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Frequently Asked Questions

For exact start and end dates for future semesters, consult the official Academic Calendar on the NYU Registrar's website.

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.

Attending NYU January Term is a registration process - not an admissions process. Students can begin enrolling in courses after their registration has been processed by the Office of University Programs. Register now!

  • Current NYU students can register through Albert once course registration is open. After the first day of class, NYU students must register in person at the Student Services Center on 25 W. 4th Street.
  • Visiting students must submit the January term online registration form. Upon recieving your NYU ID number and netID, you will be able to register through Albert once course registration is open. After the first day of class, visiting students must register in person at the Office of University Programs at 18 Washington Place, Ground Floor.

No. January Term courses are separate from Spring semester courses. You can take a January Term course and continue to enroll in up to 18 credits during the Spring Semester.

Students can register until the day before the session starts.

Yes, all of the NYU January Term courses award credit; however, you should check with your home institution/school to determine if the NYU January Term courses you take are applicable towards your degree requirements. However, January Term courses are intensive, so you can take a maximum of 4 credits.

If you are accepted to NYU as an incoming student for the spring semester and wish to take courses as a visiting student during January Term, you are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor in the school at NYU to which you were accepted before registering for summer courses. If you do not know how to get in touch with your academic advisor, please email for assistance.

All students taking courses and/or living on campus must have an NYU ID card. The NYUCard identifies you as an NYU January Term student, grants you access NYU buildings and resources, acts as your dining card if you have a meal plan, and gets you student discounts around the city. You may also add Campus Cash to your card and use it like a debit card to pay for food and other goods at participating local merchants. Information about the NYUCard, including Campus Cash, is available online.

Students living in campus housing can submit a valid ID photo in advance of their arrival so that their NYUCard is available when they check-in. The Office of Residential Life and Housing Services will include instructions on how to submit a photo in pre-arrival information they email all residents. Please read your NYU emails carefully so you do not miss important information! To submit your photo ID online, you will log in to NYUHome and reenter your completed summer housing application. In your housing application, you will see a newly activated field for the submission of an ID photo. Questions about submitting your ID photo through your housing application may be addressed to Students who submit a photo in advance may pick up their cards from the following locations:

Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Lobby
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

NYUCard Center
383 Lafayette Street
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Commuter students may have their pictures taken and cards printed in person at the NYUCard Center Monday-Friday during the above listed hours.

All students and residents must present a valid photo ID (passport, driver’s license, state issued ID, etc.) to get their NYUCards.

The MTA, MetroNorth, and LIRR do not have student discounts on tickets. The only public transportation system that has discounts for students is New Jersey Transit. Information is online under Transportation Discounts.

Students registered in courses at NYU during January Term and students covered by NYU student health insurance have access to the Student Health Center. If a procedure or service carries a fee, the student or his/her insurance company will be billed. January Term residents not registered at NYU do not have access to the Student Health Center. All January Term residents and students are encouraged to carry an insurance card with them at all times in case of needed treatment or an emergency.

NYU students taking courses in January Term should contact their academic advisor for information about courses and/or registration. Non-NYU students taking courses in January Term may contact the Office of University Programs with questions about courses and registration.

Office of University Programs
Located in the Academic Resource Center
18 Washington Place
212-998-2292 (help line)

Please note: Students accepted as transfer students for Spring 2013 who wish to take January Term courses must contact the Office of University Programs at for specific information about January Term course selection and registration.

You must request an official transcript to be sent to your University by submitting a transcript request form to NYU’s Office of the Registrar.

The link to your NYU email is located on the left-hand side of your NYUHome page.

If your first choice course is full (or closed), we advise you to enroll in another class of your interest. In the case that students drop a class and space becomes available, you can swap courses. We encourage students to apply early.

We encourage you to contact the department that offers the course you are interested in taking. A full list of contacts can be found here.

January Term courses condense 15 weeks of material into a short, highly intensive session. Missing a day can potentially be detrimental to your understanding the material and your ability to contribute to class discussions. If you are currently enrolled in a course, we advise you to speak with your professor about planned absences.

NYU does not offer financial aid directly to visiting students. Students are encouraged to seek financial assistance from their home institutions through a consortium agreement with NYU. The Financial Aid Application is automatically sent to students who indicate an interest in financial aid in their January Term Registration Forms. Students must submit their FAFSA. Learn more.

Yes, limited housing is available for NYU January Term students.

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