Fairfield University students must select a study abroad program from the list of approved programs. In addition to our Fairfield study abroad centers in Madrid, Managua, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane, Galway, and our business centers in Sydney and Barcelona, Fairfield students may choose from a list of over 60 different study abroad programs in five continents. There are options for all majors and minors.
9 Steps to Study Abroad
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.
View the complete list of approved programs here.
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.
View the complete list of approved programs here.
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.
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List of Programs Available
January 2018 Intersession
March Spring Break 2018 – (Trip is Embedded in semester courses)
Students! Did you know that while studying abroad you can engage in an international internship? Yes, students can make a business internship part of their academic curriculum while abroad for a semester, a full year or even a summer! Interns will gain international work experience with a high-end internship in cities like, Florence, Brisbane, Sydney, Aix-en-Provence, and Barcelona!
Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. Interns are not required to be fluent in a foreign language as many of the host companies utilize the interns for their English speaking and writing skills. Many interns enjoy learning the local language and take advantage of language classes to advance their language skills.
The internship is a substantive career development experience. It can be paid or unpaid with the intent of the experience for the student to be exposed to business ideas and concepts while being mentored. Doing analysis, contributing to decisions, and communicating meaningful ideas should form the bulk of the work, although some low skill work (for example, data entry and making phone calls) can be a part of the assignment. At the end of the internship experience, students will be able to reflect on their personal and professional growth and begin seeing themselves on their career path.
Study abroad is intended to build upon and enhance students’ educational experiences. For this reason, program choices will be carefully reviewed with each student to ensure a good fit between academics and destination.
Check out the student OrgSync calendar for a list of upcoming events.
Students studying abroad are often eligible for alternative scholarships and are encouraged to use these resources to reduce their financial burden. Some scholarships can be used to pay parts of tuition while others can be put toward flights or living expenses.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Fairfield University students who study abroad for a semester or year are charged Undergraduate Fairfield tuition. Where applicable, students will be charged Fairfield housing and Fairfield board rates. Fairfield University scholarships and aid, including Federal Funds, may be used towards your study abroad expenses for one semester. Athletic scholarships, FACHEX, tuition exchange and work-study monies are not eligible. A percentage of Dependent Grant-in-Aid may be used for study abroad tuition. Please contact Human Resources for details. With the approval of the Director of Study Abroad and the relevant department chair, Modern Language, International Business, and International Studies majors may use Fairfield University financial aid for two semesters abroad.
The Fairfield University Office of the Bursar will bill all Fairfield students studying abroad prior to the start of each term. The Monthly Tuition Payment Plan is available.
Payment for Fairfield University administered summer or short term programs are made directly to the Fairfield Office of Study Abroad.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The purpose of the District 7980 Service Above Self is to award students who demonstrate high levels of service activity along with scholarship excellence. Service includes work at local or international levels. The value of the scholarship is $11,000 for the upcoming academic year for study domestically or abroad in undergraduate or graduate school.
Many Kiwanis and Rotary clubs offer a variety of scholarships for students who wish to pursue international, service-oriented studies. Check with your local professional club for more information about scholarships or grants they may offer.
FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on acadedmically rigourous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships up to $10,000.
In addition to the general scholarships, FEA also offers dedicated scholarships. To be eligible for a dedicated scholarship, students must also meet the general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements, and indicate their interest through their application forms. FEA’s dedicated scholarships are great for athletes, students studying in Central America, South America, Germany, South East Asia, LGBTQI students, and students studying in the greater New England area (ME, MA, NH, VT, RI, and CT).
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and aims to diversity the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates whose finances may have kept them from participating otherwise. This scholarship is only available to US undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
The Hispanic College Fund reaches out to Latino college students in need
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships create a whole new breed of young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary.
Thomas J. Hulseman ’87 Fund for Student Global Experiential Learning
The Thomas J. Hulseman ’87 Fund for Student Global Experiential Learning provides funding for students who require financial assistance to fulfill their wish to travel to foreign countries as part of their educational experience at Fairfield. This is primarily geared to students who wish to engage in short-term faculty-led immersion programs. A 2.80 GPA is the minimum requirement for this award, regardless of the GPA required for the international experience.
We are working in conjunction with the Study Abroad office to facilitate awarding these grants. The Study Abroad Committee and Dr. Mary Frances Malone will review the completed applications. Awards will be made in late-February 2017.
ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy—and immerse themselves in the country’s rich and dynamic culture.
The ItaliaRail Scholarship is open to those who have enrolled in their college or university's Study Abroad program in Italy.
The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships and grants to students who either are of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or students of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
The World Affairs Forum, based in Stamford, Connecticut, has established a scholarship program for deserving university students to encourage study abroad for those interested in pursuing an international career. The Norman Woodberry Scholarship will award up to $5,000 for a university student's study abroad experience.
STA Travel has joined forces with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) to bring you the Start the Adventure Scholarship, a new dedicated scholarship opportunity for two FEA applicants studying abroad during the summer semester, with each scholarship valued at $2,500.
Scholarships through our Partners and Providers
The Beijing Center
Students who study abroad with The Beijing Center have the opportunity to apply for both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Only students who have been accepted to TBC for a semester or academic year are eligible to apply.
CIEE has made it our mission to help every student who wants to study abroad have access to this life-changing experience. Toward this end, we offer a range of scholarships and grants for students on our college study abroad programs. Check out the links below for eligibility requirements, award details and how to apply.
College Year Athens
CYA aims to help as many students find options for financial assistance. Eligibility for our scholarships is based on financial need. Only students who have been accepted to CYA for a semester or academic year are eligible to apply.
IAU College offers several merit-based scholarship, need-based scholarship, grant, and work-study opportunities to semester and summer students each year. To be eligible for IAU scholarship, grant and work-study opportunities, students must abide by all IAU policies and regulations as stated on the policies page and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while attending IAU.
The Vietnam Center
Students who study abroad with Loyola Chicago’s Vietnam Center have the opportunity to apply for a need-based scholarship. Only students who have been accepted to the Vietnam Center are eligible to apply.