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international student guide


The Fontbonne Experience.................................. 1 Student Life and Campus Living.....................4 Resources for International Students....... 10 Academics: Programs..........................................12 Academics: Business English......................... 18 Admissions............................................................ 20 Location.................................................................. 26


the fontbonne experience Dear International Student, Welcome to Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, 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. Dr. Dennis C. Golden

President

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Fontbonne is a top destination for international students who are looking for challenging academics and a strong sense of community. Our community has nearly 200 international students who represent 27 countries. Fontbonne offers: ƒƒ Community includes nearly 200 international students from 27 countries ƒƒ Outstanding liberal arts education ƒƒ More than 80 years of teaching excellence ƒƒ Average 11:1 student-faculty ratio ƒƒ Small classes and personalized attention ƒƒ Values-based environment rooted in the Catholic tradition ƒƒ One of the “Best College Cities” according to American Institute for Economic Research

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the fontbonne experience

Nearly 200 international students from 27 countries.

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Get involved on campus, and get the full American college experience: ƒƒ More than 30 student organizations to choose from including the Fontbonne International Student Alliance ƒƒ Many opportunities to get involved with service projects locally, nationally and internationally ƒƒ Live on campus in one of our four residential halls that offer apartmentstyle living ƒƒ A snack bar and full-service dining hall located on campus and a variety of restaurants within walking distance ƒƒ The Dunham Student Activity Center houses the fitness center, an indoor lounge with a cozy fireplace, an outdoor deck, a track and other athletic facilities

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Student Life and Campus Living

Apartment-style living, fitness center, athletic facilities & dining all available on campus.

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Stay Connected Our campus is well equipped with up-to-date technological resources, so you can always stay connected. ƒƒ Library has desktop computers and laptops that are available for checkout ƒƒ Study centers equipped with desktop computers in the Medaille Hall lounge ƒƒ Wireless computer network that covers Fontbonne’s entire campus

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Student Life and Campus Living

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security is now available!

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University Athletics We have school spirit and a strong tradition of athletic excellence. Our NCAA Division III student-athletes compete hard — on the field and in the classroom.* Teams include: Men’s

Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse

Soccer Tennis Track & Field Volleyball

Women’s Basketball Softball Cross Country Tennis Golf Track & Field Lacrosse Volleyball Soccer (a dance team is also available) *Fontbonne University does not offer athletic scholarships.

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Student Life and Campus Living

More than 30 active student organizations and 19 athletic teams available.

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Fontbonne’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) is completely focused on our international students – from applying to the program to acclimating to life in America to graduation and every step in between, OIA has the answers. Services include: ƒƒ Application and admissions ƒƒ Visa and immigration ƒƒ International student orientation ƒƒ Personal and academic advising ƒƒ Programming and special events OIA also offers the Friendship Family Program in which international students are matched with Fontbonne faculty and staff and their families to experience American traditions and learn about American culture.

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Resources for International Students

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Semesters fall

spring

summer

16 weeks

16 weeks

8 weeks

August to December

January to May

June and 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: ƒ Reading ƒ and Comprehension ƒ Writing ƒ and Grammar ƒ Speaking ƒ Communications ƒ TOEFL ƒ preparation (optional) ƒ Student-centered ƒ activities Students interested in learning English and pursuing a degree should apply for conditional admission as an undergraduate degree seeking student. Study Abroad at Fontbonne Qualified undergraduate students from foreign institutions may apply to study abroad at Fontbonne University as non-degree seeking students. 12


Academics: programs

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Undergraduate Programs (Related Areas of Study in italics) Undergraduate Programs Accounting Advertising Applied Behavioral Sciences** Art* Biology Biology for Secondary Education* Business Administration** Clinical Laboratory Sciences Communication Studies Computer Science Corporate Communication** Cyber Security Deaf Education* Dietetics Early Childhood* Elementary Education* English – Literary Studies English – Professional Writing English for Secondary Certification Family and Consumer Sciences* Fashion Merchandising Fine Arts* Global Studies

Healthcare Management** History* Human Resource Management** Human Services Leadership Studies** Management Management Information Systems Managerial Analytics** Marketing Mathematics (Applied) Mathematics for Secondary Education* Middle School Education* Performing Arts* Psychology Religious Studies Social Science/Pre-Law Social Work Sociology Special Education* Speech-Language Pathology Sports Management University Major (design your own)

*teaching certification available **evening, online program available

Undergraduate Minors Advertising American Culture Studies Art History Biology Business Administration Chemistry Communication Computer Science Early Childhood Environmental Studies Food Management Graphic Design Global Studies History Minor

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Human Services Literary Studies Management Information Systems Mathematics Performing Arts Professional Writing Psychology Religious Studies Social Work Sociology Speech-Language Pathology Sports Management Women’s & Gender Studies Website Development Certificate


Academics: programs

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Graduate Programs

Partnerships

Traditional Art/Fine Arts Early Intervention in Deaf Education Education/Special Education Human Environmental Sciences MBA + Business English Speech-Language Pathology Teaching Theatre

Engineering: (3/4+2) BS+BS Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Mathematics from Fontbonne University in 3 or 4 years and an undergraduate Engineering degree from Washington University or University of MissouriKansas City (UMKC) in 2 years (engineering fields include: biomedical, civil, electrical, chemical, computer, mechanical, systems science).

