International Business Bridge

The International Business Bridge (IBB) is a unique program for international students who hold the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. In certain cases, it replaces the final year of university; please check with your university and with the Gabelli School to make this determination.

Does your application package need a boost before you apply to a U.S. business school?

Fordham created the International Business Bridge program (IBB) to help international students get ready for a graduate-level U.S. business degree program.

In just two semesters, the Fordham IBB will help you:

  • Improve your English skills
  • Build a foundation in business theory and practice
  • Prepare for graduate-level business coursework

This program is an excellent precursor to a graduate business degree at Fordham or at another highly regarded U.S. university in which your GMAT score will be required.

Specific admissions requirements and tuition for IBB can be found online.  For more information about IBB or its specific admissions requirements, please contact Greg Cooper, Director, at ibb@fordham.edu or Barrilero1 on WeChat. 

Gabelli TALK

Gabelli TALK is a comprehensive English language and cultural immersion program designed to help incoming graduate business students develop communicative competence in English to function more effectively in academic, professional, and social settings.  Students participating in Gabelli TALK have early access to resources at the Gabelli School of Business (e.g., career development), have more time to secure housing, and have the chance to meet and interact with faculty, staff, alumni, and other students—before classes begin.

For more information about Gabelli TALK, please contact Dr. Philippe Barr at pbarr2@fordham.edu or pbarr2 on WeChat. 

IBB students take ten courses across two terms:

English Language Courses

Course Title Credits
English Language Courses
IBGB 6003Read & Write for Business I3
IBGB 6009Read & Write for Business II3
IBGB 6004Pres & Public Speaking3
IBGB 6005Comm: Speaking & Listening3
Business Courses
IBGB 6001Applied Finance3
IBGB 6002Financial Statement Analysis3
IBGB 6006Excel Applications and Modeling3
IBGB 6007Applied Economics & Analysis3
IBGB 6008Marketing Analytics3
Total Credits27

Because each term is tailored to students’ individual needs, program and course content may vary from session to session.

For more information about IBB or its specific admissions requirements, please contact Greg Cooper, Director, at ibb@fordham.edu, Barrilero1 on WeChat, or +1-212-636-7301. 

These courses are administered by the International Business Bridge program.

IBGB 6001. Applied Finance. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6002. Financial Statement Analysis. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6003. Read & Write for Business I. (3 Credits)

Read & Write for Business I.

Attribute: ESL.

IBGB 6004. Pres & Public Speaking. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6005. Comm: Speaking & Listening. (3 Credits)

Comm: Speaking & Listening.

Attribute: ESL.

IBGB 6006. Excel Applications and Modeling. (3 Credits)

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Attribute: ESL.

IBGB 6007. Applied Economics & Analysis. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6008. Marketing Analytics. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6009. Read & Write for Business II. (3 Credits)

IBGB 6010. History of American Business. (3 Credits)

This course will focus on the interrelationships between the business community and the development of the United States of America. The course is divided into three sections that will cover such topics as the colonization of America by the Europeans, industrialization in the United States and the civil war and creating an environment of business regulation.

IBGB 6011. Business Ethics. (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to help students create a strong base for making sound moral judgments as they evaluate their own values and make managerial decisions; to help them argue ethically in business environments and contribute to group decisions; and to help them understand and evaluate opinions of those from different cultural traditions or ideological backgrounds as they differentiate between what is right and what is politic.

IBGB 6012. American Business Landscape. (3 Credits)

The business landscape in America can be vastly different than your home country. This course will give you a foundation for how various industries operate, what the different business customs are, and how culture plays a large role in business. This will help prepare student for their time spent in New York. The course covers the topics below. A segment of each topic is assigned to groups within the class to prepare a presentation to their classmates. Finance Industry Marketing Industry Accounting Industry Entertainment Industry Government Regulatory Agencies Stock Market Business Etiquette Sports Industry Doing Business Abroad Social Media Education.