FAQs

Chinese Admissions FAQs

  • If I am a Chinese national, can I apply to NYU Shanghai without taking the Gaokao?

    No. All Chinese nationals must take the Gaokao (College Entrance Examination) to be eligible for applying to NYU Shanghai (excluding students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). This is true even if you are spending time abroad outside of China (studying or traveling) or if you are on an SAT/IB/AP track at school. Students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan must take either the Joint Entrance Examination for Students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan (港澳台联考) or the Taiwan GSAT (台湾学测考试) to be eiligible. 

  • What is the admission process at NYU Shanghai?

    Applicants will be rigorously evaluated not only on the basis of national entrance examinations, like the Gaokao for Chinese students, but through a holistic analysis of multiple quantitative and qualitative variables. All applicants are required to submit the Common Application, along with the additional application requirements outlined here. In addition to submitting the Common Application, the most competitive Chinese applicants will be invited to attend a Candidate Weekend, a unique program to determine student fit with NYU Shanghai.

  • What is NYU Shanghai looking for?

    An outstanding transcript is necessary but does not guarantee a place at NYU Shanghai; we evaluate a student’s overall abilities. First, our students must all be able to communicate in and out of the classroom. We require all students to have a strong grasp of English – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Our classes will be conducted in English. With regard to individual characteristics, the ideal NYU Shanghai student will possess a willingness to open him/herself to new experiences, a sense of intellectual adventure, and a desire to push him/herself by learning to listen and ask questions. At his/her core, the NYU Shanghai student possesses a deep sense of curiosity, a sense of civic responsibility, and empathy. In short, we are looking for tomorrow’s inventors, entrepreneurs, scholars, and leaders.

     
  • What majors does NYU Shanghai offer?

    NYU Shanghai offers an array of majors and minors/concentrations, with additional options phased in over time. Initial offerings include majors in the areas of Humanities, Biology, Neural Science, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Interactive Media Arts, Business & Finance, Economics, etc. Please click here to learn more about our majors. 

  • Do I need to live on campus in the Residence Halls?

    All students are required to live in our residence halls, where Chinese and international students are paired together, during their first year. Residential life, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities are central to your experience at NYU Shanghai. Living in our residence halls is a great way to be engaged in all aspects of NYU Shanghai. In the second year, many students continue to live in the residence halls, however some participate in home-stay programs around Shanghai.

  • Does NYU Shanghai accept transfer students?

    NYU Shanghai does not currently accept transfer students, only applications from first-year applicants are currently considered.

  • What kind of degree can I obtain from NYU Shanghai?

    Students at NYU Shanghai will receive the following diploma/certificate upon the successful completion of their study:

    1. A bachelor degree conferred by New York University

    2. A bachelor degree conferred by 上海纽约大学 (NYU Shanghai)

    NYU Shanghai is recognized in China as the first China-U.S. joint university that is authorized to grant degrees, certified by China's Ministry of Education.

  • How much is tuition at NYU Shanghai for Chinese Students?

    Tuition is uniform across the three campuses within the global network of NYU, which is approximately 49,000 USD for academic year 2016-2017. However, Chinese students will be granted special financial aid and their tuition will be lower. More details will be released on our website soon. In addition, need-based financial aid will be available for students with financial difficulties and merit scholarships will be available for top students. 

  • How does the student body look like at NYU Shanghai?

    NYU Shanghai enrolled its first class in 2013, with half of the student body being Chinese while the other half comes from all around the globe. The current student body at NYU Shanghai comes from over 70 countries such as America, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, England, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Russia, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Turkish, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, New Zealand, etc., and 31 provinces of China such as Shanghai, Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Taiwan, Guangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Hainan, Fujian, etc. Every Chinese student will be living with an international student from a different cultural background in the dormitory.

  • Do I have the opportunity to study abroad if I am enrolled at NYU Shanghai?

    Yes. As part of the global network of NYU, all students at NYU Shanghai will spend the first two years studying in Shanghai, the next year studying at NYU's global academic centers such as Accra, Prague, Sydney, Berlin, Florence, Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, Paris, Tel Aviv, Washington D.C., and of course, NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi, and the fourth year back in Shanghai. Tuition will remain the same when students study abroad while students should pay the living cost, airfare, etc. Please click here to learn more about the estimated expenses for one semester at each campus or global academic center within NYU's global network. 

US/International Admissions FAQs

  • What is the admission process at NYU Shanghai?

