How do I apply?
You may submit an application
online for free. You must complete the application form as well as submit the required essay component in order for your application to be processed.
If you are interested in pursuing a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course, you must also submit an SIS Course Request Form in order to be considered for that course.
Learn more about the application process here
When will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Within 2 weeks after you apply and submit the required essay, you will receive an email notification about your acceptance.
What are the classes like?
Forum-Nexus classes are held at host universities in the different cities included in the program itinerary, or in the conference center of the hotels. Classes are usually held in the morning on weekdays. Our team of international professors travel with the program and are accessible after class hours for questions.
Each Forum-Nexus course is designed to comply with curricular guidelines of U.S. and international universities.
How many classes do I have to take?
You can earn 3, 6, or 9 credits (for 1, 2, or 3 courses - each course is worth 3 credits), depending on the session you select. We offer three types of courses: Regular courses, Supervised Independent Study (SIS) courses, and Internships.
You may enroll in one or two regular courses, or a combination of a regular course and an SIS course or an internship.
All students participate in the International IQ Seminar, conducted by Dr. Hugo Hervitz, which is a daily meeting in which students can learn about the culture of Italy, discuss their experiences and cross-cultural interactions, get travel tips, and identify ways to have an even more immersive study abroad experience.
How does a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course work?
Students enrolled in a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course pursue structured independent work, following a well-defined syllabus, under the supervision of one or two faculty members. Not every student is allowed to enroll in an SIS course. Interested students must fill-out the SIS Course Request Form justifying their suitability for the course and their ability to conduct independent work.
All SIS course options may be found here
Do you offer internships?
Yes! The Forum-Nexus Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable academic and professional experience while earning 3 credits for their experience. We do offer internships in Communication, Hospitality Management, Photography and Videography.
All information regarding internships can be found here
Will I have time to take a full course load and also explore each city?
Classes are usually conducted during the mornings, leaving you enough time in the afternoon to explore the cities of our program. Classes are not held during the weekends, so you may enjoy each city or travel to another nearby city.
Which courses should I take?
We recommend that you consult your academic advisors and study abroad advisors at your university for suggestions on which courses you should take, considering your major and minor requirements. You can take 3, 6 or 9 credits, depending on the session you select.
Find a list of all of our courses here
Where are the credits for the courses issued from?
Forum-Nexus credits are sponsored by two European universities:
- Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan
Students may elect to receive their credits/transcripts from FUS or UCSC. All are fully accredited, but Franklin University Switzerland has the added advantage of being accredited as a U.S. university. We recommend that this choice be made in consultation with the study abroad and academic offices of your home institution.
I can’t find my university in the credit transfer list
If you do not see your university on this list
, it does not mean that credits won’t transfer, but that you may be the first student from your university to participate in our program.
To confirm that the credits will transfer, please follow these steps:
- Download the course syllabi for the courses you plan to take.
- Print a copy of the "About Forum-Nexus" section of our website.
- Take the printed syllabi and additional information about Forum-Nexus to your study abroad office.
- If your study abroad advisor has any questions, please ask them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1-305-764-2243.
We are happy to help you throughout the credit transfer process.
Can I afford to participate in Forum-Nexus? Is financial aid available?
Yes, you can! Generally, all financial aid awards, including loans, grants, and scholarships, are applicable to study abroad programs. Financial aid packages are reevaluated to consider the cost of a specific program, and aid packages may be adjusted (up to the maximum eligibility amount) according to the modified cost of the study abroad program.
We offer financial aid opportunities as well. Students participating in Forum-Nexus programs can receive aid from Forum-Nexus, from their university, or from external sources.
More information may be found here
Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?
No. All Forum-Nexus courses, professional visits, and day trips are conducted in English. We encourage you, though, to make an effort to learn some important words and phrases in the languages of the countries we visit. One of the highlights of Forum-Nexus is the emphasis placed on making sure that the participating students acquire a higher level of International IQ. We define International IQ as the minimum level of international knowledge that a student should have in order to be perceived as a cultured and educated individual in an international situation, such as a gathering of professionals from around the world, or an international negotiation.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
If you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada, Mexico or the European Union, you do not need any visas. Citizens of most other countries do need to apply for a Schengen visa, that is one visa for all the Forum-Nexus countries. Usually, you do not need a student visa, but just a tourist visa. After you get accepted and pay your deposit, we will provide you with the necessary documents needed for the visa. You should not necessarily apply for a visa from the first country that you will visit; but rather from the country in which you will spend the most days.