International Studies Programs

Education Doesn't End in the Classroom

Study AbroadIt also doesn't stop at the borders of the campus or country. Franklin Pierce University offers many opportunities for international learning experiences. Study abroad allows you to gain firsthand, in-depth knowledge of another culture, see the world from a new perspective and develop intercultural skills that will help you succeed in today’s world.

Franklin Pierce offers its own study abroad programs, including its semester program: Pierce on the Camino - Walking in Europe, and a variety of Maymester programs and other short term programs.  Students may also join study abroad programs at other accredited institutions, which allow students to earn credit towards their Franklin Pierce degree. All study abroad programs are open to students in good standing, who meet the GPA and other requirements of their specific academic program. Students should plan for their study abroad program in consultation with their advisor and the Director of International Studies Programs.

Message from the Dean

Dear Students,

In our increasingly interconnected world, the importance of knowing another language and culture is vital for success, and Franklin Pierce University has long offered study abroad programs to support student learning along these lines. In addition to the international study opportunities offered by our own faculty, I am delighted to announce Franklin Pierce’s new partnership with Education First (EF), that will multiply the range of study abroad opportunities available to Franklin Pierce students. EF was founded in Sweden in 1965 with the aim of improving language skills and intercultural relations worldwide. With this mission in mind, Franklin Pierce has partnered with EF to make their Language Study Abroad programs available during Franklin Pierce’s academic year and over summer breaks. We look forward to further broadening your horizons of success. You can start this experience by taking a few minutes to review the EF opportunities - and while you are at it, measure your current language skills. Please Follow the link to EF’s on-line language test.

Franklin Pierce University has also entered into a partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to provide a wide range of study abroad opportunities for students. There are a number of advantages to Franklin Pierce’s partnership with CIEE including:

    • Offering far more study abroad locations to our students than we are currently able to provide, thereby appealing to all majors on campus.
    • Students will be able to take courses both in their majors and in general education, providing greater flexibility and opportunities for more students.
    • Program costs are all-inclusive (except airfare), and CIEE awards scholarships based both on need and merit, averaging $1,500-$2,000 per award.
    • Most course offerings are in English and do not require a foreign language.

Kind Regards,

Kerry McKeever, Ph.D.
Dean, College at Rindge

International Programs operated by Franklin Pierce University

Pierce on the Camino
Developed for the Fall of 2011, the Pierce on the Camino de Santiago program immerses students in the same journey that eight centuries of pilgrims have experienced. Approximately 15 students participate in a one semester, long-distance walk through southern France and across northern Spain along the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Walking as pilgrims, carrying a backpack, staying in pilgrim hostels, country inns, and monasteries, walking with other Franklin Pierce students and a professor, students travel on foot between 10-15 miles a day. Slowing down to “human speed”, leaving behind the ordinary concerns of daily life, and unplugging from the internet, iPod and cell phone brings rich rewards that are rare in today’s world—the intimacy of prolonged solitude, the beauty of the natural world, the gratitude from many acts of kindness, and the joy of sustained conversation with others in a group and with fellow pilgrims from all over the world. For information on specific prerequisites and deadlines, contact the International Studies Office.

Semester Course Related Programs
Franklin Pierce University offers course related programs whereby students partake of a course during the Spring or Fall semesters, which have a two-or three-week off campus program attached to the course.  Currently, Franklin Pierce offers such programs in Costa Rica, China, Sundance Film Festival/Park City, Utah, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

Pierce in Beijing, China
As China becomes a leader in the global economy, the significance of student understanding of the culture and influence on the will only increase. A course specifically geared toward China (MN275), and more importantly, a trip to China, will be a worthwhile experience for students to understand the complex economic systems, values and attitudes underlying decision-making institutions outside of the United States. Thereby, the two-week trip to China, at the end of the course, puts Franklin Pierce University’s students in the center of the current global economy.  During this period, students will witness the ideas, concepts, and theories learned in class at work in different Chinese businesses.  This will allow them to understand the similarities and differences between American and Chinese companies as they compete and work together on a global scale.  Students will acquire a knowledge-base in understanding China’s rapid economic growth and integration into the world economy, along with the tension this creates in society.  As students gain this knowledge-base, they will begin to gain an understanding of the complexities that exist between society and business from a Chinese perspective.  This understanding will enable them to compare the similarities and differences between US business and cultural settings and Chinese business and cultural settings in the global marketplace.For information on specific prerequisites and deadlines, contact Mack Bean at

Pierce in Costa Rica
This Tropical Forest Ecology (BI217) introduces students to the fundamental characteristics of intensely varied ecosystems. Through lectures, seminar, field exercises and field interpretation, students come to understand the dominant ecological forces that shape tropical forests. Students also attempt to observe and understand how the many fascinating adaptations of tropical organisms reflect the evolutionary pressures found in the tropical forest environment. The course takes place in three seminars at Franklin Pierce and in three sites in Costa Rica. Interested students should contact Rhine Singleton at

Affiliated International Programs

Language Study Abroad Experience with EF Education First
Accelerate your rate of fluency in a second language, the cornerstone of international education, while earning Franklin Pierce academic credits. Globalism is this decade's new motto. Employment statistics indicate that language and cross-cultural skills are invaluable assets, and increase one's competitive edge in the global job market. With this in mind, Franklin Pierce offers its students the opportunity to learn a second language in a faster way through EF’s International Language Centers abroad, while earning academic credits at Franklin Pierce. Visit the EF website to learn more.

Study Abroad with CIEE
CIEE offers immersive, location-based learning opportunities in more than 40 countries and 60 cities around the world, spanning more cultures, locations, and disciplines than any other study abroad organization.  No matter where your academic and professional goals or wanderlust take you, you’ll discover a CIEE program that’s right for you.  Franklin Pierce has affiliated with CIEE, allowing students to partake of CIEE’s study abroad programs and  receive Franklin Pierce credit for courses taken through CIEE.  For more information, contact the International Studies Programs office.

Programs at Other Institutions

There are numerous programs available for students wishing to pursue studies in other locations. Interested students should contact the International Studies Program for further information at (603) 899-4107.