listed.

Greenland is on a semester system, and classes generally start in early September and run into December, but they also offer short courses that start later or end earlier. Dartmouth students are encouraged to view this as a leave term opportunity since it is an informal study abroad program through the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. At Ilisimatusarfik, Dartmouth students typically enroll in two courses and conduct research for an independent study to be completed in a later term at Dartmouth (requires faculty approval).

Travel between Dartmouth and Greenland, housing, a food allowance, and fees are covered by the Institute of Arctic Studies and University of Greenland. Visiting students live in shared housing provided by the University in Nuuk.

We remain hopeful that we will be able to send a Dartmouth student to Greenland during the Fall 2021 term. Our ability to do so will depend upon several factors which include COVID-19 positivity rates, vaccination programs in the U.S. and Greenland, a lifting of international travel restrictions, and guidance issued by governmental agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, as well as from other sources such as International SOS, Dartmouth's travel assistance provider. Dartmouth College and the Dickey Center Staff are actively monitoring this situation. 

For more information about the program, email Arctic Program Coordinator, Natalie at natalie.stephenson@dartmouth.edu. For Fall 2021, applicants must fill out a Dartmouth application AND an application with Ilisimatusarfik by May 1, 2021. Interested candidates MUST be in contact with Natalie prior to applying.

Greenland to Dartmouth

Each year the Institute of Arctic Studies hosts one or two students from Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) for the Spring term. Students participate in two courses and contribute to broadening the campus perspective on climate change, Inuit culture, and Greenlandic history and politics. Greenland is experiencing first hand the effects of global climate change, and Dartmouth has developed a significant scientificeducational, and policy-development relationship with Greenlandic institutions.