First Year Planning

Before you choose your courses, think about the academic disciplines you are interested in pursuing. In your first year, you will not have a major, and we encourage you to take advantage of this time to try out different subjects and figure out what is right for you. However, it would be helpful for your academic planning if you review majors requirements and start to think about possible majors. 

Online Academic Advising Module

The Online Academic Advising Module contains information about course planning, registration procedures, and policies. Complete the online module by Wednesday, August 11, 12 pm, Shanghai Time. Course registration for all Class of 2025 students will start on Monday, August 16 at 9 am Eastern Standard Time / 9 pm Shanghai Time. 

Academic Group Advising Sessions

The Academic Advising Office will host several online Zoom group advising sessions during which you can discuss all your academic questions. There is no need to sign up in advance. You can join the session via the Zoom tab in the Class of 2025 Summer Module

 

Sample Course Schedule for Majors Besides Natural Science

This typical course schedule is for students who wish to pursue humanities, global China studies, economics, social science, interactive media arts, interactive media and business, mathematics, honors mathematics, business, computer science, computer systems engineering, data science, and electrical and systems engineering.

 

Course 1: Global Perspectives on Society (CCSF-SHU 101L, 4 credits)

In this course, we will explore a set of timeless questions about how society is, or should be, organized, based on close examinations of diverse thinkers and writers from different times and different cultures. The questions raised in this course will engage the moral, social, and political foundations of human relationships, the principles according to which people assemble into societies of different scales, and the bases for interaction among societies in a world of accelerating interdependence. Read about the student experience in the GPS course.

Course 2: Math Course (4 credits)

You have been placed in a math level based on your high school records and the criteria here (under Mathematics Placement). Your math placement level is available in the Summer Advising Module. If we do not yet have high school exam scores for you, you have been automatically placed into Precalculus pending review of your scores upon receipt. If you wish to try and place into a higher level math course than where you were placed, you will have the opportunity to take a Math Placement Exam during Orientation. See details on the “Placement Exams” page.

Course 3: Language Course (4 credits)

For International Students:

All students are required to be proficient in Mandarin Chinese up to the Intermediate 2 level by graduation. If you are not yet at that level, it is strongly recommended that you take a Chinese course in your first semester. Read more about the Chinese placement exam and courses.

For Chinese Students:

All domestic Chinese students are required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Seminar course. Read more about the EAP Seminar.

Course 4: Elective Course (4 credits) - subject to availability

Review the list of elective courses below and add those you are considering taking into the Albert Shopping Cart. Elective course may not conflict with the schedule of your other courses.

Course 5: Design Your Global NYU Shanghai Experience (1 credit, non-charged)

The goal of this special course is to help every member of the NYU Shanghai Class of 2025 apply design thinking principles to improve their entire college experience. You will be administratively enrolled in this course before your registration.

Sample Course Schedule for Intended Natural Science Majors

This typical course schedule is for students who wish to pursue biology, chemistry, neural science, or physics.

 

Course 1: Global Perspectives on Society (CCSF-SHU 101L, 4 credits)

In this course, we will explore a set of timeless questions about how society is, or should be, organized, based on close examinations of diverse thinkers and writers from different times and different cultures. The questions raised in this course will engage the moral, social, and political foundations of human relationships, the principles according to which people assemble into societies of different scales, and the bases for interaction among societies in a world of accelerating interdependence. Read about the student experience in the GPS course.

Course 2: Mathematics (4 credits)

In order to take Biology, Neural Science, Chemistry or Physics, you must place into and enroll in either Calculus (MATH-SHU 131) or Honors Calculus (MATH-SHU 210). Your math placement level is available in the Summer Advising Module.

If you have not placed into Calculus, you must first take Precalculus (and pass with a grade of at least a “C”) and then move on to take the science courses below in your second year. In the meantime, for the first semester, you will follow the course plan of non-science major students.

Course 3 & 4: Physics, Neural Science, or Biology Majors (8 credits)

5 credit courses:

Foundations of Physics I Honors & FoS Physics Laboratory (5 credits) OR General Physics I & FoS Physics Laboratory (5 credits)

Foundations of Physics I Honors vs. General Physics I:

The Foundations of Physics I Honors class is more rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. Foundations of Physics 1 Honors moves at a faster pace than the General Physics 1 course and the subject matter is covered at a higher level.

You are recommended to take Foundations of Physics I Honors if:

  • You are thinking about majoring in Physics.
  • You are looking for a more challenging course and/or have a strong background in physics and math from high school.

3 credit courses:

Foundations of Chemistry I (3 credits)

The Foundations of Chemistry I class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. If you do not feel comfortable with taking both Physics and Chemistry in your first semester, you should contact your advisor to discuss alternative options.

