NYU Global Programs
89% Rating
(15 Reviews)

NYU Global Programs

NYU Global Programs provides study abroad experiences at 11 academic centers in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Sydney, Australia; Tel Aviv, Israel; Washington, DC, US; and at our degree-granting campus in Shanghai, China. NYU’s tradition of enabling students to study around the world began in 1958 with the founding of NYU Madrid. Since then, NYU’s international opportunities have expanded rapidly with quality academics and numerous disciplines offered at all of our locations.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Caitlin
Female
20 years old
United States
New York University

NYU Accra Review

10/10

I was very nervous about going to Accra. Since it is such a different culture than in NYC, I was apprehensive about how I was going to fit in. I didn't really know anyone when I went there and was in a foreign country. Yikes! It turns out, though, that everyone was feeling the same way. Almost no one knew each other from before so it was ok. I met my roommate during orientation but that's it. Our house ended up having dinners together every single night and we would sit there for about 2 hours just talking about our lives and opinions. Sometimes, it got very heated because we had some girls who had such differing opinions. This was great, though, to see the differences that we had in the house of 7 girls. We all got super close and ended up sharing so much about ourselves to each other. This house was a great bonding experience for us because we were all forced into this house with people we never met and we had to all hang out together. We were always in the living room because it had the best wifi so it was hard to get work done but it all got done somehow. I still talk to and hang out with the friends that I met there and I'm so happy of the placement of our house.
Besides the housing situation, I loved the people that I met in Ghana. They are always so friendly and open and willing to talk to you. I was taking Twi at UG-Legon. Ghana is so different than other countries because the locals really love when you try to speak to them in Twi. They get so excited and happy, where it has been my experience in other countries-especially Europe-where they don't like people who can't speak their language fluently. The Ghanaians that I met were so willing to show us around and lead us to great local eateries and establishments that we would have never found otherwise. One thing to note is that the girls won't really speak to us but mainly the men; they are more open and friendly. The girls are less friendly because they are more intimidated by us.
I also traveled outside of Ghana and went to a small island called Sao Tome for spring break. This was a great experience for me and my 2 friends. Since they mainly speak Portuguese and French, we were getting along okay. My friend and I speak French a little and my other friend speaks Spanish and was able to translate mostly in Portuguese. This island was so beautiful and we were able to explore it with the guidance of a local man who worked at the hotel. He was very friendly and open to showing us all around.
Overall, the experience was amazing and I encountered so many new people and situations that I never would have before. I am so glad that I was able to go on this experience and would definitely recommend it for anyone who is hesitant about it.

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Alexis
Female
21 years old
New York
New York University

NYU Accra

10/10

My experience at NYU Accra was one that I will never forget. While, at times, living in Accra was not easy, the staff at NYU Global Programs worked tirelessly to ensure that the study abroad experience was enjoyable. NYU Accra is one of the most unique study abroad sites, as our living situation is very unique. The program is very small so we live in houses, rather than dorms, which fostered a larger sense of community among students and staff. The girls who were in my house became, and are still, some of my best friends. We also have a meal plan or sorts, in which we our fridges are stocked bi-weekly with breakfast/lunch items and dinner is provided for us every night. Generally, we were constantly supported by the staff; they taught us everything we needed to know, from how to navigate a completely different social dynamic to how to get around in a geographical terrain that was foreign to us. They supported us in all of our academic pursuits, both in the classroom and in experiential learning settings, like our internships. We went on various field trips throughout the semester that were all extremely well planned and executed. The trips were all so worthwhile, as I was able to learn so much about Ghanaian culture through them. I think overall, though, my general experience of the lively and amazing city of Accra was due to the people I met and engaged with outside of NYU. Taking courses at the University of Ghana, including The Rights and Protection of Women and Children and Traditional Drumming, was a huge part of finding community beyond NYU. For anyone interested in studying abroad at NYU Accra, I would say, above all, try to make the most out of your experience by really getting to know the city and the country. You will not regret it. NYU Accra changed my life. I am stronger than I have ever been. I am now much more open to new things. I learned more about myself in the four months I spent in Ghana than in the accumulation of all my years at NYU.

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Devon
Female
19 years old
Madrid, Spain
New York University

Summer 2017 in Madrid through NYU

8/10

I had a great experience spending my summer abroad in Madrid, Spain. I was able to really engage in my classes because of how much I was also learning outside of the classroom from being located in Madrid. I traveled to many other countries while also spending time exploring all Madrid has to offer. I loved my teachers and learned so much from them, I still see one of my teachers from the summer often, as he is located in New York now as well. The staff was very welcoming and made up of a tight knit community always willing to help. My summer in Madrid was a formative experience both in and out of the classroom and I would highly recommend the program to others!

