Congratulations on your acceptance to NYU Liberal Studies! We hope you’re excited to start your college career in the European city of Florence. While abroad, you’ll follow an academic program approved by Liberal Studies so that you remain seamlessly on track toward your degree requirements and graduate on time.
We’re delighted that you’ll be spending your first year with us and can’t wait to greet you in Florence. In the meantime, this page will guide you through everything you need to get ready for your term abroad.
Please note that the Italian government requires that your passport be valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned return from study abroad. The government retains the right to deny you entry into Italy if your passport is not valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned return (through December 2015), so make sure to renew it now.
US Students who need to renew or get a new passport should have it expedited. To review procedures for having a passport expedited, they should refer to this government website. They fall under the category of needing a passport for a foreign visa within 4 weeks. If necessary, Liberal Studies can produce a letter to assist in expediting the visa. To secure it, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who have already submitted their passport--without having already asked for it to be expedited--can still request expedited processing by contacting a customer service center.
Unfortunately, NYU does not have the ability to change visa requirements, nor does it help if we call consulates or embassies on your behalf. Though we're happy to help you in whatever way we can, the decision to issue you a visa rests solely with the consulate or embassy. Below you'll find instructions for getting your visa, along with sample visa applications and supporting materials. Bear in mind that information is tailored for US students and that incoming students are best served by getting information from their local Italian consulate.
Consulates and Applications
Each consulate has specific regulations and requirements, so your very first step is to determine which consulates jurisdiction you fall under.
Be sure to check and recheck the consulate requirements before your appointment or submitting materials, as all requirements are subject to change without notification.
Please be sure to click on the link below and submit your summer address information through the Liberal Studies Visa and Summer Address Form by May 9th. Keep in mind that the information included on this form is very important so the sooner you return it to our office, the better.
ASAP to ensure that all materials get to you promptly.
NYUHome is an excellent resource which provides you with an NYU email address, information on your bursar account and access to Blackboard where you'll be able to access a bunch of information we've put together on Florence for you to read before you leave. Once you have access to NYUHome, please make sure to update your addresses and phone numbers in our system—that ensures that we're able to contact you with important information, including essential mailings as we'll use the contact information you provide there. You can find instructions on how to start using NYUHome's basic functions here. Please note that you will not use NYU Home to register for classes and will instead fill out an Academic Profile Questionnaire that you will receive during the summer.
Note: If you reside at an international address, you will be unable to update your current location through NYUHome. Instead, you should contact the Registrar's Office directly at email@example.com or 001-212-998-4800 to have your address updated (in addition to submitting your summer address through the link above). Please make sure to note that you are an incoming Liberal Studies freshman who will commence studies in Florence and that you will not be able to stop by the Registrar's office to make the change in person.
In addition to the online forms, we also require two paper forms. These are simple to complete, but will require your time and may require a visit to your physician, so please plan ahead.
New York State law and/or New York University requires that all newly admitted students (graduate, undergraduate and transfers) complete several health related requirements before August 1, 2014. Please visit the Student Health Center's website for more information about the full set of requirements.
A Note about Immunizations: It is critical that students, especially those outside of the United States (where many of these immunizations are already required) make appointments with their doctors now to be immunized for MMR or Meningitis, as per University guidelines. Though the Student Immunization History Form will be mailed to you in your Summer Acceptance packet, these vaccinations may need to be given over the span of several weeks and should be started at the earlist possible date. Questions about whether prior or current vaccinations will bring you into compliance--or any other questions about immunization or other health requirements--may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS MAY LEAD TO DE-ENROLLMENT AS PER UNIVERSITY GUIDELINES.
Two-year Core Program students should submit the “Academic Profile Questionnaire for the Core Program” through a secure online form. GLS students should submit the “Academic Profile Questionnaire for GLS” through a secure online form.
This information will assist Liberal Studies in registering you for your courses in the fall semester. Any additional questions about submitting either Academic Profile Form may be directed to Beth Haymaker, Director of Global Programs at email@example.com.
All students are required to submit a combination of paper and online forms. These forms are used to collect needed information for your upcoming year like housing preferences, immigration preparation, and arrival itinerary.
For more information about required forms and relevant links please see the Freshmen in Florence blog.