Full-Term Study Abroad Program Policies

In order to apply for approval to study abroad, you must find the program in our search page and click "Apply Now." Please review the study abroad guidelines below for eligibility information.

  • Opportunities for full-term study at foreign destinations are open to juniors in good academic standing (GPA of 3.00 or better) and a clear disciplinary record. Second semester sophomores who otherwise meet the requirements may apply to study in Fordham’s London and Granada programs only. First and Second semester sophomores enrolled in the Gabelli School of Business at RH may apply to the Fordham London program. Applications from students who do not meet one of these requirements will be considered on a case by case basis and may undergo additional review.

    All applicants must complete the online Fordham Study Abroad Application in the Study Abroad Portal. This requires the submission of a Statement of Purpose and Goals Questionnaire, and a Study Abroad Recommendation Form from the appropriate academic advisor. For programs in which the language of instruction is not English, a Language Evaluation Form or submission of Fordham language placement rest results is required. Some programs applications will also require a Faculty Reference. Applications that might require additional consideration are reviewed by the International and Study Abroad Programs Faculty Advisory Board. This committee’s recommendations are final.

  • In addition to the academic policies of Fordham and your major department(s), the following policies apply:

    To secure necessary approvals and the transfer of credits, students are required to submit all application forms to the ISAP office on stipulated dates. Participants must make sure their projected study abroad credits do not exceed the number of transfer credits allowed to receive a Fordham degree (generally 60). Students must register for a regular full-time course load abroad which is the equivalent of 15-18 credits per semester.

    Core curriculum requirements can only be fulfilled by Fordham courses offered at Fordham centers abroad. Fordham College students must obtain major/minor advisor approval and GSB students must obtain approval from the Assistant Dean of Global Programs for courses taken abroad towards majors or minors. Fordham’s Director of Study Abroad must approve all courses to be taken abroad in advance. Program forms requesting official university approval must be signed by Fordham’s Director of Study Abroad.

    Grades earned abroad are recorded on a student’s transcript, but with the exception of those Fordham-taught courses in the Fordham in London programs, Fordham in Granada, and Fordham in Pretoria program are not calculated in the student’s GPA. Courses cannot be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. A grade of C or better in each course is required and courses must be the equivalent of 3 credits at Fordham to transfer; Credits for duplicate courses will not transfer. Please note that study abroad participants are not eligible for Dean's List honors at FCRH and FCLC, as such honors are based on the GPA earned in a minimum of 24 credit hours taken at Fordham.

    Students applying to programs in non-English speaking countries may take a program language placement test. Since a poor placement may require doing course work abroad that amounts to duplication of courses already taken at Fordham, it is recommended that you not leave a “gap” in your language study.

    View a list of study abroad courses previously approved for transfer.

  • Fordham students enroll in the equivalent of 15-18 US credits during their semesters abroad. When selecting your courses, keep in mind that many universities outside of the United States use a different credit numbering system for their courses. The information below will help you in selecting the appropriate number of courses at your host school.

    NOTE: This list is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee the number of credits transferred. Official course approval and credit transfer policies from the University's Study Abroad Guidelines apply.

    Country 3 Fordham Credits 15-18 Fordham Credits
    Argentina 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Australia 12 credit points 48-60 credit points
    Austria 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Belgium 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Brazil 4 credits 20-24 credits
    China 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Colombia 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Finland 3 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    France 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Germany 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Ireland 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Italy 6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Japan 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Mexico 8 credits 40-48 credits
    The Netherlands 6 ECTS 30 ECTS
    New Zealand 11 points 55-66 points
    The Philippines 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Peru 3 credits 15-18 credits
    South Africa 19 credits 95-114 credits
    South Korea 3 credits 15-18 credits
    Spain: Universidad de Granada 45 hours 225 hours-270 hours
    Spain: Universitat Ramon Llull 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    Spain: Universitat de Deusto 5-6 ECTS 30-36 ECTS
    United Kingdom: City University 11 credits 55-66 credits
    United Kingdom: Queen Mary 11 credits 55-66 credits
    United Kingdom: Westminster 15 credits 75-90 credits
  • Fordham students enrolled in study abroad programs are expected to comply at all times with the University Code of Conduct and all other rules, regulations and policies contained in the Student Handbook and the Study Abroad Handbook. They are also expected to conform to the rules, policies, and standards of the host institution, program and country.