How can this program be improved?

The trips planned within the program can be improved.

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Miranda
Female
20 years old
United States
New York University

Amazing Semester @ NYU Washington DC

10/10

I spent the spring 2017 semester as a sophomore at NYU Washington DC, and I would say this semester was the highlight of my college experience so far. The entire study away program at NYU DC is really well done; for one, the student life staff, professors, and administration work very hard to create a sense of community within the program, and by the time I was over, I truly felt like we were all part of one huge family. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes I took there, which were challenging and fascinating, as everything was set against the backdrop of politics and democracy because we were living and learning in the nation's capital. I am a public policy major, so it was really great to have so many politics and policy oriented classes, shaped by amazing class discussions from peers who also cared deeply about politics, regardless of their technical views. My favorite part of my experience, though, was my internship. I worked as a legislative intern in the United States Senate for a Senator from my home state and I loved every moment of that experience. All of my friends in the program also loved their internships and felt like they learned a lot from them. I actually made some of my very best friends ever through the program. I recommend the program to any and all of my friends, whether they are politics or policy majors or not, because the energy, community, and learning experiences at NYU Washington DC are really amazing.

How can this program be improved?

The attendance policy is a bit fickle and can feel limiting (basically no absences allowed), but I think hardly anything else can be done to improve the program.

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Isa
Female
20 years old
New York City
New York University

Once in a Lifetime Experience at NYU Accra

10/10

Having never traveled to any African country before, I immediately jumped at the chance to spend a semester in Ghana through NYU. Every expectation I had for the program was blown out of the water. NYU's Office of Global Programs did a fantastic job of ensuring we were ready for our departure by hosting orientations, events, and connecting us with students who previously studied abroad in Ghana. Additionally, my travel nurse at the NYU Health Center answered all of my questions regarding vaccines and malaria medication.
The NYU Accra staff was equally incredible; everyone was approachable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Their investment in our experiences and well-being was obvious, as they often solicited feedback, checked in with us, and went above & beyond in ensuring that we had all the resources we needed for a successful semester. Provisions included nightly dinner Monday–Friday, a fully-stocked fridge and pantry, cleaning services for our houses (which were beautiful), and van service to the University of Ghana, among others.
We lived in 4 identical houses on a compound, which was monitored by a very kind security staff. The girls I lived with became my best friends in the program and some of my best friends at college in general. The houses are spacious, air-conditioned, and equipped with Wi-Fi.
Because NYU Accra is a smaller program (10-25 students a semester), NYU organizes several trips throughout the semester, including visits to Cape Coast, a rural village, and Kumasi. These trips are meticulously planned and executed beautifully. They included several excursions, many of which were to notable locations like Kakum National Park or Elmina Castle. Other visits, such as the homestay in a rural village, were experiences unique to NYU Accra because of the local staff's connections and outreach.
Academically, I really enjoyed my semester abroad. The NYU Accra academic center is a short walk from our housing facility, so getting to class was never an issue. I took 3 courses through NYU, but my favorite class was my Traditional African Drumming class at the University of Ghana. I also really enjoyed Globalization and the Developing World. My internship at a junior high school was a beneficial experience as well.
I was also able to visit São Tomé over spring break – as I was based in Accra, the flight was only about 2 hours. Many of my other friends went to Europe because of Ghana's proximity to several European countries. Other trips I took included Mole National Park and Wli Falls. Accra is also a particularly fun city on weekends – the nightlife is great! Another unique aspect of NYU Accra is the connection to local seamstresses, who can make any custom article of clothing you may want. Fabric can be purchased from them or at any of the numerous markets throughout Ghana.
I would advise bringing some American gift items for any hosts or other people you may meet. Do not bother bringing much insect repellent – the repellent sold in Ghana works much better than what I brought from the States. Make sure to pack and wear sunscreen. Most importantly, take advantage of every opportunity you're given, and seek out more on your own! There is so much to do and see – don't miss any of it.

How can this program be improved?

I would like to see some improvements made to the internship program – my first internship site was not somewhere I would recommend any students work. Luckily, I was quickly re-assigned to a much more fitting location.
Logistically, some courses demand more than others – for example, the documentary filmmaking class requires students to operate on a strict and organized schedule, which can be difficult when factoring in the pace of life in Ghana, weekend trips, requirements for other classes, etc.

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