Undergraduate January Term

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2022 Program Dates: January 3 - 20, 2022

NYU Shanghai offers three-week January Term (J-Term) courses in Shanghai. These courses give students the opportunity to study away in China and experience the excitement of Shanghai, one of the most dynamic cities in Asia. Students benefit from NYU’s facilities, professors, and full-time academic and student life staff. Site visits to historic sites and neighborhoods arranged by NYU Shanghai enable students to explore this city beyond the campus. 

The applications are accepted on a rolling basis but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible as spots in courses are limited. Please note that we are not currently able to accept January term 2022 applications from international students who would need a new student visa to enter China.

NYU Shanghai degree-seeking students do not need to submit an application to attend January term and only need to speak with their academic advisor for registration clearance. 

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Program Dates

Arrivals/Check-in: January 2, 2022

Orientation: January 3, 2022

Classes begin: January 3, 2022

Add and Drop Course Deadline: January 4, 2022

Course Withdrawal & Grading Option Deadline: January 13, 2022

Classes end: January 20, 2022

Check-out/departure: January 21, 2022



Students may only take one four-credit course during the three-week January term. All courses are taught in English.  

Woodblock Printmaking: Practice and Theory, ART-SHU 274 (4 credits, In-person)

Instructor: Monika Lin

Fulfillment: IMA elective

Prints define our everyday aesthetic experience of the world – from book and poster design, to fashion and household objects, to the walls of art galleries and museums. Our understanding of contemporary printing is often based on the latest digital technology. However, the use of traditional techniques in woodblock printmaking is a unique and rewarding experience. The demanding medium requires specialized technical understanding of both hand skills and tools in order to become proficient. Students will be introduced to woodblock printmaking techniques in conjunction with its history, starting with the origins – relief stone rubbings and wood block printmaking in China. From this starting point, they will trace the global history of relief printing as it crossed China’s borders into Japan and elsewhere in Asia and Southeast Asia and, finally, the West. Students will become familiar with this history and technique through practical application as well as an historical and theoretical lens. In order to contextualize the forms, functions and representations therein, students will consider contemporary Chinese artists working with woodblock prints in relation to artists from elsewhere around the globe. Students will learn foundational techniques, modes, forms, and applications of relief prints (stamps and woodcuts) and, through this hands-on experience, gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art form. There will be gallery and museum outings in order to expose students to both historical and contemporary Chinese prints. Students will also engage in selected readings to ground their visual pursuits in an historical and classical understanding as well as a theoretical, critical and contemporary context. Students will become proficient in the fundamental skills needed to write an artist statement, art critique and a work-in-progress conceptual outline.

Format: In-person

Course schedule: Monday to Friday, 09:00am -- 12:00pm

Hong Kong Cinema, GCHN-SHU 205 (4 credits, In-person)

Instructor: Ezra Claverie

Prerequisite: Global Perspectives on Society (GPS)

Fulfillment: Core Curriculum Humanistic Perspectives on China; Global China Studies major elective category “Chinese Media, Arts, and Literature”; Humanities Major Topics course or Advanced course

This course introduces students to the distinctive cinema of Hong Kong (HK). We will focus on the years between 1967 and 1997, when HK rose from regional to international prominence, then declined. We will approach HK cinema from four perspectives: geopolitical history, film genre, directorial style, and the economics of the film industry. Students will learn to see these perspectives not as mutually exclusive but as complementary, for we can best understand a film by thinking about it from multiple angles. Students will write two essays, the first analyzing a film made before 1980, and the second analyzing one made between 1980 and 2000. Each student will twice lead discussion of readings from the syllabus. In a small group project, students will do research on a topic relevant to the course, make a bibliography of their findings, and then present those findings to the class.

Format: In-person

Course schedule: Monday to Friday, 09:00am -- 12:00pm (Lecture),  01:00pm -- 04:00pm (Screening)

Crimes, Detectives, and Justice in Chinese Culture, GCHN-SHU 182 (4 credits, in-person)

Instructor: Wei Peng

Crime stories have enjoyed long-lasting global popularity. How do we understand this popularity? How do these narratives help us understand the shifting meanings of criminality, law, punishment, and justice across different time and spaces? What Chinese notions of crime and justice can tell us about its history and culture? This course explores how crimes and agents of justice are conceptualized and represented in Chinese popular culture from traditional to modern times. It guides students to close read imperial courtroom stories, detective fiction of the Republican period, socialist spy thrillers, and contemporary legal films. It also engages with histories and theories on crime literature, law and punishment, justice and society in and beyond China. 

