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International FAQs - Review

General Questions

If I am a United States citizen or permanent resident, but I live abroad, do I apply to Fordham University as an international student?
All applicants to Fordham University use the Common Application. There is not a separate application for international students or Americans living abroad.

If I attend a United States High School, but do not have United States citizenship or permanent residency, how should I apply to Fordham University?
All applicants to Fordham University use the Common Application. There is not a separate application for international students. Fordham University will be able to determine your international student status through your answers to the application questions.

If I have begun university level study at another institution, can I choose to apply to Fordham University as a freshman and not transfer any credits?
No. If you have begun university-level coursework, you will apply to Fordham University as a transfer applicant. This is the case even if you do not think any of your current courses will transfer. A World Education Services (WES) evaluation or your college/university transcript is also required.

English Language Proficiency

I am an international student currently in an English language high school. Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Yes. Fordham requires TOEFL or IELTS results from all non-native English speaking international applicants. If you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS results, this may impact your admission decision.

Does Fordham waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if I study in high school in the USA or if I meet a minimum SAT score?
No. Fordham requires TOEFL or IELTS results from all non-native English speaking international applicants. If you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS results, this may impact your admission decision.

Does Fordham University offer English as a second language (ESL)?
Fordham University offers a full-time ESL program at the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at our Lincoln Center campus. The IALC also offers part-time courses for enrolled non-native English speakers at Fordham University.

International Curricula for Credit

Does Fordham University recognize the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
Fordham University does recognize the academic challenge of the International Baccalaureate program. Fordham University issues college credit for International Baccalaureate Higher Level exam scores of 5, 6 or 7. Please instruct the International Baccalaureate Organization to send your results directly to the Fordham University Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Does Fordham University offer credit for international leaving exams/maturity certificates?
Fordham University will consider some international leaving exams/maturity certificates for college credit, depending on the exam, subjects and specific results. Please email intadmission@fordham.edu with specific questions.