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*Managua, Nicaragua - Fairfield Students
Managua, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Academic Area: Anthropology, Applied Ethics, Biology, Economics, History, International Studies, Marketing, Natural Science, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Visual and Performing Arts Language Requirement: Intermediate
Program Description:

Nicaragua Brochure


Nicaragua is a country of contrasts, where exquisite natural beauty serves as backdrop for this nation's fascinating history. It is the land of lakes and volcanoes, of colonial architecture and modern high-rises, of both rich and poor. Nicaragua is the perfect place to learn, live, and experience the realities of the developing world.

This country finds itself at the crossroads between north and south, between yesterday and today. Nicaragua has become a great destination for foreign visitors. Its beaches and rain forests are full of natural adventures. Its hospitable residents and flavorful cuisine are legendary. In Nicaragua, every conversation will be a learning experience, and every day will challenge your perceptions of the world.  The program provides students with a transforming experience, develops awareness of social justice issues, and prepares them for committed citizenship.

Upon arrival, all students will participate in a comprehensive orientation program to help familiarize them with their local surroundings, discuss health and safety as well as acquaint them with university and program resources. 


Students will attend classes at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), which is located in the heart of Managua. The program begins with a required two-week intensive Spanish language course and an introduction to Nicaraguan culture for three credits. During the semester, students will take four courses from UCA's curriculum, including the required History of Nicaragua course. Courses taught in English by UCA faculty with a mix of Nicaraguan and international students are available.

Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  All students will receive a Fairfield University transcript with letter grades.


Students live in comfortable, furnished homestays on the outskirts of UCA, within a 10 minute walk to campus. Students will enjoy a shared bedroom and bathroom with other international students.   All hosts are carefully vetted and chosen by UCA and have hosted American students in the past.  Students will be provided breakfast and dinner daily.  Homestays are equipped with bedding and Wi-Fi access is provided.


•           Tuition
•           Housing
•           Airport pick-up and transfer
•           Comprehensive orientation
•           Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
•           Cultural excursions
•           Visa assistance for qualified students
•           Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation

This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring 2017 02/01/2016
03/01/2016 TBA TBA
Year 2016-2017 02/01/2016
03/01/2016 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.