When you arrive in Dartmouth for the semester, you will have the opportunity to attend academic advising sessions, consult course catalogs and discuss your options with academic advisors. Graduate students will do this in their departments; undergraduate students will do this in special group sessions or in the Academic Advising Center. The International Student & Scholar Center cannot help you select courses or even explain academic requirements except in the most general terms.
As international students, you are expected to maintain full-time enrollment to keep your F-1 or J-1 visa in legal status. For undergraduates and Law School students, this means a minimum of 12 credits a semester.
Graduate students must carry a minimum of nine credits. For additional information see Graduate Admissions.
You must take certain courses to fulfill departmental/graduation requirements. But as your schedule permits, like other students you may take any course the university offers as long as you have the necessary background and there is sufficient space in the class (most classes have a maximum number of students).
There are a few circumstances where international students may request permission to reduce their course load. This must be discussed with the International Student & Scholar Center before the student has withdrawn from a class.