NYU Global Programs

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 campuses in Shanghai, China and Abu Dhabi, UAE. 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.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Critique of NYU Paris

It was overall a good experience I would recommend. However, as much as they do provide resources for you in terms of housing, kitchen equipment (most of the time), mental health, & other activities, NYU Paris administration can be a little stingy at times + not here you out on your opinion when voices. You will get “that’s just how things are here” or “well it’s hard for us in Paris, we don’t really think like that here, it’s kind of a new idea”...which of course one could get being in a different culture of course. That being said, they could be better with accommodating for those of lower incomes, minority student resources, etc. You will eventually find a grasp on your own for a lot of things though & there will be a group or place you go to which satisfies your wants because it is a pretty multicultural/multi-minded city; just prepare for some ignorance and standing your ground, whether it be at NYU Paris or Europeans/Parisians you’ll encounter outside.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Having to find and trust a new black barber + how to ask for hairstyles or certain examples of cuts.
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Shanghai Fall 2019 Review

Super fun! Building is really nice! I don’t like cash anymore because of China. Get Alipay, get Yi Dian Dian. Drink boba everyday, it’s cheap. Eat chipotle before going, they don’t have it there. Take Professor Raymond Ro’s classes, he’s the best professor I’ve ever ever had. Take Marketing, take Management and organizations! Go to Puxi on the weekends for brunch or for night life. School’s super close to Lujiazui so there’s a lot of things to do after school. Go to IFC Mall, go see the pearl tower and the tallest bookstore

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
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Shanghai Review

Super fun! I loved being in Shanghai and meeting different people. The people were pretty friendly and the efficiency in the city was unbelievable. I could go out the dorm without cash or my wallet. Everything I needed was on my phone. It lessened my traveling weight, plus it was so easy to book high-speed train tickets and plane tickets. I could travel to close-by provinces within 3 hrs and come back within the day. It was awesome. I loved yellow mountain and Beijing. Both were different experiences but very enjoyable.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Setting up the bank account beforehand, setting up wechat!
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Shanghai Review

Shanghai is an amazing city to travel and study in. I went as a student, but I had the chance to travel on the weeek ends to near cities and water towns. Personally, I visited Wuxi where my family is from. In shanghai, getting around is super easy. We travel by bus, bikes, metros, cabs, and Chinese Uber. All of these are really cheap. In terms of food, you can get really good food for not a lot of money. You could order food from a delivery app called Eleme. I love shanghai, I recommend it for anybody.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Accessibility of travelling
The metro station is extremely easy to use, public biking is really cheap. Chinese Uber is easy to use for foreigners and extremely cheap
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Had a blast!

Definetly recommend you go to Shanghai! Theres so much to explore and see, and so much culture. I went to Suzhou, Beijing, Guilin, and much more.
The food is very good. Theres definetly less options for those with dietary restrictions but they have so many cuisines.
The school was very good. It definetly felt like a school and the community was very nice. The teachers were very helpful.
I would definetly reccommend you go to Shanghai. Great people, great food, great culture, and great experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would travel more and eat more good food and meet more people.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Maria Grace Garland


Maria is an undergraduate Sophomore at New York University majoring in psychology. She enjoys painting, having deep midnight conversations with her friends, and playing with her cat after a long day of school.

Why did you choose this program?

NYU Florence was an ideal location for my interest in Renaissance history. Plus, I had never lived overseas for an extended period of time, and I don't think it likely that I would ever get the chance to do so in Italy after graduation. So I thought, why not? The location had a wide variety of classes to take. I took History of Italy During the Renaissance with a native Florentine professor who was extremely knowledgable about Florence. He knew everything! That was something that I would not have gotten out of my home campus in New York.

What did your university assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university was extremely helpful in the whole process. They gave us packets of information regarding the visa process, what to expect while in Florence, where to go, and precise dates for departure and return. Though I had to carry out the process on my own, I had precise instructions on how to go about it. Furthermore, when I did have questions or concerns, I simply went to the office of global programs and met with advisors in person.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If I had to sum up my experience and give one piece of advice, it is that everyone's study abroad experience will be different, and you don't really know what your experience is going to be like until the end of your program. So don't go in with that many expectations, because more often than not, it's not going to be what you think it is. Just enjoy as it comes.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I lived in a home stay that was relatively close to campus. Most days I would walk to school, which would take about 20 minutes. I would get to class, and depending on where it was, I'd have to climb a very steep hill to get across the villa (our campus) to the other building. I actually wouldn't call our classrooms buildings, more like 15th century Renaissance style homes. Classes were small, consisting of around 15-20 students per class. During breaks I'd either go to the library, the cafe, or the lemon garden that had a good view of the sunset.

