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International Student Guide

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.


the Fontbonne Experience

The Fontbonne Experience

Resources for International Students

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Academics 12

MBA+Business English


Admissions 16

Costs & Scholarships


Our Location



Dear international student, Welcome to Fontbonne University in St. Louis, USA. On behalf of our university community, I would like to thank you for taking time to explore Fontbonne and our programs in your educational search. We recognize the multiple challenges facing international students, and I am confident that you will find Fontbonne faculty, staff and students to be dynamic and welcoming in an environment where you can actualize your personal potential and prepare yourself for future success. At Fontbonne University, we prepare our graduates to become innovative leaders for a world in need through our commitment to quality academics, leadership development and community service. By joining the Fontbonne family, you are making a commitment to excellence in life, learning and global leadership. It would be my pleasure to welcome you to our community of scholars, and I wish you well in your academic and personal endeavors. Dennis C. Golden



the Fontbonne Experience Education is our Tradition With more than 80 years of teaching excellence, Fontbonne University is a top destination for international students seeking challenging academics and a sense of community in an individualized, liberal arts atmosphere. Our classes are small, intimate collections of motivated students where lively academic discussions thrive and professors personally know you and your individual learning style. Your experience here will include the highest-quality academic programs offered in a supportive, values-based environment that is deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition of teaching and service to others. Quality Curriculum We believe in an educational experience where you can explore your talents and interests in an intellectually constructive environment. With an average 11:1 student-to-instructor ratio, you will develop relationships with your professors and colleagues through personal, individual attention in small, discussion-based classes. Dedicated, Experienced Faculty Our professors have outstanding credentials – in fact, more than two-thirds of full-time faculty hold the highest degrees in their field. We are Nationally Recognized Fontbonne offers academically prepared students from diverse backgrounds a rich and highly-rated academic experience. In fact, our university is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review.

Our Campus is Global Diversity thrives at Fontbonne where some 2,300 intellectual students representing many U.S. states and more than 25 countries experience our commitment to preparing tomorrow’s global leaders.


11:1 student-faculty ratio


the Fontbonne Experience

active campus environment


Student Life Find Yourself in our Community International students at Fontbonne have many options to engage with classmates and the community through activities, clubs, and events. Four residential halls, 30+ student organizations, 22 sports teams and service activities bring our students together to engage with, and learn from, each other. Visit to learn more about our student clubs and organizations. Service Learning to serve is an important part of the Fontbonne experience. We feel it’s important that you get involved, that you engage a sense of social contribution – it’s part of feeling good about yourself and helping to make the world a better place. You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in community service projects in the local area and on annual trips to other states and even other countries.

University Athletics We have school spirit and a strong tradition of athletic excellence. Our student-athletes compete hard — on the field and in the classroom. Teams include: Men’s Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Basketball Bowling Cheerleading Cross Country Golf Griffin Girls (Dance)

Soccer Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field Volleyball


the Fontbonne Experience Housing & Campus Residential Living If you’re living on campus you’ll find our residence halls well-equipped, comfortable, and a great way to make life-long friends while experiencing American life first-hand. Our campus neighborhood has both traditional student rooms and suites. Living on-campus is a wonderful opportunity to connect with American students. Relax or Workout Our Dunham Student Activities Center (DSAC) features a second-level outdoor deck, an indoor lounge complete with cozy fireplace, snack bar and more. Stay fit in our athletic facilities that feature a top-notch gym, a renovated fitness center, and an elevated running track. Technology Our campus is compact, beautiful and remarkably well-equipped — from a library that’s linked to collections around the world to fine arts facilities with beautiful studios and theater. A wireless computer network now covers Fontbonne’s campus, so wherever you go on campus you can connect to the world.


make life-long friends


Resources for International Students

experience American culture


Office of International Affairs The Office of International Affairs (OIA), housed in our International Center, is a comprehensive student-centered office that is dedicated to assisting students throughout their time at Fontbonne. The OIA serves as a “home-away-from-home,” providing student services including: · Application & Admissions · Visa & Immigration · International Student Orientation · Personal and Academic Advising · Programming & Special Events

Friendship Family Program Expand your knowledge and understanding of American life by joining our unique “Friendship Family” program. We will match you with a Fontbonne faculty or staff member and their family to enjoy American traditions, sightsee or simply hang out to practice your English.


