In addition to study abroad partnerships with other schools, Fairfield University offers its own semester and year-long study abroad options:
Fairfield's Partnership with The Beijing Center in China
Through a partnership with The Beijing Center, a Jesuit consortium program for study in China, Fairfield University regularly sends students to study at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Many of these students are winners of $5,000 Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, which help defray the costs of a semester-long study. This spring marks the sixth semester in a row that Fairfield University has sent students to China on the Freeman-ASIA scholarship.
Fairfield's Partnership with the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua
In the summer of 2004, Fairfield University announced a five-year collaborative partnership with a sister-Jesuit university, the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua. The agreement provides opportunities for scholarly collaborations, service learning opportunities, faculty/student exchanges, and curricular projects. It gives Fairfield the opportunity to define its mission in Latin and Central America while having its mission at home influenced and defined through the various cooperative activities.
Since 2004, both Jesuit institutions have worked together conducting field research in environmental sciences, support UCA at a graduate level, focusing on professional development for UCA faculty, and exploring student exchange opportunities. Most recently, in November, 2015, a Fairfield delegation visited UCA in Managua.
Fairfield University students has been very successful in garnering Fulbright Grants, which fund students to go abroad for one year after graduation to engage in independent research, study and work. The most prestigious scholarship awarded by the U.S. government, the Fulbright scholarship was developed to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. Over 60 Fairfield University students have been awarded Fulbrights since 1993.
Fairfield University is part of a four-university consortium that brings students from the United States and Brazil together to study environmental problems in both a global and North-South context. The joint program is funded by a $200,000 grant from The Foundation for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.