Format: In-person

Course schedule: Monday to Friday, 01:00pm -- 04:00pm



Academic credit for the NYU Shanghai J-Term program is treated like any other credit awarded for coursework at NYU. The NYU Shanghai J-Term courses will be recorded on the student’s NYU transcript, and the final grades from such courses will be calculated into a student’s NYU grade point average (GPA). It is your responsibility to work with your home school academic advisor and major department to determine whether and how a course might count towards your degree requirements.


Undergraduate students from NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and visiting students from other US accredited institutions who do not need a visa to enter China are welcome to apply. Students must have completed at least one semester at an undergraduate institution to be eligible to apply.  An integrated review of an applicant's academic background and University record is required to confirm admission. Students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above are encouraged to apply. Students with lower GPAs are encouraged to provide information on their academic goals in their personal statement. 

Please note that due to travel restrictions, we are not currently able to accept January term 2022 applications from non-NYU Shanghai students who need a visa to enter China.

How to Apply 

Application for January Term 2022 will open in September 2021.

NYU Shanghai degree students do not need to fill out an application and can simply contact their academic advisor for assistance in registration. 

NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Visiting Students from other institutions who would not need a visa to enter China must apply following the instructions below. After successfully being admitted to the program, NYU Shanghai will provide instructions on how to register for a course.

NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi students: Log in with your NYU net ID and password on the NYU January Application portal

Visiting Students: Create an account and login on the Visiting Student Application portal. Visiting students must also submit their official transcript.

Application Deadline and Notification Timeline 

The applications are accepted on a rolling basis but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible as spots in courses are limited. 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition                                  $ 6,332.00
Administrative Fee              $ 150.00 
Housing Fee (Optional)      $ 1,050.00 
 (NYU Shanghai students who are already living in the dorms throughout the 2021-22 academic year will not be charged.)
Books ¹                              Course-specific

¹All books and course materials will be provided to you upon arrival in Shanghai. Fees will be charged based on requirements of the specific course.

Students are responsible for round trip airfare, meals, and personal expenses. Immigration costs vary greatly depending on student citizenship. 

For information about billing, payments, and refunds please visit the Bursar's website


Admitted J-term 2022 students are not required to live in university housing. If you are interested in on-campus housing, application instructions will be sent to you if admitted. Please note on-campus housing will be provided based on availability. If we are at our full capacity, you will be accommodated to a hotel with a different housing fee.

NYU Shanghai students who are already living in the dorms throughout the 2021-22 academic year will not be charged for J-term 2022 housing.

Financial Aid for January Term (J-term):

There is no institutional scholarship/grant available for NYU Shanghai undergraduates enrolling in January term either in Shanghai or at an NYU Study Away site.

Visiting Students (non NYU students) and NYU students from the New York campus, please visit see here for additional information regarding financial aid options for January term.

For US citizens/eligible non-citizens:  Federal Direct Loans and Pell grants are available for J-term enrollment. Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan eligibility are based on the combined total number of credits between the J-term and the Spring term. For Federal Direct Loans, students must be enrolled at least half time, which is at least 6 credits or have an approved equivalency, between the J-term and Spring Term. For Pell Grants, eligibility is based on a student's FAFSA EFC (Expected Financial Contribution) and enrollment as either a full-time or part-time student. 

Students will be reviewed for federal financial aid as long as they have a valid FAFSA on file, are enrolled for an appropriate amount of credits, and are otherwise eligible.

For all Students: Students needing additional financial aid for January Term will be able to seek out alternative loans. Students seeking alternative loans are encouraged to relay to their potential lender the number of credits they will be taking, as some have minimum enrollment criteria. Private loan eligibility cannot exceed the cost of attendance for January term. NYU cannot recommend or endorse any particular private lender. Students are encouraged to research their options carefully.

Please click here for more information about private (non-federal) alternative loans.

Students who change January Term enrollment or who do not attend in January will have their January award adjusted or canceled.

Contact Us

Please contact shanghai.january@nyu.edu with any questions.