Global Transition

Office of International Services

Apply Now to be a Global Transition Assistant!

Global Transition Assistants (or GTAs) are a huge part of the program's success!  GTAs each have a small group of new students, who they lead and guide throughout the Global Transition program.  As a GTA, you have the opportunity to get to know other current Fordham students from all over the world, to learn about other countries and cultures, to share your own background, participate in fun activities, and make new friends! You also get to help new international students learn about Fordham, adjust to life in the US, and make lasting friendships.  We have heard from many students that many of their closest friends are people they met during Global Transition.

In 2015 Global Transition welcomed new students from 39 different countries, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Thailand, nearly all the countries of western Europe, and many countries in Latin America.   

We had GTAs from the Philippines, China, Micronesia, Brazil, Kuwait, India, Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Japan, Norway, and of course, the US!

For much more information about the position, and to complete the application, please click here.
The application deadline is Sunday, February 21 at midnight.

About Global Transition

Global Transition is a five-day program to welcome undergraduate international students to Fordham and help with adjustment to the first days and weeks here. During Global Transition, new students will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other 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 held throughout the program, which allow participants to get to know their surroundings, and the Fordham community.  During Global Transition, you will also be able to ask current Fordham students all the questions you may have about life at Fordham.

In addition to fun and informative activities and sessions, each new student will be put in a small group with other international students and one or two current Fordham students. These student leaders will help facilitate conversation, give advice, and provide support to the new students during Global Transition, and throughout the semester! They give the new students a unique perspective on the Fordham experience. The friendships you will form during Global Transition will help you feel more comfortable at Fordham and will provide you with a great foundation for your Fordham career. Global Transition is a wonderful program that truly will help you transition to Fordham and New York and we can't wait for you to join us.

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Global Transition 2016

The 2016 Global Transition program will take place from Tuesday, August 23– Saturday, August 27

Attendance at Global Transition is MANDATORY for all F-1 and J-1 undergraduate students starting at Fordham. Global Transition is also open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other visa holders coming to Fordham from abroad.
ALL incoming F-1 students will be charged a Global Transition fee of $200. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other visa holders (except J-1) who wish to participate in Global Transition will also be charged the $200 Global Transition fee.

For more information about GT 2015, please see our GT 2015 Flyer.

Make sure to check out the Rose Hill Global Transition Team page and the Lincoln Center Global Transition Team page to learn more about the members of this year’s GT Team, who are excited to welcome you to Fordham and share their experiences with you!

Also be sure to check out our videos to learn more about Global Transition, your GTAs, and life at Fordham

There are also a few events held for parents during the Global Transition program. As the students are taking their first steps into their Fordham careers, we invite parents to learn a little more about what Fordham has to offer as well!

Sample Global Transition Schedule
This is the schedule for Global Transition 2015.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - residents move into on-campus housing
6 p.m. - pizza party dinner
7 p.m. - Group Formation (get to know your Global Transition Assistant and the other new students)
*Note: Commuters are also invited to attend the pizza party dinner and group formation.

Fordham English Language Testing
Campus Scavenger Hunt
Dinner, Dessert, and Trivia

Academic Sessions
Resource Fair
OIS Immigration Orientation
Dinner in Manhattan

Breakfast & Student Q&A Panel
Celebratory Lunch
Activities and excursions

Excursions to different parts of NYC throughout the day

For information about how to get to either campus from the airport, please see our Transportation from Airport page.

Social Media

Global Transition is on Facebook! Like our Facebook page. This is a great way to see and start talking to other new international students, and also to ask any questions you may have. Your Global Transition Assistants are members of this group, and are excited to help you however they can! Follow Global Transition on Twitter! OrgSync is another great way to connect with us. It gives all students access to information about any club on either campus! Follow our OrgSync page for additional updates about Global Transition! Keep up to date with events and information as we begin to prepare for Global Transition 2015.