Policies and Procedures

sa_brisbane11bWe encourage you to consider the many choices Fairfield offers to spend a semester, a year, a month, or just a week abroad earning academic credit and graining the kind of knowledge only an onsite experience can provide. Fairfield's programs offer exceptional learning opportunities for you beyond the classroom including internships, community volunteer work, academic excursions, service-learning, and events that make your abroad experience enjoyable and meaningful.


An overall GPA of 2.8 is required to study abroad for all programs including short-term and summer. Individual programs have their own criteria and may require higher GPAs. A student must be in good disciplinary standing with the Dean of Students at the time of application and participation. All students who wish to study abroad for a semester or year must submit an online application for their desired study abroad program. Applications will be due February 1st for students wishing to study abroad during the following academic year. Students studying in a non-English speaking country must take one course (3 credits) in the native language. Students with advanced language skills can choose to take a content course instructed in the native language to satisfy the language course requirement.

Cost and Financial Aid

Participants who study abroad through Fairfield are charged regular Fairfield tuition as well as a percentage of housing and meal plans that varies by location and housing selection. All of your Fairfield scholarships and aid, including federal funds, can be used towards your study abroad expenses for one semester with the exceptions of athletic scholarships, tuition remission, FACHEX, tuition exchange and work-study monies. With the approval of the Director of International Programs, Modern Language, International Business, and International Studies majors may use Fairfield University financial aid for two semesters abroad. 

International and Domestic Approved Programs

Fairfield University students must select a study abroad program from the list of approved programs. View the complete list of approved programs. The approved list includes over 60 different study abroad programs in five continents. There are options for all majors and minors. The approved list is composed of Fairfield-administered programs, exchange programs, and affiliated programs offered by other universities and study abroad organizations. Selecting from the approved list allows students to:

  • Earn academic credits towards their academic program at Fairfield.
  • Pay standard Fairfield University costs for tuition and, if applicable, room and board.
  • Retain eligibility for TuitionPay payment plans and financial aid.



  • Start now. It's not too early to consider destinations and start planning. Talk with your advisor about study abroad so you can take appropriate courses both here at Fairfield University and your destination.
  • Attend the Study Abroad fair in September and attend different study abroad meetings throughout the semester.


  • Learn about the study abroad process by completing the online advising application
  • Learn about your options and discuss them with your academic advisor, faculty, and family.
  • Meet with a study abroad advisor. The office is located at Dolan House room 214. Walk-in hours are from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Submit the Study Abroad application online no later than February 1. Decision letters will be sent March 1 through the online application system. Make sure to include all the information you would like us to know about you within the application materials.


  • Share your experience abroad with other students. You can do this by participating as a student presenter at the Study Abroad Fair, or by including your experience in your academic life.
  • Participate in reentry activities on campus. These programs will help you adjust to life back on campus, and will introduce you to other students who share your experience of returning to campus after study abroad.

If for any reason students must cancel their participation in the program, the following refund policy will apply:

Spring Programs 
After October 1, deposit is non-refundable
After December 1, 50% of program cost is forfeited
7 days or less until start of program: no refund

Fall Programs
After April 1, deposit is non-refundable
After July 1, 50% of program is forfeited.
7 days or less until start of program: no refund
Winter Session Programs
After December 1, 50% of program cost is forfeited
7 days or less until start of program: no refund
Summer Programs
After April 1, 50% of program cost is forfeited
7 days or less until start of program: no refund

View all six of our Study Abroad Videos!