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About Via Fordham

Via Fordham provides alternate entry to a Fordham University undergraduate degree program for select first-year students who will benefit from academic English language support. Via Fordham students complete one or two semesters of full-time study at Fordham University’s Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC). Upon successful completion of Via Fordham, participants matriculate into the Fordham undergraduate college selected on their application. Throughout the program, students receive small group instructions in English and complete 6-10 credits of academic coursework at Fordham. In addition, Via Fordham faculty and staff support the cultural transition of students new to the American university system and culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are typical English language proficiency test scores for admitted applicants?

Many previous students admitted to Via Fordham submitted scores of 70-95 TOEFL iBT or 5.5-6.5 IELTS at the time of application review and selection.

Who issues the I-20 for Via Fordham participants?

The Fordham Office for International Services (OIS) issues a Fordham University Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) I-20 for full-time ESL study on an F1 student visa to admitted Via Fordham students who have demonstrated the ability to fund their education in the USA. Upon successful completion of Via Fordham, the Fordham OIS will issue a new I-20 for full-time study at the Fordham undergraduate college indicated on students’ applications for admission.

How do I apply to Via Fordham?

Admission to Via Fordham is selective. Students interested in Via Fordham must apply for undergraduate admission using the Common Application. The Common Application and all supporting application requirements must be received by application deadlines for consideration to Via Fordham.

What are the application deadlines?

January 1 for Fall Via Fordham entry

What is required for Via Fordham admission consideration?

You must complete all application requirements for undergraduate admission by the appropriate application deadline

Am I required to submit SAT or ACT results to be considered for Via Fordham?

No, SAT/ACT results are not required to complete an application for admission consideration. Students who complete these exams may choose to submit their results to be included in the admission review.

Am I required to submit English language proficiency test results to be considered for Via Fordham?

Yes, results from the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test are required. Scores can be submitted directly from the testing agency or via email from your school counselor to

Is housing provided?

University housing is available on a limited basis to Via Fordham students. Housing availability varies depending on the term and campus at Fordham (Rose Hill Bronx and Lincoln Center Manhattan). If admitted to Via Fordham you will be able to request on-campus housing as part of the deposit and registration process.

What constitutes successful completion of Via Fordham?

Successful completion requires maintaining a B+ average in classes and meeting the exit criteria of the Fordham English Language Test (FELT).

What courses will I take in Via Fordham?

Do students who begin in Via Fordham matriculate in undergrad within one year?

In the Fall 2019 cohort of Via Fordham students, over 90% successfully completed the program in one semester and are now enrolled in a Fordham University undergraduate degree program.

How do I know if I am in the Advanced or Academic track?

Upon admission to Via Fordham, you will be informed of your program track based on information available in your application for admission.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for Via Fordham participants?

No. Fordham scholarships and financial aid are not available to Via Fordham participants.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have further questions about applying to Via Fordham, please email