NYU Shanghai January Term

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2019 Program Dates: January 6 - 25, 2019
The 2019 application for January term is now closed. We are not accepting any late applications. 

NYU Shanghai offers January Term (J-Term) courses in Shanghai this January 2019. 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. 

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Program Dates

Arrivals/Check-in: January 6, 2019 at 12 pm
Students will be able to start checking in from 12 pm on Sunday January 6. 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 7, 2019
Classes begin: January 7, 2019
Classes end: January 24, 2019
Check-out/departure: January 25, 2019 by 12 pm


All students may take one course OR four credits during the three-week January term. All courses are instructed in English. The following courses will be offered in Shanghai for J-Term 2019.
Level: Undergraduate.

1. China and Global Feminism (HUMN-SHU 270)   4 credits
Professor: Jeong Min Kim

A history of Chinese feminism in global context. We explore the question of women's emancipation across three time periods: pre-1949, 1949-76, and 1976 through today's China. We examine ways in which "women's questions" have been formulated and debated, how new ideas of gender inequality and women's liberation have converged and diverged from other revolutionary ideals and practices, and how the state and individuals have cooperated and clashed over these problems. Chinese texts are paired with important feminist writings from other places to discuss how feminism formed out of the global circulation of ideas and people. Prerequisite: None 

2. Science Fiction in China (HUMN-SHU 250)  4 credits
Professor: Adrian Thieret

This is an introduction to science fiction literature and its role in modern China. The course focuses on several broad questions of contemporary relevance: what is "Chinese" science fiction and what by contrast is non-"Chinese" science fiction? What role does (Chinese) science fiction play in modern (Chinese) culture and society? What role does the critical conversation emphasizing it's "Chineseness" tell us about the construction of modern Chinese identity? Students read important works of Chinese science fiction from its beginnings through today and analyze them from a variety of critical perspectives to better understand the genre, its context, and its significance in modern Chinese history. 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. Investing and Financing in and With China (BUSF-SHU 206A) 2 credits*
Professor: David Yu

What does it take to be successful in China? How do domestic and foreign businesses do in the world's most dynamic economy? How do Chinese entrepreneurs work in a dynamic country? How do investors think about cross border investing into and out of China? How do investors think about cross border investing into and out of China? What are the leading opportunities in Chinese markets today? How are Chinese firms reshaping global business? This course is designed to prepare students for a good overview of investments, financing as well as conducting business in and with China. The class format will include lectures, case studies, discussions, guest speakers and student presentations to explore the opportunities and risks of international and domestic investments in China as well and the outward expansion of Chinese firms. The course will be require the student's active participation and parts will involve group work. Leading industry guest speakers and a site tour may be arranged for further learning enhancement, schedules permitting. The course materials will draw heavily on the lecturer's experiences. 

This course is suitable for any student interested in understanding international business, emerging markets, investments, cross border business and China. No prior knowledge or experience with China's business environment is required.

Prerequisites: Foundations of Finance, Corporate Finance and Economics of Global Business (or Macroeconomics)

Co-requisite: BUSF-SHU 307 Private Equity & Venture Capital in Asia and Emerging Markets. 

5. Private Equity & Venture Capital in Asia and Emerging Markets (BUSF-SHU 307) 2 credits*
Professor: David Yu

This course is designed to prepare students to have a good general understanding of private equity and venture capital especially with an Asian focus.  This will provide an overview of investments, financing, strategies and other elements in private equity and venture capital in China, Asia, and globally. The class format will include lectures, case studies, discussions, and guest speakers (time dependent). The course will require the student's active participation.  Leading industry guest speakers may be arranged for further learning enhancement, schedules permitting. The course materials will draw heavily on the lecturer's experiences.

Pre-requisites: Foundations of Finance, Corporate Finance and Economics of Global Business (or Macroeconomics).  While not required, other valuation courses such as Equity Valuation 321 etc. are helpful.
Co-requisite: BUSF-SHU 206 Investing And Financing In And With China. 


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 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: Log in using your NYU net ID and password to apply through the NYU January Application here
Visiting Students: Create an account and login Visiting Student Application here. Students should review the eligibility requirements above prior to submitting an application.Visiting students must also submit their official transcript.

Application Deadline and Notification Timeline 

Priority Application Deadline: October 15, 2018 |  Notification By: October 22, 2018  | Confirmation By: October 31, 2018

Regular Application Deadline: October 22, 2018 |  Notification By: October 25, 2018 |  Confirmation By: November 1, 2018 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition               $5,804
Activity Fee         $300
Housing Fee     $850
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 canceled.


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

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. 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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