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Policies and Procedures

for students studying away at a Global Academic Center

NYU's Global Academic Centers offer a wide variety of course offerings from undergraduate departments across the University. Academic policies have been developed to give students as consistent an experience as possible across NYU's global network. Due to differences in location and culture, some academic policies may vary from site to site. Students should always adhere to local policies as presented at orientations and posted in handbooks and other resources.  In addition, some policies differ depending on the student's home school, therefore students should also be sure to check their school’s website.

Academic Requirements for Study Away Students

Students must register for 12 - 18 points per semester while studying at a Global Academic Center.

Study abroad at Global Academic Centers is an academically intensive and immersive experience, in which students from a wide range of backgrounds exchange ideas in discussion-based seminars. Learning in such an environment depends on the active participation of all students. And since classes typically meet once or twice a week, even a single absence can cause a student to miss a significant portion of a course. To ensure the integrity of this academic experience, class attendance at the centers is mandatory, and unexcused absences will affect students' semester grades. Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to absence. Repeated absences in a course may result in failure.

During the spring 2014 semester students should adhere to the attendance policy posted on course syllabi and/or student handbooks at their host Global Academic Center.  Beginning Fall 2014, at all Global Academic Centers, unexcused absences will be penalized with a two percent deduction from the student’s final course grade.

All students are required to take the non-credit course Global Orientations when studying at Global Academic Centers. This course engages students in the intellectual life of the center and prepares them for their regular course work by giving them a basic foundation in the history and culture of the host community. The content and structure of the course vary from site to site. Students receive a grade of "pass" or "fail" for the course on their transcripts.

NYU is committed to ensuring that students are immersed as much as possible in local cultures when they study abroad. This commitment is reflected in the mandatory language instruction at seven GNU locations: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv. At these sites, students are required to take either a language course for a letter grade or (if they have already achieved advanced proficiency) a content course taught in the language of the host country.

Students are encouraged to review the Recommendations for Language Study in NYU's Global Network.

Students accepted to study away programs who are requesting accommodations must be registered with the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities.

As the University's policy on "Academic Integrity for Students at NYU" states: "At NYU, a commitment to excellence, fairness, honesty, and respect within and outside the classroom is essential to maintaining the integrity of our community. By accepting membership in this community, students take responsibility for demonstrating these values in their own conduct and for recognizing and supporting these values in others." Students at Global Academic Centers must follow the University and school policies.


Important Academic Deadlines

Students should refer to the deadlines posted on their Global Academic Center Calendar, accessed via the dropdown menu below:


Drop/Add

Students may change their course registration on Albert through the first two weeks of each fall and spring semester. The Drop/Add deadline is noted on each Global Academic Center's calendar. 

FOR ALL SCHOOLS EXCEPT NYU ABU DHABI: Students may drop courses without a "W" noted on their transcript until the end of the third week of classes for the fall and spring semesters. After the third week of classes  students will receive a "W" on their transcript when withdrawing from a class. (See Withdrawing from a Course.) Finally, during the third week of classes, students may also add a course if given special permission.


Pass/Fail Declaration: Forms and Procedures

Students should follow the procedures listed below in order to declare the pass/fail option for a course while studying away at a Global Center.  Pass/Fail requests must be submitted by the deadline noted on each Global Academic Center Calendar.  (Students are subject to the pass/fail policies of their home schools; thus, posted deadlines have been set in accordance with home school policies. Please note, however, that Global Programs requires all students to take their required language course for graded credit.) It is highly recommended to consult your academic advisor before declaring the pass/fail option. For information on finding your advisor please visit the Finding Your Advisor webpage.

The College of Arts and Science Pass/Fail policy and form for Study Away students can be found here:

CAS Study Away Pass/Fail Declaration Form  (Note: You must be signed into your NYU account (not gmail) in order to access and submit this Google Form).

Gallatin's Pass/Fail Policy and online form can be found here:

Gallatin Pass/Fail Grade Option Form

Students should contact nyuad.registrar@nyu.edu and NYUAD's Academic Administration Office will process their pass/fail request.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies Pass/Fail policy can be found here:

SCPS Pass/Fail Option Directions

After reviewing the policy SCPS currently students studying away should email  their advisor to submit a pass/fail request.

