American University of Kuwait

The Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program

Kerry Laufer, Deputy Director
44 North College Street Street, Suite 6125
Hanover, NH
Phone: (603) 646-9671


Dartmouth's only off-campus program in the Arabian Peninsula offers students a unique opportunity to experience Kuwait's vibrant culture while interning or studying at AUK.

Dartmouth and the American University of Kuwait (AUK) signed an agreement in 2003 that has facilitated a series of advisory, consultative, and cooperative projects. The agreement has been renewed every five years since then and reflects the two institutions' commitment to sustain the superb liberal arts education AUK provides and foster cross-cultural collaborations between faculty, students, and staff at both universities.  

The application deadline for 2023-2024 opportunities is February 1, 2023. Open to all majors.

Funded Leave-Term Internships

The Internship program allows Dartmouth students to gain professional experience in an international location while contributing to the development of a liberal arts university in a key part of the world. Up to four interns are selected each year through a competitive application process. Internships are approximately 9 weeks and take place in the Fall or Spring term.

Past interns have worked at AUK in the Gulf Studies Program, the Economics Department, the Office of Student Life, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Computer Science Department, the Intensive English Program, and more.

Interns receive a stipend of $4000 to cover transportation to and from Kuwait, meals, and incidentals. Lodging is provided by AUK in apartments within walking distance of the campus.

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For-Credit Exchange

Two Dartmouth undergraduates annually can register for classes at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) in Salmiya, Kuwait. The program is offered in the Fall term only, and participating students are in Kuwait for approximately 12 weeks.  Classes are taught in English, and students typically choose four courses in the AUK semester system.

AUK offers courses in 16 majors across three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Business and Economics. Some courses Dartmouth students have taken at AUK include: International Relations of Arab States, History and Politics of Kuwait, Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization, Music of the Arabian Peninsula, and Arabic language courses.

Students pay tuition and service fees to Dartmouth and pay directly for their lodging. The cost of transportation to and from Kuwait, as well as the cost of local transportation, books, spending money and food is the responsibility of the student.

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