Advising Information for Fall 2020

Last Updated: 9/4/2020

This page contains the following important information about the Fall 2020 semester for NYU Shanghai degree students.

Incoming Go Local students should see the Global Program's Go Local at NYU Shanghai website and Go Local in Shanghai website for information specific to the program and contact shanghai.golocal.advising@nyu.edu for any questions.

NOTE: Content subject to change. As we get more questions and information, the website will be updated with FAQs, further announcements, and updated course schedule.

Content:

  1. Email Archives: Academic Announcement (Updated 9/2)
  2. Distance Learning Courses at Global Sites (Updated 8/29)
  3. General NYU Shanghai Academic Information
  4. Course Delivery
  5. Academic Options for First Year Students
  6. FAQs

1. Email Archives: Academic Announcements (Updated 9/2)

Fall 2020 Course Registration (First Year Students, Upper Class Students) 9/2/2020

2. Distance Learning Courses at Global Sites (Updated 8/29)

If you still need to complete or change your registration, you may consider the 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 work better for your schedule as they are offered in times closer to your time zones. Please check the Global Courses Satisfying Shanghai Degree Requirements sheet to know whether a course counts towards your NYU Shanghai degree requirements.

3. General NYU Shanghai Academic Information

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, both via virtual platforms and in-person. Learning Assistants and Writing and Speaking fellows will have appointment availability across time zones to accommodate students who are unable to return to Shanghai this semester.

Check ARC website for more details and email shanghai.arc@nyu.edu for any inquires.

Academic Advising

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. For questions and availability, please contact your academic advisor.

4. Course Delivery (Updated 9/4)

The majority of instruction modes will be updated soon in Albert. Faculty will email the enrolled students in their class with details of their instruction mode. Students need to wait for the email from the instructor. Students enrolled in synchronous courses are expected to be in attendance in 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; and collect assignment submissions.

Exams: Students participating in courses via distance learning will follow course syllabi for guidance on exam protocol.

The following courses require some in-person course delivery therefore cannot be taken via 100% distance learning. Therefore, if you are planning NOT to return to campus, you should drop the following courses. Note that there may be further changes to the 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

5. Academic Options for First Year Students

  • Fall 2020 Enrollment Options:

Option A - The Transition Option

You confirm your plans to transition to Shanghai once the Letters of Invitations are issued by the government.

If you select this option, you will begin the semester with remote classes and will rejoin live classes in Shanghai as soon as possible. You should register only 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.

Please note that if you select this option your classes will be on “China time,” which may be inconvenient until you get here, and for the first two weeks after you arrive in China, you will be taking classes remotely from quarantine. Your remote participation during the period before entering China will be synchronous with the scheduled class time in Shanghai.

Option B - The Remote Semester Option

You confirm that you will take classes remotely for the entire semester.

If you select 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 three mandatory NYU Shanghai classes for first-year students (Global Perspectives on Society, Chinese language, and mathematics) will be scheduled at times appropriate to students in other time zones. For your fourth class, you may register for NYU Shanghai courses with seats reserved for freshmen but they will run at their scheduled times in Shanghai. You may also seek to register for any open class offered by the NYU global network for which you meet the prerequisites.

The Transition Option offers the advantage of taking courses live here in Shanghai. But it also brings the disadvantages of a transition from remote study to in-person study after the semester has begun, as well as continued uncertainty about when that transition will take place.

  • Academic Advising: All First Year students will be assigned an NYU Shanghai summer academic advisor to assist with fall registration. International students will receive email notification on July 24. Chinese students will receive email notification on August 26.
  • Registration: Registration for all NYU Shanghai first-year students will occur 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.

6. FAQs

Academic Options
1. What are the academic options for upper-class students?

Fall 2020 Enrollment Options for students who are now outside China:

Option A: You may take classes remotely for the entire semester. The classes will combine asynchronous and synchronous instruction, and all students will receive academic support tailored to their personal circumstances. You may seek to register in any open class in the New York University network for which you meet the prerequisites. 

