Maria Stella Plutino Calabrese, Interim Program Director
Jennifer Pluretti (Education), Study Abroad Advisor
Commitment to international education is part of the liberal arts philosophy of St. John Fisher College. The Study Abroad Program extends the campus curriculum to include offerings at 100 programs around the world. Official affiliation arrangements with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Central College Abroad (CCA), and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) provide our students the opportunity of an academic experience in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
More information is available on the Study Abroad website.
Study Abroad programs for a semester or year are open to all juniors and seniors with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Second semester sophomores with a minimum 3.00 grade point average who have declared a major and secured approval by their department may also participate. Students who apply for participation in a study abroad program must also be in good disciplinary standing at the College and must adhere to the Fisher Code of Conduct while abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at St. John Fisher College before applying to study abroad.
There are exciting options for students in most majors who plan their academic careers early. International internships are available in London, England, Florence, Italy, and Perth, Australia, as well as at several other sites which require a foreign language. Nursing students may participate for a full semester provided that it is during the second semester sophomore year or they may select a summer placement option between the junior and senior years.
Through the affiliate programs, students are officially registered at St. John Fisher College and the letter grades earned abroad are calculated into the St. John Fisher College grade point average. The cost for participation in an affiliated program varies upon destination. All students are charged standard Fisher tuition plus an additional fee of $350 for each term abroad. Students considering studying abroad should meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss how this registration may impact their financial aid. Fisher is one of the few area colleges to promote international study by extending financial aid to a wide range of programs. Consequently, Fisher students from almost any background may take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
Final grades that students earn through participating in study abroad are posted to the students' transcripts and calculated into the students' overall grade point averages. Students must file a written report with the program director or study abroad advisor evaluating personal and academic experiences in the program before credits for study abroad may be posted to their Fisher transcripts.
Students must submit their Fisher application according to the following due dates; May 1 for the following spring semester, and December 1 for the following fall and summer semesters.