International Transfer Students

Transfer Applicants are those students who have already begun university level study at another institution either in the United States or abroad.

Students who have completed the equivalent of a United States Bachelors degree and are seeking a second degree (even if in a very different field of study) are usually recommended to apply to a Fordham University graduate level program or in some cases to our undergraduate Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Second degree seekers should generally not apply to the traditional undergraduate colleges at Fordham University.

Transferring Credits

If accepted to Fordham University, transfer applicants will receive a transfer credit evaluation which outlines what previous coursework is being considered for credit at Fordham University. Generally, Fordham University gives credit for courses of three credits or more, with a result of C or better and for which Fordham offers a course equivalent. Fordham University may transfer up to a maximum of 60 credits (approximately two years of study) from other institutions.

Fordham Educational Structure

Please note that all Fordham undergraduate students are expected to complete the Core Curriculum and Specific Major Requirements to graduate with a Fordham degree. Students applying from international universities where their tertiary education has been focused on a single subject area, should keep in mind that undergraduate transfer to Fordham University will require completion of a number of liberal arts and sciences coursework. This may require additional semesters or years of study.


Fall Semester Admission
Deadline: June 1 // Notification Date - Rolling after June 1

Spring Semester Admission
Deadline: November 1 // Notification Date - Rolling after November 1


  • Fordham University Common Application with essay and $70.00 fee
  • Professor/Faculty recommendation and letter of good standing from your current institution.
  • Transcripts from all university study*

    International transfer students applying to the Gabelli School of Business should note that previous university matriculation of one year or longer may require students to complete additional semesters and summer terms to fulfill all graduation requirements. 

    Recommended academic preparation for Gabelli School applicants includes completion of these courses with satisfactory results:
    • English Composition II
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Finite Mathematics
    • Calculus
  • Transcript from the secondary school or high school from which you graduated
  • English language proficiency exam results
    Non-native English speakers should submit results from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-A or CAE exams (required minimum scores listed):
    • 90+ iBT TOEFL (Fordham code is 2259)
    • 575+ PBT TOEFL
    • 7.0+ IELTS
    • 62+ PTE-A (Pearson Test of English - Academic)
    • 67+ CAE (Cambridge English Advanced)

As an alternative, local applicants can also take the Fordham University ESL placement evaluation at the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at our Lincoln Center campus. Please email or call +1-212-636-6353 to arrange this. Results will then be forwarded to the Undergraduate Admission Office upon request.

Enrolling students currently in F-1 status must have their SEVIS records transferred to Fordham University. Please complete the top portion of the Transfer Form and have the remaining section completed by your current institution's Office of International Services.

*Important to note that there are special application procedures for students interested in majoring in dance or theatre.