International & Off-Campus Study

Recognizing the global nature of contemporary society as well as the need for intercultural understanding, Franklin & Marshall views international study as a valuable component of a liberal arts education. Study abroad promotes an increased understanding of the complexity of language and culture. It also constitutes a critical element of the College's commitment to build an increasingly international campus.  Franklin & Marshall therefore encourages its students to give serious consideration to study in another country, and over fifty percent of graduates study off-campus at some point during their time at F&M.

The College approaches international education as an integral part of the entire undergraduate experience. We view it not as a term away from campus, but as an encounter seamlessly connected with a student's entire education before, during, and after the time spent off campus. Students planning foreign or domestic off-campus study will work closely with the Office of International Programs and with their academic advisers to select programs and courses that further their educational goals.



We know that COVID-19 is creating a lot of uncertainty all over the globe, especially in the field of study abroad. For answers and updates, please refer to the following information organized by term.

Fall 2020 Information (F&M has cancelled all Off-Campus Study for the Fall 2020 term. Please see this document for more details.)

Winter Term Information - Winter term programs offered through an existing F&M program partner will be permitted for the 20-21 Academic Year assuming the program fits within the F&M academic calendar and the U.S. State Department Level 4 (Do Not Travel) advisory is not in place. It will be important for students and families to consider their personal tolerance for risk and to carefully consider program cancellation and refund policies. Students will pay programs directly, and F&M will not be involved in the billing process. No additional financial aid will be available. If you are interested in a winter term program, please email Dean Ali Janicek.

Spring 2021 Information - please email your designated Off-Campus Study advisor with questions.

Summer & Fall 2021 Information - we will begin advising for these terms on September 2, 2020. Please watch for emails from our office during the month of August letting you know how to Get Started.

Story 3/23/2017

International Program Initiatives Expand Study Abroad Access

As part of the Next Generation Initiative, a strategy for launching talented underserved students, Franklin & Marshall College’s Office of International Programs has created new efforts focused on...

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Story 12/5/2014

To Study Abroad, With Intent and Purpose

An abiding interest in Asian languages draws a history major to  China.  A  pianist travels to Austria to explore musicology. An environmental studies major returns to his native Brazil to research...

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F&M Everywhere 

F&M Everywhere Annual Photo Contest

Photography at its best provides us a chance to capture what we see and yet convey it with a deeper more profound emotion.  The F&M Everywhere Photo Contest is an opportunity for students who have studied off-campus to bring their transformational experiences back and share those sights and feelings with the entire Franklin & Marshall community.

F&M Everywhere Photo Contest

Off-Campus Study Student Stories

Animal Behavior majors conducting field research in the Australian rainforest.  Government majors interning in Scottish Parliament.  Art majors taking studio classes in Florence. Classics students walking to class through the streets of Rome.  Read about F&M students off-campus, where they went, what they studied, and how it impacted their studies.

Browse Our Stories


Story 4/24/2020

Young Alumna Bridges the Miles to Wuhan

When Teresa Chappell ’18 arrived in Wuhan, China, in 2018, she never could have imagined the uncertainties that would unfold two short years later. Chappell was approaching her final semester as a...

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Story 2/14/2020

Off-Campus Study: Anna McDougall ‘21

International Studies and English Creative Writing Joint Major spends a semester in Shanghai, China.

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Story 7/31/2019

Off-Campus Study: Paige Alexander '20

Art History and Chinese major spends an academic year in Beijing, China

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Story 7/3/2019

Off-Campus Study: Amber May '19

Moral Psych major and Spanish minor studies in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Story 4/12/2019

Senior Spotlight: Marie Frazer '19 on Studying Abroad in...

After three years of Italian coursework on campus, Marie was well prepared for the challenge of taking courses alongside Italian students at the University of Padova and living with an Italian host...

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Story 9/8/2018

Off Campus Study: Jyra Jones in Buenos Aires

Jyra Jones '19 is studying human rights in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Story 8/13/2018

Welcoming Students Returning from Study Abroad

For many students, studying abroad is about much more than the sites and cities visited. The experience can be life-changing. The Office of International Programs at Franklin & Marshall College helps...

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Story 8/3/2018

Forced Migration and the Idea of Home

As an archaeologist and architectural historian, Associate Professor of Art History Kostis Kourelis studies the way places tell stories of people. In summer 2016, the Franklin & Marshall College...

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Story 7/31/2018

Off-Campus Study: Marching for Justice Abroad

Franklin & Marshall College senior Christy Illescas first traveled to Paris on a weeklong high school trip. The exposure to a new place shaped her desire to return someday. She spent last spring...

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Story 1/4/2018

Off-Campus Study: Genevieve Rohrer '18

Anthropology major studies on the SIT/IHP Human Rights program in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile.

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Story 10/27/2017

My Fulbright Experience: Sophomore Corey Kreidler

“I learned a lot about wildlife conservation in the U.K. in my field biology class,” Kreidler said. “On our many field trips, I learned new survey techniques such as how to trap small rodents and how...

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Story 10/17/2017

Maya Locker's Summer Travel Research

Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split: Its Architectural Form and how to Present Cultural Heritage to the Public The Roman emperor, Diocletian, retired to his palace in Split, Croatia in 305 CE, living...

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Story 9/25/2017

Off-Campus Study: Aly Campbell '18

Environmental Studies and BOS joint major studies in Varanasi, India.

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Story 9/1/2017

Off-Campus Study: Shelby Sawyer '18

Environmental Science major spends her semester off campus on a research trek through Patagonia.

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Story 8/18/2017

Off-Campus Study: Karolina Heleno '18

English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint major studies in Scandinavia.

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