Personal Enrichment

Programs Overview

Close to several major metropolitan areas, Fairfield University is a natural hub for intellectual and cultural activity, attracting distinguished teachers and speakers from around the country and the world. With such an engaging learning environment, students of all ages come to us from a broad range of backgrounds and interests to pursue personal enrichment. You can:

  • Learn for a Lifetime. Explore the world of arts and humanities by auditing a wide spectrum of undergraduate courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters. This program is available for the intellectually curious over the age of 50. Spring Open House to select courses to audit during the spring semester will be held in the Kelley Center Lobby from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019For more information contact Elizabeth Hastings  at
  • Be part of the Irish language renaissance!  The heart and soul of any people is in their language and is the key to understanding their history and way of thinking. Introduction to Irish Language will be offered. For more information and to register for the class, please email Elizabeth Hastings at
  • Enjoy our Manhattan Art Tour. Meet artists, visit galleries, and see museum exhibits to gain greater insights  as you explore the ever-changing, innovative and exciting art scene in New York City during the spring and fall semesters. For more information contact Elizabeth Hastings  at
  • Inspire The Writer Within and attend the Summer Writers Conference. Learn from award-winning faculty on the scenic and inspirational Enders Island off Mystic, CT between July 19 - 23, 2019. For more information contact Elizabeth Hastings  at
  • Au Pair Program - Audit one or two undergraduate courses, on a space available basis, during the fall, spring or summer semesters! Spring 2019 Open House for Au Pairs to select and register to audit spring courses will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Kelley Center Lobby from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Elizabeth Hastings at
  • Satisfy your intellectual curiosity through The Inspired Writer: The Distinguished Author Series and meet renowned, contemporary writers.
  • Attend the Open VISIONS Forum, featuring nationally recognized speakers. With more than a decade of hosting some of the premiere names in art, music, literature, politics, and modern culture, the Open VISIONS Forum offers programs that engage and enlighten.
  • Courses for Personal and Professional enrichment: To expand your knowledge in a wide range of subject areas - in the arts and sciences, business, engineering or nursing - take a course at Fairfield and inspire your life. Review our courses and convenient schedules.

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Manhattan Art Tour

Explore Manhattan's Art Scene this Spring!

Spring 2019 dates will be announced shortly.

Visit Manhattan’s ever changing art and design scene with stops at historic, trend-setting and avant garde exhibits at known and lesser known venues in neighborhoods all around New York City.

Heidi Murphy, Julie Stevenson and Kim Troy, for many years past participants of the program and passionate art enthusiasts, will guide you on a semester experience that will leave you with new ideas, inspiration and friends from all around the tri-state region.  The course is designed for the novice as well as the experienced art and design enthusiast. There is no homework and there are no prerequisites other than an open mind and thoughtful presence.

We meet on four alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays with each session consisting of morning and afternoon talks and/or tours led by in-house gallery, museum and atelier experts. An hour break in-between for a “dutch” lunch at a neighborhood restaurant is a favorite time to catchup and digest the days experience.  Join us!

Classes typically run 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and meet at the first stop on the itinerary or at the clock in Grand Central depending on the day’s targeted neighborhood.  Detailed information is released 2 weeks prior to the first tour date.  A complete schedule will be sent 2 weeks prior to the first tour date. 

Tuition cost: $360.  Please visit to register and pay online for either the Wednesday or Thursday Fall tours.

For further information and to be put on the mailing list, contact Elizabeth Hastings at

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