    Participating in extreme sports, driving a motor vehicle, SCUBA diving, sky diving, mountaineering, ultra-light aircraft, parasailing, sailplaning/gliders, hang gliding, parachuting, bungee jumping or riding in any aircraft except as a passenger on a regularly scheduled airline or charter flight is prohibited while studying abroad.

    Approval to study abroad is specific to the site at which your study abroad program is located. You must complete a Travel Registration at my.fordham.edu as well as follow the on-site procedures each time you leave your host city. Fordham University does not permit study abroad students to travel independently to countries with a US State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 and above. Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in dismissal from the study abroad program and loss of academic credit.

  • Approval to study abroad is specific to the site at which your study abroad program is located. You must complete a Travel Registration at TravelRegistry.Fordham.edu as well as follow the on-site procedures in place at your study abroad location each time you leave your host city. Fordham University permits independent travel to countries with a US State Department Travel Advisory Level 1 and 2 only.

     Beginning March 12, 2022, study abroad students are permitted to travel to countries with a US State Department Level-1 or Level-2 Travel Advisory and to countries that Fordham has assessed do not pose undue risk to the health and safety of the traveler or community. While all travel must be registered at TravelRegistry.Fordham.edu, proposed travel to a country with a US State Department Level-3 or Level-4 Travel Advisory must be submitted at least ten days prior to the intended departure date and is subject to University approval. Fordham will approve or disapprove the student’s proposed travel after carefully reviewing relevant information, including but not limited to the CDC and State Department guidance, Covid-19 vaccination and transmission rates at the destination, and any security risk factors.  On-site program staff can provide guidance for study abroad students planning any independent travel.

  • Students must secure transcripts required by the study abroad program(s) they apply to and, upon completing their term abroad, request that an official transcript be sent to the Director of Study Abroad at Fordham. All participants are expected to complete a Program Evaluation Form in the Study Abroad Portal shortly after their return. Please note that the study abroad transcript will not be evaluated nor the credits posted until this form is completed.

  • 2023-2024 Financial Aid Policy: Fordham in London, Fordham in Granada, Exchange, and Partner Programs' tuition is the same as traditional undergraduate per-term Fordham tuition in NY. Given the student's continuing eligibility, all Fordham financial aid will be portable for approved study abroad programs except room-specific aid, work-study, and Metro Grants. For all study abroad programs, as long as all eligibility requirements are met, students eligible for a Pell Grant, a New York State TAP grant or student loans can apply this aid toward their study abroad charges. Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange, and FACHEX can be applied to the cost for Fordham in London, Fordham in Granada, and Exchange Programs only. Additional fees that cover the cost of housing, insurance, orientation, co-curricular activities, etc. will be also be charged. Additional fees such as the Study Abroad Fee, Technology Fee, General Fee, and Insurance Fee will also be charged

    2022-2023 Policy and Earlier: Fordham per-term tuition charges cover tuition for the Fordham in Granada, Fordham in Pretoria, and Fordham’s London Programs as well as for Fordham Exchange Programs. Given the student’s continuing eligibility, all Fordham financial aid will be portable for these programs except room-specific aid, work-study and Metro Grants. Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange and FACHEX will continue in place for the programs mentioned above. For all other ISAP study abroad programs, the following applies:

    Portable Aid: Fordham financial aid will be prorated, it cannot exceed the actual aid the student would be eligible for if in attendance at Fordham, and is subject to the following caps: 1) up to $5000 per semester for full year study at approved programs; 2) up to $3000 per semester for one-term study at approved programs in Africa, the Far and Middle East, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America; 3) up to $2250 per semester for one-term study at all other approved programs.

    Non-portable Aid: Tuition benefits obtained through FACHEX, Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission are not portable for these other programs. Metro Grants, room-specific aid, and work-study are also not portable.

    For all study abroad programs, as long as other eligibility requirements are met, students eligible for a Pell Grant, a New York State TAP grant or student loans can apply this aid toward their study abroad charges.

  • Financial holds preclude all registration activity, including acceptance into the study abroad programs.

    Fordham’s Online listing of Approved Study Abroad Programs is extensive. ISAP will not process applications to programs offered by universities and organizations with which Fordham does not have affiliation agreements.

    These are current study abroad guidelines and policies. Fordham University reserves the right to withdraw or modify any of these, and/or to cancel a program or modify a program's itinerary to ensure its successful operation.