Study Abroad


Fairmont State University students take their academic goals beyond the Friendly City and Marion County, WV semester after semester.

It’s not just possible to make a student’s Fairmont State academic experience an international one, it’s strongly encouraged.

The learning experience outside of the United States is vast for travelers.  Fairmont State Study abroad students can learn a language and culture first-hand.  They explore world-wide architectural styles. They return from their adventure with an increased awareness of international economics, history and political science.

Fairmont State University Falcons have studied abroad in:

  • France
  • Quebec
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Japan
  • England
  • Argentina
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain
  • Bulgaria

That list can be lengthened by your own study abroad expedition coordinated by Fairmont State University faculty.

ISEP Partnership

Fairmont State University study abroad coordinators work with the International Student Exchange Program to help plan travel opportunities and seek funding to make a student’s dream journey become a reality.

A study abroad expedition can be:

  • A week
  • A semester
  • A summer
  • A year-long exchange

The ISEP exchange network offers students the benefit of an equal exchange of tuition, room and board for participating universities around the world.


To qualify for a study abroad exchange, students must

  • Be enrolled at FSU
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have completed one semester of coursework before applying
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Have the maturity to study abroad and maintain academic responsibilities for FSU while abroad

Contact Information

Dr. Erin Hippolyte
Study Abroad Coordinator/Assistant Professor of French
Phone: (304) 367-4598

Student Experiences

"It’s both an educational experience & humanizing experience."
Sara Garcia – traveled to Quebec

"They say immersion is the best experience. Afterwards, when you can hold a conversation, it opens up a lot for the future."
Chris Vance – traveled to lower/central Mexico for one month

"It's a lot to adjust to, but experiences build wisdom and appreciation. It taught me to live each moment in life for what it is rather than being stuck in the past or consumed with what the future may or may not bring."
Lindsay Menas – two semesters of study in Calabria, Italy

"I have always felt connected with the conflicts in South Africa because of my firm beliefs in human equality, and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to see it for myself; to study where Mandela and Ghandi had studied, struggled, and worked to promote equality. I do not think that I would have had the opportunities elsewhere that I have had with Fairmont State."

Alicia Nieman
Political Science, 2012
spent 5 weeks in South Africa