Study Abroad

International Economics is a major focus of our research and teaching, and we encourage our students to study abroad to gain a better understanding of the topics we cover at Dartmouth.

Undergraduate Student Immersion Program


This course provides students with a background into the topic of study and uses class time to prepare for the research to be done off-campus, including time for orientation to prepare students to travel and live off-campus. In addition, these student-driven research projects will provide students with an opportunity to build teamwork, leadership and communication skills, as well as provide them with research experience. Usually offered in Fall terms.

Fall 2015 Course Offerings

Section 1 – Inclusive Growth In Peru – Professor Diego Comin

Peru is one of the fastest growing economies and also one of the most unequal. The Peru immersion intends to study in depth ways to make growth sustainable while achieving a reduction in inequality. Even more relevant than this theme is the way we will address it. The backbone of the course is 5 carefully designed projects that students will be assigned to. While on campus, students will work on the projects and actively participate in discussions on issues relevant for the immersion. Projects will typically have a local partner that will help in the implementation once we’re in the field. In addition to providing a unique perspective on the immersion’s theme, the execution of the projects will allow us to have a local impact.

For more information, see Dartmouth’s Off-Campus Programs listing.

Section 2 – The Transition of Poland to a Market Economy – Professor Elisabeth Curtis

Most economics courses taught in the US heavily emphasize the efficiency of markets and how individual decision-making, in freely functioning markets, can be modeled and understood. But there are a number of countries around the world whose economic organization is NOT mainly guided by markets; some of these economies remain partially controlled, or planned, where property and the means of production are formally government-owned and prices are centrally determined. This history of central planning has influenced the development of markets in much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; some economies have fully transitioned from planning to markets, while some lag significantly behind. In this class, students will study the history of the centrally-planned economic system and how it influenced economic development in Poland and we learn how Poland’s economy has transitioned to a market-oriented economy. For more information, see Dartmouth’s Off-Campus Programs listing.

Undergraduate Student Exchange Program

Bocconi University: Milan, Italy

When Dartmouth students spend a term at Bocconi University, they improve their understanding of the topics taught in Dartmouth Economics and benefit from the experience of a small, urban university in a country with a social and economic system much different from their own.

Dartmouth students become fully affiliated members of Bocconi University with complete access to libraries, lectures, seminars and other facilities. Similarly, Bocconi students coming to Dartmouth will experience an environment much different from their own institution and will have complete access to Dartmouth facilities. Both institutions benefit from the exchange’s cross-fertilization process.

Learn more about the Bocconi Exchange Program.

Oxford Student Exchange Program

Oxford University: Oxford, United Kingdom

Each fall, winter, and spring, a maximum of four Dartmouth students can attend Keble College of Oxford University in an exchange that primarily serves Government and Economics majors. As fully-integrated members of the Oxford community, students take pre-approved courses in the British tutorial system that count toward their major. The experience offers Dartmouth students the opportunity to live in Oxford dorms and to have complete access to libraries, sports, facilities, and lectures.

Learn more about the Oxford Exchange Program.