Undergraduate January Term

2023 Program Dates: January 3 - 20, 2023

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. 

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Program Dates

Orientation: January 3, 2023

Classes begin: January 3, 2023

Add and Drop Course Deadline: January 4, 2023

Course Withdrawal & Grading Option Deadline: January 17, 2023

Classes end: January 20, 2023


All J-term 2023 courses are held online only and all courses are taught in English. Students may only take one course during the three-week January term. 

Art Courses

Site and Situation: Social Space and Public ArtART-SHU 222 (4 credits)

Instructor: Monika Lin

Fulfills Humanities Interdisciplinary/other Advanced course. 
Prerequisites: WAI. 

What is the relationship between “Site” and “Situation”? How do they influence and respond to one another in the context of social spaces? How do economic, political and global entities use social space as means of constructing collective identity and behavioural normativity? How can artists respond to these situations by making their own moves to interpret and re-situate site? Social spaces are designed and curated environments that reflect the attitudes and actions of community, manage human behaviours, and offer places of collective expression. They serve as a reflection of how we see and how we want to see the world and ourselves. Because they are sites which are closely tied to individual and collective identities, they are historically, also, sites which are managed by governing forces to foster narratives of collective identity. Public art is one aspect of how social spaces are defined and curated. However, what is “public art”? How is it interpreted and practised? How does public art situate site? How do curated social spaces provoke its inhabitants to reflect on their relationship to the city? And, how does this positioning situate our experiences of “Site”? Chinese artists are part of the global movement towards gaining more self-authorship and agency regarding the interpretation of sites. There is a growing focus on shifting emphasis to the concerns of local inhabitants, human interaction, and experiential needs – putting into question the historically monument-based approach to public art. Students will be introduced to those artists and their works in a global context. 

Format: Online
Course Schedule: Monday - Friday, 09:00 AM -- 12:00 PM. 

Business Courses

Chinese Financial Markets, BUSF-SHU 286 (4 credits)

Instructors: Han Shen Lin

Fulfills BUSF China Business Studies or Finance elective; BUSM China Business Studies or Non-Marketing elective; IMB Business elective.
Prerequisites: BUSF-SHU 202 Foundations of Finance or BUSF-SHU 5 Principles of Finance. 

This course introduces the institutions, instruments, and empirical regularities of Chinese financial markets and the role these markets play in the broader Chinese economy. The goal of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Chinese financial markets. The course begins with redux in Money, Banking and Finance and an overview of the evolution of China’s financial system. The main part of the course focuses on current issues and debates about Chinese financial markets. Some of the topics include the Chinese banking system, RMB exchange rates, Chinese stock markets and bond markets, mutual fund and hedge fund industry, Chinese derivative markets and other important topics. The similarities and differences between Chinese financial markets and more developed financial markets will be highlighted. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: Monday - Friday, 09:00 AM -- 12:00 PM (Lecture), Monday, Wednesday, 02:00 -- 04:00 PM (Recitation). 

Computer Science Courses

Introduction to Computer Programming, CSCI-SHU 11 (4 credits)

Instructor: Lihua Xu

Equivalent to CSCI-UA 1 Introduction to Computer Programming. Note: Students who have taken Introduction to Computer Science in NY, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai cannot take this course. 
Fulfills Core Curriculum Requirement Algorithmic Thinking; EE Required Major Courses. 
Prerequisite: C or better in Calculus

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming. Students design, write, and debug computer programs. No prior knowledge of programming is assumed. Students will learn programming using Python, a general purpose, cross-platform programming language with a clear, readable syntax. Most class periods will be part lecture, part lab as you explore ideas and put them into practice. This course is suitable for students not intending in majoring in computer science as well as for students intending to major in computer science but having no programming experience. Students with previous programming experience should instead take Introduction to Computer Science.  

Format: Online
Course schedule: Monday - Friday, 09:00 AM -- 12:00 PM (Lecture), Monday, Wednesday, 02:00 -- 04:00 PM (Laboratory). 

Creative Writing Courses

The Art of the Personal Narrative: Travel Writing, CRWR-SHU 209 (4 credits)

Instructor: David Perry

Fulfills General Elective.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Creative Writing (CRWR-SHU 159 or CRWR-SHU 161) OR Junior standing. 

In this intermediate creative writing workshop, students will explore how writers articulate a unique “I,” drawing directly from personal experience. Students will write their own narratives across several genres and in several modes, working at times from immediate observation, at others from memory, sometimes drawing upon research, and often using techniques of fiction and poetry to inspire creative writing that can push the personal essay and memoir in the direction of inspired fiction, poetry, and cross-genre experimentation. In addition to developing their own writing projects, students will read and analyze a range of exemplary texts in which writers use the “I” as point of departure for writing about the world--moving beyond narrow exploration of the “self” into dynamic engagement with others and with the environment, with history, the city, travel--and anything and everything else a great writer can make us care about. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: Monday - Friday, 01:00 -- 04:00 PM. 


Academic credit for the NYU Shanghai January Term program is treated like any other credit awarded for coursework at NYU. The 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 accredited institutions 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 statements. 

Please note that due to visa policies, we are not currently able to accept applications from students who would need a visa to enter China.

How to Apply 

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 and NYU Abu Dhabi students: 
1. Log into the application using your NYU net ID and password. 
2. Select "Start NYU Shanghai J Term 2023 Application."
3. Submit all required sections of the application.
4. Receive a confirmation email to access your Individualized Enrollment Portal. It will take about 15-30 minutes to receive access to this page. 

Visiting students (Non-NYU) from other accredited universities: 
1. Create an application ID as a first-time user. 
2. Select "Start NYU Shanghai J Term 2023 Application."
3. Submit all required sections of the application.
4. Receive a confirmation email to access your Individualized Enrollment Portal. It will take about 15-30 minutes to receive access to this page. 

Application and Notification Deadline: 
Priority Application Deadline: October 10, 2022
Priority Notification Deadline: October 14, 2022
Regular Application Deadline: October 24, 2022
Regular Notification Deadline: October 31, 2022

The application opens on October 1st, 2022. Late 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

Please visit the Bursar's website for January term course tuition, billing, and refunds. 

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


University housing will not be available in January 2023. 

Contact Us

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