Fairfield's study abroad programs are designed to take students out of their comfort zone and expose them to new cultures and a wealth of new learning opportunities.
Fairfield University's Office of Study Abroad offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities for students including semester, year, summer and faculty-led options.
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, is the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. While Galway’s economy and population continue to grow, it remains a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Eyre Square, the city’s center, is ringed by streets full of shops, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting.
The Galway semester runs from January-May. Upon return, students complete a medication and skills review, enroll in a 6-week medical-surgical summer course on campus from mid-May to mid-July, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curriculum adjustments. Students are responsible for the cost of the summer course and housing.
Australian Catholic University at Brisbane
Study in one of Australia’s most exciting cities, where the charm of 19th-century architecture, a cosmopolitan urban center, and spectacular beaches and wildlife converge. The city’s imposing skyline rises above the Brisbane River to reveal a vibrant cosmopolitan center.<.p>
Students who select the ACU Brisbane option have a semester running from February-June. Medical-surgical theory and clinical will be part of the required curriculum in Brisbane. In addition, students complete an online module and a competency test, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curricular adjustments.
Nicaragua is a country of contrasts, where exquisite natural beauty serves as backdrop for this nation’s fascinating history. Nicaragua is the perfect place to learn, live, and experience the realities of the developing world. The program provides students with a transforming experience, develops awareness of social justice issues, and prepares them for committed citizenship.
Students will attend classes at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), which is located in the heart of Managua. A nursing study abroad program is offered during spring break for full time undergraduates and second degree nursing students enrolled in NS 330, Community, Public and Global Health Nursing. Students collaborate with community leaders and social work students from Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) to address health problems. This experience fulfills the required clinical hours for NS 330. Students need to commit to group meetings prior to and following Spring break. Additional opportunities for Nicaragua travel may be available in winter and summer sessions.
Each year, the Order of the Malta holds the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage where dames, knights, chaplains, doctors, nurses, and volunteers from around the world come to aid the sick and disabled during the seven-day pilgrimage. We are honored to offer two scholarships to student nurses from Fairfield University, who have completed their Junior year - Spring 2019.
With programs in more than 40 countries, it’s easy to see why more than 30% of Fairfield students study abroad! With proper planning, every student, regardless of major, has the opportunity to study abroad. Our students have studied nursing in Ireland, engineering in Nicaragua, business in France and biology in Peru. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Summer is a great time to study abroad! Whether you are an athlete who cannot travel during the semester, a homebody unsure about being abroad for a long period of time or just looking to pick up some credits while having an amazing international experience, summer can be the perfect time to study abroad! Fairfield offers a variety of programs in over twenty locations and across a variety of academic disciplines so you are certain to find something perfect for you.
Faculty Led Programs
Faculty Led Programs are an opportunity to bring the classroom to you beyond the campus borders! What’s better for learning about Italian Art than going to where it all began, in Florence? Or, utilizing your clinical skills to assist families in Nicaragua? Faculty Led opportunities increase students’ cultural understanding and support the Jesuit mission “to promote a sense of social responsibility, and making sure all students embrace and develop their full creative, intellectual potential.”
Faculty Led Programs can enhance your curriculum, fit into your busy schedule, work for your budget, and meet your academic needs. Program costs include tuition, housing, academic excursions, some meals and on-site transportation.
Learn and apply to the study abroad programs at fairfield.edu/studyabroad.