SFC Global

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.

Our Mission

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

  1. 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

  2. Building and promoting study and internships abroad and academic exchange programs with foreign institutions through integrated institutional strategy for education abroad and at SFC

  3. Infusing global perspectives/competencies into the SFC curriculum to better prepare all students for the 21st Century workforce

  4. Preparing students as responsible, globally minded citizens through civic and global engagement co-curricular programs and activities (often led by faculty)

  5. 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

Reza Fakhari

Reza Fakhari

Titles: Vice President for Internationalization and Strategic Initiatives
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Timothy Houlihan

Timothy Houlihan

Titles: Director of International Study, History Professor
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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson

Titles: Director of Study Abroad, Assistant Professor
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Bora Dimitrov

Bora Dimitrov

Titles: Manager of SFC International
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Esther Hassell

Esther Hassell

Titles: Administrative Assistant and Programming Specialist
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Elizabeth Baldwin

Elizabeth Baldwin

Titles: International Student Advisor DSO
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Robert Oliva ’04

Robert Oliva ’04

Titles: Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
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Ana Luiza Teodoro

Ana Luiza Teodoro

Titles: International Recruitment Specialist
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Tadeu Rodrigues

Tadeu Rodrigues

Titles: Marketing Assistant at SFC International
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International Student Admissions

St. Francis College stands apart from other colleges with its affordable tuitionexcellent 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.

International Student Services

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.

International Study Opportunities

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.


 

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