Commitment to international education is part of the liberal arts philosophy of St. John Fisher College. The Foreign Study program extends the campus curriculum to include offerings at 100 programs around the world. Official affiliation arrangements provide our students the opportunity of an academic experience in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. English or foreign language programs are available for a semester, full year or summer study. SJFC financial aid applies to all affiliate programs.
New for Spring 2014!
Fisher in Galway, Ireland
In partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. John Fisher College will be initiating a new faculty-led study abroad program in Galway, Ireland. Live and study among Irish students at an Irish university and experience excursions to Northern Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, and the Aran Islands!
Blogs from Abroad!
Follow Fisher students as they experience life in another country!
Caitie Antaya, Salamanca, Spain
Olivia Gosdeck, Limerick, Ireland
Daniel Kelley, London, England
Melody Li, Costa Rica
Janina Vore, London, England
Where Do Fisher Students Study?
Check out the map below to see some of the many cities and countries that Fisher students have studied in.
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Study Abroad Profiles
Accounting Major, London, England
Why did you decide to study abroad?
Being able to learn from a different culture and meet new people made me want to study abroad.
If you could tell someone one reason why they should go, what would you say?
I would say that no matter where you go, you will fall in love with it and the memories you make will be some of your fondest of all of college.
What was your most memorable experience while studying abroad?
I enjoyed exploring the streets of London. I would take whole days and just pick an area on the map to wander. I always felt safe and there was always something around every corner.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to face while studying abroad?
Financially, it was slightly difficult to have to budget, especially with the conversion rate between dollars and pounds. I also struggled with keeping motivated with my studies because there were so many other opportunities to explore.
Describe one or two sights, sounds, or smells that help us understand what your daily experience was like while you were abroad.
The biggest transformation that most of us made when we were in London was looking like we were actual Londoners. For example, when we first started living in London, we were obviously tourists. After a few weeks, we started to notice things about how people behave. When one takes the bus or tube, it is customary to avoid making eye contact with strangers and talking is discouraged. At first, we thought it was weird, verging on rude. Eventually we realized Brits do that because chatty Italians or French children make the ride feel longer and, frankly, once you are accustomed to quiet rides, it is annoying having to listen to others.
What advice would you give to students who are about to participate in this program?
I would highly advise taking advantage of pubs. I am not advocating getting drunk or even drinking alcohol, but in the United Kingdom, the pub is the center of everything. Never say no to a friend asking to go to a pub because pubs are where friendships are formed.
How has studying abroad affected your personal development?
Personally, studying abroad has made me grow up in ways in which I never anticipated. I have become more open to other cultures and can problem solve like never before. I also feel comfortable navigating a city, airport, or train station. Studying abroad also has made me realize how lucky I am to have come from Central New York and how much beauty there is home, as well as abroad.