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Academic Advising Resources

With proper planning, every student at Fairfield University has the opportunity to study abroad. Global Fairfield offers programs to satisfy many student goals.  Although we encourage all students to incorporate a global experience into their 4 years at Fairfield, we want to make sure students are selecting locations that work best for their course of study at Fairfield University.  All students applying to a semester or year-long program must have a declared major in order to be approved by Fairfield to proceed with study abroad acceptances. Below are some resources for students, faculty, and staff to assist in academic planning for study abroad. 

Database of Approved Courses

Every program approved by Global Fairfield has a program brochure page that provides an overview of the program. Global Fairfield has created a robust academic section on each brochure page which outlines the academic requirements and expectations of each program. One of the resources under the academic section of each brochure page is a Database of Approved Courses. This database is a list of all courses approved by Fairfield University department chairs by location which students must select from. To better understand the Database of Approved Courses, please see a video resource here. 

Students studying abroad on newer programs, such as our AIFS programs where we do not yet have courses in our Database of Approved courses, should complete a customize AIFS Global Study Plan.  Please see the instructions 

Global Study Plan

As part of the application process, students are required to submit a completed Global Study Plan. This form is a planning tool to assist students in identifying programs that align with their academic goals. This form will assist students in identifying their remaining curriculum requirements and the equivalent courses abroad that fulfill these requirements by using the Database of Approved courses. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Advisors should they need guidance identifying remaining requirements. If the desired program abroad does not offer courses that fulfill the remaining requirements, students should consider an alternative program. We encourage students to review the preferred programs by School/College/Major
During the semester, students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits at an appropriate level of instruction for at least 4 days per week, and should typically enroll in 2 Core courses; 2 major or minor courses, and 1 Elective course for each term abroad.

Please see the Global Study Plan here: Global Study Plan 2022-2023

Global Study Plan for Semester AIFS Programs

The AIFS Global Study Plan will be key to academic planning for your program. On this worksheet, you will indicate the attributes of the academic requirements you wish to fulfill on this program under "academic expectations". If there are specific courses you are interested in taking while abroad and would like those courses to be considered for academic review, please list them under "courses of interest" on your form. Please note, courses will be considered for review, however, approval is not guaranteed. 

Students who participate on this program will earn Fairfield credit and grade. 
Please see the AIFS Global Study Plan here: AIFS Global Study Plan 2022-2023

Academic Advising

Students who need guidance identifying their remaining degree requirements or need assistance with academic planning are encouraged to contact their Academic Advisors. In preparation for that meeting, below are a few items to consider.
  • Review and print your degree evaluation and come prepared with questions
  • Bring a completed draft of your Global Study Plan for your preferred program to discuss academic compatibility
Note: Academic Advisors can advise on the equivalency listed in the Database of Approved courses under the course abroad. For example, your advisor may not be able to tell you without the equivalency if "Travel Writing" in your program abroad will fulfill your Literature core requirement.

Degree Evaluation Calculator Tool

An overall GPA of 2.8 is required to study abroad for all programs at the time of application and program start date. Certain programs have their own criteria and may require higher GPAs. The program brochure pages will provide students with the GPA requirement for the respective program.

If at the time of application a student's GPA does not meet the program's GPA requirement, we encourage students to utilize the GPA calculator tool in Degree Evaluation to assess the likelihood of eligibility for a given program.  For students who may fall short of their program's GPA requirement, we encourage students to connect with Global Fairfield to discuss possible program options. 
For assistance with the Degree Evaluation Calculator Tool, please view the resource below. Begin review on page 11. 

Additional Approval Requirements and Considerations

For additional approval requirements and policies, please visit our Policies and Procedures Page