    Applicants will be rigorously evaluated not only on the basis of national entrance examinations, like the Gaokao for Chinese students, but through a holistic analysis of multiple quantitative and qualitative variables. All applicants are required to submit the Common Application, along with the additional application requirements outlined here. In addition to submitting the Common Application, the most competitive Chinese applicants will be invited to attend a Candidate Weekend, a unique program to determine student fit with NYU Shanghai.

  • What is NYU Shanghai looking for?

    An outstanding transcript is necessary but does not guarantee a place at NYU Shanghai; we evaluate a student’s overall abilities. First, our students must all be able to communicate in and out of the classroom. We require all students to have a strong grasp of English – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Our classes will be conducted in English. With regard to individual characteristics, the ideal NYU Shanghai student will possess a willingness to open him/herself to new experiences, a sense of intellectual adventure, and a desire to push him/herself by learning to listen and ask questions. At his/her core, the NYU Shanghai student possesses a deep sense of curiosity, a sense of civic responsibility, and empathy. In short, we are looking for tomorrow’s inventors, entrepreneurs, scholars, and leaders.

     
  • What majors does NYU Shanghai offer?

    NYU Shanghai offers an array of majors and minors/concentrations, with additional options phased in over time. Initial offerings include majors in the areas of Humanities, Biology, Neural Science, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Interactive Media Arts, Business & Finance, Economics, etc. Please click here to learn more about our majors. 

  • How much is tuition at NYU Shanghai for US/International Students?

    As part of NYU’s global network, tuition at NYU Shanghai is consistent with tuition at NYU in New York, which is approximately $46,590 USD per year (excluding miscellaneous fees and living expenses). 

    For most undergraduates, eligibility for a merit-based and/or need-based scholarship is determined upon entrance to the University based on prior academic strengths, if you apply for financial aid, and your demonstrated financial need. Typically you will continue to receive for subsequent academic years the amount of scholarship you received for your first year (subject to the availability of funds), as long as the following criteria are met:

    •    You are a full-time student (12 credits or more per semester).
    •    You applied for financial aid on time.
    •    You are meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
    •    You have approximately the same amount of financial need that you had in prior years.

     

  • Do I need to live on campus in the Residence Halls?

    All students are required to live in our residence halls, where Chinese and international students are paired together, during their first year. Residential life, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities are central to your experience at NYU Shanghai. Living in our residence halls is a great way to be engaged in all aspects of NYU Shanghai. In the second year, many students continue to live in the residence halls, however some participate in home-stay programs around Shanghai.

  • Does NYU Shanghai accept transfer students?

    NYU Shanghai does not currently accept transfer students, only applications from first-year applicants are currently considered.

  • What kind of degree can I obtain from NYU Shanghai?

    Students at NYU Shanghai will receive the following diploma/certificate upon the successful completion of their study:

    1. A bachelor degree conferred by New York University

    2. A bachelor degree conferred by 上海纽约大学 (NYU Shanghai)

    NYU Shanghai is recognized in China as the first China-U.S. joint university that is authorized to grant degrees, certified by China's Ministry of Education.

  • Am I able to internally transfer from Shanghai to New York if I find that NYU Shanghai is not a good match for me? What about my financial aid package?

    In accepting the offer of admission, you should be comfortable with NYU Shanghai being your home campus and the campus from which you graduate at the end of four years.  We will do everything we can to make sure your experience is both academically and socially fulfilling. Please keep in mind that during your third year, you’ll be required to spend at least one semester studying away from NYU Shanghai somewhere else in the global network (including an option to study at the NY campus during the spring semester of your third year). The granting of change of campus requests is very rare and only approved under very unique circumstances. Requests must first be discussed first with your academic advisor and then the NYU Dean of Admissions.

  • Am I eligible for additional federal funding?

    Federal aid eligibility starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  If you’ve already completed one for the upcoming academic year, the Office of Financial Aid has reviewed your application for additional eligibility. 

    If you have not filed a FAFSA and wish to do so, you can apply via www.fafsa.gov. You will be asked to identify a school/school code to which you wish to release your data for review. NYU Shanghai's school code is 002785 - the same as NYU in New York. Students should apply as soon as possible. While you can apply during the academic year, you are encouraged to file as early as possible and no later than 2 weeks before the end of your final semester for the academic year. 

  • How often do I have to complete the FAFSA?

    All US citizens/permanent residents need to complete the FAFSA form each year by May 1 in order to renew any NYU Shanghai grant (need-based grant) that was offered your first year and to be considered for federal financial aid for the following academic year.

