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Experiential Learning

Study Abroad and Domestic

At Quinnipiac, studying abroad is about full cultural immersion. As you absorb the history and social customs of another country, you’ll also connect with its people and learn their personal, educational and workplace values. Immerse yourself in the heart of the action through one of our study domestic programs. Intern at NBC Entertainment or the "Conan" show in LA, or get involved with politics in D.C. Wherever you go, we'll connect you with unique environments where you'll apply your learning, acquire professional skills and learn about yourself in the process.

Becoming students — and citizens — of the world

We offer programs in 32 countries, from Barbados to Australia, and that list continues to grow. Your options are varied, and include traditional semester-long programs, short-term, faculty-led courses and global service learning programs that emphasize solidarity, collaboration and engagement. You also may be able to take advantage of a growing number of global internships.

Whichever path you choose, your experience is completely shaped to align with your specific academic and career goals. Because of this, students from all academic backgrounds — from business and engineering to the humanities and social sciences — benefit incredibly from their time abroad. This is vitally important, because employers in every industry place high value on international perspective and intercultural awareness.

In addition to Australia and New Zealand, Quinnipiac students have recently completed a study abroad program in the following destinations:

  • Canada
  • Mexico

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti

  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua

  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru

  • Albania
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Global Solidarity Programs

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Learn about yourself while making an impact

We're purposeful about our approach to service-based work abroad. Our unique approach combines intentional pre-departure education, an emphasis on interprofessionalism and incorporation of alumni. You won’t travel simply to volunteer your time and services — you’ll learn what it means to make a genuine impact in communities around the world. While human development and progress is the end goal, our approach focuses on learning and working alongside citizens of the world in the spirit of solidarity, collaboration and reciprocity.

Before departing, you’ll spend a semester with the other students who will be traveling with you. Together, you’ll learn about the concepts of individual identity and community engagement, followed by country-specific culture, history and social structures. This pre-departure education is rich and multifaceted, combining documentaries and guest lectures; visits to museums and restaurants; immersive field trips to locations such as Spanish Harlem; and virtual conversations with leaders from our partner organizations in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Barbados.

Our interprofessional (IP) programs pool the diverse talents of students from all majors in an international context and enable them to work together toward the same greater goal. Occupational therapy and physical therapy students may provide care to families in Nicaragua — who then receive follow-ups from our nursing students based on the assessment briefing they received from the OT and PT students. Arts and sciences, education and engineering students may pool their talents to create and deliver STEM education programs in countries such as Guatemala.

Your experience continues once you’ve returned home. We provide forums for you to continue to engage, connect and reflect on your experience for years to come. You might even continue your service once you’ve graduated. Alumni have the opportunity to join future trips, providing current students with a network of support and a model of mentorship.

The number of students who participate in this transformative program continues to grow each year. Our approach works, and the results are incredibly valuable to your future. In engaging with and strengthening communities around the world, you prove to future employers that you possess intercultural awareness, and the ability to effectively communicate and work across cultural lines.

Make lasting connections across the country

Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C.

The Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C. program gives enthusiastic students from a range of majors the opportunity to live and intern in the nation’s capital, the hub for American politics, government, international relations and national security. Our network is constantly expanding and consists of numerous organizations in the D.C. area, including national security agencies, congressional offices and the White House, as well as think tanks, news corporations, and public affairs agencies.

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Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles

Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles is a year-round program that allows students to live, work and learn in the heart of America’s entertainment industry. Los Angeles is home to the “Big 5” film studios, 10 professional sports franchises, major broadcast news network bureaus and a media market that reaches millions daily.

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Quinnipiac University in Budapest, Hungary

The Quinnipiac University in Budapest, Hungary program provides students of all majors the chance to live, work and learn as they study abroad in a foreign nation’s capital. Located in the heart of Central Europe, Budapest is a hub for international businesses and organizations that enable our students to complete internships or engage in research as part of an unforgettable resume-building experience.

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