Academics : Programs Career-Oriented, Liberal Arts Education. With a wide variety of undergraduate (bachelor’s) and graduate (master’s) programs, your study options are endless, and our liberal arts foundation enables our undergraduate students to explore many interests and areas of study. Each program offers intellectual classroom exploration designed to prepare you for real-life work in your chosen career field highlighted with a breadth of knowledge from other fields. Our success is notable; in fact, more than 90 percent of our students find employment or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.


fall spring summer

16 weeks

16 weeks

8 weeks

August to December

January to May

June, July

Intensive English Program (IEP) Learning a new language is a challenging and exciting journey. Fontbonne’s Intensive English Program curriculum is designed to advance non-native English speakers’ language skills to communicate effectively in English. Courses focus on core communications skills and include 18 hours of instruction per week: · Reading & Comprehension · Writing & Grammar · Speaking Communications · TOEFL preparation (optional) · Student-centered activities

Students interested in learning English and pursuing a degree should apply for conditional admission as an undergraduate degree seeking student.

rigorous, accredited degree programs


Undergraduate Programs (Related Areas of Study in italics) Accounting

Global Studies



Design, Marketing and Research, Writing

Applied Behavioral Sciences Art Biology Physiology, Nursing (pre-requisites)

Business Administration Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing

Communication Studies Broadcasting, Journalism, Professional Writing, Public Relations

Computer Science

Human Resource Management* Interdisciplinary Studies Management Management Information Systems Marketing Mathematics Middle School Education Performing Arts Acting/Directing, Arts Management, Speech & Theatre

Corporate Communication*


Deaf Education

Religious Studies


Social Science/Pre-Law

Early Childhood

Social Work

Elementary Education



Special Education

Broadcasting, Professional Writing, Journalism, Public Relations

Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising Fine Arts Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture

Speech-Language Pathology Sports and Entertainment Management* Sports Management University Major (self-designed) *Adult/evening program

Graduate Programs Accounting* (and Accountancy*)



MBA+Business English

Business Administration*

Non-Profit Management*

Early Intervention in Deaf Education (deadline Feb. 1)

Speech and Theatre Education


Speech-Language Pathology (deadline Feb. 1)

Family and Consumer Sciences


Fine Arts


Human Environmental Sciences


Apparel Studies, Child & Family Studies, Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies

*Adult/evening program

Partnership Programs Engineering (3/4+2): BS+BS Students earn a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology or Mathematics from Fontbonne University in 3 or 4 years and an undergraduate Engineering degree from Washington University or University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2 years (engineering fields include: biomedical, civil, electrical, chemical, computer, mechanical, systems science) . Occupational Therapy (3+2): BS+MSOT Students earn a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology at Fontbonne University (3 years) and earn a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the Washington University School of Medicine (2 years). Social Work (3+2): BA + MSW Students complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Fontbonne University (3 years) and earn a master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University (2 years).


Academics : MBA+Business English Program English + Business. We recognize that language barriers shouldn’t prohibit academically qualified students from earning an MBA in the United States. That’s why our core program includes eight weeks of intensive business English focused on sharpening communication and presentation skills for classroom and workplace success, along with ESL courses and support (as needed) throughout the core MBA program. 8 reasons to choose the Fontbonne MBA+Business English Program 1) Choose a one or two year format 2) Business English + MBA courses 3) Globally-focused curriculum 4) Experienced, dedicated faculty 5) Concentration areas 6) Work experience opportunities 7) Field experience 8) ACBSP Certified Business Program Admission Requirements · Bachelor’s degree (from accredited university) · 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) · TOEFL 55/IELTS 5.0 (with ESL) · TOEFL 71/IELTS 6.5 (without ESL) · GMAT not required

Curriculum: Focused. Global. Intensive. Our 36-credit hour core curriculum is focused on bringing together faculty and students in a challenging, fast-paced academic environment where business discussions thrive and leaders are developed. The comprehensive curriculum develops critical thinking, analysis, communication, leadership and management skills. MBA students may choose to complete the MBA in one or two years, both formats are modeled on the same curriculum. The one-year option is an accelerated model whereas the two-year option offers a less intensive schedule to focus on developing English skills.