Option B: You may affirm your interest in returning to Shanghai as soon as possible. If you pursue this option you should register primarily for courses offered from Shanghai and take them remotely for the time being, so that your schedule will not need to be adjusted when you return to Shanghai.

Option C: If you are lawfully able to live and study in an NYU “Go Local” site without need for a student visa, you may indicate your interest with the Office of Global Programs through this website. Pursuing such an opportunity will not count as a “Study Away” semester. If you wish to pursue this option, you should submit your interest form before July 20. After submitting your form, you will receive further communication from the Office of Global Programs. This option commits you to staying at the Go Local location for the full semester and precludes you from returning to China part-way through the semester. Please note that you may still need to take some of your courses remotely, as most Go Local locations will be offering only a limited number of in-person courses.

Option D: If none of the first three Options work for you, the usual policy on taking a Leave of Absence (“LoA”) remains available. See here. Because taking an LoA would delay your graduation, you should speak with your academic advisor before requesting such a leave.

If you are currently outside China and were scheduled to study away at another NYU campus or site in Fall 2020, you should still be able to do so as long as you are lawfully able to live and study at that location without need for a student visa.

Option E: You have confirmed your Study Away for Fall 2020. You will need to 1) have citizenship, residency, or other status that permits you to study in the country of your requested location without the issuance of a student visa, and 2) are physically located in the country in which you wish to study, or be able to travel to that country before the Fall semester begins. Neither Study Away or Go Local fall 2020 will count toward maximum study away semesters.

2. Can first-year students choose the Go Local option?

First-year students are not eligible for Go Local. If you are able to obtain and provide shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu with documentation, we will provide you with additional travel information week of July 20. If you are unable to do so, you may take your NYU Shanghai first-semester classes remotely. We are looking into the possibility of first-year students starting remotely and then moving to Shanghai if they are interested. NYU Shanghai leadership will keep all students updated. If this becomes an option, tuition and textbook fees will stay the same, but the housing rates will be prorated. Meanwhile, if you have not provided us with the relevant travel documentation but you can do so, please send that information to shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu by Monday, July 20.

3. Can students admitted to Study Away change to the Go Local option?

For NYU Shanghai students, Study Away and Go Local are largely synonymous in fall 2020. Neither Study Away or Go Local fall 2020 will count toward maximum study away semesters. If you 1) have citizenship, residency, or other status that permits you to study in the country of your requested location without the issuance of a student visa, and 2) are physically located in the country in which you wish to study, or be able to travel to that country before the Fall semester begins (for example, if you are a US citizen currently in the US admitted to study away in New York), there is no need to change from Study Away to Go Local.

4. Are upper-class students able to apply for Go Local anywhere if they meet the visa/residency requirements?

Yes, you can find the Go Local eligibility requirements and location options here.

5. If I take option B (“Return to Shanghai”), how many Shanghai courses should I register for?

International students who choose to return to Shanghai should register for a minimum of two (2) four (4.0) credit Shanghai courses. You can take courses across the global network, but you should be aware of a number of factors: time zone, instruction mode (online/ in-person, a/synchronous), and the fact that US will undergo daylight savings beginning Nov. 1 and Europe beginning October 25, which may change class start times and result in conflicts (see time zones here). If you return to Shanghai mid-semester, you will have to take the full details of their schedules into consideration.

6. Can Chinese upper class students currently living in China take a combination of Shanghai and NYU global network courses remotely?

If you are currently in China, you are expected to be on campus and take the Shanghai courses you need to continue making degree progress. As an exception, this fall 2020 semester students can also take courses across the NYU global network. You are encouraged to consider your degree progress and a number of factors including: time zone, instruction mode (online/ in-person, a/synchronous), and the fact that US will undergo daylight savings beginning Nov. 1 and Europe beginning October 25, which may change class start times and result in conflicts (see time zones here). To discuss, please contact your advisor.

7. If I take option B (“Return to Shanghai”), but find myself unable to return to Shanghai during the semester, what are my options?

