NYU Shanghai January Term

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2019 Program Dates: January 6 - 25, 2019

Please check back in the fall for 2019 program information and application. 

The below information refers to the 2018 Program. 

2018 January Program  

NYU Shanghai offers five January Term (J-Term) courses in Shanghai for January 2018. These courses give students the opportunity to study away in China and experience the excitement and wonder 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. Before you apply, we encourage you to learn more about NYU Shanghai.
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Program Dates

Arrivals/Check-in: January 2, 2018 at 12pm 
Students will be able to start checking in from 12pm on Monday January 2. The NYU Shanghai campus is located 35-40 minutes by taxi from the Pudong International Airport (PVG). Students will find public transportation or taxis readily available, information about arrivals will be sent closer to the program start date.
Orientation: January 3, 2018
Classes begin: January 3, 2018
Classes end: January 19, 2018
Check-out/departure: January 20, 2018 by 12pm


All students may take one course during the three-week January term. The following five NYU Shanghai courses will be offered in Shanghai this J-Term 2018. All courses are instructed in English. 
Level: Undergraduate.
1. The Design Sprint: Modern Aging and the Future of Health in China (CSCI-SHU 50)   4 credits
Professor: Eliot Gattegno

This course investigates the wicked problem of Shanghai's aging population using the research sprint and design sprint methodology developed at Google Ventures. This course is done in partnership with AccessHealth and taps into leading university research and technologies from around the world. This highly focused initiative offers students the opportunity to have a global impact on aging populations. Simultaneously, immerse themselves in the history and culture of Shanghai and Mainland China. This course culminates in a presentation to a panel of experts who will award funding to those proposals they believe are most likely to succeed. Students of all disciplines and interests should take this course to learn to materialize equilibrium-shifting ideas better and faster.

2. Management and Organizations (MGMT-SHU 301)  4 credits
Professor: Raymond Ro  

This course addresses contemporary management challenges stemming from changing organizational structures, complex environmental conditions, new technological developments, and increasingly diverse workforces. It highlights critical management issues involved in planning, organizing, controlling, and leading an organization. Ultimately, it aims to strengthen students’ managerial potential by providing general frameworks for analyzing, diagnosing, and responding to both fundamental and complex organizational situations. It also provides opportunities for students to enhance their communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential to effective management. The structure of the course encourages learning at multiple levels: through in-class lectures, exercises, and discussions; in small teams carrying out projects; and in individual reading, study, and analysis. Prerequisite: None.

3. Woodblock Printmaking: Practice and Theory  (ART-SHU 274) 4 credits
Professor: Monika Lin

Prints define our everyday aesthetic experience of the world – from book and poster design, to fashion and house-hold 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 South East 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.
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.

4. Rhythm (CCST-SHU 205) 4 credits
Professor: Godfried Toussaint

Rhythm consists of patterns of events in time and space, and is a prominent feature of life. This interdisciplinary course examines what rhythm is and how it manifests itself in a variety of domains that range from music and the visual decorative arts traditions spanning cultures across the globe and throughout history, to how it emerges in, and is informed by, areas such as mathematics, computer science, music theory, music technology, biology, psychology, linguistics, sociology, evolution and human migrations, ethnology, crystallography, nuclear physics, calendar design, radio astronomy, architecture, computer graphics, and the visual arts. Students read, listen to music, learn the rudiments of drumming, use computer software to analyze and generate rhythms, solve puzzles of musical time patterns, and write on various topics. They complete an individual research project that showcases the application of knowledge in their selected discipline and culture to an open question concerned with rhythm. They discuss progress on their projects during the term, and present their results to the class at the end of term. No computer programming experience or musical training is required.

5. Global Perspectives on Migration and Ethnicity (SOCS-SHU 235) 4 credits
Professor: Sebastian Cherng

Migration, both internationally and internally, has continually shaped notions of ethnicity in nearly every context in the world. Focusing on contemporary migration in China and immigration post-1960s in the US, as well as education as a facet of social mobility, this course serves as an introduction to different theoretical and empirical scholarship on migration and ethnicity. Topics include migrant adaptation/assimilation, social mobility, and the shifting construction of racial and ethnic categories.


Academic credit for the NYU Shanghai J-Term program is treated like any other credit awarded for coursework at NYU. All courses are 4 credits. 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 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 insight to their academic goals in their personal statement. 

How to Apply 

NYU Shanghai students
Please speak to your academic advisor, do not fill out an application. Contact shanghai.january@nyu.edu with any questions. 
NYU degree students & Visiting students
NYU students: Please wait to apply until the application becomes available after October 1st.  
Visiting Students: Students should review the eligibility requirements above prior to submitting an application (available after October 1st ). Visiting students must also submit their official transcript.

Application Deadline and Notification Timeline 

Priority Application Deadline: October 15, 2017 |  Notification By: October 25, 2017  | Confirmation By: November 1, 2017
Regular Application Deadline: October 25, 2017 |  Notification By: November, 1, 2017 |  Confirmation By: November 5, 2017 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition               $5,804
Activity Fee         $300
Housing Fee     TBD
Books ¹               Course Specific
¹All the books and course materials will be available to you upon arrival in Shanghai. 
The book and course material fees will be charged based on requirements of the specific course.
Students are responsible for purchasing round trip airfare, meals, and personal expenses. Immigration costs vary greatly depending on student citizenship. These are required costs beyond what they have to pay to NYU. Financial aid may be available from students' home school, but not from NYU Shanghai.
For information about J-Term billing, payment and the refund schedule please visit the Bursar's website

Financial Aid for January Term (J-term):

At this time there is no additional 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 cancelled.


Admitted NYU New York students and non-NYU students will be provided enrollment information once confirmed for the program. 
NYU Shanghai students may register on their own during the registration period. 

Pre-Departure Preparation

NYU Shanghai will host two pre-departure orientations for students who will join the January term program. One orientation will be offered in person at the NYU Shanghai Office in New York, a second orientation will be offered virtually. More information about this session will be sent out to admitted students in November. NYU Shanghai will provide you with the necessary documents to process a student study visa. It is important to check with the Office of Global Services (OGS) or utilize the Global Check Plus application found in NYUhome to check if you have specific visa requirements. Immigration requirements vary based on student citizenship. If you have general questions or need help, please email shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu for further information.

Contact Us

Please contact shanghai.january@nyu.edu with any questions or click link below to receive more information about the J-term program.
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