Russian & East European Studies Fairfield University's Ties with Russia and Eastern Europe

Fairfield University has strong ties to five universities in northwest Russia (Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Pomor University in Arkhangelsk, Kant University in Kaliningrad, Cherepovets University in Cherepovets and the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance). The university is also linked to a variety of programs that allow for an expansion of relations between Russia, Eastern Europe, and Fairfield University.

Fairfield University has hosted the Russian-American Bankers' Forum, and the Dolan School of Business is engaged in a series of training programs and internships for Russian bankers and businessmen.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international nonprofit organization which specializes in education, independent media, internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, N. Africa, and Asia. The Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program is part of IREX and sends first-, second-, and third-year undergraduates from countries throughout Eastern Europe to study in the U.S. for an academic year. For the past eight years, Fairfield has hosted students from this program.

Fairfield is a partner of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) which provides junior university faculty from Eurasia with the opportunity to attend classes, do research, and develop new curricular materials to be implemented in their home institutions. It also enables these scholars to enhance their teaching skills and to expand their fields of study. Fairfield has hosted scholars from Russia, the Newly Independent States, and Southeastern and Central Europe each year since 1999.