Core MBA Sample Curriculum TWO-YEAR MBA format

August - October: Intensive Business ESL · Program designed to sharpen business English skills including: writing, conversation and presentation skills. · Students with a TOEFL 71 or IELTS 6.5 may substitute two additional MBA courses.

August - October: Intensive Business ESL · Program designed to sharpen business English skills including: writing, conversation and presentation skills. · Students with a TOEFL 71 or IELTS 6.5 may substitute two additional MBA courses.

October - December: MBA+ESL · Seminar in Marketing Management · Managerial Accounting · Seminar in Administrative Policy & Strategic Planning

October - December: MBA+ESL · Managerial Accounting · Elective

first year


January - March: MBA+ESL · Business Statistics · Managerial Economics · The Global Business Environment

January - March: MBA+ESL · Managerial Economics · The Global Business Environment March - May: MBA+ESL · Financial Management

March - May: MBA+ESL · Operations Management · Financial Management · Social and Legal Environment of Business

June - July: MBA · The Social and Legal Environment of Business

June - July: MBA+ESL · Elective · Elective · Elective

October - December: MBA+ESL · Elective · Elective

second year

August - October: MBA+ESL · Marketing Management

January - March: MBA+ESL · Business Statistics · Administrative Policy and Strategic Planning March - May: MBA+ESL · Operations Management

After successful completion of the core MBA program, graduates interested in a specialization may earn a concentration or second master’s degree. Nine MBA credit hours may be applied to the concentrations or majors below. Students may then complete 2-6 additional courses, as follows: Concentrations

Earn a second master’s degree

Accounting (3 courses, 9 credit hours) Finance (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Management (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Marketing (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Non-Profit Management (3 courses, 9 credit hours) Supply Chain Management (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Management (5 courses, 15 credit hours) Non-Profit Management (6 courses, 18 credit hours) Supply Chain Management (3 courses, 9 credit hours) Credits for the concentration or second degree will be charged at the regular graduate tuition rate.


Admissions How to Apply Fontbonne receives applications on a rolling-basis offering you the flexibility to plan your enrollment timeframe. Application process includes: Undergraduate students

Graduate students

Transfer students

· Complete application

· Complete application

· Complete application

· Application fee $50

· Application fee $50

· Application fee $50

· Proof of financial support

· Proof of financial support

· Proof of financial support

· Letter of financial guarantee

· Letter of financial guarantee

· Copy of passport

· Copy of passport

· Personal statement/essay (200-400 words)

· Personal statement/essay (200-400 words)

· TOEFL 65/IELTS 5.5

· TOEFL 71ibt/IELTS 6.5*

· High school transcript (in English)

· College/University transcript(s) (in English)

· Two letters of recommendation

· 2 letters of recommendation

· SAT/ACT not required · Conditional admission available

IEP students · Complete application · Application fee $50

· An additional departmental application may be requested · Theatre/Fine Arts applicants must submit a resume or portfolio · GRE/GMAT not required (GMAT 475 required for MS in Accounting)

· Proof of financial support · Letter of financial guarantee · Copy of passport · No TOEFL or IELTS required · High school transcript

* Students applying for MBA + Business English Program need a TOEFL 55/IELTS 5.5

· Letter of financial guarantee · Copy of passport · Personal statement/essay (200-400 words) · Completion of English Composition at U.S. University If transferring academic credit from a non-USA university you must also submit: · transcripts (in English) from colleges attended - must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) ( If transferring academic credit from a USA university or English Program you must also submit: · transcripts (in English) from colleges attended · copy of I-20 · copy of visa · copy of I-94

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Conditional Admission Prospective undergraduate students that do not meet the minimum English requirement for full-time academic study or do not have a TOEFL/ IELTS score may still apply as a degree-seeking student. This unique program blends together ESL (English as a Second Language) classes with academic courses until the student is prepared to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student (15-18 academic credit hours). Conditional students will be required to take an institutional English placement exam during orientation week; test results will determine placement:

Application to Arrival Checklist STEP 1: student responsibility

· apply to Fontbonne University (see How to Apply on previous page) STEP 2: Fontbonne responsibilities

· review completed application, make admission decision · send acceptance letter and I-20 to student




