Skip to main content

Global Transition

Office of International Services

About Global Transition

“Being an international student myself the transition can be rather difficult if you don't have someone to guide you through it. I found my GTA and this program as a whole very informative and helped me prepare for what's to come.” - 2018 GT participant

“I enjoyed my time during GT especially because it helped me feel more comfortable about being in an American College Setting.  Not only was my GTA a great person, he was also helpful in accommodating my GT group and I with everything we needed to know. As an international student, Global Transition was a perfect adjustment period..” - 2018 GT participant

Global Transition is a 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, attend important and helpful information sessions, and engage in some fun activities/events. During Global Transition, you will also be able to ask current Fordham students all the questions you may have about life at Fordham.

In August 2018, Global Transition welcomed students from over 35 countries on each campus.

Global Transition 2020

Tuesday, August 18 - Saturday, August 22.

Attendance at Global Transition is mandatory for all visa-holding undergraduate students starting at Fordham (this includes freshmen and transfer students).
You must register for Global Transition by Friday, July 31 using the registration link in the Global Transition portal in the New Student tab of your my.fordham.edu account. If you are a visa-holder, you are expected to attend GT even if you did not register, but registration is critical to ensure that we have materials and a group placement for you.

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are also welcome to join Global Transition! Have you lived/gone to school abroad and have concerns or questions about adjusting to college life in the US? Perhaps you are the first person in your family to attend college in the US? If you are coming from abroad or from an international academic background, Global Transition is here to help you adjust to being at school in the US and New York City! If you'd like to participate in GT, make sure you register since that is the only way we can get the names of non-visa holding students.

Here is some of what you will be doing each day with Global Transition:*

Tuesday, August 18: Move-in day for residents
If you are a commuter, you are invited to join us during this day, especially for the dinner and group get-together at 6 p.m. You are not required to join us until Wednesday for breakfast. Detailed info will be emailed to you in mid-August.

Wednesday, August 19: FELT test, campus scavenger hunt, OIS Immigration session, cultural adjustment, Q&A with current students

Thursday, August 20: Academics in the US, Jesuit mission & identity, NYC subway and transportation, learn about important campus resources, dinner at restaurants in Manhattan

Friday, August 21: Involvement opportunities in NYC (One To World), Multiculturalism in the US, celebratory closing lunch, activities and games

Saturday, August 22: Optional excursions throughout the city, including (but not limited to) Coney Island/NY Aquarium; Chelsea, the Highline & the Whitney museum; Wall Street & One World Trade Center; Battery Park & ferry past the Statue of Liberty; picnic in Central Park
The sign-up for all excursion options will take place on Thursday, August 20 as part of GT programming.

* All events listed will be offered, but the exact scheduling may change.

All incoming visa-holding students will be charged a Global Transition fee of $400, which covers food, welcome materials, transportation, and more. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to participate in Global Transition will also be charged the Global Transition fee.

Exchange Students: you will NOT participate in Global Transition. Instead, the Office of International and Study Abroad Programs will host your welcome programming.

Meet the Global Transition Team

Learn a little bit about the Rose Hill GT Team

Learn a little bit about the Lincoln Center GT Team

Want to know what it's like to attend GT, and what past participants say about the program?

Check out our Welcome Videos (Rose Hill) (Lincoln Center). On our Vimeo channel, you can also see other GT videos, including footage of the program from previous years.

Comments from 2018 and 2017 participants:

  • “I had a lot of fun and meanwhile I got to know the culture and lifestyle here in NYC”
  • “From my own experience, GT is a program which is carefully organized in order to help international student to be familiar with the environment/community, to get prepared for the life in the city, and to get to know other students who are either upper-class students or international students. GT makes it possible for international students to connect with other people and form a group that in which people understand and support each other. I came here to study almost with no idea about how I should live the life here. It's GT that made me know basic stuff like where to shop and how to take the public transportation ; help me learn more about the school, culture, community here. It also let me meet some people very nice and helpful like my GTA. My transition would be less smooth without the gain from GT program.”
  • “Looking back, GT was a very valuable experience for me because I don’t think I would have met the friends that I know today without that 5 day program. More importantly, the GTAs that I’ve met and still keep in touch with during the global transition have been such a great help for me throughout my first year in college”
  • “Although I am American, I never lived in the US for any significant amount of time before coming to Fordham, and the chance to meet people coming from similar backgrounds and the guidance I got from the GTAs were instrumental in getting me on my feet in more ways than I can count, especially in my first few months.”
  • “As an international student, my experience in GT really comforted me mentally and physically.”

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!