Last Updated: November 18, 2020
This page contains important information about the Fall 2020 semester for NYU Shanghai degree students. NOTE: Content here is subject to change. As we get more questions and information the website will be updated with FAQs, further announcements, and updated course schedules.
Table of Contents:
- Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Grade Policy (Updated 11/18)
- Email Archives: Academic Announcement (Updated 9/2)
- Distance Learning Courses at Global Sites (Updated 8/29)
- General NYU Shanghai Academic Information
- Course Delivery
- Academic Options for First Year Students
For Fall 2020 only, the following P/F and Withdrawal (W) grade policies apply to NYU Shanghai students:
- The deadline for petitioning for a P/F or W grade is 30 November, 2020.
- P grades may be requested for any course regardless of which NYU campus or site is offering it.
- Approved courses with P grades WILL count for core, minor, or major requirements.
- P grades may meet the prerequisite requirement for an additional course if the roster grade is a C or higher, or if the student passes a placement exam for that class.
- There is no limit on the number of courses students can petition for P/F in Fall 2020, and those credits do not count toward the 32-credit maximum students can take as P/F over their undergraduate career.
- Students can petition for Ws in multiple individual classes, and will not be required to complete 12 credits of graded classes (including P/F).
- Students currently on probation, returned from leave, or have suspension approved for P/F grading will delay their probation semester till spring 2021.
- NYU will not put a notice on transcripts regarding the special challenges of this semester, NYU Shanghai can write letters of explanation or advocacy. P and W grades may affect internship and graduate school applications.
- Students need to contact their advisor before petitioning for P/F or W grades. Following review and discussion, your advisor will submit your petition for processing.
- Students receiving US federal aid should consult with the office of financial aid before taking more than one W, as this may impact academic progress.
Please contact your academic advisor if you have any further questions regarding these grade policies.
If you still need to complete or change your registration, please consider this list of courses offered at the global sites that are open for online 100% remote synchronous learning. All Abu Dhabi courses are available for 100% remote synchronous learning. Some classes may suit your schedule better because they are held in locations closer to your time zones. Check the Global Courses Satisfying Shanghai Degree Requirements sheet to see if a course counts towards your NYU Shanghai degree requirements.
Academic Resource Center (ARC)
The ARC will offer workshops, one-on-one writing, speaking, reading, academic skills consultations, and course-specific individual and group tutoring sessions throughout the fall semester via virtual platforms and in-person. This semester, Learning Assistants and Writing and Speaking fellows will be available across time zones for students unable to return to Shanghai.
The Office of Academic Advising will provide additional drop-in meetings and appointment times outside of regular work hours for students across different time zones in the fall semester. Specific times will be listed in advisor email signatures and added to advisor calendars. Contact your academic advisor if you have questions or would like to know their availability.
Most instruction modes will be updated in Albert. Faculty will email students enrolled in their classes with details about instruction mode, so please be on the look-out for emails from your instructor. Students enrolled in synchronous courses should attend at the time listed in China standard time.
Online class instruction will use NYU Zoom and NYU Classes. NYU Zoom will be integrated for a/synchronous course delivery, including recorded lectures, office hours, and small group work. NYU Classes will be used to:
- Communicate course announcements
- Post course materials including readings, lecture slides, and course notes
- Host asynchronous discussion forums
- Collect assignment submissions.
Distance learning exam protocol will be based on guidance laid out in course syllabi.
The following courses require some in-person teaching, and cannot be taken via 100% distance learning. If you are enrolled in these courses and NOT planning to return to campus, you should drop them. There may be further changes to this course list.
- ART-SHU 255 Printmaking in an Expanded Field (added 9/4)
- ART-SHU 243 Minority & Folk Dance (Northern China) (added 9/4)
- ART-SHU 231 Introduction to Dance Technique & Movement (added 9/4)
- ART-SHU 230 Ballet (added 9/4)
- SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai (added 9/1)
- PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory (added 8/27)
- CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Lab I
- CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry Lab I
- BIOL-SHU 31 Genetics Lab
- BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory
- CHIN-SHU 201A & 202A Intermediate Chinese I & II Accelerated
- INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
- INTM-SHU 222 Introduction to Robotics (added 8/11)
- INTM-SHU 228T Digital + Sculpture
- INTM-SHU 271 Remade in China
- Fall 2020 Enrollment Options:
Option A - Transition Option
Once Letters of Invitation are issued by the government, you may confirm your plans to transition your learning to Shanghai.
If you choose this option, you will start the semester with remote classes and rejoin live classes in Shanghai as soon as possible. Only register for NYU Shanghai courses and take them remotely for the time being, so that your schedule will not need to be adjusted when you return to Shanghai.
If you select this option, your classes will be on China time, and you will be expected to participate remotely in classes taking place in Shanghai. For the first two weeks after you arrive in China, you will also be taking classes remotely from quarantine.
This option has the advantage of live courses taught in Shanghai, but some may find the transition from remote study to in-person study to be difficult after the semester has begun. Additionally, students may face uncertainty about when they will be able to return to Shanghai.
Take classes remotely for the entire semester.
If you choose this option, you will take all your classes remotely during the entire semester. Your classes will combine asynchronous and synchronous instruction, and you will receive academic support tailored to your personal circumstances. Special sections of the three mandatory NYU Shanghai classes for first-year students (Global Perspectives on Society, Chinese language, and Mathematics) will be scheduled for other time zones. If you choose an NYU Shanghai course with seats reserved for Freshmen, the class will run at its scheduled time in Shanghai. You can also register for any open class offered within the NYU global network, as long as you meet the prerequisites.
- Academic Advising: All First Year students will be assigned an NYU Shanghai summer academic advisor to assist with fall registration. International students will receive an email notification on July 24. Chinese students will receive email notification on August 26.
- Registration: Registration for all NYU Shanghai first-year students will take place at 9:00 pm, Monday, September 7, 2020 (China Standard Time).
- Orientation: Orientation will be offered in both online and in-person formats. Details forthcoming.