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8.9 International Programs

8.9.1 Office for International Services

The Office for International Services is a resource center for the University’s international community members and their interests.

For our international non-immigrant (visa-holding) students, the office facilitates their adjustment to life in the United States by assisting students in matters concerning immigration, such as visa, status, SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 forms, employment, and travel authorizations. This office also provides the students with personal counseling, information on health insurance requirements and banking, and programs to promote cross-cultural and international understanding. Our office also serves as a resource for our academic departments and administrative offices on immigration matters regarding our international faculty, researchers, and scholars. OIS also coordinates and administers Fordham’s faculty international network and its pertinent events.

For more information, you can contact the OIS office at 718-817-3145 or email

8.9.2 Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC)

The Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) is the Fordham English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Courses are available to all non-native English speakers—those currently enrolled in a Fordham credit program, those intending to enroll in a Fordham program in the future, and those who simply want to improve their English language skills for personal or professional reasons.

The IALC office is located at the Lincoln Center Campus, on the third floor of Martino Hall. The majority of IALC courses and workshops take place in the Lowenstein Center at 113 West 60th Street. A limited number of courses and workshops for matriculated students take place at the Rose Hill campus during the academic year.

Professors and administrators are encouraged to refer students, friends, colleagues, relatives, and family members in need of English language assistance to the IALC program for English proficiency evaluation and possible participation/enrollment in academic workshops and/or classes. A combination of traditional ESL courses (which address reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening and vocabulary skills) and content-based courses (designed to bridge the gap between English language studies and university-level content courses) are offered. Fordham undergraduate students may receive college credit for College ESL Writing 1 or 2.

For more information, contact James Stabler-Havener, director of IALC at 212-636-7994 or

8.9.3 Fordham Global Transition Program

All international students are required to attend a Global Transition Program during the week preceding New Student Orientation. On the first morning, all non-native English speakers take the Fordham English Language Test (FELT) administered by Fordham’s Institute of American Language and Culture. Based on the results of this exam and students’ planned academic curriculum, students may be enrolled in two ESL courses—College Writing (ILAC 2026) for six credits and Sociology of American Culture (SOCI 1025) for three credits—for their first semester. In order to register for at least 15 credits for their first semester, these students will also enroll in courses that fulfill the core/major requirements

Global Transition also includes a thorough introduction to American academic culture and Fordham’s particular curriculum, academic processes, resources, and expectations.

8.9.4 International and Study Abroad Programs

Drawing on a longstanding tradition in Jesuit education, the International and Study Abroad Programs Office staff is committed to supporting and promoting global diversity as well as helping undergraduate students gain an understanding of some of the complexities that stem from our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Opportunities for study abroad include Fordham Semester Programs (Fordham in Granada, Fordham in London, and Fordham University Ubuntu Program), exchange programs at universities worldwide, and short-term programs
during the winter intersession, spring, and summer. We are a University that places a high value on respecting and learning from the experiences of international students, faculty, and staff.

Across the University, there is a deep commitment to sending Fordham into the world and bringing the world to Fordham. These concepts reflect the administration’s embrace of the idea that students must push their boundaries by experiencing new places and cultures, and its commitment to cultivating a truly international community at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.

Under the umbrella of sending Fordham into the world are programs designed to help all students—domestic and international—develop a global mindset through international study. Both short- and long-term study abroad opportunities are available to accommodate all students’ schedules and learning goals. Semester-long programs are offered at our own London Centre and in collaboration with worldwide university partners. For students who seek a shorter commitment, Global Immersion programs offer academic travel experiences of seven to 10 days. These are connected directly with a business course, and the travel components take place during school breaks: winter, spring, or at the end of the school year in May.

Bringing the world to Fordham also requires the utmost attention to globalization in the classroom. Faculty are encouraged to integrate global course content into every aspect of their classes so that students can learn about the world even while at home.

8.9.5 Gabelli School of Business Global Programming

Several global initiatives are being designed for domestic, international, and exchange students to extend their knowledge of the global business environment. A variety of short-term and long-term study abroad programs are either offered through Fordham London or in collaboration with our worldwide university partners. Additionally, Global Immersion Programs are integrated within a few business classes and include international trips that take place over winter or spring break or at the end of a semester.

Business students at Rose Hill who choose Global Business as a secondary concentration receive academic advising in their program of study. They are provided with information on available courses, specialized advising, and membership in the International Business Association, a student organization.

The Gabelli School of Business provides different programming to engage students with the international business world. For example, International Business Week features keynote speakers and a host of other events on the theme of global business. The week starts with a cultural showcase kickoff and includes various panel discussions and events on both campuses.

The business school participates in Fordham’s Global Transition Program, which provides an early-arrival, five-day orientation for new international students that combines academic, administrative, and social activities to ease the transition this population typically experiences. In addition, course registration for international Gabelli students is strategically adjusted to allow for transition to full-time English language coursework, and students are language-tested to ensure the best possible class placements.