Students who elect option B but are unable to return during the semester will complete the semester remotely in distance learning format.

Course Formats and Delivery
1. How will Global Perspectives on Society (GPS) be taught in Fall 2020?

To meet the needs of all first year students, the GPS lecture will be offered fully online and asynchronous. Recitation sections 2-15 (scheduled at 8:15 am China Standard Time) and recitation sections 25-30 (scheduled mid-to-late afternoon, China Standard Time) are offered online so that our international students who cannot return are able to participate. All online sections will meet synchronously at the class times listed in Albert in Shanghai local time. Recitations 16-24 are offered in-person for students currently in Shanghai. Please plan your schedule accordingly and register for the course that meets your geographic requirements. 

2. How will Perspectives on the Humanities (POH) courses be taught in Fall 2020?

Fall 2020 PoH sections will run as blended synchronous/asynchronous courses. Faculty will meet weekly with students in small tutorial groups of four to six students. If both faculty and students are in Shanghai, these tutorials will run in person, during class times. If faculty or students are outside of Shanghai for part or all of the term, faculty will arrange appropriate Zoom tutorial times with students. The remaining work of the course will be online and asynchronous.

A few sections are online only, with asynchronous and synchronous components; for these sections, all tutorials will be held synchronously on Zoom.

Students can register for and succeed in any PoH class, regardless of their current or anticipated location. The instruction modes have been updated on Albert.

3. In what formats will Shanghai courses be offered? Will all courses have an Online, In Person, or Blended (Online + In Person) options?

Course formats will be updated in Albert. You can check Albert “Instructional Mode” and consult the Introduction Mode Definition website for guidance on what those codes entail. For NYU Shanghai Blended courses, students have the option to take the courses either in-person or remotely for the whole semester. For other NYU Global Network courses (including those offered in NY), please see Class Notes in Albert and consult gpnyc@nyu.edu for any questions.

Leave of Absence & Refunds
1. What is the refund, LOA, and full withdrawal policy for Fall 2020?

Students follow the refund schedule of their study agreement for the semester. For example, a student who remains enrolled as a Shanghai student in all or some Shanghai courses for the fall will follow the Shanghai refund, LOA and full withdrawal deadlines. A student who opts to "Go Local" or study away in NY fall 2020 will follow the NY refund, LOA and full withdrawal deadlines.

2. I am enrolled in courses across the global network. Which academic calendar should I follow for semester start dates, add/drop and Pass/ Fail or individual course withdrawal dates?

For refunds, LOA, and full withdrawal calendar policies, see above. Individual courses will follow the academic calendars of the host institution. For example, students enrolled in a course offered by NYUNY in Washington Square will follow the NYUNY Washington Square academic calendar for semester start, add/drop, P/F/W dates. Likewise, students in a course offered by NYUSH in Shanghai will follow the NYUSH academic calendar for semester start, add/drop, P/F/W dates.

3. I plan to take a personal LOA fall 2020. May I study away spring 2021?

Given the extraordinary conditions surrounding the spring and fall 2020 semesters, the policy restricting students from studying away following a personal leave of absence will be waived for spring 2021.  Please note that admissions decisions are separate from academic affairs' support for study away. Students interested in deferring study away admissions or applying for spring 2021 should proceed with applications and may contact global.admissions@nyu.edu with questions about study away admissions.

Navigating Albert & Time Conflicts
1. What do instruction modes in Albert mean?

Generally speaking, courses in the Course Search will be listed with one of the following four instruction modes:

  • In-Person: The course meets 100% in-person for the entire course during its duration.
  • Blended: For NYU Shanghai Blended courses, students have the option to take the courses either in-person or remotely for the whole semester. For other NYU Global Network courses (including those offered in NY), please see Class Notes in Albert and consult gynyc@nyu.edu for any questions.
  • Online: There are no physical meetings. The course takes place 100% remotely.
2. What time zone are courses in Albert listed in?

