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International Education

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Office of International Education will provide in person services Monday - Friday, 9:30am – 12:30pm by appointments only. The office will also offer virtual appointments Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm for Fall 2020. To schedule a virtual appointment, please email or by phone at 978-665-3089.  For appointments specific to Study Abroad, please email Nicole Salerno at; and to International student programs, please email Sandy Yu at There will be no walk-in hours. For document requests, please allow five business days.

Students representating nations around the world


You are welcome here! 

Fitchburg State is a public institution that offers over 30 undergraduate and 22 master's degree programs.

The Office of International Education advises students on immigration matters, employment questions, and issues of cultural adjustment through a special orientation program, briefings, workshops, and individual advising. 

We host students from more than 25 countries in degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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: 

Study Abroad Opportunities

As a student at Fitchburg State, you have the valuable opportunity to study in another country through three types of programs:

  • Short-term programs led by Fitchburg State faculty members for groups of Fitchburg State students
  • Direct enrollment at a foreign university with whom Fitchburg State University has an exchange agreement
  • Summer, semester, or year-long individual programs designed by private study abroad companies

Through these types of programs, you can study in hundreds of locations throughout the world, including programs designed for specific majors.

Scholarship support is available for some programs through affiliation agreements, private philanthropic organizations, or federally-funded scholarship programs.

Global Responsibility

Several campus-wide events are offered throughout the academic year to promote cross-cultural awareness on campus. Through the discussion of international topics with experts on international issues, students will learn about the challenges and responsibilities for becoming global citizens.

International Studies Minor

The Office of International Education works closely with many departments on campus to promote global citizenry. We strongly encourage students to declare an International Studies Minor in order to satisfy some of the requirements for the minor while studying abroad.

We are conveniently located on the third floor of the Hammond Building, Room 316 next to Career Services. Stop by and visit with us anytime.

Fitchburg State students in Japan, spring break 2016
Students participating in the 2016 Japan Spring Break Game Design Program. Read more about it on the Burg Blog!

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Any student, Domestic or International, can take advantage of our new partnership with STA Travel for student budget friendly airfares. Let the STA staff know you are a Fitchburg State Student (or are about to become one) when you book your flight!

International Students

Learn about our MBA, Computer Science, and Data Science programs by watching this webinar!

Fitchburg State Students

Generation Study Abroad logo

The university has joined more than 150 other campuses in supporting the national Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative. The initiative is a five-year campaign bringing leaders in education, business and governments together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. The institute has already identified more than 150 lead partners who have committed to specific, measureable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal. The result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world. Organizations can learn more and sign on at the Generation Study Abroad website.