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International Transfer Students

Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education and who have enrolled in any university level coursework at another institution either in the United States or abroad must apply for transfer admission.

Those who have received the equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree and are seeking a second degree (even if in a very different field of study) are recommended to apply to a Fordham University graduate degree program or in some cases to our undergraduate School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Second degree seekers should generally not apply to the traditional undergraduate colleges at Fordham University.

All interested students should review comprehensive information about the transfer application and enrollment process.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Admission

November 1 - Common Application Open for Submission
March 15 - Decision Notification begins on a rolling basis
June 1 - Application Deadline

Spring Semester Admission

August 1 - Common Application Open for Submission
October 15 - Decision Notification begins on a rolling basis
November 1 - Application Deadline

Application Requirements

  • Common Application with essay

  • $70 Application Fee

  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • In the Common Application, under the Academic History, Colleges Attended section, please click the "Download Transcript Request Form" button and follow the printed instructions.

    • Must be submitted from every college/university attended, even if you were a non-matriculated or a part-time student.

    • Students who have completed international university coursework must have their transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to be considered for potential transfer credit. Evaluations are not required for international institutions accredited by a United States regional accrediting organization.
  • Unofficial High School Transcript
    • Uploaded by the applicant via the Common Application.

    • Must include date of high school graduation/ secondary school completion.

    • National or external examination results are also required if used as a university entrance qualification in home country.

    • All students who are admitted and enroll at Fordham must submit an official final high school transcript prior to the start of classes.
  • English language proficiency exam results
    • Non-native English speakers should submit results from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-A or CAE exams (required minimum scores listed):
      • 90+ iBT TOEFL (Fordham code is 2259)
      • 575+ PBT TOEFL
      • 7.0+ IELTS
      • 62+ PTE-A (Pearson Test of English - Academic)
      • 67+ CAE (Cambridge English Advanced)
    • As an alternative, local applicants can also take the Fordham University ESL placement evaluation at the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at our Lincoln Center campus. Please email or call +1-212-636-6353 to arrange this. Results will then be forwarded to the Undergraduate Admission Office upon request.
    • International students who are not submitting required TOEFL or IELTS results must complete the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver Request Form linked within the online applicant portal after an application has been officially submitted.
  • Professor/faculty letter of recommendation

  • College Report
    • Accessible from the Common Application for completion by a current academic advisor, dean or other qualified campus official. This form confirms an applicant’s current academic and behavioral standing.
    • A letter of good standing is equivalent to the College Report and can serve as a substitute
  • Mid-Term Report
    • Accessible from the Common Application for completion by all current professors after mid-term results are available. This form demonstrates further evidence of current academic progress.
    • If you are not enrolled in classes for the current semester, the Mid-Term report is waived.
  • Gabelli School of Business
    • All students applying to the Gabelli School of Business must familiarize themselves with the unique curriculum recommendations for transfer admission here.
  • Theatre and Dance
    • Please review the special application procedures for prospective students in dance or theatre.

Transferring Credits

Accepted students will receive a comprehensive transfer credit evaluation after admission from their Transfer Dean outlining what previous coursework is being considered for credit at Fordham University. Generally, transfer credit may be awarded for courses of three or more credits, with a grade of C or better and for which Fordham offers a course equivalent. A maximum of 60 credits (approximately two years of full-time study) from other institutions can be accepted.

All undergraduate students are required to complete the Core Curriculum and specific academic major requirements to graduate with a Fordham degree. Students applying from international universities where their tertiary education has been focused on a single subject area should keep in mind that undergraduate transfer to Fordham University will require completion of a number of liberal arts and sciences courses. This may necessitate additional semesters or years of study.

F-1 Student Visa Requirements

If you require Fordham sponsorship for an F-1 student visa, you must submit a completed Application for Certificate of Financial Eligibility (AFCOE), supporting financial/bank statements showing your ability to fund your study at Fordham and the data/photo page of your current passport. We encourage you to submit these documents at the time of your application. The documents can be emailed to

Enrolling students currently in F-1 status must have their SEVIS records transferred to Fordham University. Please complete the top portion of the Transfer Form and have the remaining section completed by your current institution's Office of International Services.