International Presence at Fairfield University

Study Abroad at Fairfield

sa_galway_galen_vinter_09In addition to study abroad partnerships with other schools, Fairfield University offers its own semester and year-long study abroad options:

  • Florence and Syracuse, Italy. Students in the Florence program take courses at Florence University of the Arts, and those in the Syracuse program attend the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences.
  • Galway, Ireland. Students who opt for Galway may study arts, business, humanities, nursing, and sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a distinguished 150-year-old university.
  • Brisbane, Australia. The program in Brisbane is offered at Australian Catholic University, a highly regarded public university offering courses in social sciences, business, information technology, philosophy, theology, Australian studies, and other branches of the liberal arts.
  • Managua, Nicaragua. Students who study in Managua attend Universidad Centroamericana, a Jesuit university offering a wide array of courses in the liberal arts, sciences, and business, as well as Latin American Studies.

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Fairfield's Partnership with The Beijing Center in China

Through a partnership with The Beijing Center, a Jesuit consortium program for study in China, Fairfield University regularly sends students to study at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Many of these students are winners of $5,000 Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, which help defray the costs of a semester-long study. This spring marks the sixth semester in a row that Fairfield University has sent students to China on the Freeman-ASIA scholarship.

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Fairfield's Partnership with the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua

In the summer of 2004, Fairfield University announced a five-year collaborative partnership with a sister-Jesuit university, the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua. The agreement provides opportunities for scholarly collaborations, service learning opportunities, faculty/student exchanges, and curricular projects. It gives Fairfield the opportunity to define its mission in Latin and Central America while having its mission at home influenced and defined through the various cooperative activities.

Since 2004, both Jesuit institutions have worked together conducting field research in environmental sciences, support UCA at a graduate level, focusing on professional development for UCA faculty, and exploring student exchange opportunities. From May 5-9, 2009, a Fairfield delegation visited UCA in Managua. 

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Fairfield's Affiliation with St. Petersburg, Russia and Former Soviet Nations Programs

  • A cooperative institutional relationship between Fairfield University and Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg was initiated in 1994. Building on that partnership, Fairfield received a nearly $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to host 12 Russian university professors from four universities over the past three years, to increase their understanding of American culture and train them in different teaching methods. Over four semesters, the professors spent a semester each at Fairfield University, learning about American culture and American teaching methods and sharing their experiences with Fairfield's students.
  • For the past six years, Fairfield has been among the host schools for professors from former Soviet nations brought to the United States by Junior Faculty Development Program, which is also funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. That program, which is administered by the American Councils for International Education, pays for professors from the former Soviet Union who have not yet received the Russian equivalent of a doctoral degree, to study at American universities.
  • In 2003, Fairfield University became the first university in the United States to partner with Russia's most prestigious university of economics, finance and business. The St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (FINEC) has deep roots in Russian history, having evolved from its role as the National Bank of Russia during the Tsarist period and the State Planning Agency's Economic and Banking Institute during the Soviet period. Its more famous alumni include several high-level aides to President Vladimir Putin; the head of Gasprom, Russia's gas giant; and Anatoly Chubais, who was an economic advisor to Boris Yeltsin.

Fairfield Fulbrights

Fairfield University students has been very successful in garnering Fulbright Grants, which fund students to go abroad for one year after graduation to engage in independent research, study and work. The most prestigious scholarship awarded by the U.S. government, the Fulbright scholarship was developed to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. 55 Fairfield University students have been awarded Fulbrights since 1993. With four winners, Fairfield ranked number one among universities that grant master's degrees, in the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced 2004-05 U.S. Fulbright Fellows.

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Fairfield & Brazil

Fairfield University is part of a four-university consortium that brings students from the United States and Brazil together to study environmental problems in both a global and North-South context. The joint program is funded by a $200,000 grant from The Foundation for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.