Study Away FAQs

  • 1. Where can I go for study away?

    NYU Shanghai students have the resources of NYU’s global network of 11 academic centers and one academic program on 5 continents and the portal campuses in New York and Abu Dhabi to choose from for their study away semesters.

  • 2. When can I study away?

    The earliest a student may study away and maximum semesters they may study away: 

    • For Classes of 2022 and Later: Students may choose to study away for up to two semesters within the 4-semester window of second semester sophomore year through first semester senior year, but study away during spring of sophomore year may not be NY or AD.
    • For Classes of 2020 and Earlier: Students may choose to study away for up to three semesters within the 3-semester window of first semester junior year through first semester senior year. Students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to studying away. 
    • For Class of 2021: They may choose to follow either the policy applicable to Classes of 2020 and Earlier or the policy applicable to Classes of 2022 and Later. They must be in attendance in Shanghai in their final semester. NYU’s global network requires students to have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average to study away. Students with a GPA below 3.00 should discuss their options with their advisor and may need to petition to the Academic Standards Committee.

     

    Additional Requirements:

    • NYU Shanghai follows the Office of Global Programs policy regarding incomplete grades and study away admission. Incomplete (I) grades on students’ transcript must be resolved before an admissions decision for study away can be made.
    • Students returning from a leave of absence are expected to successfully complete one academic semester (Fall or Spring) of full-time coursework in Shanghai before being eligible to enroll in a study away program.
    • NYU Shanghai follows the Office of Global Programs policy regarding academic/ disciplinary probation and study away admission. Students currently on probation are ineligible for study away.
    • Students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to study away. Students should develop a study away plan in consultation with their academic advisor.
    • Students must be in attendance in Shanghai in their final semester. 
    • Suggested GPA of 3.0 or higher; students with lower GPA's are encouraged to provide insight to their academic goals in the personal statement
  • 3. How many times can I study away?
    • Students are required to spend at least one semester studying at one of NYU’s global academic centers or degree-granting campuses or at an approved International Exchange Programs (IEPs). 
    • The earliest a student may study away and maximum semesters they may study away: 
      • For Classes of 2022 and Later: Students may choose to study away for up to two semesters within the 4-semester window of second semester sophomore year through first semester senior year, but study away during spring of sophomore year may not be NY or AD.
      • For Classes of 2020 and Earlier: Students may choose to study away for up to three semesters within the 3-semester window of first semester junior year through first semester senior year. Students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to studying away. 
      • For Class of 2021: They may choose to follow either the policy applicable to Classes of 2020 and Earlier or the policy applicable to Classes of 2022 and Later. They must be in attendance in Shanghai in their final semester. NYU’s global network requires students to have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average to study away. Students with a GPA below 3.00 should discuss their options with their advisor and may need to petition to the Academic Standards Committee.
  • 4. What are the eligibility requirements to study away?
    • NYU Shanghai follows the Office of Global Programs policy regarding incomplete grades and study away admission. Incomplete (I) grades on students’ transcript must be resolved before an admissions decision for study away can be made.
    • Students returning from a leave of absence are expected to successfully complete one academic semester (Fall or Spring) of full-time coursework in Shanghai before being eligible to enroll in a study away program.
    • NYU Shanghai follows the Office of Global Programs policy regarding academic/ disciplinary probation and study away admission. Students currently on probation are ineligible for study away.
    • Students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to study away. Students should develop a study away plan in consultation with their academic advisor.
    • Students must be in attendance in Shanghai in their final semester. 
    • Suggested GPA of 3.0 or higher; students with lower GPA's are encouraged to provide insight to their academic goals in the personal statement
  • 5. What are the language requirements for study away?

    Proficiency in the local language is not required prior to arrival, but many sites require a language course during the semester of study away.

  • 6. Which sites require a language course while studying away?

    Students are required to take a language course in Berlin (German), Buenos Aires (Spanish), Florence (Italian), Madrid (Spanish), Paris (French), and Tel Aviv (Hebrew or Arabic). Optional language courses are available in Abu Dhabi (Arabic and Chinese), Accra (Twi), Prague (Czech, German, Polish, or Russian), and New York (many options).

  • 7. What are the academic requirements during study away?

    NYU Shanghai students must take a full load of courses (at least 12 credits and no more than 18 credits) in each semester of study away. With careful planning, students can take up to 2 courses per semester toward their major requirements while studying away. The remaining courses should be chosen to maximize the student’s access to curricula unavailable at NYU Shanghai. All study away students also take a required, non-credit Global Orientations course to provide a shared foundation for a successful study away experience.

  • 8. How much does it cost to study away?

    NYU Shanghai students pay the same tuition and receive the same financial aid while studying away as they do at their home campus in Shanghai. Other costs, including housing, meals, transportation, and incidental expenses will vary from site to site.

  • 9. How do I apply for study away?

    NYU Shanghai students begin the study away process early in the fall of their sophomore year, attending the study away fair and information sessions and meeting with their academic advisor and the study away advisor to discuss their academic and personal goals for study away. Students apply for study away through Albert.

  • 10. What does the application for study away require?

    The application for study away asks for first and second choice site preferences for each semester of study away and a personal statement explaining your academic and personal goals for study away at the sites selected.

  • 11. Do I need a letter of recommendation?

    No letter of reccomendation is required.

  • 12. When should I apply?

    The priority deadline for study away beginning in fall 2015 is November 24th, 2014. The priority deadline for study away beginning in spring 2016 is April 17th, 2015. Students interested in studying away in both fall 2015 and spring 2016 should apply for both semesters by November 24th, 2014.

  • 13. When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?

    Students will be notified via e-mail in March, 2015 for study away beginning in fall 2015, and in October 2015 for study away beginning in spring 2016.