Register for Courses in Shanghai

Register for Courses in Shanghai

Fall 2020 course offerings will be available in Albert Course Search starting Friday, March 20. You can also find an at-a-glance Fall 2020 course list and core curriculum course list below. Note that this is a working document that may be updated with changes.

Fall 2020 At-a-Glance Course List

Fall 2020 Core Curriculum Courses

The steps listed on this page will take you through the course registration process. Please follow instructions carefully, and remember that your advisors are here to guide you through this process.

Step 1: Know your registration window for enrollment

Registration appointments for Fall 2020 classes will take place during the week of April 20.

Please check your own specific registration appointment time in the Albert Student Center under “Enrollment Dates.” Note that times are in U.S. Eastern Time (New York Time) so you'll need to convert to local time. Mark the exact time on your calendar so you will be ready to enroll as soon as your registration window opens!

Step 2 (optional): Declare or change your major

Register for Courses in Shanghai

If you would like to declare or change your major, follow these instructions. If you want your major posted in Albert in time for course registration, the deadline to declare is 5pm, Monday, April 13 (China time). For some courses, students with a declared primary major will have enrollment priority over students who are not. Students may not declare a major in their first semester.

Major Declaration Form

Step 3: Check degree completion requirements

Review your Degree Progress Report in Albert to see what requirements remain for degree completion.

Let your advisor know right away if you find any discrepancies or mistakes in the report so your advisor can take steps to resolve them. If you have questions about degree requirements and what courses fulfill which requirements, refer to the All Majors Requirements Record for your year of matriculation (when you started at NYU Shanghai).


Seniors! Make sure to complete Senior Year Checklist for each of your majors before meeting with your advisor to be cleared for registration. Also, keep an eye out for an email about your senior capstone/thesis requirements.

Step 4: Explore courses

You may review course offerings for the upcoming semester in Albert Course Search and note down the classes that interest you, what degree requirements they fulfill, and whether you meet the prerequisites. Read course descriptions and find out their days/times. New courses will be added throughout this semester, and will be announced to all students.

There are also Major Exploration Sessions during the semester, which will help you learn about majors that you are interested in. These are great opportunities to get advice and on-the-ground information from faculty and senior students in the major.

Additional considerations to keep in mind when selecting courses:

  1. Make sure you have fulfilled the prerequisite(s) for courses you want to take.
  2. Check the time for each course to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  3. Consider your senior year plan when planning the Fall 2020 semester to stay on track for graduation. Keep in mind that you need to 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.
All first-year students will need to take Writing as Inquiry in Spring 2020

All rising sophomores will need to take Perspectives on the Humanities (PoH) in Fall 2020. Please prepare a few options as spaces in each section are limited and there will be NO waitlists for PoH sections. After the first week of classes, starting on September 7th, you will need departmental consent to switch or drop a PoH section, due to the high level of engagement required in this writing intensive course.

Step 5: Meet with your advisor

Make an appointment with your advisor to go over your course plan and get your registration hold lifted. It is important to come to your appointment with your course plan(s) written down on the Registration Worksheet below. Make sure to think about any questions you have in advance to get the most out of your appointment.


Step 6: Add courses to Albert, validate them, and enroll

After you meet with your advisor, your registration hold will be lifted, and you will be able to enroll in courses on Albert. Before you enroll, you have to validate it as a final check for any conflicts or issues. It’s always a good idea to have some alternative courses in mind, in case your first choice is not available. Read through the course registration guides if you run
into any issues during enrollment.