Real-World Learning

Research an exciting theory, strengthen your resume with an internship, and immerse yourself in a new culture by studying off campus. At F&M, we take your learning far beyond the classroom.


Are there any theories or questions you’re eager to investigate? You can at F&M. The cornerstone of our educational experience is students working and learning side-by-side with faculty who want to help you test ideas — not just talk or read about them.


Get valuable hands-on experience now and gain a competitive advantage in the job market later. Internships allow you to explore fields and job functions of interest, building your portfolio while shaping and inspiring your path in both expected and unexpected ways.

Off-Campus Study

Off-campus study is an integral component of an F&M liberal arts education. Historically, 45-50% of F&M students engage in an off-campus experience. By studying off campus, you can get a head start in understanding cultural differences and strengthen your ability to successfully live and work in our increasingly global society.


Eager to continue your academic and professional development across the globe? Fellowships offer often-funded experiential learning opportunities such as advanced study, research, internships, service, travel, and more.

At F&M, you’ll find expert guidance and support in discovering and applying for fellowships. 


Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning (CBL) links traditional classroom learning to real, hands-on experiences and learning in the larger community. CBL differs from voluntarism because students are prompted to intentionally reflect on their experiences and link their hands-on experience with their course’s readings and lectures. These activities provide students with experiences to test theories and ideas they learn in their course lectures and assignments. F&M’s Ware Institute frequently partners with F&M faculty to design a CBL course and find appropriate placements in the community for students. 


Grants & Funding

We’re committed to advancing the scholarly and creative pursuits of our faculty and students. Those embarking on new projects can turn to F&M’s Office of Sponsored Research for support navigating and facilitating sponsored funding opportunities from internal sources as well as federal, state, and non-profit organizations.

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Diplomats Beyond the Classroom

June 5, 2024

Willie Wilson Awarded NSF CAREER Grant for Computer Science

Ongoing research into robots and machine ethics has resulted in a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for Jason “Willie” Wilson, assistant professor of computer science at F&M.

May 30, 2024

English Grad Writes Next Chapter as Anatolia Fellow

With an F&M English degree in hand, Rohail Spear ’24 is ready to write his next chapter. It starts in Greece, where Spear will spend 10 months as an Anatolia Fellow.

May 29, 2024

Student Startup Promotes Responsible AI Use

A recent F&M graduate and a current student hope to harness the power of artificial intelligence to help students learn.