Policies and Procedures
We 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 gaining 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 in 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. Some Fairfield-administered programs have a discounted pricing structure that may include the housing and meals in a single, reduced price. 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. Students participating in a program in which the fee is less than the corresponding Fairfield University costs (Florence, Italy; Managua, Nicaragua; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Aix-en-Provence, France; Campos dos Goyatacazes, Brazil; Brisbane, Australia), will have their financial aid (including merit scholarships, grants, need-based aid, and other forms of financial support) package reduced by a comparable percentage. With the approval of the program director, 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 a Study Abroad 101 session.
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 meeting to get information about the application process and the steps required before your departure.
- Complete the Self-Assessment for Study Abroad that you received during the Study Abroad 101 session.
- Learn about your options and discuss them with your academic advisor, faculty, and family.
- Attend Study Abroad information sessions to learn about the different options available to you. These sessions are good opportunities to ask questions and talk about your intended choice of destination. Make sure to bring your Self-Assessment for Study Abroad to these sessions.
- 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.
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