Registration Guidance

This page guides you through the course registration process. It is highly recommended for students to prepare the registration at least one week before the registration starts.

Students can review the frequently asked questions below or contact academic advisor with registration questions. Advisors typically respond to students within 2-3 business days. Please note that the Office of Academic Advising receives a high volume of inquiries during the registration period, so there might be a delay in response.

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Fall 2020 Course Registration Instructions  [11/2/2021]

Step 1: Explore courses

Course offerings are available in Albert Course Search. We suggest you note down the classes that interest you, what degree requirements they fulfill, and whether you meet the prerequisites.

Explore Shanghai Courses

Core Curriculum Courses Major Courses

Explore Courses Out of Shanghai

Global Course List Global Courses Satisfying Shanghai Degree Requirements

*If a course you want to register for is not listed on the Global Courses Satisfying Shanghai Degree Requirements sheet, you can request a course evaluation.

Step 2: Prepare your course plan

Each semester, students should normally enroll in 16 credits. It is recommended that first-year and second-year students take core curriculum courses to explore their academic interests. Upper-class students should check their degree progress report to see what requirements remain for degree completion and plan their semester accordingly.  

Step 3: Get your advisor approval hold released

Steps to have your Advisor Approval Hold lifted and register for courses:

  1. Complete the course plan and email it to your academic advisor (required)
  2. Complete the Major Curriculum Worksheet (recommended - this worksheet allows you to map out the courses you have completed and the courses that you need to complete in order to graduate)
  3. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor (first and second year students and/or any student who received one or more mid-term grades lower than a C are required to schedule an appointment. Other students may schedule an appointment as needed.)

Step 4: Add courses to Albert, validate, and enroll

  1. Validate your courses to avoid time conflicts or issues with prerequisites. Refer to the Albert Registration Cheatsheet to guide the validation process (e.g. prerequisite is not met, instructor consent, department consent). Or refer to FAQ 4 for global courses validation questions.
  2. Enroll in courses when the registration window is open. If a preferred course is wait-listed, you can set up an edit-swap. This will tell the system to automatically enroll you when seats are available. 
Registration FAQs
1. When can I register for courses? What's the add/drop deadline?

1. When can I register for courses?

Check the NYU Shanghai Academic Calendar for registration dates. You can check your registration appointment time on Albert (see instruction below). 

2. What's the add/drop deadline?

The deadline to add or drop a course is the end of the second week of the semester for full-term courses. Check out the NYU Shanghai academic calendar for add/drop deadlines for afull term, first 7-week, and second 7-week courses. If you drop a course before the add/drop deadline, the course will not appear on your transcript.

Students are often still working to finalize their schedules after the first few days of instruction. As the semester progresses, you may decide you do not wish to keep a course on your schedule and find yourself looking for a replacement. Just because you can add a course before the add/drop deadline does not mean you should do so. If you are considering adding a course that you have not been attending since the first day of instruction, consider the following and discuss with the instructor:

  • How many weeks of instruction have you missed?
  • How many readings, assignments, and/or quizzes have you missed? How likely is it that you will be able to catch up?
  • What is the attendance policy of the class?

Adding a course after the deadline is usually only permitted when changing levels within the same discipline (e.g., from CHIN-SHU 101 to CHIN-SHU 201, or from Calculus to Precalculus) and with the written approval of the instructor. 


2. I am trying to register but I have a hold on my account. What does that mean and how do I get it removed?

The University blocks registration for students who are not in compliance with requirements, such as immunization requirements and outstanding tuition balance.

You can view all holds by checking the “Holds” tab in the Student Center on Albert. If a hold appears, click on “Details” and follow the instructions provided to resolve it.

Albert Hold

3. What should I consider when selecting courses?
  • Make sure you have fulfilled the prerequisite(s) for courses you want to take.
  • Check the time for each course to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Make sure you are on track to graduate when planning the fall semester of your senior year. You must fulfill all the core, major, and language requirements and pass at least 128 credits by the end of your senior year to graduate on time.
4. [Global Courses] I’ve met the course prerequisites, but I still can’t validate the course on Albert. What should I do?

New York courses: Students can refer to New York Registration Procedures and submit a Course Registration Request form in your Enrollment Portal (see instruction below). Contact with any questions.

Course Validation

Abu Dhabi courses: Contact with any questions.

Global Site courses: Students can refer to the Global Course Registration Instructions. Contact with any questions.


5. Albert does not recognize different time zones and indicates a time conflict. What should I do?

Please add the course to your shopping cart and complete the Time Conflict Override Request Form.

6. I cannot validate my course successfully. What should I do?

If you run into the following error messages on Albert during the registration, check the Albert Registration Cheat Sheet and for solutions.

Error Messages: Hold on Record, Prerequisite Errors, Time Conflicts, Reserved Capacity Errors, Department Consent, Class is Full, Class is Full and the Wait List is Full, and Instructor Consent.

7. How many credits should I take each semester?

Fall/Spring Semester: Students are recommended to take 16-18 credits per semester. If you would like to take more than 18 credits, please meet with your academic advisor and request a credit overload.

Winter Term (J-term): Students can take up to 4 credits for J-term.

Summer Term: Students can take up to up to 8 credits per summer session. Summer Term typically has two sessions, therefore students can take a maximum of 16 credits during the summer.

Check the Bills, Payments and Refunds website for tuition and fees information.

8. I am on the waitlist. What should I do? [Edit Swap]

For a small seminar class, if you are 1st or 2nd in line on the waitlist, you will be more likely to be able to successfully enroll in the course than if you are 10th in line. If there are many students on the waitlist before you, it might be difficult for you to get into that course. We suggest enrolling in back-up course(s) first and then setting up an edit swap for your preferred courses.

Edit Swap: This is an Albert system protocol that will automatically enroll you in selected courses if the seats are available and there are no time conflicts with your schedule.

9. Can I take courses from NYU School of Professional Studies?

Yes, but 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. 

9. [Global Courses] It it still open? Does it count towards my degree requirement? Am I eligible for it?
1. It is still open? Check on Albert public course search.
3. Am I eligible? Check prerequisite requirements on Albert Course Search and try validating the course on Albert.