Course 3 & 4: Chemistry Majors (8 credits)

Foundations of Chemistry I AND FoS Chemistry Laboratory (5 credits)

The Foundations of Chemistry I class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. If you do not feel comfortable with taking both Physics and Chemistry in your first semester, you should contact your advisor to discuss alternative options.

General Physics I (3 credits) OR Foundations of Physics I Honors (3 credits)

The differences between Foundations of Physics I Honors and General Physics I:
The Foundations of Physics I Honors class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. Foundations of Physics 1 Honors moves at a faster pace than the General Physics 1 course and the subject matter is covered at a higher level.

You are recommended to take Foundations of Physics I Honors if:

  • You are thinking about possibly majoring in Physics.
  • You are looking for the more challenging course and/or you have a strong background in physics and math from high school.

Otherwise, you are recommended to take General Physics I.

Course 5: Language Course (2 credits)

Language courses in your first semester are optional but strongly recommended for international students, and required for Chinese students. Only students who enrolled in the 8-credit FoS courses listed above are eligible to take the 2-credit Chinese/English for Academic Purposes course. If you are not registered for FoS coursework and enroll in a 2-credit EAP or Chinese class, you will be dropped.

For International Students:

These are optional Chinese courses for beginners that are 2-credits instead of 4-credits, and cover half of the content of the regular 4-credit courses. If you take one of these 2-credit courses in the fall semester, you will be able to finish the second half of the content in the spring semester in another 2-credit course. Read more about the Chinese placement exam and courses.

For Chinese Students:

All domestic Chinese students are required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Seminar course. If you take one of these 2-credit courses in the fall semester, you will be able to finish the second half of the content in the spring semester, also in a 2-credit course. Read more about the EAP Seminar.

Course 6: Design Your Global NYU Shanghai Experience (1 credit, non-charged)

The goal of this special course is to help every member of the NYU Shanghai Class of 2025 apply design thinking principles to improve their entire college experience. You will be administratively enrolled in this course before your registration.

First Semester Registration FAQs

Global Perspectives on Society (GPS)
Am I required to take Global Perspectives on Society (GPS)? What is this course about?

First-year students are required to take the Global Perspectives on Society (CCSF-SHU 101L, 4 credits) and this course is only offered in the Fall semester.

In this course, students will explore a set of timeless questions about how society is, or should be, organized, based on close examinations of diverse thinkers and writers from different times and different cultures. The questions raised in this course will engage the moral, social, and political foundations of human relationships, the principles according to which people assemble into societies of different scales, and the bases for interaction among societies in a world of accelerating interdependence. Read about the student experience in the GPS course.

Mathematics
Where can I find my math level and how is this decided? Can I take a higher level math course?

Your math placement level is available in the Summer Advising Module

You have been placed in a math level based on your high school records and the criteria here (under Mathematics Placement).  If we do not yet have high school exam scores for you, you have been automatically placed into Precalculus pending review of your scores upon receipt.

If you wish to try and place into a higher-level math course than where you were placed, you will have the opportunity to take a Math Placement Exam during Orientation. See details on the “Placement Exams” page.

Can I choose to take Precalculus?

Although you are recommended to enroll in the mathematics course that reflects your math placement level, you have the option to take a math course lower than the assigned level. 

The following majors don't require Calculus: Social Science, IMA, IMB, Humanities, and Global China Studies. However, some courses you are interested in taking may require Calculus as a prerequisite. 

I want to pursue science majors (Biology, Neural Science, Chemistry or Physics), which math class should I take?

In order to take Biology, Neural Science, Chemistry or Physics, you must place into and enroll in either Calculus (MATH-SHU 131) or Honors Calculus (MATH-SHU 210). Your math placement level is available in the Summer Advising Module.

If you have not placed into Calculus, you must first take Precalculus (and pass with a grade of at least a “C”) and then move on to take the science courses below in your second year. In the meantime, for the first semester, you will follow the course plan of non-science major students.

I have taken AP/IB/A-Level math and I believe I should be placed into a higher level Math course. How can I change my math placement?

Please complete the Math Placement Appeal Form available in the Summer Advising Module. You should also send the relevant exam scores as soon as possible to NYU Shanghai. You can follow these instructions. For placement criteria, please review the website.

Chinese
I have some questions regarding my Chinese placement. Who should I contact?

If you are having any technical issues with the online exams, you can email cas.placementexams@nyu.edu. If you have any questions about your Chinese placement level, please email shanghai.worldlanguages@nyu.edu
You may also find more information on the Chinese Language Program of NYU Shanghai on their website.

Do I have to take Chinese class during my first semester?

All international students are required to be proficient in Mandarin Chinese up to the Intermediate 2 level by graduation. If you are not yet at that level, it is strongly recommended that you take a Chinese course in your first semester. Read more about the Chinese placement exam and courses.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
What is English for Academic Purposes (EAP)? Do I need to take this course?

