NYU Alternative Breaks. Courtesy of Tianxiong Hu.

With 11 global sites and three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, NYU’s students, faculty, and staff are constantly engaging with communities in locales beyond New York City, from Argentina to Uzbekistan.


Programs

Alternative Breaks | Center for Student Life
During the last 20 years, the Alternative Breaks program has provided over 140,000 hours of community support in 50-plus communities in the United States and more than 25 countries worldwide. The Center for Student Life provides overarching logistical support for Alternative Breaks, with Liberal Studies and other groups organizing their own specific programs.

Alumni Global Days of Service | University Development and Alumni Relations
The Alumni Global Days of Service program brings NYU alumni together to support non-profit and charitable organizations in need. Since the program began in 2017, more than 1,200 alumni have volunteered with over 100 community service projects around the world. In 2019, the University extended the program to 30 days instead of one day.

Archaeological Projects | ISAW
As part of a graduate research center dedicated to studying the cultural connections between ancient civilizations, faculty at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) lead archaeological excavation sites in Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and other countries. Through these excavations, faculty members study periods ranging from the second millennium BCE to the early Middle Ages.

The Dean’s Global Research Grants | Liberal Studies
The Dean’s Global Research Grants at Liberal Studies enable students to organize projects that engage with local communities abroad. With over $270,000 in grants awarded, the projects have allowed students to study the local water quality crisis in Argentina; organize a street art campaign for refugee awareness in Turkey, Greece, and the United States; and tackle other pressing international issues.

First-Year Global Study Community-Based Opportunities | Liberal Studies
Every year, more than 270 Liberal Studies first-year students study away in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC, where they participate in community service projects as part of their experience. During one community service project, students distributed blankets, clothes, food, and water at a refugee camp in Calais, France.

NYU Alternative Breaks. Courtesy of Aaron Kho.

NYU Alternative Breaks. Courtesy of Aaron Kho.

NYU’s Alternative Breaks program has provided 140,000+ hours of community support in 50+ communities in the US and 25+ countries worldwide.

NYU Alternative Breaks. Courtesy of Tianxiong Hu.

NYU Alternative Breaks. Courtesy of Tianxiong Hu.

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights | Gallatin
Through the Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s Global Fellowship in Human Rights, NYU graduate and undergraduate students pursue experiential learning projects at host organizations in the human rights field. Students have worked with organizations all over the world in countries including Iran, Japan, and Rwanda.

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice | Gallatin
As part of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study trains undergraduate and graduate students to practice community-engaged research. Fellows have conducted research for organizations around the world and in New York City, including Servicio Doméstico Activo in Madrid; Rooted in Resilience in Oakland, California; and the Loisaida Center in New York City.

Global Community Engagement Through the Arts | Steinhardt
Graduate study-abroad participants extend the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s commitment to advocacy and service abroad. Educational theater students work with local collaborators in Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the UK to raise awareness of key issues through performance. Art therapy students provide services to high-need communities in Argentina, Ghana, and Italy. Dance education students collaborate with local counterparts to engage youth from orphanages in community-building activities in Uganda.

Global Initiatives in Nursing | Meyers
The Global Initiatives program at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing conducts research and implements initiatives that address critical health disparities abroad. The program, which began in 2012, spans five continents and includes programs that address a wide range of health areas, including specialized cardiac needs, geriatric care, and sexual health.

NYU has 500,000+ alumni worldwide and nearly 3,000 students abroad.

NYU Abu Dhabi campus. ©NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi campus. ©NYU Abu Dhabi.

Global Justice Clinic | Law
At the School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic, students serve as legal advisers, counsel, co-counsel, and advocacy partners, working side by side with human rights activists from the United States and around the world.

Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program | Dentistry
More than 100 students annually participate in the College of Dentistry’s Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program, through which students have provided dental care in areas around the world, from Kasigluk, Alaska, to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Stern International Volunteers | Stern
As part of the Stern International Volunteers program at the Stern School of Business, undergraduate students design and implement social entrepreneurship projects that support long-term economic development abroad. Projects have focused on micro-business, education, and the environment, and have supported communities in Ghana and Peru.

Excavations at Kınık Höyük Courtesy of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Photographer Nathan Lovejoy

Excavations at Kınık Höyük. Courtesy of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Photographer Nathan Lovejoy.

Study-Away Service Abroad | Office of Global Programs
Community service has long been a hallmark of the study-away experience. Each year, more than 1,000 students studying at the University’s study-away sites have engaged in service activities with local organizations such as soup kitchens, orphanages, tutoring programs, public parks, senior centers, human rights advocacy organizations, and AIDS awareness organizations.

Schwarzbach Global Impact Award | Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies Schwarzbach Global Impact Award recognizes a graduating senior who has meaningfully responded to global challenges through scholarship, engagement, innovation, and/or creative practice. Students honored with this award have aided organizations dedicated to disaster response, refugee relief, and the promotion of cultural exchange.

Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding | SPS
Graduate students in the School of Professional Studies’ (SPS) Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding volunteer as consultants for international and domestic peacebuilding organizations each summer. In the past, students have worked for organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme in Amman, Jordan, and the World Education Foundation in Dahūk, Iraq.

NYU Shanghai Chancellor Yu Lizhong talking with students. Courtesy of NYU Shanghai.

NYU Shanghai Chancellor Yu Lizhong talking with students. Courtesy of NYU Shanghai.

Through the Dean’s Global Research Grants, Liberal Studies has provide $270,000+ to student projects that address pressing international issues.