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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 College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center

All international students are required to attend a Global Transition Program during the week preceding the three general orientation days. 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 (IALC 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 Gabelli School of Business

The Gabelli School of Business is committed to a two-part philosophy in regard to global programming: sending Fordham into the world and bringing the world to Fordham. These concepts reflect the administration’s embrace of the idea that business 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. In general, the school places a high value on respecting and learning from the experiences of international students, faculty, and staff.

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.

To bring the world to Fordham, the Gabelli School seeks to recruit a robust population of highly talented international students who represent a wide range of home nations. To help them succeed, the school collaborates on the development and execution of Fordham’s Global Transition Program, a five-day supplementary orientation for new international undergraduates. Held before the start of New Student Orientation, it combines academic, administrative, and social activities to ease these students’ transition to the University and to the United States. International students are language-tested to ensure that they are placed into appropriate first-year courses, and they receive special assistance in making the transition to full-time coursework in English.

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 Rose Hill and Lincoln Center classes so that students can learn about the world even while at home. The Lincoln Center program delivers a global business degree—the Bachelor of Science in Global Business—and Rose Hill students can choose global business as a secondary concentration. Students who have international interests have access to many opportunities to extend their knowledge of the global business environment, including specialized advising delivered by the assistant dean for global initiatives and partnerships and school-wide events such as International Business Week. Held each fall, International Business Week features keynote speakers on both campuses and interactive events on a global business theme, such as a cultural showcase and student video competition.