Study Abroad

An international experience is an invaluable part of a complete undergraduate education. Fairfield offers exceptional learning opportunities for students beyond the classroom including semester abroad, faculty-led programs, internships, community volunteer work, academic excursions, and events that make their abroad experience enjoyable and meaningful. The Office of Global Fairfield assists students in navigating the wide array of international study choices. Students in every major have the opportunity to find a program that complements their academic studies and provides a life-changing experience.

  • For First Year Students: it's not too early to consider destinations and start planning. Talk with your academic advisor about study abroad so you can take appropriate courses both here at Fairfield University and your destination. Many First Year Students enroll in a short-term summer or J-Term program to "get their feet wet" with an international experience. Short-term deadlines are different than semester and year-long and can be found on the Global Fairfield website.
  • Be sure to attend the Study Abroad Fair in September, attend information sessions, and meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to get information about the application process and the steps required before your departure. Learn about your options and discuss them with your academic advisor, faculty, and family.
  • Students will apply to the semester program they would like to attend the following year during the October 1 – December 1 application cycle. Remember to work with your advisor on the location that best supports your academic goals both while abroad and on campus.
  • For Juniors: you may be allowed to study abroad during the fall of your Senior year at Fairfield Center programs for which Fairfield grades as well as credits are recorded with the approval of your Dean's Office.
  • To learn more about all of our semester, summer, spring break, and intersession programs and important deadlines to be aware of, consult with a study abroad advisor or visit the study abroad website for current offerings.
  • To learn more about all of our semester, summer, spring break, and intersession programs, consult with a study abroad advisor or visit the study abroad website for current offerings.

Planning ahead is essential to ensure a successful experience. Fairfield has programs for students at all academic levels in a variety of formats, from 10 days to an entire academic year.

Fairfield Global Programs

  • Fairfield University administers its own Global programs, in Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
  • All academic course work completed at a Fairfield University Global program is considered Fairfield University resident credit, and the grades are calculated into the student's grade point average.
  • The foreign university responsible for teaching the courses will issue a transcript with credits and grades earned by the students. These grades will be posted to the students' Fairfield transcripts. Fairfield University cannot edit, delete, or change the grade notations on a foreign university transcript.

Fairfield Partner Programs

  • The University also has a variety of  Partner programs throughout the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America through other Jesuit universities as well as organizations such as AIFS, SFS, and College Year in Athens (CYA).
  • Not every program in every location is approved for Fairfield University students; please consult with a study abroad advisor or visit the study abroad website for the list of approved programs.
  • All students participating in approved partner programs receive transfer credit for the term.
  • The foreign university responsible for teaching courses will issue a transcript with credits and grades earned by the student. In order to receive the transfer credits the student must earn the equivalent of "C" or higher from the foreign university. Fairfield University cannot edit, delete, or change the grade notations on a foreign university transcript.

Faculty Led Programs

  • In addition, Fairfield faculty members conduct short-term study abroad programs during Winter Intersession, spring break, Maymester and summer.
  • These programs carry credit in various disciplines and can be used for core or major or minor requirements.
  • Short-term programs change each year; please consult with a study abroad advisor or visit the study abroad website for current offerings.

Policy and Procedures


  • All students considering an international experience are strongly encouraged to plan ahead to maximize program opportunities and to ensure optimal match of major, minor, previous language studies and intended destination.
  • To ensure an optimal experience students need to discuss their program with both the academic department of their major as well as the Office of Global Fairfield.
  • Information sessions about study abroad are provided across the campus throughout the year including the Study Abroad Fair each September.


  • A student must be an actively enrolled full-time student in good standing with the Dean of Students at the time of application and must maintain that status from acceptance through program completion. Students with unresolved code of conduct issues may not be approved for study abroad, and such applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.80 is required to study abroad for all programs (including short-term and summer). Certain programs have their own criteria and may require a higher GPA.


  • All students must apply through the Office of Global Fairfield for approval to study abroad. All applications will be considered, but students may not always receive acceptance for their desired program.
  • Students must meet the admission requirements of both Fairfield and the selected program.
  • Study abroad is intended to build upon and enhance majors and minors. For this reason, program choices will be carefully reviewed with each student to ensure a good fit between academics and destination. Students are encouraged to be flexible about when and where they will study abroad.
  • Admission decisions are made in collaboration with the partner institution and are based on a variety of factors the first of which is academic compatibility.

