Welcome non-Fairfield students! Fairfield University's Study Abroad Office works hard at creating program pathways that enhance your major course of study. No matter which American university you attend, you are welcome to study abroad with Fairfield University at our seven center programs and select faculty-led programs. Our Centers are located in Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane, Florence, Galway, London, Madrid, Sydney and our specialized program in Barcelona,
As a non-Fairfield student, you will receive the following service at all of our centers:
* Summer applications are rolling.
** Summer programs don’t require a deposit, but the total program cost is due March 1 in order to confirm spaces with the various programs and students have optimal course selection.
Fairfield University offers the opportunity for students from another college or university to attend our Semester, Summer, January Intersession or Faculty Led programs. All students need to do is to get our program or course approved by their home institution and we’ll make sure the transcript is provided.
Sydney, Australia (Business)
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is a high energy and lively city. It is a diverse, multi-cultural city where students have the opportunity to explore both inside and outside the classroom. Sydney is home to over 4 million people and is the largest and oldest city in Australia. It is notable for its spectacular harbor and famous ocean beaches at Bondi and Manly. The metropolitan area is also surrounded on three sides by national parks including the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
London ranks as one of top 3 best places to study abroad! London is not just a capital city - the center of British politics and governments - it is an international center of excellence for business, culture and the arts. With more students than any other city in Europe, London is an extraordinary place to live and study. There is something for everyone in London and student life is full of unlimited opportunities.
**Be sure to explore our new Summer London Internship Program for Acting, Cinema, Literature and Theater students!!
Madrid is the political, economic and cultural heart of Spain. A truly international city, Madrid hosts a dynamic metropolitan lifestyle noted for fine arts venues such as the Prado Museum, the Renia Sofia Museum, and the Tysen Bornemisza Museum. In addition to its many museums, students can enjoy numerous parks and plazas to grab a café cortado with friends or read a good book. The city is centrally located in Spain, which allows access to affordable and accessible modes of transportation for domestic and international travel throughout the world.
Barcelona, Spain (Business)
Origins of Barcelona come from I B.C. when Romans settled on a small colony around the mountain Taber. Since IV B.C. to XII A.C, Barcelona was consolidating as an urban nucleus. Furthermore, Barcelona began its process of expansion getting stronger politically, religiously and commercially. In XX century, Barcelona became the capital of cultural avant-garde and also the capital of new technological and scientific techniques. Moreover, in 1992, Barcelona received the Olympic Games and the city could show around the world that it was a modern and advanced city besides welcoming, supportive and warm. Nowadays, Barcelona has become a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, which is eager to receive new people, the ideas of whom make the city shine.
Florence is a city of momentous change - but also, a city that retains its ancient character and legacy. It is a city of paradox, and it is endlessly fascinating; a perfect place to study, learn and live. Learn amid treasures of art and architecture, experience the glory of the Renaissance and the flavor of Italian life in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Fairfield University's award-winning Florence program offers a comprehensive package of academic programming, cultural events, and support services designed to ensure an outstanding semester or year in Florence.
Aix-en-Provence, located in the south of France, is known for its picturesque vistas, Mediterranean climate, and sense of history. A university town, Aix-en-Provence has been a center of study for French students since its first university was founded there in the 15th century, and more than forty thousand students live and study in the city. IAU College is located in the heart of this academic community – in the oldest part of town, next to the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and opposite the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur.
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. Through this program you are eligible to participate in a credit internship within the Brisbane business community. This opportunity provides a valuable work experience and immersion in Australian professional life.
In Galway, Ireland's cultural capital and fastest growing city, you will find echoes of the nation's medieval past and evidence of its dynamic present. The program offers study in business, engineering, humanities, nursing, and sciences. In this full-immersion experience, you'll live and learn beside Irish students.
Summer Semester Options
Summer programs are perfect for students who are have a strict academic schedule, are hesitant to study abroad for a semester or have financial constraints. Students have the opportunity to study abroad for the summer semester at our Centers in Aix-en-Provence, Florence, Galway and Madrid! Click the link below to find out more about our dynamic summer offerings!
January Intersession Options
We currently offer January Intersession programming at our Centers in Florence, Italy and Aix-en-Provence, France. Stay tuned for additional programs!
FUA - Florence - Courses are typically offered during the first 3 weeks of January each year.
IAU - Provence - The unique structure of the IAU Intersession courses is very appealing! Spend 2 weeks in 3 different countries!
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.
Transform Your Life by Learning Abroad.
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, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona, Florence, Galway, London and Sydney!
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. These unpaid opportunities provide students with the experience 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.