Spring 2022 Advising Information

Updated: 11/1/2021 (NOTE: Content subject to change.)

The Shanghai, New York, and Abu Dhabi campuses have resumed normal instruction for the Spring 2022 semester. All students should be returning to their home campuses to continue their studies unless they are approved for a study away semester.

Email Announcements

Mobility [Oct 18] by Jeffrey S Lehman

Update - Spring 2022 Return to Shanghai [Nov 1]  by David Pe

Update to Current Students in Shanghai [Nov 4]  by David Pe

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I do not wish to return to Shanghai nor be approved to study away, what should I do? 

You may choose to take a leave of absence. Before doing so, you may consult with your academic advisor and see how it would impact your graduation progress.

2. When will Spring Semester Classes Begin?

Classes begin in Shanghai on Monday, January 24, 2022. ALL classes will be held online during the first week (1/24-1/28). In-person classes will start after the Spring Festival on Monday, February 7, 2022. 

3. How can I prepare for Spring 2022 course registration?

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


1. How can I prepare for my visa application?

I am currently at an NYU campus or study away location.

Once your visa documentation is ready, it will be sent to the campus/study away student life office at your current study location and you will be notified to pick it up. In certain locations, primarily those in New York, we will be working with the China Consulate in NY to process your application as a group. Please wait for further instructions and updates. If the information on file is incorrect, please submit your correct information here.

I am currently remote and in my home country.

Once your visa documentation is ready, it will be sent to your mailing address. Please make sure that the information on file is correct. If it is incorrect, please update the Chinese Visa Information form.

If you have any questions about your visa and immigration procedures, please contact the Student Mobility team (shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu).

Travel & Flight

1. What is the situation with flights? Is it still expensive?

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has only approved a select number of flights between China and other countries. Many airlines have retained their original pre-pandemic flights in anticipation that it will be restored or approved. You must check with airlines to confirm if the flight you have searched or are purchasing are “confirmed flights” or simply anticipated “placeholder flights.” For example: China Eastern New York to Shanghai operates flight MU588 on Mondays and Wednesdays with a return flight from Shanghai to New York on flight MU587 Mondays and Tuesdays. This means that any other listed flight with this airline is a “placeholder flight” and has not been approved and should not be treated at this time as a confirmed flight.

While flights have not been restored, the demand has decreased and prices are at a more reasonable cost compared to the prior year. 

If the cost of attendance has drastically increased your budget for this year, you should submit the financial aid appeal by December 5, 2021. 

2. When should I book the flight?

You are encouraged to book a flight upon receiving your visa or if your flight is refundable or you can easily change the travel date. Based on our current timeline, you should travel after December 15th. In order to be here for in person classes, we suggest that you arrive by January 14, 2022.

3. International Students Arrival Process (Updated 11/1, 2021)


1. What is the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the Spring semester?

Individuals entering China will need to have been fully vaccinated for the Spring semester. Questions related to vaccinations can be directed to shanghai.health@nyu.edu.


1. How much does it cost to study away?

NYU Shanghai students pay the same tuition and receive the same financial aid while studying away as they do at their home campus in Shanghai. Other costs, including housing, meals, transportation, and incidental expenses will vary from site to site. See cost estimates for studying at another NYU location. Contact the Office of the Bursar (shanghai.studentaccounts@nyu.edu) for tuition questions.