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Study abroad at Fordham is part of a long-standing tradition of Jesuit education that seeks to enhance students’ understanding of the world’s peoples and their interdependence.

Our goal is to help students gain an understanding of other cultures and to incorporate a global dimension to their chosen fields of study. Fordham prides itself in offering its students an extensive international network of partner schools and study abroad programs.

Please stop by our offices—the ISAP staff looks forward to working with you and to offering the advising and services you will need to get the most out of your experience abroad.

New York Staff

Joseph Rienti, Director

  • BA International Political Economy and French, Fordham University
  • MA Humanities and Sciences, Fordham University
  • PhD French, City University of New York Graduate Center

Dr. Rienti is responsible for leading the office that administers undergraduate study abroad for Fordham University. He has spoken at international education conferences in the US and abroad on topics including gender imbalance, diversity, creative student financing models, and risk management in study abroad programs. He has also written on and spoken about the intersection of food and culture. He has taught French courses at Fordham University and City College in New York.

Dr. Rienti is an alumnus of Fordham University and studied abroad at the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne for one year while pursuing his BA. He has lived and worked in France and the UK and has traveled to many countries around the world.


Erasmo Mendez, Assistant Director for Exchange Programs

  • BA Spanish, and International Studies University of California Irvine
  • MA International Education and Training, American University

Mr. Mendez is responsible for Fordham's portfolio of exchange partnerships.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Mendez studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year and volunteered with the non-profit Global Brigades in Honduras. After graduating, he worked for the same non-profit organization as a coordinator for the medical program based in Panama. Mr. Mendez is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in study abroad programming. He has participated and led such trainings in higher education environments.


Elizabeth Collins, Granada & London Centre Program Adviser

BA in Anthropology and Communications/Media Studies, Fordham University Rose Hill
Study Abroad Program: Spring 2017, Queensland University of Technology

Elizabeth recently graduated from Fordham University and spent a semester in Brisbane, Australia. She is excited to be working in the Study Abroad office and looks forward to helping students prepare for their own global journeys.


Robin Joseph, Partner Study Abroad Program Coordinator

Ms. Joseph has been with Fordham University since 2004. As the Study Abroad Coordinator she oversees the administrative and receptionist duties in the office. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call or stop by the Study Abroad Office!


Anna Kuyat, Office Assistant / Social Media Manager

BA in English and Visual Arts, Fordham University Rose Hill

Study Abroad Program: Fall 2019, DIS Copenhagen


Anna is a recent graduate of Fordham and is excited to be a part of the Study Abroad Office. Her study abroad experience in Copenhagen inspired her passion for travel writing and cultural immersion. As Social Media Manager and Office Assistant Anna highlights the benefits of studying abroad and assists Fordham students through the application process. Anna believes study abroad opens doors for students, and looks forward to seeing you soon in the Study Abroad office!

Overseas Staff

Vanessa Beever

Senior Director of the Centre

Nicola Blake

Facilities Manager, London Centre

Begona Calatrava

Fordham in Granada Program Assistant

Shannon Fane-Hervey

Student Life Coordinator, London Centre 

Matthew Holland

Assistant Head of the London Centre, Director of Student Affairs

Leah Janss Lafond

Academic Coordinator

Rafael Lamas, PhD

Director of Fordham in Granada Program

Antoinette Lombard, PhD

Academic Director Ubuntu Program, Professor at University of Pretoria

Solomon Mmotong

Ubuntu Program Resident Coordinator

Jesus Sanchez

Granada Program Assistant

Leah Seyfert

Student Life Assistant

Mark Simmons

Director of Academic Affairs