SOCS-SHU 310 Summer Practicum Course

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course will not be offered for Summer 2021.

NYU Shanghai offers a 1-credit practicum course (SOCS-SHU 310) in New York for non-US citizen, NYU Shanghai students to be eligible to participate in full-time internship or full-time on-campus research in the United States. This course has been designed to help students learn leadership and interpersonal skills that will allow them to effectively apply their classroom knowledge to their experiential learning experience. The SOCS-SHU 310 course will run for 12 weeks beginning in late May and running through August. 

The internship or research experience must be within 4 hours by ground transportation from New York City because there are four mandatory in-person class meetings on the Washington Square campus. Physical attendance at the below class meetings is required in order to maintain F-1 student visa status: 

  • Monday, June 1st from 7 - 9 PM
  • Wednesday, June 3rd from 7 - 9 PM
  • Monday, August 3rd from 7 - 9 PM
  • Tuesday, August 4th from 7 - 9 PM​​

Students will receive credit for attendance only when they arrive to class on time and stay until the end of the class period.  In addition, there will also be online modules, readings, and assignments to complete throughout the summer. 

Tuition and fees: 1,991 USD 

Housing: On-campus housing is not required. If you want to live on campus, information will be sent to admitted students. 

Health Insurance: All students are required to purchase NYU Health Insurance if they are not already covered.

The application deadline is April 8, 2020. Students must secure an internship or research opportunity prior to submitting an application. This course is only open to students who are doing a full-time internship or research work. 

Application Instructions: 

Track 1 - If you have been studying in the U.S. for the full 2019-2020 Academic year (fall 2019 & spring 2020) please click here for the full policy information including work authorization (CPT) information. 

Track 2 - If you have not studied in the U.S. for the full 2019-2020 Academic year please click here for the full policy information

  1. Secure internship or research opportunity. (*Must be within four hours of New York City by ground transportation)
  2. Complete the Summer 2020 Practicum Course Application (Must include an upload of your offer letter).
  3. You will be notified of your application outcome by mid-April.
  4. If admitted to the course, sign and return the required contract. You will then be manually enrolled in the course in Albert by course administrators. 
  5. Apply for an F-1 visa or visa extension (instructions available in policy documents linked above).
  6. Submit signed organizational agreement. There will be an additional document required as part of the enrollment process that will be provided to you at a later date. This legal agreement will need to be completed and signed by the company prior to the start of your experiential experience in order to remain enrolled in the course. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I took the course last summer. Can I take it again?
As long as you received a passing grade, the course is eligible for being repeated in future summers. 
Can a student take the practicum course as well as other summer term courses? 

No, the practicum course is designed to be accompanied by a full-time internship or research opportunity, thus students cannot simultaneously pursue academic credits during the summer term.

I’m a U.S. citizen and my internship requires or offers for me to be enrolled in a course for credit. Can I take this course? 
No, the course is designed and intended to meet U.S. student visa regulations for non-US citizens to be enrolled in a course while doing research or an internship in the US.  It is not designed or intended to provide academic credit for doing research or an internship. NYU Shanghai does not award academic credit for internships or research. 

I am still in the interview process and/or I received an internship/research offer after the practicum course deadline. Is it possible to apply after the application deadline?
Students should contact Malina Webb, if they receive an offer after the deadline to inquire if it is still possible to apply.

Can I change my internship/research experience after I’ve been approved for the course?
Students are approved for the 1-credit Practicum course based on the experiential learning experience(s) (internship or research) that they present with their application materials. A student who wants to change their experiential learning experience (internship or research) prior to the start of the 1-credit Practicum course must submit a new application (with the offer letter for the new experiential learning experience) for approval. Students may not change their experiential learning experience (internship or research) after April 17, 2020.

I wasn't able to attend an information session on campus. How can I get information about this opportunity? 
We encourage you to read the policy in its entirety before reaching out with any questions. You can access the presentation slides from the info session held in New York here. The slides from the Shanghai info session can be found here. Contact Malina Webb, Manager of Global Career Development at if you have questions after reviewing these materials.

Applications will be reviewed by NYU Shanghai Career Development Center and Academic Affairs.