  • I was awarded a scholarship from NYU Shanghai. If I’m eligible for federal financial aid, how will this affect my scholarship?

    In most cases your scholarship will not be affected and, if eligible, the aid will be in addition to the current scholarship amount.

    There is an exception – if your NYU Shanghai scholarship plus your Federal Pell Grant (if eligible) exceeds the total Cost of Attendance, the scholarship will be reduced. This is because you would otherwise receive more aid than the cost of attendance. If your scholarship is reduced for this reason, then it’s important to note that you are not losing funding - you’ll continue to net the same amount of aid, but you will have two sources of aid - one from NYU and one from the Federal Pell Grant (for those who qualify). Combined, it will match your final amount of scholarship previously offered and be the amount of the standard cost of attendance. The maximum Pell Grant for which a student may be eligible for the 2016-2017 aid year is $5,815 USD.

    Not all students are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. If you’re eligible for loans, and have a scholarship, the amount of the scholarship will not be affected.

     

  • What other aid may be available to me?

    You may be eligible for federal student loans and/or federal parent PLUS loans. Amounts will be offered, but you can decide whether you would like to pursue those options. Instructions on how to pursue those loans, as well as detailed information about interest rates, and other loan details will be provided via your “To Do” list on Albert. Visit here for more information.  Students cannot take out more loans than their total financial aid already offered (i.e. scholarship and/or Pell Grant) minus the Cost of Attendance (for most NYU Shanghai students, the Cost of Attendance is $64,722 USD for the academic year).

  • How do I contact the NYU Shanghai Office of Financial Support?

    If you have questions or concerns regarding financial support, please contact one of our expert financial aid counselors at shanghai.financial.support@nyu.edu or by phone at +1-212-998-2838 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time).

Academic Advising FAQs

  • Do I have to meet with my advisor?

    Each enrolled student is assigned to an academic advisor with whom they should meet regularly. It is required that students meet with their advisors at least once per semester prior to registration.

  • I am trying to register but I have a hold on my account. What does that mean and who can remove it?

    The University blocks registration for students who are not in compliance with certain regulations (i.e., state immunization regulations), who have an outstanding tuition balance, etc., by placing a hold on the student’s record. Students may view all holds by checking the “Holds” tab in their Student Center on Albert. If a hold appears, click on “details” and follow the instructions provided to resolve. Otherwise, you will not be able to register. Academic Advisors are only responsible to release Advisor Clearance Hold after meeting with the students.

  • Where can I find information about financial aid & scholarships?

    Questions about financial aid & scholarships should directly go to http://shanghai.nyu.edu/admissions/aid or http://shanghai.nyu.edu/admissions/chinese-scholarships. You can also send email to shanghai.financial.support@nyu.edu.

  • What is the Peer Advising Program and how can I benefit from it?

    The Peer Advising Program is a program based on an academic student mentoring model. The goal of the program is to help new NYU Shanghai students with their transition to NYU Shanghai. 

  • What should I do if I am on academic probation?

    Students on academic probation (below 2.0 semester or cumulative GPA) will be required to attend the Academic Support Program.

  • Other questions
  • Where can I meet my advisor? Do I have to make an advising appointment or can I just come in for a quick question?

    The Office of Academic Advising is located in Room 505. You can schedule an advising appointment in Albert’s Student Center (see instructions here) or come to see us during the designated drop-in hours each weekday.

     
  • Where can I obtain a transcript or verification that shows I am a full-time student?

    Please see here for more details about obtaining enrollment verification and transcripts.

     
  • Can I register for more than 18 credits per semester?

    Students in good academic standing may register for more than 18 points per term after their freshman year with the clearance of their academic advisor and approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Students on academic probation, however, who wish to register for more than 18 points per term must obtain the prior approval of the Academic Standards Committee, as must any other student wishing to register for more than 20 points. Students will be charged additional fees or tuition and books.

     
  • When is the deadline to drop or withdraw from class(es)?

    For a calendar that includes academic deadlines, visit http://shanghai.nyu.edu/academics/calendar. This calendar contains information about various deadlines including the deadlines for dropping and/or withdrawing.

    If you are thinking of withdrawing from a class, talk with your instructor. New and unfamiliar material can feel intimidating for anyone. Study hard, seek tutoring that is available through the Academic Resource Center (ARC), and then assess—with your advisor’s and instructor’s help—whether you withdrawing from a course is the best decision for you.
     

