The newly constructed NYU Shanghai campus is located in the Pudong district of downtown Shanghai. Fifteen stories tall, with two additional levels underground, the academic building contains 55,000 square meters (550,000 square feet) which houses an expansive library, with an extensive physical and electronic collection with access to NYU’s global library resources; a 300-seat auditorium; a 150-person colloquium space; a theater, music, and arts hall; and kitchen and dining facilities.
Generously equipped with classrooms capable of accommodating varying class sizes, dedicated floors for teaching and practical laboratories for various sciences, intimate study spaces, and faculty and administrative offices, the building will function as a campus unto itself and as the center of a thriving academic community.
Wireless IT services and a robust IT infrastructure ensure that the building, and by extension, the students and faculty, remain fully connected to the NYU global network.
Many of the courses include additional activities that are off-campus visits to Shanghai’s historical sites or cultural centers. The Contemporary Art class has visits to the nearby city of Suzhou, local galleries and the homes of artists; the Economics class will visit Bao Steel, one of the world’s biggest producers; the Advertising course includes a trip to the offices of a locally-run advertising company. Most other classes will have equally interesting trips. The idea behind these events is that any educational experience, whether study abroad or otherwise, is enhanced by opportunities that allow students to interact with topics and themes in a non-classroom environment. As a result, the city of Shanghai essentially becomes an extension of the classroom.