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Welcome to Via Fordham!

The Via Fordham program provides promising international students a different path into an undergraduate college at Fordham University. Via Fordham is a unique opportunity to become a Fordham University student while gaining invaluable English language and intercultural skills through this immersive program.

As a Via Fordham student you will:

  • Strengthen the skills you need to perform well in college-level classes.
  • Earn college credits you can put toward your degree.
  • Live in New York City, meet locals, and discover American culture.

Spaces in Via Fordham are limited. Admission and placement at either the Advanced or Academic level are based on your Fordham University application.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Advanced Level Academic Level
  • Two semesters of coursework required
  • 9-10 credits earned over two semesters
  • One semester of coursework required
  • 6 credits earned in one semester

Students who successfully complete the required coursework and pass the Fordham English Language Test (FELT) are eligible for admission into the undergraduate degree program for which they originally applied.

Enroll in Via Fordham

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How to Enroll in Via Fordham

  1. Enroll in Via Fordham.
  2. Begin Via Fordham.
    • Go to Via Fordham orientation on August 30-31, 2021.
    • Attend Via Fordham fall semester classes beginning January 2022.
  3. Complete Via Fordham Classes.
    • Earn 6 to 10 academic credits in 1 to 2 semesters.
  4. Enroll at Fordham University.
    • Begin Fordham undergraduate studies in Fall 2022.
All documents are due December 1, 2021.
Enroll in Via Fordham

Via Fordham Enrollment

Here’s what you need to do to enroll:

  • Submit the Via Fordham enrollment form by clicking the link below.
  • Pay Tuition Deposit ($750)
  • Apply for a Student Visa

Via Fordham Fees and Deadlines

Total Tuition: $9,900 per semester. Program applicants are not eligible for financial aid.

To secure a space in the Via Fordham program, you must submit a deposit no later than December 1, 2021.

Tuition Deposit $750

To make your deposit payment, please

University Fees

The following 2021-2022 academic year fees are listed for reference.

Total Tuition $9,900 per semester
Housing $16,525 per academic year (Sample double room rate for students who have requested and been granted University housing)
Form I-20 Processing Fee $50
Medical Insurance $3600, per academic year
General Fee $255 per term
Technology Fee $253 per term
Photography Lab Fee $150 Advanced Level only
Late Payment Fee (Monthly) $15 or 1.5% on outstanding balance, whichever is greater

Important Dates

Enrollment Deadline December 1, 2021
Move-in to Fordham Housing January 14, 2022
Via Fordham Orientation January 15, 2022
First Day of Spring Semester Classes January 18, 2022
Last Day of Spring Semester Classes May 4, 2022
Final Examinations May 6-9, 2022

Via Fordham Courses

Courses in the Via Fordham program emphasize communication skills needed for academic success. Successful completion requires maintaing a B+ average in classes and meeting the exit criteria of the Fordham English Language Test (FELT). Students take courses together in cohorts, and the schedule below provides an example of what a semester may look like. During the Advanced Semester, students earn 4 credits. During the Academic Semester, students earn 6 credits. Students who enter at the Advanced Level require two semesters of study, and they will earn a total of 10 credits when they complete both the Advanced Semeser and the Academic Semester.

Advanced Level (Semester 1) Sample Schedule

Course Non-Credit Credits
IALC 1160: Academic Reading and Writing 6 contact hours/week 0
IALC 1260: Academic Communication Skills 6 contact hours/week 0
IALC 2303: Intro to US Culture and History 3 contact hours/week 0
VART 1128: Digital Photography   4

Academic Level / Advanced Level (Semester 2) Sample Schedule

Course Non-Credit Credits
IALC 1171: College Writing   3
IALC 2300: Presentations and Public Speaking 6 contact hours/week 0
IALC 2304: Intro to World Religions 6 contact hours/week 0
IIALC 2408. Language for Community Engagement 2 contact hours/week 0
MATH 1100: Finite Mathematics   3

Topics in Finite Mathematics include solutions to systems of linear equations, counting techniques including Venn diagrams, permutations, combinations, probability, Bayes theorem, Markov chains.

This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. Assignments throughout the semester encourage students to explore some of the technical and aesthetic concerns of the medium. Photoshop is used as the primary editing tool. A 3.2 or higher megapixel camera is required.

Academic Reading and Writing prepares students for the rigor of scholarly writing. Emphasis is placed on integrating research, critical analysis, and techniques for correctly referencing outside sources.

IALC 1171: COLLEGE WRITING (3 credits)
College Writing 1 prepares students to succeed in university composition classes and beyond. Students learn techniques for thesis development, paraphrasing and summarizing, essay structure, and approaches to argument. Advanced-level syntax is practiced and reviewed.

In Academic Communication Skills, students learn practical approaches to communicating effectively in American academic settings. Emphasis is placed on participation in class discussions, interacting with professors and colleagues, and appropriate language for written correspondence.

The course puts into practice the Jesuit principles upon which Fordham University was founded, encouraging student engagement in the local community in and around New York through social justice education and volunteer opportunities arranged in partnership with the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice.

Presentations and Public Speaking introduces techniques for speaking clearly and persuasively before an audience. Students sharpen pronunciation and grammatical accuracy and build greater confidence using English to express complex ideas.

This course strengthens language proficiency while investigating the peculiarities, complexities, and nuances of American culture. Students complete the course able to express opinions clearly and persuasively and deepen their understanding of American customs, history, society, and art.

In this survey course, students reflect on the core beliefs, concepts, traditions, and texts that inform major religions practiced widely throughout the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. The course emphasizes religious literacy while preparing students to enter college-level courses in theology.

Via Fordham Student Visa Information

Applying for a Student Visa

To join the program, you must have a valid student (F-1) visa. To apply for the visa, you will need a Form I-20 issued through the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at Fordham.

To receive a Form I-20, email the following documents directly to the IALC office

  • An Application for Certificate of Eligibility (AFCOE). The AFCOE shows the amount of money you are required to have to finance your studies and cover your living expenses while you’re in New York. It must be completed and signed by you or the person who will be supporting you while you study.
  • Proof of funds. This should be an original bank statement or letter in English verifying that the required amount of money will be available to you while you are in the United States.
  • A photocopy of your passport identity page.
  • Tuition deposit payment. Your enrollment is not complete until you pay the tuition deposit. Deadline: December 1, 2021.

Via Fordham Housing

Living on Campus

Housing is available on Fordham's campus in New York for students who have requested University housing.

Living on campus will help you:

  • Develop relationships with a diverse population of people
  • Develop stronger interpersonal and communication skills
  • Get more involved in campus leadership, organizations, and activities
  • Have more contact with faculty and staff members

Off-Campus Housing

For students who prefer to live off-campus, there are many options available. These include homestays, where international students are lodged with a local resident, and house shares, where several students might rent an apartment together. Students who live off-campus are entirely responsible for their living arrangements. Listings of off-campus housing alternatives on Fordham's website do not imply endorsement by Fordham University.