Exchange Programs With Foreign Universities

What is an exchange program?

These programs offer a traditional exchange experience, and include you paying Fitchburg State tuition and fees as you normally would. Students participating on a faculty led program must request an official transcript. Additional fees would come in the form of transportation costs, housing and a student visa.

Darren Jimenez in Japan eating with other students

Darren Jimenez (upper right corner) is a business major studying abroad at our exchange program in Japan, Reitaku University. Darren became friends with Mia (left corner), our previous exchange student from Reitaku University, during her year abroad at Fitchburg State University.

How do I apply?

Exchange programs and any provider-led programs include courses taught at foreign universities and require additional paperwork (the Preliminary Registration Approval Form (PDF), or "PRAF,") for credits to transfer.

Email Study Abroad Adviser, Nicole Salerno  at nsalerno@fitchburgstate.edu for assistance with this form, and we will work with your Departmental Advisor and the Registrar for course approvals.

*Prices are subject to change according to currency conversion rate fluctuations.

Where can I study on an exchange program?

Currently, we offer the following exchange programs:

Reitaku University - Japan

Reitaku University is a small, (4,000 students) private university in the city of Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan. Reitaku University began as a Moralogy School in 1935 and then established itself as Reitaku University in 1959. Reitaku University and Fitchburg State University have had an active exchange program since 2017. If you meet an international student from Japan here on campus, be sure to ask them what their school is like! 

Imani Hunter with a certificate from Reitaku University
Imani Hunter studied Japanese language and culture through our exchange program at Reitaku University during Fall 2018.

Reitaku University is less than an hour by train from Tokyo and students often travel to Tokyo/other parts of Japan to explore! You will take courses related to comparative management, gender studies, economics, Japan Studies, business, Japanese language etc. all of which are taught in English. 

Students live in dorms on or near the campus. The International Office at Reitaku University is there to help you adjust to your semester in Japan. They host many fun activities planned throughout the semester and every student is paired with a conversation partner upon arrival! 

Feel free to contact Steven Hattler Technical Theater major at shattler@student.fitchburgstate.edu, who studied abroad Spring 2023 to ask him about his experience at Reitaku University.

As well as...

    Sign and buildings of Yamaguchi University in Japan

    This university offers a range of courses *taught in English* in the Faculty of Global and Science Studies. This university also offers some exciting internship possibilities as well as inexpensive housing on campus.

    Fall Semester - Semester runs September to February (This might conflict with the schedule at Fitchburg State)

    Spring Semester - Semester runs April to September 

    Exterior view of Rhine-Waal University in Germany part of our study abroad program

    This university offers a wide array of courses *taught in English* in the Applied Sciences Program including International Studies, as well as a "Fab Lab." Students can travel easily from the border town of Kleve to the Netherlands by bicycle or shuttle.

    Fall Semester - Semester runs September to February (This might conflict with the schedule at Fitchburg State)

    Spring Semester - Semester runs March to August 

    Watch these YouTube videos to get a student's perspective of Rhine-Waal University.

    Exterior view of Media University in Germany part of our study abroad program

    This university offers many opportunities for students in the Communications Department and students interested in the "Business" of Communication to take courses and get hands on experience, all living in the beautiful region of Bavaria.

    Fall Semester - Semester runs September to February (This might conflict with the schedule at Fitchburg State)

    Spring Semester - Semester runs March to August 

    Exterior view of University of Verona in Italy part of our study abroad program

    Verona is located in Veneto, the northern region of Italy, east of Lake Garda. Students appreciate Verona's proximity to Venice, Milan, and other cities in Italy. Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has history on every corner. Every cobblestone street, medieval architecture, bridge, church, Roman ruin, and square has a story. The Adige River passes through the center of Verona and can be seen from most vantage points. Verona is also the setting of William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. 

    Fall Semester - Semester runs September to February (subject to change)

    Spring Semester - Semester runs April to September (subject to change)

    Ariel view of Zhejiang University in China part of our study abroad program

    Business students who are interested in China should consider this exciting opportunity to study the language and culture of China as they attend a Business School in beautiful Hangzhou.

    Fall Semester - Semester begins around September 4 and ends around January 10 (subject to change)

    Spring Semester - Semester begins around February 18 and ends beginning of July (subject to change)

    One of our international students had so much to say about his experiences at Fitchburg State he made a video to share with the world: 

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    Interested?

    For more information on our exchange programs with foreign universities, please contact us!