NYU organizes pre-departure orientation sessions at the Washington Square campus prior to your departure. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to speak with local staff, recent study abroad students, and your peers. Admitted students also receive regular emails and blog updates from the Global Programs Student Services staff. Students are always free to contact their site representative, the NYU Office of Global Academic Programs, or the overseas Office of Student Life in the city you will be studying, with questions.
Upon acceptance into the NYU Global Academic Program, you will receive a number of mailings from the NYU Office of Global Programs. These mailings include information about travel, insurance, passports, visas, and more. You will also be asked to complete a Housing Preferences Form, a Travel Release Form, a Medical History and Release Form , a Health and Accident Insurance Coverage Form, and an Arrival Form. All forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Global Programs in New York prior to departure.
The NYU Florence staff will greet arriving students at the airport and transport them to their housing assignments upon arrival. Over the next two days an in-depth orientation will cover all the topics pertinent to every day life in Florence—from banking and cell phones, to local customs, navigating the city, the academic policies and facilities, particular courses that involve the city in specific ways, and the role of the student life staff. A survival Italian course, a neighborhood tour, a welcome reception and a day trip to a nearby Tuscan city conclude your first few days.
By the time you arrive in Florence, you'll already have registered for your classes. Advisers from the Office of Academic Support will assist you with changing your schedule or, for approved students, registering at the University of Florence if you've decided to take a course there. You'll buy your books at local bookstores; many required readings will also be available on reserve at the Villa Ulivi library.