Study Abroad

Study Abroad with Fairfield University

Where Learning Goes the Extra Thousand Or So Miles

Fairfield has been developing quality programming abroad for over 30 years. We provide quality full-service academic programs abroad for Fairfield credit and grade. Each site provides robust curricular offerings and were chosen for its ability to provide a full array of academic disciplines and its capacity to engage students beyond the classroom through service projects, field learning, and facilitated cultural engagement. We are pleased to work with the following institutions as our strategic partners abroad:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Florence University of the Arts
  • IAU College
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Universidad Centroamericana
  • Universidad Comillas Pontifica

In addition, Fairfield University partners with a select group of university and provider programs. Open to Fairfield Students, these programs were selected for their academic compatibility and geographic locations.

For additional information, please scroll down to “Programs”.



Learn about what our students are doing abroad by visiting our blog!


Fairfield University offers a number of study abroad programs for Fairfield and Non-Fairfield students. Study language in Florence, Italy, business in Brisbane, Australia, or a subject of your choice at one of our many overseas partner universities. Explore what service learning means thousands of miles from campus. And discover what a completely different culture can teach you about your own.


Fairfield Students

Fairfield University students have the exciting opportunity to study abroad on over 60 different programs in five continents! In addition to our Fairfield study abroad centers in Madrid, Managua, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane, London and Galway, Fairfield students also have the option of studying in locations such as Beijing, Barcelona, Peru, South Korea, Greece and more! There are options for all majors and minors.


Non-Fairfield Students

Fairfield University welcomes students from U.S universities and colleges to study abroad on our 7 Center Programs, select Faculty-led programs and top quality business programs abroad! Our robust offerings are available year round and customized for all majors and minors! Students have the opportunity to study in locations such as Madrid, Managua, Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane, Sydney, Barcelona, Galway, Florence and London! Click “Learn more” to explore each of our program options.

Parent Tips

We encourage your son or daughter to consider the many choices Fairfield offers to spend a semester, year, month, or just a week abroad earning academic credit and gaining the kind of knowledge only an onsite experience can provide.


Fairfield Parents

Fairfield’s programs offer exceptional learning opportunities beyond the classroom including internships, volunteer work, academic excursions, service-learning, and events that make the experience enjoyable and meaningful. Information regarding admissions policies, program cost, withdrawal and program cancellation, code of conduct, health and safety abroad, disability support and FERPA can be found in this section.


Non-Fairfield Parents

Fairfield's Office of Study Abroad oversees six study abroad locations in Madrid, Managua, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane and Galway, with numerous opportunities to make each of them your own. Information about programs, financing, living abroad and general information can be found in this section

Safety Updates


Studying abroad is an impactful cultural experience that exposes students to the people, places, customs and cultures of the world; experiences that are often once-in-a-lifetime. As positive as these experiences are, at times of turmoil—like the recent events in Europe and around the world—we know emotions can be heightened. We are aware of the concerns these events create, ultimately however, how we choose to react to such events is an individual decision. 

Our main objectives in our study abroad programs are not only students’ academic success, but also their continued safety. The Office of Study Abroad is in constant communication with our partners overseas, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the U.S. State Department.  At this time, Fairfield University has no plans to suspend any programming abroad.

We want to support our students as they make such an important and personal decision.  We invite students to speak with our office should they have any questions or concerns.  We will work with students to ensure that their study abroad program fits their academic goals, that the location meets their personal interests and needs, and that they understand our safety procedures and risk management protocols.

For students going abroad, and their parents, please find below important safety information and frequently asked questions:

Emergency Contact information

  • Fairfield University Public Safety: 203-254-4090
  • Fairfield University Study Abroad: 203-254-4332,

Where do I find out about travel advisories and current conditions?


Should the U.S. State Department and local authorities indicate our student’s safety is at risk, the University will immediately communicate to our students and partners any program changes.

What are the best practices for personal safety while abroad?

  • Dress conservatively—wear clothing that doesn’t attract attention to you;
  • Practice the buddy system;
  • Always carry your credit cards, CISI (or applicable) medical insurance card, passports and any other necessary documentation such as permit of stay;
  • Carry additional cash and extra clothing with you if you will be away from your housing for an extended period of time;
  • Know where the nearest US consulate/embassy is in the places you are going to and in case of an emergency head for either the nearest consulate/embassy or any five-star hotel;
  • Register on the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP);
  • Register all travel with CISI (if applicable) at and complete the Fairfield University GoogleForm
  • Make sure your phone is able to receive/send calls, text messages;
  • Make sure your GPS is activated;
  • Communicate your wellbeing to your family.


Staff In Connecticut

Jennifer Ewald
Director, Office of Study Abroad

Patricia Pivarnik
Associate Director

Nicole Moffa
Program Manager

Jessica Bender
External Relations Coordinator

Amy Van Stone
Program Coordinator/Study Abroad Advisor

Elena Syssoeva
Academic Advisor

Dana Yawman
Operations Assistant


Office of Study Abroad
Dolan House, 
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Meetings by Appointment Only
Phone: 203-254-4332
Fax: 203-254-4261

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