International Students

A Perfect Fit

Female student studies on the lawn at the Lincoln Center campus.

International students and New York City are a perfect fit. New York has communities of people from throughout the world; and you’ll feel at home, no matter how far you’ve traveled to get here.

Student Panel Webinar Series

Join us for a one-hour presentation and chat session with current international students, where you'll hear about their experiences at Fordham and in New York City. Fall 2017 webinar dates and times will be posted in September.


For Fall Enrollment
Early Action, Early Decision, Priority Performance: November 1 
Regular Decision: January 1

For Spring Enrollment
November 1

International Application Requirements

Requirements for international students are slightly different than those for U.S. students. (Students who want to major in dance or theatre must complete additional requirements as well).

  • Common Application with essay and $70 application fee
  • Recommendation from school guidance counselor or secondary school teacher
  • Transcripts, mark sheets or certificates from all secondary schools or high schools attended (Fordham requires transcripts for the last four years of pre-university education)

    Curricula for secondary educations around the world vary, and we recognize not all students have access to the same courses. That’s why we evaluate each student’s transcript—a list of courses taken and grades received—individually. No matter what you have studied, though, we expect you to have successfully completed a challenging university preparatory curriculum.

    All transcripts should be original documents submitted directly from your school to Fordham University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. Copies must be certified by the school or an EducationUSA center. If the transcript is in a foreign language, please provide an English language translation of the document with your application.

    If applicable, please provide any national testing results (for example, GCSE, CAPE, or ICSE results, or projected results for IB, A levels, etc.)
  • SAT or ACT Scores (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748)

    All students, whether native English speakers or not, are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Besides being used as part of our decision-making process, test scores are used to determine your eligibility for Fordham’s merit scholarships. Early Action applicants must take the SAT or ACT no later than October. Regular Decision applicants must take the SAT or ACT no later than January.
  • English Language Fluency Test Scores

    International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency through standardized test scores.

    TOEFL iBT: 90+ (Fordham code: 2259)
    IELTS: 7.0+

    Applicants who live in the New York City area can take Fordham’s ESL placement evaluation at the Institute of American Language and Culture at our Lincoln Center campus. Email or call +1-212-636-6353 to make an appointment.

Supplemental Information

  • Applicants from Mainland China

    In order to provide an in-person interview opportunity for Chinese applicants to Fordham University we have partnered with Vericant. Vericant will conduct video interviews and short writing samples with our applicants in Mainland China. Vericant does not evaluate candidates but, instead, posts the interviews online for our admissions team to review. Although the Vericant interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend you sit the Vericant interview, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills and professionalism to our admissions team. The Vericant interview will form part of your application package if you opt to sit the interview. The Early Action/Early Decision deadline for interviewing with Vericant is November 14, 2016. The Regular Decision deadline for interviewing with Vericant is February 13, 2017. To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit this site. Fordham University also receives and reviews interviews conducted by InitialView. The same deadlines apply for InitialView interviews.
  • Visa Requirements

    If you require Fordham sponsorship for an F-1 student visa, you must submit a completed Application for Certificate of Financial Eligibility (AFCOE), supporting financial statements and the data/photo page of your current passport. These documents can be submitted at the time of your application or after you have been admitted. The documents can be emailed to

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