Course times in Albert are determined by the course location. For example, if a course is taught from London, the course time of 9 AM in Albert is referring to 9 AM local London time. In relation to this, please be aware of time zone changes as Daylight Savings ends in the Fall. Refer to the chart to assist you in managing your course times. You can also use this time zone calculator to calculate times for current and future dates. Please be aware that you should not register for courses that will conflict later in the semester, even if they may not conflict in the beginning of the semester.

3. How can I register for classes that are showing "time conflicts" between two different locations that do not actually conflict?

Time zone differences are not recognized in Albert. You can't enroll in two courses that start at the same time or have overlap in meeting times in their respective time zones. You can contact your advisor for assistance in enrollment in classes showing time conflicts in Albert. Be aware that courses that do not appear to have a time conflict now, may have a time conflict once daylight savings time ends. Please refer to the chart for assistance. You can also use this time zone calculator to calculate times for current and future dates. Note that it is your responsibility to make sure that you do not register for classes that actually conflict.

4. Can I register for courses that actually conflict?

As you are registering for courses, be aware that course times are listed based upon the course location. For example, if you register for a 9 AM course in New York, it runs at the same time as a 3 PM course in Berlin. Albert will not prevent you from registering for both courses; however, you are expected to attend courses at the designated meeting time in Albert synchronously (at the time the course is being taught). Therefore, you should avoid registering for courses with an actual time conflict. Be aware that courses that do not appear to have a time conflict now, may have a time conflict once daylight savings time ends. Please refer to the chart for assistance. You can also use this time zone calculator to calculate times for current and future dates.

5. How do I find the academic calendar for my Go Local site and other locations?

Updated calendars for sites can be found via this webpage under the "View Upperclassmen Academic Calendars" expandable.

Academic Planning & Registration
1. How can I register for classes outside of Shanghai? What if Albert does not recognize my Shanghai course as the pre-requisite?

Please carefully review the following resources about registering for classes outside of Shanghai.

Please note: courses are currently being updated in Albert and changes to class schedules/ instruction modes are expected through August. We encourage you to continuously check Albert and your class schedule for updates. If schedule changes influence your fall enrollment decision, please consult your academic advisor. You also have the ability to take a distance-learning course offered by NYU Shanghai faculty to meet a requirement.

2. Can I take School for Professional Studies (SPS) courses in New York (e.g.: XXX1-UC)?

Our Bulletin states: "Credits from any courses taken in NYU’s School of Professional Studies will not be counted toward major requirements, the GPA, or the minimum 128 credits required for graduation." If you have questions about this, consult your advisor.

3. Can I take an EAST-UA Chinese Language course in New York?

You are advised to take the Shanghai Chinese language courses offered in distance learning format. The language of instruction will be in Chinese and the courses are distinctive. Therefore, students may have difficulty with their language progress if they don’t continue on the track created by NYU Shanghai. Please keep in mind: Upon your return to NYU Shanghai, the final decision of your placement in Chinese language courses is up to your instructor and the corresponding Level (i.e., Intermediate Level) Coordinator.

4. Will MATH-UA 121 Calculus 1 count for our Calculus requirement for different majors?

In general, NYUSH recommends that students take courses for which they have met prerequisites and that meet their graduation requirements as closely as possible. Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Math, and Science majors should take the NYUSH version online. Business, Social Science, IMA, Humanities, and Global China Studies majors can take MATH-UA 121 Calculus 1 to fulfill the core curriculum requirement.

5. If I want to take a course in New York that has Calculus or Intro to Computer Science as the pre-req, can I take the placement exam in Shanghai or New York to fulfill the pre-req?

Students in New York have the option to take the exam offered in New York (math, computer science) or remotely by Shanghai. You may need to take NY exams if the courses begin prior to the exam offerings by Shanghai. Any student who intends to register for Data Structures in NY will need to successfully complete the NY pass out of ICS exam (even if they have completed ICS in Shanghai). If possible, students can take the distance learning course offered by Shanghai instead of courses in New York that require prerequisites that they haven't met.