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Step 1 - Things to Consider

Selecting a program with academic intent.  All of our opportunities offer ways to complement and supplement your academic goals while at Fairfield.  Students should be sure the location and program that they are exploring offers academic coursework that will enhance their studies and not interrupt their graduation trajectory.
Best Academic Programs for students enrolled in:
College of Arts and Sciences
Dolan School of Business
Egan School of Nursing
School of Engineering
Students who study abroad through Fairfield University for a semester on an approved program are charged regular Fairfield tuition. Housing and meal charges will vary by location. All Fairfield scholarships and aid, including federal funds, can be used towards 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 Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategy, students with Modern Language, International Business, and International Studies majors may use Fairfield University financial aid for two semesters abroad on select programs.
Students who study abroad on a semester/year program are required to submit a $1,000 deposit to Fairfield University. This deposit is part of the total tuition cost. The deposits are due on the following dates: Fall/Year Programs - March 1; Spring - May 1
Students who study abroad during the summer must have their full payment paid by March 1.
Fees and billing for short term programs vary. Please visit the program specific website for information. Students who wish to use financial aid during the summer are encouraged to connect with the Fairfield University Office of Financial Aid to explore the possibility of having their financial aid package readjusted to include their summer abroad.
Faculty Led Programs
Students who participate on a faculty led program can find financing information directly on the programs brochure page. Students who wish to use financial aid for a faculty led program are encouraged to connect with the Fairfield University Office of Financial Aid to explore the possibility of having their financial aid package readjusted to include costs associated with the program.

Responsible Engagement
An international experience has become an invaluable part of an undergraduate education, and at Fairfield students are invited to responsibly engage with their new host community they are living within. All of our programs require all participants to contribute to their new location and communities abroad by showing gratitude through service and mission based programming.  Volunteering, internships, experiential activities, and service learning are also all valuable ways to better understand the culture and to develop both as an individual and a professional.  All of our Center and approved partner programs provide students with a variety of activities and programs that students commit to prior to leaving the United States.  The transformative experience that our students experience from these global engagement opportunities is evident in the semesters following their return and is a great talking point when interviewing with a potential employer or graduate school admissions office.  Specific options of global engagement can be found on each program brochure/website.