Dr. Erin Hippolyte
Study Abroad Coordinator/Assistant Professor of French
Phone: (304) 367-4598
"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
Study abroad can be an important part of any program of study at Fairmont State.
International experience develops a global perspective and human connections
with the world at home and abroad. Students who choose to study internationally
enhance their career possibilities and further their personal development.
A variety of opportunities are available to fit the goals and situation of many
students. The International Study Coordinator will help to identify appropriate programs
and register intent to participate. Fairmont State students have successfully
completed programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, with program length
ranging from one week to one academic year. Programs are carefully screened
to allow for transfer of credit back to Fairmont State University upon successful
completion. With advance planning and approval, students will not fall behind on
progress toward their degree.
Study abroad is appropriate for students seeking any degree on campus. In addition
to broadening experience and gaining confidence, students gain insight into
higher education in other countries and the daily lives of their fellow students. This
perspective adds depth of knowledge to their program of study, and to their future
career in any field.
A relationship with our affiliate KEI (www.keiabroad.org) offers students the opportunity
to transfer financial aid and scholarship packages to their study abroad experience.
Students are also eligible for an affiliate discount on KEI semester programs.
Students may incorporate language learning into their study abroad experience.
Cultural immersion is an excellent way to acquire language skills. Students may also
choose to study at an English-language university, found in many countries even
where English is not the official language. The situation varies greatly with each
student and each program.
It is important that students and faculty work closely with the International Study
Coordinator whenever they leave the country under university sponsorship. We
have developed procedures to support safety and security abroad, and to respond
efficiently in an emergency situation. The Office of International Study monitors
international situations in order to make wise decisions together with our international
Fairmont State University offers experiences in the following categories
of international study travel :
• A week-long trip embedded in an FSU course
• A summer trip with FSU faculty
• A semester, year, or summer abroad at a KEI affiliate program
• A semester, year, or summer abroad with a program administered
by a college or university in West Virginia (WVU, West
Liberty, WVSU, etc.)
• A semester, year, or summer abroad with a third party
administrator (see listings at www.iie.org). Students who
choose this option may be unable to transfer financial aid and
scholarships to use during their time away. They will need to
fill out paperwork in advance with the Office of International
Study to determine whether credits will transfer.
• Complete the FSU study abroad authorization paperwork
To qualify for a study abroad experience, 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 while abroad
"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."
Political Science, 2012
spent 5 weeks in South Africa