     
  • Can I take classes at other schools outside New York University?

    Once admitted to NYUSH, students must take all courses on campus or during an approved study abroad semester at one of the University’s Global Academic Centers, including those they need or wish to take during the summer. Exceptions are granted only rarely and only for good academic reasons. Requests for a waiver should be made by submitting a petition to the NYUSH Committee on Academic Standards.

     
  • When can I declare or change my major?

    Students may declare a major prior to registration for the next semester if they are registered for enough credits in the current semester so that at the end of it they will have completed at least 32 credits (typically registering for fall of their second year). They must have a final grade of C, or current semester midterm grade of B, or higher in a designated prerequisite course for that major. Students who have earned 64 or more points must declare a major. Each semester before registration for the next semester’s classes, the Office of Academic Advising will announce a designated window of time for you to declare or change your major by filling out an online form.

  • How many credits do I need to graduate?

    To be eligible for the bachelor's degree, students must complete 128 points with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Within these points, students must fulfill the requirements of both a major and the Core Curriculum.

     
  • How many credits do I need to attain to obtain a minor?

    Each minor track consists of at least four 4-point courses. Prerequisite and disciplinary requirements cause some minors to require more than four classes.

  • How can I declare a minor or drop a minor?

    Students should request approval for a minor by completing the minor declaration form available in the Office of the Registrar. You may drop the minor course of study up until Year Four. Switching to another minor programme is the same as taking up a new minor. The consequences are that you may need to take some additional subjects to fulfil the requirements of the new minor

     
  • Will minors be posted on the diploma?

    No, minors will only be recorded on transcripts.

     
  • What is the difference between a Global Network University Minor and a NYU Shanghai Minor?

    The Global Network University (GNU) minor enables students to pursue a plan of study that brings together courses from more than one NYU department or program taught at a study away site. No more than one course from a NYU portal campus (i.e. Shanghai, New York, or Abu Dhabi) can be counted toward a GNU minor.

     
  • When can I study away?

    NYU Shanghai students are required to spend at least one semester studying at one or more of the other campuses in the NYU Global Network. Students cannot study away until their junior year. For information about study away programs, please refer to NYU Office of Global Programs.

     
  • What would tuition and study away policy be for my fifth year at NYU Shanghai if I will not be able to graduate in four years?

    Students who will be attending NYU Shanghai for a fifth year are required to enroll full-time and will pay full tuition with no subsidy or financial aid. You would not be able to study away if you have already done so for three semesters and would have to petition for approval if you had already done one, and could only be approved to study away for the fall semester. You would be behind all underclassmen for access to the study away sites since priorities are given to students in the newer classes first.

HR FAQs

  • How Can I Register For the New Employee Orientation?

    Human Resources will send out invitations via email to new hires. You can sign up for the orientation through the instructions listed in the email and Human Resources will confirm your registration.

  • What Should I Bring to the New Employee Orientation?

    You are not required to bring anything to the Orientation, but we recommend that you bring a notebook and pen to write down useful information. You are also welcome to provide feedback and suggestions at the end of the session by completing a feedback form.

  • Which type of visa should NYU Shanghai employees apply for?

    You are required to apply for a Z visa to work in China. The Z visa requires two supporting documents: an official invitation letter from NYU Shanghai and a Work Permit or Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the local authorities. A Z visa takes about four months to prepare.

  • What is a Foreign Expert Certificate/Work Permit?

    Foreign Expert Certificates and Work Permits are documents that allow foreign nationals to work in China legally. Currently, Chinese exit and entry regulations require all non-Chinese employees working in China for more than 90 days (in one year) to apply for work permission to work in China legally.

  • What is a Residence Permit?

    A Residence Permit is a document issued by the Chinese Exit and Entry Administration Bureau that grants legal permission to reside in China. It resembles a visa and occupies a visa page in your passport. With a valid Residence Permit, you can leave and enter China without restrictions.

    During the application process, the applicant’s passport will be in the possession of the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau for seven (7) work days. No international travel is allowed during this period. A receipt with your personal information will be issued when you submit your application. This receipt can serve as a temporary passport. You will need to present this receipt to collect your passport.

    If you have any questions concerning the mobility process, feel free to contact the HR Mobility Team: Chris Ke (kt62@nyu.edu), Jun Li (jl5976@nyu.edu), Nora Shen (ys54@nyu.edu), or shanghai.hr.mobility-group@nyu.edu.