15 credit hours of ESL


1 academic class + 4 classes ESL


2 academic classes + 3 classes ESL


3 academic classes + 2 classes ESL

STEP 3: student responsibilities

· complete visa paperwork · pay I-901 SEVIS fee · arrange visa interview with U.S. Embassy · notify Fontbonne about visa interview results

Application Deadlines intake semester


fall (August) intake

June 15

spring (January) intake

November 15

summer (June) intake

April 15

MS in Speech-Language Pathology and MA in Early Intervention in Deaf Education

February 1

· make travel arrangements · make housing arrangements · notify Fontbonne of arrival/housing information · report to International Center after arrival · attend mandatory orientation


Costs and Scholarships Tuition & Costs (2012-2013) Students must show financial support for tuition and living expenses costs for one year of study (see costs below) in the form of an original bank statement no older than 120 days, and corresponding letter of financial guarantee if the student is not the account holder or sponsor (English only). These documents must be originals.







Business English

Business English

(one-year format)

(two-year format)

16 weeks

tuition & fees


















Total finances required






* Tuition covers: Intensive Business English, 36 credit MBA hours, health insurance, field experiences, admission and registration fees, library and computer lab fees, graduation fees and all international activities and events. Tuition does not cover: personal expenses, concentration areas, any required preparatory courses, textbooks, utilities.

minutes from campus


Undergraduate Scholarships More than 80 percent of international students at Fontbonne receive a scholarship to help support their educational advancement. Undergraduate international students are automatically considered for one of our international student scholarships when applying for admission. Fontbonne University is competitively priced and does not charge higher tuition prices for international students.



Catholic High School Scholarship** Transfer Student Scholarship

$1,000/annual up to $8,000/annual

Basic Requirements* Graduate from Catholic School 3.0+ GPA/61ibt or 5.5 IELTS

First-time, full-time freshman are eligible for one of the following scholarship levels. International Leaders Scholarship

up to $12,000/annual

3.8+ GPA/71ibt or 6.0 IELTS

International Dean’s Scholarship

up to $9,000/annual

3.6+ GPA/71ibt or 6.0 IELTS

International Founder’s Scholarship

up to $7,000/annual

3.2+ GPA/61ibt or 5.5 IELTS

International Freshman Scholarship

up to $6,000/annual

3.0+ GPA/61ibt or 5.5 IELTS

*Other requirements may apply. **Can be combined with other first-time full-time freshman scholarships. Learn more at


Our Location St. Louis St. Louis is a stylish, cultured and progressive city with a studentfriendly atmosphere highlighted by its famous Midwestern charm and old-world elegance. Home to more than 2.9 million people, St. Louis is an urban metropolis with vibrant neighborhoods, free events and attractions, yet maintains a small-town sensibility and accessibility. Beyond the borders of campus, students intermingle with locals in many of St. Louis’ unique districts from the eclectic vibe of the Delmar Loop to the café-lined sidewalks of the Central West End to the energy of Downtown St. Louis – each within easy reach of Fontbonne by bus, light rail or automobile. It’s said that no other city in the U.S. has more free attractions, events and festivals than St. Louis.


excellent location. free events.


Our Location St. Louis · Missouri · USA

Forbes Magazine



ranked St. Louis America’s

TWENTY-ONE FORTUNE 1000 companies

TOP MOST LIVABLE city in the United States










GATEWAY to the west

New York

Los Angeles




hot summers, cold winters, cool spring/autumn






Unique Neighborhoods




place to live in the U.S.


#2 most affordable


St. Louis is HOME to more than

30 colleges & universities Total university student population of 200,000+

F REE events and Festivals

2.9+ million population


Campus profile · Private, co-educational, liberal arts, Catholic · 11:1 student/faculty ratio · founded in 1923 · 2,300 students representing 27+ countries · 170 international students Located in St. Louis, a metropolitan city of more than 2.9 million people, located in the state of Missouri in the Midwest of the United States. Our campus is small, compact and easy to navigate with a friendly community. It’s near shopping, restaurants and parks in a safe, affluent neighborhood.

Accreditation The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Council on the Education of the Deaf Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association Commission for the Council for Social Work Education Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Program (ACBSP)

Office of International Affairs 6800 Wydown Boulevard St. Louis, MO USA 63105-3098 phone: 314.889.4509 路 fax: 314.889.1451

St. Louis, Missouri 路 U.S.A.

Fontbonne University International Brochure - 2012-2013  
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