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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 be penalized with a two percent deduction from the student’s final course grade for every week's worth of classes missed. Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to absence. Repeated absences in a course may result in harsher penalties including failure.  

NYU is committed to supporting students’ academic progress. When students have academic needs that cannot be met at their study-away location, Global Programs will work with departments and schools to find a solution. If local alternatives cannot be found, Global Programs will endeavor to support remote-taught courses with local resources.

Study away at Global Academic Centers is an academically intensive and immersive experience. To ensure that students are part of a rich academic community, in which they have access to a wide range of university resources, students must be registered for at least 12 points of academic credit at their study away site. 

Visa regulations restrict participation in remote-taught (online) courses at the following locations:

NYU Accra: Any class that integrates remote instruction must take place at regularly scheduled times in the academic center. NYU Accra students may not participate in a remotely taught course unless the course has been scheduled in coordination with Global Programs.

NYU London:  Any class that integrates remote instruction must take place at regularly scheduled times in the academic center. NYU London students may not participate in a remotely taught course unless the course has been scheduled in coordination with Global Programs.

NYU Madrid: Students at NYU Madrid may not enroll in remote taught courses.

Students participating in remote instruction while studying away are encouraged to review the Remote Instruction for Students page for information on resources and support. The IT Service Desk provides IT support for all students studying away at a Global Academic Center.

Faculty and School Administrators planning a remote-taught or networked course for students studying at a Global Academic Center should consult: Guidelines for Planning Remote-Taught and Networked Courses at a Global Academic Center

If you have questions regarding whether or not participation in a particular online course is permitted, please contact

All students are required to participate in Global Orientations when studying at Global Academic Centers. This program 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 program vary from site to site.

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.

Students must adhere to NYU’s academic integrity policy while studying away at a global site. As that policy 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.”

NYU defines plagiarism as “presenting others’ work without adequate acknowledgement of its source, as though it were one’s own.” Examples of plagiarism given by the University include:

• a sequence of words incorporated without quotation marks;
• an unacknowledged passage paraphrased from another’s work; and
• the use of ideas, sound recordings, computer data or images created by others as though it were one’s own
Before submitting assignments, you are expected to reference all sources that you have consulted in preparing them, and to include a full bibliography for every assignment where you make use of outside sources. For guidance on appropriate referencing formats, please consult with your instructor.
NYU defines cheating as “deceiving a faculty member or other individual who assesses student performance into believing that one’s mastery of a subject or discipline is greater than it is by a range of dishonest methods, including but not limited to:
• bringing or accessing unauthorized materials during an examination (e.g., notes, books, or other information accessed via cell phones, computers, other technology or any other means)
• providing assistance to acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty (e.g., sharing copies of exams via cell phones, computers, other technology or any other means, allowing others to copy answers on an exam)
• submitting the same or substantially similar work in multiple courses, either in the same semester or in a different semester, without the express approval of all instructors
• submitting work (papers, homework assignments, computer programs, experimental results, artwork, etc.) that was created by another, substantially or in whole, as one's own
• submitting answers on an exam that were obtained from the work of another person or providing answers or assistance to others during an exam when not explicitly permitted by the instructor”

Other offenses against academic integrity include the following:
• collaborating with other students on assignments without the express permission of the instructor;
• giving your work to another student to submit as his or her own;
• concealing or destroying library or reference materials;
• submitting as your own work a paper or results of research that you have purchased from a commercial firm or another person; and
• using translation software for assignments in language courses.

If an instructor suspects you of violating the University’s academic integrity policy, s/he is required to report this to the Assistant Director for Academic Programs. That individual will notify you in writing of the suspected infraction and the ensuing investigation, and you will be given the opportunity to respond to the allegation. The Assistant Director will then begin collecting the documentation (e.g., drafts, emails) relevant to the case. This documentation will be reviewed by the Site Director, in consultation with the Office of Global Programs. The Site Director is responsible for making a decision about the case and for notifying both you and the instructor of this decision in writing. If it is determined that an academic integrity infraction occurred, you will be informed at that time of the resulting sanctions. The Dean of your home school will be notified about the outcome of this investigation. You have the right to appeal the Site Director’s decision to the Dean. In certain cases (e.g., repeat offenses), your home school may impose additional sanctions beyond those imposed by the Site Director.

