Academic Peer Advisor

The Academic Peer Advisors (APA) program, in partnership with Academic Advising, provides the student body with opportunities to connect with trained peer mentors in rich academic experiences. Students interact with APAs via office hours, email, and events hosted by the Academic Advising Office. Students can discuss transitioning to university academic life, course selections, major decisions, extracurricular activities, graduate school plans, and other topics related to their academic journey. By incorporating peer support and expertise, the Academic Advising Office aims to support students in making informed decisions regarding their academic experiences at NYU Shanghai.

Excited to meet your Academic Peer Advisors? Check out their reflections and tips!

APA Programs & Walk-In Hours

*APA Services (including walk-in hours and coffee chat events) will not be available during the spring semester. 

Fall 2023

APA Coffee Chat Series

Fall APA Walk-in Hours (In-person)

Summer 2023

APA Summer Mixers (Online via Zoom, please sign up first):


Meet with our APAs

APAs for AY24-25 will be updated in July. 

Anna Ferraris di Celle

Anna Ferraris di Celle

Anna is a senior majoring in Business and Finance with a track in Management and minors in Chinese and Fashion Studies. During her junior year, Anna had the opportunity to study away at NYU Florence and NYU New York, which allowed her to complete a Global Network minor and pursue her interest in Fashion Business. Furthermore, she has worked as a Learning Assistant in Microeconomics for the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Anna is thrilled to be able to assist other students in navigating their own distinctive academic journeys at NYU Shanghai!

Celia Forster

Celia Forster

Celia is a senior double majoring in Interactive Media Arts and Social Science (Psychology track) with minors in Chinese and Global China Studies. She has been involved on-campus with TEDxNYUShanghai and currently works in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, assisting with the design of promotional materials. Prior to joining the APA team, Celia worked in the Office of Residential Life as a summer assistant and a resource center student worker. Having studied at both the New York and Abu Dhabi campuses, she is enthusiastic about helping incoming students create personalized four-year plans and explore various pathways to pursue their interests.

Monica Luo

Monica Luo

Monica is a sophomore who plans to major in Business and Finance concentrating in Business Analytics. During her free time, she enjoys swimming at the Oriental Sports Center or practicing the viola in the West Building, as she is also a violist in the school orchestra. This semester, she will be serving as a Content Manager for Professor Jing Chai’s I Got One website and as an orchestra manager under Professor Yue Cheng. As an APA, Monica aims to assist students in achieving their academic aspirations while also introducing them to a wide range of on-campus programs and clubs, helping students explore their interests alongside their academic pursuits.

Yang Shanglin

Yang Shanglin

Shanglin is a senior double majoring in Neural Science and Data Science (Concentration in Bioinformatics). Shanglin also works as a research assistant in Prof. Zhong-Lin Lu’s Lab, focusing on perceptual learning and attention. Before joining the APA team, Shanglin worked in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) as a learning assistant in Physics. As an APA, Shanglin would like to help freshmen integrate into the academic atmosphere at NYU Shanghai more efficiently and effectively. Additionally, Shanglin aims to provide suggestions on academic development and potential research opportunities.

Wang Shiyu (Maggie)

Wang Shiyu (Maggie)

Maggie is a sophomore with the intention of majoring in Interactive Media Arts and minoring in Dance and Business. She has been actively involved on-campus with the Undergraduate Business Association at NYU Shanghai. Throughout her first year, Maggie took part in various arts courses such as Contemporary Dance, Choreography and Performance, and Choral Arts. As an APA, Maggie is excited to support students in overcoming academic challenges and help them make better use of on-campus academic resources. She also hopes to assist students in finding a balance between their studies and hobbies.

Xu Xiaoqing (Sunny)

Xu Xiaoqing (Sunny)

Xiaoqing (Sunny) is a sophomore planning to double major in Humanities and Social Science (Anthropology track). Xiaoqing is a service leader in the Dean’s Service Corps, where she organizes activities that center around different social justice issues, and participates in volunteer work both within and outside of NYU Shanghai. She is also involved in the LEAD Program of Diversity Initiatives and served as one of the organizers during Ally Week. Besides, Xiaoqing is a member of the women’s soccer team at NYU Shanghai. As an APA, Xiaoqing is excited to share her experiences to better support incoming first-year students in major exploration and academic learning.

APAs’ Reflections & Tips for First-Years



Who can connect with Academic Peer Advisors (APAs)?

All matriculated students can connect with APAs.

How can I meet Academic Peer Advisors (APAs)?

You can meet APAs during weekly walk-in hours or email the APA email alias at

Do I need to book an appointment with APA?

You are not required to book an appointment with APAs. If you are attending the virtual walk-in, please access the meeting via the zoom link here; if you are attending the in-person walk-in, please sign up at the ARC front desk.

How long will my appointment time be?

Each APA walk-in hour is designed to be about 20 minute.

What's the difference between meeting APAs and my academic advisor?

Both Academic Advisors and APAs are dedicated to supporting students’ academic success.

  • Academic Advisors holistically support students’ academic, professional, and personal goals by providing explanations of institutional policies, managing student records, monitoring student’s overall degree progress, and offering other referrals and resources.
  • APAs supplement Academic Advisor’s work by offering peer support and insights from their own academic experiences and perspectives. For instance, APAs share their personal experiences about specific courses, major choices, academic adjustments, and various strategies to navigate NYU Shanghai.