Global Transition is the name of the 5-day program designed to welcome undergraduate international students to Fordham and help with adjustment to the first days and weeks here. During Global Transition, new students have the opportunity to meet and get to know other new international students from all over the world, and to attend important and helpful information sessions about Fordham. There are also many fun activities and events throughout the program, which allow participants to get to know their surroundings and the Fordham community and to make new friendships.
Each new student is in a group, led by a Global Transition Assistant. The Global Transition Assistants, or GTAs, help new students get acclimated, answer any questions, and also have the great opportunity to meet this group of incoming students.
Starting this year (2014), we are expanding Global Transition into a full semester program! We are very excited about this, because it means you will be able to continue building your relationships with these new students, and become a true mentor for them. We believe that this will lead to friendships that will last even longer than your wonderful time at Fordham!
Connect with Global Transition
Global Transition is on Facebook! Click here to like our Facebook page. This is a great way to see and start talking to some other new international students, and also to ask any questions you may have. Your Global Transition Assistants are membrs of this group, and are excited to help you however they can!
Follow Global Transition on Twitter here! Keep up to date with events and information as Global Transition 2014 approaches.
Global Transition 2014
Global Transition 2014 will run from Tuesday, August 26 - Saturday, August 30. All GTAs and GTC will be required to return to NY by the evening of Saturday, August 23 at the latest in preparation for the program.
Please see below for more information about the Global Transition program, and what the 2013 schedule included.
If you have any quesitons about the program, please email us at email@example.com
Global Transition 2013
Global Transition is the name of the 5-day program designed to welcome undergraduate international students to Fordham and help you adjust to your first days and weeks here. During Global Transition, you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other new international students from all over the world, attend important and helpful information sessions about Fordham, explore Fordham University and New York, and participate in fun activities! Participation in Global Transition is mandatory for all international students, and you must register for this program by June 28.
Global Transition Assistants
Global Transition will be led by a group of current Fordham students, both international and domestic, called Global Transition Assistants. These students will greet you when you arrive on Tuesday, will lead you to all events, and will help you answer any questions you might have about Fordham! They are very excited to meet you! Click here to get to know a little bit about your Global Transition Team.
Some of your GTAs have put together a short video that addresses many questions you might have about your first steps in the US, such as immigration at the airport, transportation from the airport, money, and food! The video can be viewed here. (Please disregard the advertisements.)
NOTE: Due to recent changes, it is likely that you will NOT receive an I-94 card, as described by Junlin in the video. If you do not receive this card, please do not worry. Just make sure your passport is stamped with a stamp that says "D/S" on it.
Fordham English Language Testing
FELT (Fordham English Language Test) testing will take place on the morning of Wednesday, August 21. This test is REQUIRED for all international students who are non-native English speakers, even if you have already taken the TOEFL or similar exams.
Global Transition Schedule
Below is a basic schedule of Global Transition week. Note that we may be making changes to the schedule throughout the Summer, so please check back regularly for the most up-to-date plans. Remember that once the program begins, you are expected to attend ALL events! This means any plans with family/outside friends must be made around the GT schedule.
Tuesday, August 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Move-in for on-campus residents
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner and get to know your Global Transition group
7:00 pm - end of day: optional free time to hang out with the Global Transition team and other new students.
Wednesday, August 21
9:00 am: Check-in for commuters (note: commuters are expected to join Global Transition at this time)
Rose Hill: Keating First Auditorium
Lincoln Center: Law Rm. 204
9:30 am: Welcome
10:00 am - 1:00 pm: FELT testing
10:00 am: Parent Program - a great opportunity for your parents to meet other Fordham parents (of both international and domestic students), have some coffee, and go on a tour of the Rose Hill campus!
Location: Tognino Hall in Duane (Rose Hill)
Tour and learn about your home campus, and participate in a fun scavenger hunt
Ice Cream Social
Thursday, August 22
Academic Information Sessions - meet the Freshman Dean of your college
Rose Hill students travel on the Ram Van to Lincoln Center
Cultural and Jesuit Identity Orientation Sessions
Activities on the Plaza - get to know some new students from the other campus!
Evening: Dinner in Manhattan
Friday, August 23
Morning: Lincoln Center students travel on the Ram Van to Rose Hill
9:30 am: Office for International Services (OIS) Orientation and Information Session
Parents are also invited to this session
Explore New York!
Saturday, August 24
Optional activities in both the Bronx and Manhattan
* Note: shopping trips to Target (Rose Hill) and Bed Bath & Beyond (Lincoln Center) will be offered on Tuesday during move-in hours, on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday
* Note: please make note of the dates and times of events for parents, if your parents will be with you in NYC. Parents will NOT be permitted to attend events unless specifically noted. However, YOU are expected to attend ALL events!
Please remember to visit the New Student tab on your my.fordham.edu account for other important information for all incoming students.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
After Global Transition, all international students will also be participating in New Student Orientation (NSO), which will include the entire incoming class. This mandatory program is from Sunday, August 25 through Tuesday, August 27. This program will provide you with additional resources for your transition to college and give you an opportunity to meet other incoming students. To learn more about the orientation program for all incoming new students, please visit their website.
All Fordham College at Rose Hill students and Gabelli School of Business students, click here for the Rose Hill Campus website.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center students, click here for the Lincoln Center Campus website.