Nursing Study Abroad

The Egan School offers study abroad opportunities for short-term and semester-long study at Fairfield University affiliated programs.

Nursing Semester Study Abroad Options

The nursing semester study abroad program is open to Fairfield University nursing students who have successfully completed all semesters prior to studying abroad, have an overall GPA of at least 2.80, and are recommended by their faculty advisor and the director of the undergraduate nursing program. Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests to study abroad. If there are more applicants that meet the criteria than available spots, then a determination will be made by looking at multiple factors including, but not limited to, academic and clinical performance as well as student conduct.

Full-time undergraduate students enroll in liberal arts, healthcare and professional nursing courses in an international setting in the sophomore or junior year. While abroad or upon return, students will be required to complete selected ATI subject area tests.


Students who select the Australia study abroad option have a semester running from July to November. Students continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curricular adjustments.


The semester abroad in Ireland runs from January to May. Upon their return, students complete a medication and skills review, enroll in a six-week medical-surgical summer course on campus from mid-May to mid-July, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curriculum adjustments. Students are responsible for the cost of the summer course and housing.


This experience in Florence, Italy takes place in the spring semester of sophomore year. Students will complete one semester (January to May). No additional courses are required. Minor adjustments to the curriculum plan are required in the fall semester of sophomore year.

Non-Nursing Study Abroad Options

The University offers many intersession and summer programs that offer exceptional learning opportunities beyond the classroom. An overall GPA of 2.80 is required to study abroad in short-term and summer programs. Students can choose to study in a variety of countries in South or Central America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Middle East, Asia, Africa, or Australia.