Steinhardt students that are currently studying away should submit pass/fail requests using the following online form created specifically for Steinhardt students studying away:

Steinhardt Pass/Fail Form

Stern's Pass/Fail Grade Option form can be accessed at the following link:

Stern Pass/Fail Grade Option Form

Some courses in the following departments are graded on a pass/fail system: Graduate Acting, Dance, ITP, and Graduate Musical Theatre Writing. All other departments use the letter grade system. In addition to these courses, undergraduates may petition to take a course on a pass/fail basis, subject to the following conditions:

• A student may take no more than one course each semester on a pass/fail basis, including the summer sessions.
• No more than 32 credits of courses taken pass/fail can be counted toward the student’s degree. Tisch courses specifically designed to be pass/fail are not included in the 32-credit maximum.
• The choice to take a course pass/fail must be made by the end of the fifth week of the semester (second week of the six-week summer session).
• The grade of P includes the grades of A, B, C, and D, and is not counted in the student’s GPA. A grade of F is counted in the GPA.
• A student may only receive elective credit for courses taken pass/fail. Courses taken pass/fail may not fulfill the major, minor, or general education requirement.
• Once a course has been registered as pass/fail, the registration cannot be changed to letter-grade status.
• For all students abroad who are interested in requesting the pass/fail option, please email tisch.academic.services@nyu.edu

Students from schools at NYU that are not listed here should contact their home school adviser. Not sure who your advisor is? Visit the Finding your academic advisor webpage

Non-NYU students should take all NYU courses for a letter grade, as most institutions will not transfer credit for pass/fail courses. Students should consult their home institution if they wish to receive a pass/fail grade on their transcript. If their home school approves, and they would like to have a pass/fail grade appear on their NYU transcript, please have their home school study abroad advisor email global.academics@nyu.edu with an approval of the pass/fail request.


Withdrawing from a Course

After the third week of classes (second week for NYU Abu Dhabi students), withdrawing from a course will result in a "W" on your transcript. Requests to withdraw from a course, with a "W" on your transcript must be submitted by the last day to withdraw from a course deadline noted on each Global Academic Center's Calendar.

  1. You should first consult with your academic advisor to be sure you are fully aware of the implications of receiving a "W" on your transcript, and to inform them of your current academic progress. For information on finding your advisor please visit the Finding Your Advisor webpage.

  2. Inform your professor and appropriate on-site staff of your intention to withdraw from the course

  3. After consulting with your advisor & on-site staff, email global.academics@nyu.edu to request a withdrawal.
  • Include your full name and NYU ID number
  • Clearly indicate where you are studying abroad
  • Provide the full course ID number, section number, and call number of the course you wish to withdraw from.
  • Attach written (email) permission from your academic advisor

Complete Semester Withdrawal

Students wishing to withdraw completely after arriving at their host Global Academic Center should consult staff at their host center and should also be in touch with their home school academic advisor. Please note that only enrolled students are allowed to remain in NYU housing. Students wishing to cancel their attendance before arrival should contact their Study Away Advisor or global.admissions@nyu.edu. Students wishing to withdraw from courses with a "W" on their transcript must adhere to the Withdraw with a "W" deadline noted on each Global Academic Center's Calendar.


Tuition Refund Schedules

Global Academic Centers run on individual calendars. While the refund policy is consistent across NYU, dates vary by location.

Tuition Refund Schedule for Complete Withdrawal

Withdrawal through the site's offical first day of classes.
100% of Tuition and Fees

Through the end of the first calendar week of classes
100% of Tuition only
Second calendar week of classes 70% of Tuition only
Third calendar week of classes 55% of Tuition only
Fourth calendar week of classes 25% of Tuition only
After the fourth week of classes No Refund

Tuition Insurance Refund Plan

Tuition Refund Insurance is available for families wishing to complement New York University's refund policy. More information is available on the NYU Bursar site here.

Tuition Refund Policy for Individual Courses

Students studying away are required to take a full course load (between 12-18 credits) and pay full time tuition.  Tuition charges for full time students remaining between 12-18 credits will not be affected by dropping a course. Those students who are enrolled in more than 18 credits and wish to drop down to between 12-18 credits will receive a 100% refund of Tuition and Fees if they drop during the first two weeks of the semester.  There is no refund if a course is dropped after the first two weeks.  Please note that the study away semester begins with the First Day of Classes listed on the site calendars.  Each calendar week is counted beginning with the First Day of classes listed on the site calendars.

Study Away Housing Refund Schedule

Read about the procedure to cancel from housing.


Enrolling for over 18 points in the fall or spring semester

All students studying away at a Global Academic Center must be enrolled full time. A full time load at NYU is between 12 and 18 points. Additional tuition is charged for enrolling in over 18 points and students must receive special permission. Students who wish to "overload" by taking more than 18 points during a fall or spring semester at a Global Academic Center should complete the following steps:

  1. Consult with your academic advisor and obtain written permission for enrolling in over 18 points. For information on finding your advisor please visit the Finding Your Advisor webpage. Written permission should be sent to global.academics@nyu.edu
  2. Review the information regarding the additional tuition and fees overloading entails on the Bursar's website and write to global.academics@nyu.edu acknowledging that you have reviewed and accept the additional tuition and fees.
  3. After receiving your acknowledgement of the additional fees and official written approval from your academic advisor, the Office of Global Programs will review your request in consultation with the Global Academic Center Director at your destination site, who must also approve your request. You will be notified, and if approved, your credit load limit will be raised in Albert allowing you to enroll for additional credits.

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