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International Students

Fordham University welcomes international students and currently enrolls students from about 100 different countries.

The Office for International Services serves as a resource center for international students and facilitates their adjustment to life in the United States.

Program Eligibility

Our programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification. 

English Language Requirements for International Students

Applicants who must take the TOEFL or IELTS

  • All international students for whom English is not their native (first) language are required to submit scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Exceptions include:

  • Native English speakers from Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and the West Indies.
  • Those international students who have successfully completed and have been granted an undergraduate and/or graduate degree at a college or university in the United States.

Minimum Test Scores
The following scores are the recommended minimum, current* test scores for English Language Proficiency for admission to the graduate School of Education:

  • IELTS: 7 for General Test Score, No subtest can be lower than 6.
  • TOEFL: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet based (IBT) test.

Note: Scores can be no more than 2 years old.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

Applicants must provide us with a translation of their transcript if it is in a foreign language, a course by course evaluation of their transcripts with conversion to a U.S. grading scale, and conversion of their final GPA to a U.S. scale.

We only accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES). This company provides fee-based services to international applicants. For more information, please refer to

Additional Review of English Language Proficiency

Depending on the review of an application, official transcripts, personal statement, and test of English Language Proficiency, accepted students might be required to engage in further evaluation and study in the English language prior to or in conjunction with admission and matriculation in Fordham's Graduate School of Education.


Please contact the Admissions Office with additional questions.

Watch students from the Bilingual Childhood Education and TESOL, Track 2 master's programs discuss their experiences.