Undergraduate January Term

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2021 Program Dates: January 4 - 22, 2021

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. 

Please note that we are not currently able to accept January term 2021 applications from non-NYU Shanghai students who would need a visa to enter China.

NYU Shanghai 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: To be announced.
Orientation: January 4, 2021
Classes begin: January 4, 2021
Classes end: January 22, 2021
Check-out/departure: To be announced.


Courses will be available in Albert Course Search starting September 24, 2020 New York time. Students may only take one four-credit course during the three-week January term. All courses are taught in English.  



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 two semesters 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 2021 applications from non-NYU Shanghai students who need a visa to enter China.

How to Apply 

Application for January Term 2021 will open in September 2020.

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 

Application Deadline: To be announced |  Notification By: To be announced  | Confirmation due by: To be announced

Tuition & Fees

Tuition                               $ 6,148.00 
Administrative Fee          $ 300.00 
Housing Fee                     $ 1,000.00  (NYU Shanghai students who are already living in the dorms throughout the 2020-21 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

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.

Pre-Departure Preparation

Admitted students will be sent information pertaining to program preparation. NYU Shanghai will host pre-departure orientations for students who will join the January term program. More information about this session will be sent out to admitted students in November. 

Contact Us

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