We know that you are making an important and life-changing decision to study abroad. Please consider the following steps, prior to making your application. These steps will help you to assemble a quality application packet, as well as prepare you for the logistics of abroad study.
STEP ONE: VISIT AN FMU PROGRAM LIAISON
FMU has a direct relationship with each of our study abroad partners. A program liaison is appointed by the FMU administration to serve as the main point of contact for each program. Program liaisons are knowledgeable sources of information about each of our programs and can be a good resource for you in preparing an application. Please see the list of available semester programs below and contact the respective liaisons for more information:
- Canada: University of Prince Edward Island [fall only]; Liaison: Dr. Karen Fries, School of Education
- France: Université de Caen – Basse Normandie [spring/year only]; Liaison: Dr. J. Mark Blackwell, Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Germany: Universität Koblenz-Landau [spring only]; Liaison: Prof. Charles Jeffcoat, Fine Arts
- Germany: Universität Trier [spring only]; Liaison: Dr. Russell Ward, Sociology
- Germany: Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena [spring only]; Liaison: Dr. Lorna Cintron-Gonzalez, Physics & Engineering
- Germany: Hochschule Schmalkalden [spring only]; Liaison: Dr. Jeannette Myers, Physics & Engineering
- Ireland: Carlow College St Patricks [fall/spring]; Liaison: Dr. Shawn Miller, English
- Ireland: University College Cork [fall/spring]; Liaison: Dr. Marie DeVincenzo, School of Business
- United Kingdom: DeMonfort University [fall only]; Liaison: Prof. Kay T. Packet, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
STEP TWO: FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION
The university’s International Studies Committee is responsible for screening all applications. A complete application includes the following:
- Completed International Exchange Application
- Recommendation letters from two faculty members (sent via email or dropped off at Honors Center, Rm 107)
- Personal essay (300-500 words)
- A color copy of your passport or confirmation that you are acquiring a passport
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION:
Two FMU faculty members must write a letter in support of your application, verifying your intellectual and emotional preparedness for study abroad. Letters of recommendation should be emailed from your recommender to Dr. J. Mark Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped off in a sealed envelope with the signature of your recommender on the seal at Honors Center, Rm. 107 or Rm 103.
Submission of an application does not guarantee participation in a semester abroad. The International Studies Committee reviews applications and selects participants on a competitive basis. All applications for a program are reviewed just after the deadline date and those selected will receive an information packet via email.