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.
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.
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.
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.
Stamford World Affairs Forum Scholarship
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.
Fairfield's Rotary Club - Service Above Self Scholarship
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.
Kiwanis Club & Rotary Club Scholarships
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.