Evening/Online Accountancy Accounting Education: Teaching of Reading Instructional Design & Technology* Learning Technologies* Management MBA Nonprofit Management Supply Chain Management* Taxation Graduate Certificates Autism Spectrum Disorders Business Taxation Individual Taxation Instructional Design & Technology* Learning Technologies* Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Supply Chain Management* Virtual Worlds* *offered exclusively online

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Occupational Therapy: (3+2) BS+MSOT Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology 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). Chiropractic: (3+3) BS + DC Students earn a Bachelor of Science at Fontbonne (3 years) and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College/University Programs (3 years).


Academics: programs

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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 ƒƒ Bachelor’s degree (from accredited university) ƒƒ 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) ƒƒ 5.5 IELTS/65 TOEFL ƒƒ Students may apply for conditional admission

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Academics: MBA + Business english program Core MBA Sample Curriculum TWO-YEAR MBA format

August - October: Intensive Business ESL ƒƒ Program designed to sharpen business English skills including: writing, conversation and presentation skills.

August - October: Business English ƒƒ Program designed to sharpen business English skills including: writing, conversation and presentation skills

ƒƒ Students with a TOEFL 71 or IELTS 6.0 may start academic courses this term.

ƒƒ Students with a TOEFL 71 or IELTS 6.0 may start academic courses this term.

October - December: Business English ƒƒ Business Statistics ƒƒ Legal Issues in Business ƒƒ Seminar in Administrative Policy and Strategic Planning

October - December: Business English ƒƒ Business Statistics ƒƒ Legal Issues in Business

first year

ONE-YEAR MBA format

January - March: Business English ƒƒ Managerial Accounting ƒƒ Seminar in Marketing Management ƒƒ Managerial Economics

March - May: Business English ƒƒ Operations Management ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course

March - May: Business English ƒƒ Operations Management ƒƒ Financial Management ƒƒ The Global Business Environment

August - October: Business English ƒƒ The Global Business Environment ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course October - December: Business English ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course second year

June - July: Business English ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course ƒƒ Elective OR Concentration Course

January - March: Business English ƒƒ Managerial Accounting

January - March: Business English ƒƒ Managerial Economics ƒƒ Seminar in Marketing Management March - May: Business English ƒƒ Financial Management ƒƒ Seminar in Administrative Policy and Strategic Planning

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 two to six additional courses, as follows: Concentrations Accounting (3 courses, 9 credit hours) Finance (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Management (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Marketing (2 courses, 6 credit hours) Nonprofit Management (3 courses, 9 credit hours) Supply Chain Management (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Earn a second master’s degree Management (5 courses, 15 credit hours) Nonprofit 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.

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How to Apply Undergraduate students

Graduate students

Undergraduate transfer students

ƒƒ Complete application

ƒƒ Complete application

ƒƒ Complete application

ƒƒ Application fee $50

ƒƒ Application fee $50

ƒƒ Application fee $50

ƒƒ Original proof of financial support

ƒƒ Original proof of financial support

ƒƒ Original proof of financial support

ƒƒ Letter of financial guarantee

ƒƒ Letter of financial guarantee

ƒƒ Letter of financial guarantee

ƒƒ Copy of passport

ƒƒ Copy of passport

ƒƒ Copy of passport

ƒƒ Personal statement/essay (200-400 words)

ƒƒ Personal statement/essay (200-400 words)

ƒƒ Personal statement/essay (200-400 words)

ƒƒ TOEFL 65/IELTS 5.5

ƒƒ TOEFL 71ibt/IELTS 6.5*/IELTS 6.0 for business programs

ƒƒ Completion of English Composition at U.S. University or IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 65

ƒƒ Original high school transcript (in English) ƒƒ Two letters of recommendation

ƒƒ Original college/university transcript(s) (in English)

ƒƒ SAT/ACT not required

ƒƒ Two letters of recommendation

ƒƒ Conditional admission available

IEP students ƒƒ Complete application ƒƒ Application fee $50 ƒƒ Original proof of financial support ƒƒ Letter of financial guarantee ƒƒ Copy of passport

ƒƒ An additional departmental application may be requested ƒƒ Theatre/Fine Arts applicants must submit a resume or portfolio

ƒƒ Transcripts (in English) from colleges attended — must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (www.wes.org) or similar evaluation company.

