Extend Your F&M Experience Beyond Borders
Off-campus study is an integral component of an F&M liberal arts education. Historically, 45-50% of F&M students engage in an off-campus experience, whether it be a semester-long program or summer internship or research project. These experiences aren’t simply time away from campus; they’re seamlessly connected with your entire academic journey.
Where in the World Will Your F&M Journey Lead You?You play an important role in ensuring your off-campus study experiences are meaningful
and challenging — and this starts with choosing your off-campus study program. You,
your academic adviser, and your off-campus study adviser will work together closely
to help you strategically select the experience that complements your F&M degree and
your future goals. This individualized, hands-on support before, during, and after
your off-campus study experience ensures you have the best opportunities for growth
Find the Right Program
While some other colleges offer direct exchange programs, we partner exclusively with trusted programs across the globe. There are more than 200 programs in 60 countries pre-approved by F&M. These programs include high-ranking, prestigious universities that offer on-site support for academics, housing, student life, health and wellness, emergency services, and more. Programs popular with F&M students are located in:
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
If you are interested in participating in a program that has not been pre-approved by F&M, you may seek approval to pursue that off-campus study program.
Off-Campus Study Funds
If you’re considering an experience off campus — whether it be for research, an internship, a study program, or even a postgraduate opportunity overseas — there are funds available to help you. Your off-campus study adviser can guide you to the right funding source for your goals and assist you during the application process.
Enjoy Truly Transformative Experiences
Keep in mind that by extending your F&M experience off campus, you can:
- Immerse yourself in a new culture
- Learn another language
- Engage in academically challenging coursework
- Explore family roots
- Learn more about your major in another cultural, academic, or geographic context
- Gain hands-on experience through research or internships
- Engage with the local community through volunteer work
- Enrich your understanding of a different political system
- Expand your knowledge and understanding of another part of the world by interacting with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
- Learn more about global social justice
- Explore sustainability challenges and solutions
- Develop your independence, resourcefulness, adaptability, cultural humility, and problem-solving
- And we’re just getting started!
An Experience in Nepal
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July 5, 2023 Students overcome challenge and achieve mindfulness on the Camino de Santiago. Join their transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth. June 28, 2023 Rising senior Apurva Subedi recently returned from a trip to Nepal where he researched sustainable tourism in the Annapurna region and completed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. July 31, 2019
Students Build Mindfulness on Camino de Santiago
F&M Rising Senior Explores Sustainable Tourism in the Himalayas
Off-Campus Study: Paige Alexander '20
July 5, 2023
Students overcome challenge and achieve mindfulness on the Camino de Santiago. Join their transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
June 28, 2023
Rising senior Apurva Subedi recently returned from a trip to Nepal where he researched sustainable tourism in the Annapurna region and completed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
July 31, 2019