Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
International Students

Fordham University encourages applications from international students. Students are recommended to apply early, to allow extra time for international mail and preparation of visa documents.

All official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions must be submitted in English, or with a certified English translation. Transcripts and credentials conversion could be submitted to one of the following for evaluation:

World Education Services   
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station, 
New York, NY 10274-5087
website -
Phone - 212 966-6311
Fax - 212 739-6120
Educational Credential Evaluators
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI, 53203
website -
email -
Phone - 414 289-3400
Fax - 414 289-3411

The Office of International Services has an excellent web page with plenty of useful information. Go to and click "Office for International Services" to learn more about:

  • Immigration and Visa matters
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health Services
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Banking
  • Driving

Contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions office with any of your application questions! Our offices responds to emails promptly:
For questions relating to visas and immigration
For questions relating to financial aid and registration
For questions relating to university housing
For questions regarding your application and the admissions process


Additional Information - Common Applicant Questions:
I received financial aid and don't know how to complete the payroll forms that I received.  What do I do?
Fill out only what you can.  When you arrive at Fordham please visit the Office of Academic Programs and Support (Keating 216) where you will receive instructions.  The deadlines in these specific forms do not apply to foreign students.

My acceptance letter requires, as an admit condition, that I take ESL language testing and possible courses by the Institute of American Language and Culture. What do I do?

Before you can be matriculated, you must complete the test of English as a Second Language (ESL) and test at a required level.  To accomplish this, please visit the Institute of American Language and Culture’s website at  There you will have access to the Institute’s programs and contact information.

For students who have been given an ESL condition for the fall semester, the Fordham English Language Test (FELT) is given every day at the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.  You may call the office at 212.636.6353 to schedule an appointment. The IALC office is located at 33 West 60th Street, 3rd floor.

Please review the essay writing process to prepare for the test.

For all questions regarding ESL, contact


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