ƒƒ GMAT 475 required for MS in Accounting/Accountancy

If transferring academic credit from a USA university or English program you must also submit:

* Students applying for MBA + Business English Program need a TOEFL 65/IELTS 5.5

ƒƒ Original transcripts (in English) from colleges attended

ƒƒ No TOEFL or IELTS required ƒƒ Original high school transcript

If transferring academic credit from a non-USA university you must also submit:

ƒƒ Copy of I-20 ƒƒ Copy of visa ƒƒ Copy of I-94

Apply online: www.fontbonne.edu/international

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admissions

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Undergraduate 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: Level

Courses

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15 credit hours of ESL

2

1 academic class + 4 classes ESL

3

2 academic classes + 3 classes ESL

4

3 academic classes + 2 classes ESL

Application to Arrival Checklist

STEP 1: student responsibility ƒƒ Apply to Fontbonne University (see How to Apply on previous page) STEP 2: Fontbonne responsibilities ƒƒ Review completed application, make admission decision ƒƒ Send acceptance letter and I-20 to student STEP 3: student responsibilities ƒƒ Complete visa paperwork ƒƒ Pay I-901 SEVIS fee ƒƒ Arrange visa interview with U.S. Embassy ƒƒ Notify Fontbonne about visa interview results

Application Deadlines

ƒƒ Make travel arrangements ƒƒ Make housing arrangements

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Intake Semester

Deadline

fall (August) intake

June 15

spring (January) intake

November 15

ƒƒ Report to International Center after arrival

summer (June) intake

April 15

ƒƒ Attend mandatory orientation

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

February 1

ƒƒ Notify Fontbonne of arrival/housing information


admissions

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Tuition & Costs (2014-2015) Students must show financial support for tuition and living expenses 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. Program

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MBA+

MBA+

IEP

Undergraduate

Graduate

Business English

Business English

(one-year format)

(two-year format)

16 weeks

tuition & fees

$22,834

$12,084

$26,309*

$14,375*

$2,328

housing

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

$2,500

insurance

$876

$876

$876

$876

$219

Total finances required

$33,710

$22,960

$37,185

$25,251

$5,047


admissions 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.

Award

Amount $1,000/annual

Catholic High School Scholarship** Transfer Student Scholarship

Study Abroad Scholarship

up to $9,000/annual

up to $3,500/semester

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

International Founder’s Scholarship International Freshman Scholarship

up to $15,000/annual

up to $10,000/annual

up to $7,000/annual

up to $6,000/annual

*Other requirements may apply. **Can be combined with other first-time full-time freshman scholarships. Find specific scholarship requirements at

www.fontbonne.edu/international

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St. Louis, Missouri · USA St. Louis, Missouri has all the benefits a larger city can offer with a student-friendly atmosphere. ƒƒ 2.9 million people call St. Louis home. ƒƒ Many free events, attractions and festivals occur throughout the year. ƒƒ Cultural attractions include the Art Museum, Forest Park, The Gateway Arch and many others. ƒƒ St. Louis is a sports town – enjoy Cardinals baseball, Rams football and Blues hockey as well as collegiate sports and more. ƒƒ Many public transportation options are available.

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location

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St. Louis, Missouri · USA ƒƒ Forbes Magazine ranked St. Louis America’s #2 most affordable place to live in the U.S. ƒƒ Four distinct seasons: hot summers, cold winters, cool spring/autumn ƒƒ Twenty-one Fortune 1000 companies ƒƒ Top “Most Livable City” in the United States ƒƒ Gateway to the West ƒƒ Unique neighborhoods ƒƒ Home to more than 30 colleges and universities ƒƒ Total university student population of 200,000+

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location AIRPORT 15 MINUTES

THE PAGEANT

TIVOLI THEATRE

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM ART MUSEUM

POINTER’S PIZZA

THE MUNY

POWELL SYMPHONY HALL CENTRAL WEST END FOX THEATRE

ZOO RICT

FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY

FOREST PARK

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN TOWER GROVE PARK

GATEWAY ARCH

DALLAS 7 HOURS

SOUTH

GRAND

TED DREWES

CITY MUSEUM BUSCH STADIUM

INTERN ATION AL DIS T

KANSAS CITY 4 HOURS

CHICAGO 4 HOURS

MEMPHIS 4 HOURS

St. Louis

New York

Chicago

Los Angeles

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Office of International Affairs

6800 Wydown Boulevard

St. Louis, MO USA 63105-3098

St. Louis, Missouri 路 U.S.A. internationalaffairs@fontbonne.edu

phone: 314.889.4509 路 fax: 314.889.1451

www.fontbonne.edu/international

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