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January Term

Oftentimes the fall and spring semesters can be overly hectic for students – a full-time course load, student club responsibilities, work, internship commitments, and social obligations. This busy time forces students to focus mainly on their academic progress which doesn’t always allow freedom to explore a new interest or take advantage of the many cultural resources that originally drew them to New York City. January Term provides an array of courses enabling students to earn academic credit (major, minor, or elective) in courses that are in high–demand, to accelerate degree completion and to concentrate on personal interests.

Are you eligible to apply for January Term?

The following students are eligible to apply for January Term:

  • High school graduates who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Current undergraduates at a college/university who would like to study away for a semester.
  • Post-graduate students who already have their Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to take undergraduate courses.
  • Returning visiting students may re-apply for up to three consecutive semesters. International students requiring an I-20, please refer to the note from NYU's Office of Global Services.

Visiting students should work with their home institution to ensure that the courses they participate in at NYU will transfer back to the school where they will receive their degree.

Students in the categories below should not apply as a visiting student for January Term:

Students who are currently matriculated in an NYU degree program are able to earn credits toward their degree through NYU January Term. NYU students must register on Albert; please do not submit the January Term Visit Student Application. For information about University deadlines, check the academic calendar.

Students who wish to matriculate at New York University and receive a degree from NYU should apply as a freshman, graduate, or transfer student. They should not apply for visiting student status.

Students who are interested in earning graduate credit for January Term courses must apply through the Admissions office of the school that offers the course of interest. Click on the links below to contact the school of your choice.

*Please note that graduate-level Stern courses (-GB) are not open to visiting students. For admissions information, please visit the Stern Admissions page.

Students who plan to accept an offer of admission to NYU as a transfer or graduate student must contact the appropriate admissions office for clearance to register and for further instructions. Do not submit the January Term Visiting Student Application.

  • College freshmen who were denied admission to NYU may enroll as an NYU visiting student after one full academic year.
  • Students who were denied admission as a transfer applicant to NYU may enroll as an NYU visiting student after one academic semester.

Current high school students are not eligible to apply for January Term. Check the Precollege section of the NYU website for availble opportunities for high school students.


Information for International Students

January Term has great opportunities for international students, just be sure to read and understand the unique requirements for international students.

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Session Dates

Classes begin on January 6, 2014 and end January 24, 2014.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Find what you're looking for (and so much more) in our responses to regular inquiries from students and families.
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