Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Additional Instructions for 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. The Office of graduate Admissions is happy to answer any questions about academics. The Office of International Students should be contacted with questions regarding visas and immigration. Additionally, the Office of International Students provides pre-arrival information to help prepare you for your trip, and orientation upon arrival to explain immigration matters and assist in adjustment to the United States.

All official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions must be submitted in English, or with a certified English translation. Transcripts and credentials should be submitted to World Education Services for evaluation. (WES, PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10011; telephone: 212/966-6311). References from non-English speaking professors do not need to be made on the forms provided. The references, however, must be on official letterhead, accompanied by a certified translation. The non-refundable application fee is required of all international students.


All international students where applicable must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Exceptions to this requirement are as follows: native English speakers from Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Bermuda, and the West Indies, and those international students who have taken at least two years of study in an institution of higher learning in the United States or in one of the above-mentioned countries. Applications will not be considered without official TOEFL test results. Information and registration materials may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541. Information on the TOEFL and FRE tests may also be obtained from a U.S. Information Service office in your country. Test results should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions (Code #2259). Normally applicants with TOEFL scores below 250 on the new computer version or 600 on the old written version are not admitted into the IPED Program. When exceptions are made these applicants are required to attend an English review class in August. Information on this class will be sent with the certificate of eligibility. The cost of the class is not included in the estimate provided on the affidavit.


In accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Justice and its Immigration and Naturalization Service, international students must obtain an appropriate visa for study in the United States. For most international students this will be the F-1 student visa. With proper documentation, Fordham's Office of International Students can issue the I-20 certificate of eligibility, used to obtain the F-1 student visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad. Some students will be issued an IAP-66 form to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa. Students must provide verification of adequate financial resources to cover education and living expenses for at least the first year. Proper documentation includes the notarized affidavit of support form, submitted with supporting documentation, such as an official bank letter, employer's letter stating the salary of the sponsor, or copies of financial awards. An I-20 or IAP-66 cannot be issued without this information. All information must be submitted in the original; absolutely no faxes or copies will be accepted. Students residing outside the United States at the time of application should keep copies or another set of original documents to present upon visa application. Students already in the United States should contact the Office of International Students about transferring student status to Fordham or changing status. In addition, proof of immunization against measles, mumps and Rubella must be provided to arrival at Fordham University.


Additional information as well as the forms needed for financial documentation and affidavit of support can be obtained from the web sit of the International Student Advisor.  For additional assistance please contact the International Student Advisor, Fordham University, 106 Keating Hall, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458, via phone at 718/817-3145 or 718/817-3146, via fax at 718/817-5573, or via email at

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