Program Types

Students stand in front of landscapeDirect Enrollment Programs

Direct Enrollment Programs provide opportunities for studying alongside local and international students at universities such as Oxford, the London School of Economics, University of Sydney, Trinity College Dublin, Singapore School of Management, and many others. While direct enrollment is most common in English-speaking countries, similar opportunities are available to Fordham students in our Exchange Programs in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Peru, The Philippines, South Korea, and Spain. The methods of teaching and assessment at foreign universities are significantly different from those at American universities and instruction, unless otherwise noted, is in the language of the host country. These programs are well-suited to students who are seeking a culturally and academically immersive study abroad experience. While challenging at times, Direct Enrollment programs can be highly rewarding and offer some of our most culturally enriching experiences.

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Island Programs

Island Programs provide opportunities for studying abroad at centers created for American study abroad participants, such as Fordham’s London Centre. Since all or the majority of the course work in these programs is done at a center with other American students, the methods of teaching and assessment are comparable to those at American universities and instruction, unless otherwise noted, is in English. Some island programs have a special focus on current topics or specific academic subjects and, by design, will appeal to students who are engaged in such topics/subjects and actively seek a less traditional academic setting and educational environment. Some of these programs integrate extensive field-based work, independent research as well as community-based or service learning into their curriculum. Unless otherwise noted, instruction is in English but in those locations where the host language is not English the study of another language might be required. Some programs also offer internships as well as internships, which might be a good option for students looking for further integration into their host community and professional experience.

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Hybrid Programs

Hybrid Programs allow students to do coursework at centers for American study abroad participants similar to those mentioned above, but also—and on a closely monitored basis—to enroll at foreign universities with local and international students. As such, participants are also exposed to methods of teaching and assessment that are significantly different from those at American universities. The language of instruction will vary, but in general, and unless otherwise noted, instruction is imparted in the language of the host country or both in English and the language of the host country. Hybrid programs combine some of the immersive features of Direct Enrollment and support structure and specialized classes of Island Programs.

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