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

I have been here for a semester already and overall it is what you would expect. The city of Paris will grow on you and unsurprisingly, I am in love now. The classes that are offered here in general are easier than they are on the Washington Square campus but if you want to push yourself, you can take them in French.
The greatest value that I have gotten from being in Paris thus far is the exposure I have had to art here. "High culture" art it present everywhere here in a way that I don't find even in New York. Galleries are more accessible, the theatre, cinema, there is a more classic feeling that is novel for the typical American study-abroader.

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No, I don't recommend this program

I enjoyed the friends I made, and I thought that it was very easy to travel from Prague, with transportation to the airport easy and cheap and flights from Prague relatively inexpensive, but overall, I don’t think I would study abroad here again. The faculty has great credentials, but are not very good at teaching, and I, as well as my peers, often felt frustrated. The social scene was so-so, and I found it to be better at other abroad locations, such as Madrid.

What would you improve about this program?
More helpful faculty
Response from NYU Global Programs

Hi Ashley. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Your perspective as a student is a valuable resource for prospective students researching a semester abroad. To support our strong emphasis on academics NYU pursues lecturers who are accomplished professionals in their fields. The small classroom setting that most students experience when studying abroad with NYU presents unique opportunities for teaching, learning, and collaboration with peers. At the conclusion of every semester we conduct program evaluations that are driven by student feedback.

We take this process seriously and I can assure you that frustrations concerning our lecturers will be evaluated so that students can have as impactful an academic experience as possible.

Please don't hesitate to contact Global Programs if you have any questions or concerns.
You can contact us at [email protected] to share your concerns or experiences.
Thank you.

Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed studying away in Florence. I completed a minor in European Culture and Society, took part in NYU Florence's EU in Focus program that traveled to Brussels, and engaged in local community by volunteering in a local museum. I've been learning Italian for a while and the semester really improved my Italian. I enjoyed my classes over there; the topics were interesting and the professors were very helpful and approachable.
The program is of great value. Every student can attend up to three all expense paid day trips to Italian cities outside Florence, not to mention the events with free food and class field trips. You get easy access to all the amazing cities in Europe for spring / fall breaks or simply long weekends.

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Yes, I recommend this program

As a public health student, the Accra program really gave you a lot of options both academic wise and through internship placements that you can't get at a lot of other sites. However, you don't need to be just a public health major. The Accra site has an amazing range of courses to choose from with professors who are the best in their fields in Ghana. Outside of the classroom, Accra is an incredible city where you can find endless adventure. Whether you love the arts, music, nightlife, food, the list goes on, you can find it in Accra. And if you love to travel and explore, there's eco spots throughout the country that you can get to by bus (just make sure to get the proper directions from the staff first). If you want to really get out of your comfort zone and try something you may not have before, Accra is a great place to do that! The program is very small so you'll become close friends with your fellow students, but I would encourage anyone thinking about going to Accra to be willingly to branch out. Take a class at the University of Ghana, go out into the city, find a local spot that you love and make friends there too! The Accra site is a great program overall and it's set in an amazing place with amazing people who will stay in your heart forever.

What would you improve about this program?
In terms of improvements, one of the few recommendations I would have is the group trips. We didn't get to see many of the nature sites like the Wli Falls that a lot of students were excited to visit. I know it can be difficult to organize more trips the larger the program gets, but if the staff could help students plan smaller trips throughout the semester whether it's to festivals or art galleries or whatnot, I think it could add a lot to the program.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My semester abroad in Paris with NYU was a very memorable experience. I was able to thoroughly immerse myself within French culture through my homestay, dance lessons, and internship. The academics at NYU Paris were alright, there were a few courses that were pretty tedious and I also felt that uninformed in terms of what my options were for Pass/Fail, and uninformed in general regarding academic support. There are a few truly incredible members of the NYU Paris staff but in general I didn't necessarily feel welcomed at times.

What would you improve about this program?
Better support from the site staff


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Alumni Interviews

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

Maria Grace Garland

woman, italy, architecture

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.

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Staff Interviews

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

Stephanie Leahy

Job Title
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.

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