Tuition, Fees, and Refunds

  • Students who study abroad through Fairfield University on an approved program for a semester are charged regular Fairfield tuition.
  • Students who major in Modern Languages, International Business, or International Studies, and students on approved yearlong programs may use Fairfield University financial aid for two semesters abroad for select programs.
  • Housing and meal charges will vary by location.
  • All Fairfield scholarships and aid, including federal funds, may be used towards study abroad expenses for one semester with the exceptions of athletic scholarships, tuition remission, FACHEX, tuition exchange, and work-study monies.
  • Refunds as the result of official withdrawal from study abroad for medical, personal or disciplinary reasons are subject to the Fairfield University Refund policy.  Please note that the refund policy is separate from and follows after the approval of the withdrawal request.  Students departing a program without following proper procedure or receiving approval in advance of their departure may receive failing grades for the term.

Registration/Credits and Grades

  • Students studying abroad for a full semester are expected to: 1) enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 15 credits at the appropriate level of instruction (i.e., beyond elementary instruction), 2. Enroll in 1-2 major/minor courses and 3) be academically engaged at least four days per week.
  • Students studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year must take one course on local language and culture while abroad. Students with advanced language skills may choose to take a content course taught in the local language to satisfy the language and culture course requirement.
  • Credits for studying abroad will only be granted for academic work successfully completed at approved international programs. All coursework must receive pre-approval (coordinated through the Office of Global Fairfield). Only pre-approved courses, taken at an approved program location, will be transcripted and accepted into a student's curriculum.

Code of Conduct

  • While studying abroad, Fairfield University academic and student conduct policies remain in effect. Participants are expected to follow and adhere to these policies as enumerated in the Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook.
  • From time to time deviations from these published documents may be required due to differences in law, practice or custom abroad. Students are also required to adhere to all local laws.
  • Students who violate the code of conduct while abroad will be required to meet with staff from the Dean of Students Office by phone, Skype, or Zoom to address the violation. Infractions will become part of their student record and serious violations may result in the dismissal of the student from the program.
  • If a student is dismissed due to code of conduct violations no credit or transcript will be awarded and no program fees will be refunded.

Academic Grievance

  • For academic grievances, students are expected to first follow the academic grievance process of their program/University abroad.
  • If this step fails to resolve the matter, students may file a grievance through Global Fairfield.  In collaboration with the program/University abroad, Global Fairfield will oversee the relevant next steps towards any further resolution of the grievance. 
  • Global Fairfield cannot guarantee the outcome of a grievance appeal.


A student may cancel their program participation prior to departure.  Should a student decide to cancel, the student may still be assessed any portion of those costs which are non-recoverable to Fairfield University up to and including all tuition, housing, board, and/or any programming fees for the full length of the program in which they are enrolled. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.  Fairfield University is not responsible for personal expenses, visas, airfare, books, personal travel, incidentals, transportation costs, etc. not directly paid by Fairfield University or included in the published program fees. 

For more information on the cancellation and withdraw procedures please see here.  


  • Requests for withdrawing from a study abroad program after the start date must be directed to the Global Fairfield Office. Early withdrawal from any program could cause the student to forfeit all courses, grades, transcripts, and program fees.
  • If a student requests a withdrawal for medical reasons the medical reason must be verified by our medical insurance provider prior to departure from the program for support and benefits to apply. If the student does not comply with the medical verification and withdraws from the program without approval, no credit or transcript will be awarded and no program fees will be refunded.
  • If a student requests a withdrawal for personal reasons Fairfield University will require verification and may request additional documentation in order to approve the withdrawal. If a student does not comply with the request for verification and withdraws from the program without approval, no credit or transcript will be awarded and no program fees will be refunded.
  • Fairfield University is not required to approve withdrawal requests.
  • If Fairfield University authorizes a withdrawal, a meeting will be required of the student upon their return home to discuss whether or not any course work is recoverable and how to proceed.
  • Fairfield University cannot guarantee the completion of all courses interrupted by an early return. All requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • Approval of withdrawal does not imply or guarantee that any courses, grades, or transcripts will be awarded or that any program fees will be refunded.