NYU Global Programs

NYU Global Programs

Why choose NYU Global Programs?

NYU Global Programs provides study abroad experiences for NYU and visiting students from other colleges and universities at 10 academic centers in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; 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.

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

The NYU community embraces the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility throughout its network of study abroad locations and degree-granting campuses. Each of NYU’s global locations provides a range of programs and resources specifically geared toward supporting BIPOC students during their time studying internationally.

LGBTQIA+ Support

NYU is dedicated to supporting its LGBTQ+ community across the globe. Each of NYU’s global locations provides an open, inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students who choose to pursue international study and has local staff members equipped with training and resources on all things related to identity, diversity, belonging, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Neurodivergent Support

NYU is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for all students, including those in need of neurodivergent support. The Moses Center for Student Accessibility works with NYU students across the globe to determine and implement appropriate and reasonable accommodations as well as access available programs and resources to support equal access to a world-class education.

Accessibility Support

NYU provides resources, accommodations, and equal educational opportunities for all those in need of accessibility support. Students interested in global study at NYU are encouraged to contact the University’s Moses Center for Student Accessibility where an Accessibility Specialist is available to discuss accessibility and accommodations at locations of interest. The Moses Center also has academic liaisons at each global site to help implement these accommodations.



NYU is committed to responsible stewardship of environmental resources, prioritizing sustainability in decision-making, and setting a powerful example of leadership on climate change and other environmental issues. Read the NYU Sustainability Commitment at the link below.

Ethical Impact

All students at NYU's global locations are required to assume the duties of citizenry and undertake an obligation to respect the culture, customs, and laws of the host nation. Furthermore, NYU is committed to resource sharing, collaborating, and partnering with local communities that are helping to positively impact, benefit, and enrich each neighborhood, city, and country where its global sites are located.


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Review of NYU Florence

My study abroad semester in Florence was my first time ever in Europe, and it was definitely a dream come true. Florence is a gorgeous city & is fairly easy to get adjusted to, regarding culture, transportation, food, etc. The NYU Florence campus is beautiful, with a fascinating history as well. The community itself is small and tight-knit, where I met some wonderful students who I got to travel to around the continent with. My favorite part of studying abroad in Florence is how easy it was to travel to different countries every weekend & experience new cultures.

  • Easy travel to different countries
  • Lots of great restaurants
  • Beautiful architecture & monuments
  • Unreliable transportation
  • No diversity in cuisine
  • NYU Florence campus lacks indoor study spaces.
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"Study Away Program" in NYU Shanghai

I think studying away in Shanghai is a quite great experience for me. Shanghai is an amazing city with its own distinct culture, and it's so convenient and safe. Well, I think the cost of living in Shanghai actually is much lower than New York, which sometimes also be a concern for college students.

As for the academic courses, I highly recommended you to take some culture related courses in NYUShanghai which allows you to gain and explore more about this city and this country, I think it is a very important part of "Study Away Program" and is very meaningful. I've taken "Concept of China" and "History of Chinese Art" during my "Study Away" semester, the professor was so nice, even inspiring my great academic interests in Art History, currently I decided to pursue this field as my minor.

During your spare time, I think searching for a on-campus job is a very good choice, then you can meet more with your teammates/partners/groups. At the same time, it's also like a close community with who you works with, it will provide you a sense of belongingness to this site. Take my story as an example, I was the "Study Away Peer Assistant" in that semester, and we worked together to plan for study away students' events/activities. Through meetings, brainstorming, chatting, collaborating, I made good friends there and I also love the energy I had while working in this team! Otherwise, you can also step outside the campus and go cycling along the Bund or bring your camera to Xujiahui. I mean lifestyle in Shanghai is up to you, don't be stressful when you are seeing people in a hurry to work. There are many places and things you can go for, explore and enjoy!

  • The city is very clean and safe.
  • You can learn about cultures about this city and country through taking courses.
  • There are lots of interesting places there that worth exploring.
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A Year in Madrid

I had a really great experience in Madrid! I learned so much from just being surrounded by history and traveling to actually see the different cultures and materials we were learning about. For example, when we learned about Venus figurines, I got to go to Paris and see some of the ones we talked about. When we learned about the Muslim influence in the Iberian peninsula, we were able to go see it for ourselves in Granada. Or for analyzing Bosch, we had to go to the Prado to see the original work. Having to use Spanish all the time (while hard at first) really helped me improve my Spanish, too! I loved the different parks in Madrid, and while some might disagree, I actually really liked the food as well. While there isn’t a lot of visible diversity in the population, there is a ton of diversity in the food options! The metro and the streets were so clean and nice, and Uber is super easy to use, too. Although it’s tempting to travel out of Spain almost every weekend (because it can be so cheap!!) I would recommend spending time in Spain and also just within Madrid because it really is a beautiful and interesting place to be.

  • Easy to travel around Europe
  • Beautiful parks and museums
  • Great public transportation
  • Not a lot of diversity within Madrid
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Study Abroad in China with NYU Shanghai

Many aspects of living such as food and transportation will be cheaper in Shanghai than any Western country. Something to be aware of is the Chinese requirement to study in NYU Shanghai. Chinese may be a difficult language to learn because it is completely different from Western languages such as English. Academics are slightly harder. Clubs are slightly limited because the school itself is smaller and there is no greek life in NYU Shanghai. All of the courses are held in one building called the academic building, but NYU Shanghai is opening a new campus, if not already, very soon.

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Spring 2022 at NYU Florence

I had the best semester ever. The faculty and support staff at NYU Florence was so accommodating and kind. My classes were interesting and the larger than life Villa La Pietra is the greatest university campus to exist.My favourite part about my classes was the site visits.It was so engaging to make all those historical locations our textbook. Florence is a magnificent city with beautiful views, yummy food and multiple locations with a rich history. I feel like I left a piece of my heart there and I will definitely be going back very soon.

  • Made New Friends
  • Ate Delicious Food
  • Learnt about Italian History


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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.