Study at a Global Crossroads
For 160 years, students have come from all parts of the world to study at St. Francis College. Located in Brooklyn, one of New York City's most diverse boroughs, SFC students hail from more than 70 national backgrounds, forming an engaged and welcoming community of global learners.
At St. Francis College, international students are destined for success; each international student is provided with an opportunity to participate in impactful global engagement through transformational college experiences and a diverse environment for intellectual excellence, thus developing them into the leaders who will make a difference in today's globalized world.
We Realize Our Mission By
Increasing our international student population through strategic and multifaceted recruitment approaches in various international markets, and expanding institutional capacity to effectively meet international student needs and support them through their college journey
Building and promoting study and internships abroad and academic exchange programs with foreign institutions through integrated institutional strategy for education abroad and at SFC
Infusing global perspectives/competencies into the SFC curriculum to better prepare all students for the 21st Century workforce
Preparing students as responsible, globally minded citizens through civic and global engagement co-curricular programs and activities (often led by faculty)
Expanding the “SFC International” brand to effectively develop comprehensive relationships in different parts of the world, setting a standard for quality, engaged, and affordable education at the global crossroads of Brooklyn/NYC
Statement from Divisional Vice President, Dr. Reza Fakhari
Faithful to our progressive Franciscan tradition, we have created SFC International as a hub of everything international, staffed with a talented and diverse team, to warmly welcome international students and to serve their varied needs with creative and effective programming, initiatives, and services.
Our Comprehensive Internationalization Strategy, inaugurated in 2019, has taken St. Francis global by building and deepening numerous international linkages and partnerships across the world for study abroad (often faculty-led), international exchanges, and study at SFC through various creative models of collaboration. We are also focused on Internationalization at Home by infusing global perspectives and competencies into curriculum and co-curriculum to better prepare all students for the 21st Century workforce and by preparing students as responsible, globally minded citizens.
SFC International has supported faculty to establish Institute for Global Engagement and Forum on Migration. It is also supporting faculty in developing a signature interdisciplinary Human Rights Program and inaugurated the SFC Human Rights Lecture Series in Spring 2021, bringing external experts to speak on global citizenship, corporate responsibility, sustainability, extreme power and wealth inequality, and racial and social justice.
Our globally interconnected world requires a new paradigm of enriched and engaged education to develop knowledge, skills and capacities in our students to thrive as global citizens and professionals. SFC International is humbled to play its collaborative role in this important mission.
We welcome you to explore us, visit us, study with us, collaborate with us, and join us in envisioning a better global future for all.
Meet the Team
Titles: Vice President for Internationalization and Strategic Initiatives
Titles: Director of International Study, Associate Professor of History
Titles: Director of Study Abroad, Assistant Professor
Titles: Manager of SFC International
Titles: Administrative Assistant and Programming Specialist
Titles: Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Titles: International Recruitment Specialist
Titles: Marketing Assistant at SFC International
St. Francis College stands apart from other colleges with its affordable tuition, excellent scholarship program, and small classes led by expert faculty. The College offers you opportunities for research, study abroad, and an outstanding internship program that will prepare you for the career of your choice. Please click here for more information.
From the time you are admitted through your graduation, SFC International has qualified people to support you on your journey. International Student Services helps you with everything from the Form I-20 to the F-1 student visa process to International Student Orientation to employment workshops and more. We want you to succeed and are proud to do whatever we can so that you will be able to.
Studying abroad can enrich your academic career, further your professional goals, and enhance your understanding of yourself! Explore your many opportunities to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience – including faculty-led programs, semester or year abroad, and short-term programs. Although in person Study Abroad programs are not available this semester, you can still explore potential scholarship opportunities by visiting this link.
The Lecture Series invites leading experts and activists from the corporate, non-governmental, non-profit, academic, or governmental sectors to share their perspectives on advancing human rights, broadly defined in all its aspects, with internal and external communities. The hope is that the Lecture series in this progressive Franciscan institution will inspire transformative activism among our students and communities.
The focus of the Institute for Global Engagement at SFC International is to promote global awareness, global perspective and global engagement throughout the institution. In other words, through the promotion and nurturing of global competencies, the Institute will support the mission of St. Francis College “to foster the development of critical thinking, moral choices, responsible citizenship and personal commitment to social justice and the environment” and to enable “the transition from student to citizen of the world.” We strive to ensure every SFC student has the chance for meaningful global engagement.
St. Francis College awarded 335 students undergraduate and graduate degrees this spring, capping off an academic year that began with welcoming the College's largest ever first-year class and ending with the promise of a significant re-opening of campus facilities for the fall 2021 semester.
A new Fellows program launching this year will bring professionals who have expertise in human rights and diversity issues into the St. Francis College community, helping enrich the College's academic curriculum and learning opportunities for students.