About Us

Fairleigh Dickinson University opened its doors at the start of World War II with an innovative and ambitious goal: to provide its students with an education "of and for the world." Today, our University considers its founding mission more relevant and urgent than ever before. Our recently reaffirmed mission, simply stated, is to be "a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education."

A global education is much more than having international campuses or exchange programs. It is also a curriculum that ensures that all of our students will be able to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity and rapid change. A global education is one that provides knowledge and understanding of culture, language, geography and global perspectives. A global education trains students to rapidly access and evaluate a wealth of international information resources. Most importantly, a global education is one that enables students to understand the world through the eyes of others and teaches them how their actions can affect, and be affected by people throughout the world.

United Nations NGO Status
In 2002, FDU became one of only three universities in the United States to be awarded NGO status with the United Nations Department of Public Information, providing the University with special access to UN internships, and other programming. In 2009, FDU was awarded by ECOSOC NGO Special Consultative Status, the first entire university in the world to achieve that designation. This means that FDU functions as a fully accredited NGO at the United Nations with expanded access to UN entities, conferences and member nations.
Global Virtual Faculty (GVF) Program
The University's nationally recognized GVF program consists of a cadre of distinguished world scholars and practitioners who serve as Global Virtual Faculty members in partnership with the on-campus faculty in teaching of our on-line courses.
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
FDU was the first university in the world to partner with the United Nations to establish the Academic Impact program. The program now enlists the efforts of more than 1,000 universities around the world on behalf of issues on the UN agenda.
Global Enterprise Network (GEN)
GEN provides resources pertaining to international trade for businesses in the NY/NJ metropolitan region through a series of breakfast seminars and other programs.
United Nations Pathways Program
FDU has been associated with the United Nations since its inception in 1945, resulting in a recent partnership with the Ambassador's Club and our UN Pathways Program, which presents and disseminates a lecture and videoconference series. Thousands of students have participated in the program, interacting with hundreds of UN diplomats and senior officials.
Global Young Voices (GYV)
FDU is proud to support Global Young Voices, an web-based media project and international news website developed by a diverse team of accomplished millennials, among them numerous FDU students and alumni.
Study Abroad Opportunities
FDU has significantly expanded its study abroad options to include numerous faculty-led short courses and opportunities to study at international partner institutions. Recent destinations have included China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, and Peru.
American Council on Education Internationalization Cooperative Membership
In 2002, FDU became a founding member of the Internationalization Assessment Laboratory of The American Council on Education (ACE). The ACE Laboratory Team was formed in 2003, followed, in 2004, by the Internationalization Strategic Planning Group and the Global Education Coordinating Team.

Global learning is by its nature a collaborative endeavor. The synergy of individuals and groups within our institution working together toward making global learning real is vital. Similarly, the synergy of our institution working together with other institutions and associations nationally and internationally enhances our ability to offer a meaningful global education to our students. Below are links to some of our most active partners in the global education process:

The American Council on Education Internationalization Collaborative
FDU is a member, along with approximately 50 other higher education institutions nationally, who are each committed to comprehensive internationalization.
The International Association of University Presidents
Fairleigh Dickinson has historic ties to the IAUP, and these have been reaffirmed recently when FDU was named as the archives site for the association records.
The Department of Public Information at the United Nations
The DPI accredits many groups as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), recognizing a confluence of the mission and interests of the UN and those of the NGOs, as well as the commitment to disseminate the work of the UN. In 2002 FDU became the third university in the nation to be recognized as an NGO at the United Nations.
Chaine des Rotisseurs
The U.S. National Office of the Chaine des Rotisseurs [pronounced "shen day row tea sir"] moved on November 1, 2003, to its newly constructed headquarters on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Founded in Paris in 1248, Chaine des Rotisseurs is the world's oldest international gastronomic society. It is devoted to preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table and to promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts.
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
ECOSOC was established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. In 2009, Fairleigh Dickinson University became the first entire institution of higher education in the world to be granted special consultative status by ECOSOC.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
Launched in 2005 as a result of co-sponsorship by Spain and Turkey, UNAOC aims to engage international, intercultural, inter-religious dialogue and cooperation as means to defuse tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds and to remove threats to world peace and security. Global cooperation on cross-cultural issues, dialogue and bridge-building among diverse societies are seen as powerful opportunities for change in an environment where intolerance for diversity of culture and religion persist. UNAOC also recognizes the powerful role of youth as change agents in this global process.
The Conference on Non Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)
CoNGO is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. FDU faculty members belong to twelve substantive committees organized by CoNGO on issues such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainable Development, Youth, Ageing, Family, HIV/AIDS, Crime Prevention, Mental Health, the Status of Women, Indigenous Peoples, and Financing for Development. Through these committees, FDU faculty bring their expertise to the UN and identify learning, internship and volunteer opportunities for FDU students.
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is one of the world's leading cultural exchange organizations. Each year, FAF also organizes the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, which brings together student leaders from around the world for substantive discussions of issues on the global agenda. FDU works with FAF to organize Pre- and Post-Youth Assembly Leadership seminars for YA participants.
African Union Commission (AUC)
The AUC serves as the administrative secretariat for the African Union. In 2009, FDU became the first American university to complete a memorandum of understanding with the AUC, pledging the University's assistance in developing a Pan-African University to help provide higher education opportunities for citizens of Africa's less developed countries.
English Language Centers (ELS)
FDU is proud to host an ESL English Language Center on our Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck New Jersey. International students conditionally admitted to FDU can brush up on their English there before beginning their course of study.
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. AIEA gives members opportunities to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy. FDU is proud to participate in AIEA activities.
Scholar Rescue Fund
Since its founding in 1911, the Institute for International Education (IIE) has helped scholars and scientists across the globe escape political persecution. FDU serves as a partner host institution for scholars seeking refuge through the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund program.
Global Young Voices (GYV)
The Global Young Voices adventure began in February 2015. It was founded by a large group of high profile students and friends living in disparate countries and pursuing very different degrees. Despite the great diversity residing among them, they are globally aware individuals united by a fervent passion for writing and strong keenness to divulge information on their country's political, economic and social affairs.
In 2009, FDU became the first university in the world to gain special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), allowing the university to send official delegates to international conferences and meetings and giving FDU students unique access to volunteer and internship opportunities in the NGO sector. As a full member of CONGO, the Conference on Non Governmental Organizations in Consultation with the UN, FDU is eligible to participate in the deliberations of UN NGO Substantive Committees. So far, more than thirty FDU faculty members have joined committees dealing with matters such as human rights, ageing, youth, HIV/AIDS, disarmament, family, narcotics and substance abuse, crime prevention and criminal justice, social development, economic development, sustainable development, the status of women, and freedom of religion or belief. Students from the University's two campus chapters of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-US) also represent the University on the UN NGO Committee on Youth.