All domestic Chinese students are required to take 8 credits of EAP in their first two years, following a two-semester sequence from EAP 100 to EAP 101. EAP 100 must be completed in the first year; most students will complete a 4-credit EAP 100 seminar in the fall term and an EAP 101 seminar in the spring term. Students must successfully complete EAP 101 before the end of their second year and before they study away. Students who demonstrate exceptionally strong competence on all learning outcomes as they complete EAP 100 may be recommended by faculty for exemption from EAP 101. Exemptions are rare and most students should expect to complete 8 credits. 

Science students:

Students who intend to pursue a science major are eligible to take two 2-credit EAP 100 seminar in the first year and complete EAP 101 the following year.  

Read more about the EAP Seminar.

Can I change my choice of session of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course?

Yes, you can enroll in any open session of EAP course, but there is no waitlist for any EAP course, and you can only enroll in one open session at one time. Beginning the second day of the semester (August 31), you will not be able to add/drop your EAP course in Albert. If you wish to change your EAP course registration after that date, you may contact Professor Steve Iams, Area Head of English for Academic Purposes (sei2@nyu.edu). He will accommodate your request if possible. 

Academics
How many credits can students enroll in the first semester?

Freshman students typically take 4 courses for a total of 16 credits in their first semester. Based on your interest, you may also enroll in a 2-credit art/music elective on top of your schedule. However, the maximum credits students can take in their first semester is 18, plus the 1-credit "Design Your Global NYU Shanghai Experience" course.

Students who are interested in taking the 8-credit Foundations of Science courses will take 18 credits in total in their first semester, plus the 1-credit "Design Your Global NYU Shanghai Experience" course. 

First-year students are not permitted to request overload.

Do I need to take any courses for my intended major in my first semester?

Most of the majors offered at NYU Shanghai do not require students to take major courses in their first semester, but for students who intend to major in natural science majors (including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Neural Science) should follow the recommendations in the section above. 

Students who would like to pursue Honors Math major are highly recommended to take both Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra I in their first semester. 

Enrollment
How can I get my Advisor Clearance Hold lifted?

Complete the Summer Advising Module (Unit 5 in the Class of 2025 Summer Module) by Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Your Advisor Clearance Hold will be lifted when your summer advisor reviewed and approved your course plan submission in NYU Learning Management System (Brightspace). Please note this process will take about 2-3 business days. You don’t need to send additional emails to your advisor. 

Can I still change my course schedule after I finish enrolling in class? What is the deadline for changing schedules?

Yes, you can change your course selections, depending on the availability of courses. 

The deadline for the adding or dropping of a course or a section is the end of the second week of the semester. The adding of any course or section after the end of the second week is generally allowed only when the student is changing levels within a discipline—for example, from a Chinese or mathematics course to a higher or lower-level course in the same discipline. The changing of levels is permitted only with the written approval of both the instructor, any other relevant administrators, and the student’s advisor. 

Withdrawing from a full semester course during the first two weeks of the term is treated as a drop and will not appear on the transcript. Those courses withdrawn from during the third week through the ninth week of the term will be recorded with a grade of W. After the ninth week, no one may withdraw from a course. Students who are ill or have other serious personal circumstances should contact their advisor.

Advisor
Who is my academic advisor and what can they help me with?

Each student is assigned to an academic adviser. Advisors provide resources and advising for academic challenges, support choosing majors and minors, and identify ways that your classes and experiences fit together to give meaning to your education and meet your personalized goals. You can find your academic advisor’s information in Albert.

 

How can I reach out to my academic advisor?

You can contact your academic advisor via email or schedule an appointment on Albert. It typically takes 1-2 business days for your advisor to respond to your inquiry. There might be some delay during the peak hours, and we thank you for your patience. 

Miscellaneous
Where can I find the academic calendar?
Where do I go for non-academic questions?

For questions about passport issues, visas, visa application forms and processes: shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu

For information on housing and the residence hall and questions about roommates: shanghai.reslife@nyu.edu

For help on how to set up NYU email, problems with NYU Home and your Net ID, or VPN setup and installation: shanghai.it.help@nyu.edu
 
For information on student clubs, student government, athletics facilities and volunteering/service projects: shanghai.involvement@nyu.edu

For academic accommodations: tong.jin@nyu.edu

For Health and Wellness questions: shanghai.health@nyu.edu

For other general inquiries: shanghai.studentlife@nyu.edu

I will study in New York, Abu Dhabi, global sites, or fully remotely in Fall 2021, what are the registration guidelines?

If you will study in New York, Abu Dhabi, global sites, or fully remotely in Fall 2021, please review the registration guidelines for registering for courses outside of Shanghai in addition to the information below.