BEFORE YOU GO
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE BEEN APPROVED TO STUDY ABROAD!
So what’s next? Once you have been accepted by ISAP and your Study Abroad Program, you will need to begin to plan for your semester abroad. Please carefully review the information and resources provided below. ISAP encourages all students to research their scholarship options as well.
FORDHAM PRE-DEPARTURE FORMS/EVENTS
The following forms should be brought to the ISAP office as they become available or are requested:
+ Copy of Program Acceptance Letter
+ Course Approval Form with appropriate signatures (this is the final document in the Fordham Study Abroad Application)
+ Copy of Passport
+ Proof of Medical and Accident Insurance
Following your Fordham acceptance letter, you will receive a VISA LETTER (to be used as needed), as well as information regarding your ISAP WORKSHEET (detailing estimated cost).
Mandatory Pre-Departure Information Sessions are held in December/May during which we provide information about your upcoming study abroad experience and collect the signed ISAP Worksheet and the Final Agreement Form. Since the fastest and most effective form of communication during this process is email, make sure you include your email address in the General Background Information Form and check your email regularly.
Required forms to be submitted to ISAP:
+ Signed ISAP Worksheet (2 pages)
+ Signed Final Student Agreement Form
PLANNING FOR DEPARTURE
The ISAP office wishes you well as you embark on what will undoubtedly be a culturally and academically enriching journey. The following pages will prove useful with questions you may have as you prepare for the journey and once you are away from Fordham. You may also download the complete Study Abroad Handbook.
Preparations Before You Go Abroad
WHILE YOU ARE ABROAd
Communication with Fordham Offices
Keep in mind that while email is the best way to communicate with a Fordham office or faculty member while you are abroad, creative identities will hinder fast and effective communication. To avoid delays in communication, it is advisable to use your Fordham email or a user-friendly address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). Also remember to clearly indicate the topic of your email in the Subject line in all email you send from abroad. See the last page on this Handbook for a list of Fordham University contacts.
Securing Housing for Next Semester
Study abroad students are guaranteed housing upon returning to Fordham, however please note that you are not guaranteed a bed space in a specific room or residence. In order to secure housing upon your return, contact the Office of Residential Life and declare your housing intentions PRIOR TO YOUR DEPARTURE to make sure you have met all of the requirements for securing housing for your return to campus. Depending upon the term you will be abroad, there are certain protocols that must be followed.
Course Registration for Next Semester
Study abroad students get priority registration, so you will register before the rest of your peers on campus. ISAP will e-mail you the exact date that you can begin registering approximately one month prior to it, and will provide the web link to my.fordham.edu as well. You will receive a second email with information on where to find course listings when they are available.
+ You will NOT need an Advising Pin, however, in order to register you must enter your AccessIT ID as well as your password (please note that ISAP cannot provide students this information). You will be required to enter an "Early Registation PIN" which will be provided to you by email.
+ Remember the time difference before attempting to register. The email we will send you will provide the start time and date in Eastern Standard Time.
+ In case of difficulty registering: Most students find the study abroad registration process very easy to follow (the most common remark it that “it was the simplest of all registrations at Fordham”). In the rare event that you experience difficulty, please contact ISAP.
+ Some courses are restricted to particular students (Visual Arts Majors, Seniors, etc.). If you are unable to register for a course that is Closed by Restriction, please email your class dean (cc ISAP@fordham.edu) to obtain approval to register.
Study Abroad Transcript
Remember that it is your responsibility to request that an Official Transcript be sent to ISAP by your study abroad program or institution after you have completed your studies abroad.
Have all transcripts sent to:
Office of International & Study Abroad Programs
441 E. Fordham Road
Walsh Library, Suite 039
Bronx, NY 10458
All participants are expected to complete and return the ISAP Program Evaluation shortly after their return. Please note that your study abroad transcript will not be evaluated nor the credits posted until this form is returned.
We encourage you to be thorough and honest in evaluating your study abroad program or university, because the ISAP Office relies heavily on these forms when we review our study abroad programs roster. Your voice helps us maintain the highest possible standards when looking at study abroad programs. Your evaluation serves another, equally essential purpose as your peers—future study abroad students—read about your experience with great interest. Your program evaluation can help them make decisions regarding their own study abroad plans.
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