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What's one thing you'll miss the most about your experience?
The challenge of being a traveler. Not only did it feel liberating to finally travel on my own and decide what I wanted to do with my time, but also it brought challenges that helped me develop as a person. When you are in an unfamiliar environment, it really is up to you and/or your friends to work as a team (or by yourself) to figure out a plan. Traveling felt like a project, we needed to plan, budget, execute, and have fun. I think that is something you won't learn until you're in it.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Stephanie Leahy

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Study Away Advisor
Stephanie is the current New York-based site representative for NYU London and NYU Sydney. During her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University, she participated in a summer program throughout Northern Queensland, Australia. Following this experience, she then spent a semester abroad at University College Cork, Ireland. She received her Masters in International Education from NYU in 2013 and has been with NYU Global Programs since 2012.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Stephanie in Florence

My most unique and therefore favorite travel memory was staying with a host family in the outback in Tyrconnell, Australia. This area was a famous goldmine 120 years ago, but is now more well known as a "bush retreat" in Australia. The host family we stayed with used to mine for gold in the 1980s, but have since focused on restoring the heritage assets and sharing it with visitors. Our hosts shared the various challenges of remote living, yet there was also an evident and extreme beauty to it as we were camping out under the vast starry sky.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

I believe that every person's international travel experience is different and valuable - as long as they are learning from the destination, it cannot be viewed as overrated. On another note, while I would not view it as underrated, I especially enjoy sharing information about NYU Sydney. This program exposes students to a variety of excursions, included but not limited to overnight retreats at Milson Island, trips to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves, surfing lessons at Manly Beach, visits to Featherdale Wildlife Park, and trips to watch the Sydney Swans play in the Australian football league (to name a few). There is always something to do in the hustle and bustle of the city, but it's also easy to venture out for some fresh air at the beach or a nearby hiking trail when seeking just a quiet moment. It's the best of both worlds.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful global program?

I believe the biggest initial factor in being a successful study abroad provider is communicating the value in seeking out a global education. NYU incorporates this as an overarching goal for all students attending the university.

How have you changed/grown since working for NYU Global Programs?

I have inevitably grown throughout my time with New York University due to the clear commitment to ongoing learning. The opportunity to participate in various training has been a regular and enjoyable aspect of being within the NYU community. These include sessions on inclusive advising, as well as topic-based "Zone training," such as Diversity Zone, Safe Zone I and II, and Action/Bystander Intervention Zone. There is always something new and something more to learn.

What unique qualities do NYU Global Programs possess?

NYU is unique due to the clear academic pathways we encourage our students to take advantage of in order to complete major and minor degree requirements abroad. While we do have conversations with students about the other aspects to consider when choosing a study away location, this model does provide a unique way for students to view the overall study away process. Rather than saving up electives and viewing study away as a "break" from their typical major progression, this allows students a continuation of their studies in a new location.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

This question is challenging, not because I have a difficult time thinking of a proud moment, but rather because there are numerous proud moments. Overall, I would say that I feel especially proud each academic year when the summer rolls around because there is the time to step back and reflect on everything we accomplished. It's amazing to think about the various admissions cycles, recruitment activities, pre-departure events, and campus-wide collaborations we take on. It truly is a team effort.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The stories we hear from returned students contribute towards the most rewarding aspects of this job so there are many to choose from, but one particular student's experience at NYU Berlin always stands out to me. She initially intended to just spend one semester abroad, but within weeks of being there, knew that she would benefit from an additional semester in Berlin. Her experience learning from the sustainability initiatives within the city led her to launch the Earth Impact Club within the NYU Berlin community. She later was awarded the 2015 NYU President's Service Award for her contribution and continued commitment. Hearing her talk about this project will always be one of my favorite stories because it shows just how impactful a study away experience can be in determining areas of interest and clear passion.