Auditing (i.e., attending class sessions without intending to receive credit) is allowed in exceptional circumstances, with the consent of the instructor, the site director, and the student’s home school. This option is restricted to full-time matriculated or visiting students; students who are not enrolled at the site are not permitted to audit courses (with the exception of students at local universities that have an exchange agreement with the site).

Auditors may not preempt space required for registered students. No points or letter grades are awarded for audited courses, and no withdrawals will be honored or refunds granted on audited courses. Courses cannot be audited as a means of satisfying requirements for an incomplete grade or as a means of changing a previous grade.

To request to audit a course, students must fill out the form below and submit it to the academic office at the site. This form, which must be signed by the instructor, includes a required statement of expectations for the auditor’s participation in the class. Please note that auditors may not be able to participate in some activities associated with the course, such as travel.

NYU Global Programs Auditing Contract (PDF) - It is recommended that students first consult the academic office at the site before filling in this form to formally request auditing a class. The form should be filled out in consultation with the instructor.

An “incomplete” is a temporary grade that indicates that the student has, for good reason, not completed all of the course work. This grade is not awarded automatically nor is it guaranteed; rather, the student must ask the instructor for a grade of “incomplete,” present documented evidence of illness, an emergency, or other compelling circumstances, and clarify the remaining course requirements with the instructor.

In order for a grade of “incomplete” to be registered on the transcript, the student must fill out a form, in collaboration with the course instructor and the academic administration at the site; it should then be submitted to the site’s academic office. The submitted form must include a deadline by which the missing work will be completed. This deadline may not be later than the end of the following semester.

NYU Global Programs Incomplete Contract (PDF)

Students are encouraged to respect the integrity and authority of the professor's grading system and are discouraged from pursuing arbitrary challenges to it. If a student believes an inadvertent error was made in the grading of an individual assignment or in assessing an overall course grade, a request to have the grade re-evaluated may be submitted. Once a final grade has been submitted by the instructor and recorded on the transcript, it cannot be changed by turning in additional course work. To appeal an assigned final grade, the student should first email the course instructor requesting clarification about how the grade was determined. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion and wishes to appeal the grade further, a formal written appeal should be submitted to the site director. This appeal must be submitted within 30 days after the grade has been posted; appeals that are submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Once an appeal has been received, the site director will conduct an independent review of the grade, in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies (or equivalent) of the academic unit sponsoring the course, as well as with the Office of Global Programs. The student’s work will be reviewed to clarify how the grade was determined and to ensure the grade is consistent with the academic guidelines and policies of the department; for this reason, students should retain the assignment(s) or exam(s) in question. The decision of the site director in matters related to a course grade is final.

Important Academic Deadlines

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


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. After the Drop/Add deadline, students will receive a "W" on their transcript when withdrawing from a class. (See Withdrawing from a Course.)

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 and NYUAD's Academic Administration Office will process their pass/fail request.

NYU Shanghai students should fill out the Pass/Fail Request form here. Please scan and email the form to your Academic Advisor or  

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 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

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 with an approval of the pass/fail request.

Withdrawing from a Course

After the Drop/Add deadline (the end of the second week of courses), 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. For instructions on how to submit a withdrawal request via Albert please consult the Request Class Withdrawal page on the Registrar's website. If making a class withdrawal request you should always 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.

Complete Semester Withdrawal

Students wishing to withdraw completely after arriving at their host Global Academic Center must first consult staff in either academic life or student life at their host center and must 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 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 (12 and 20 points for School of Engineering students*). Students who wish to "overload" by taking more than 18 points during a fall or spring semester at a Global Academic Center must receive permission from the Office of Global Programs in addition to their home school. Please email to request permission to overload. Your request will be reviewed in consultation with the Global Academic Center Director. Please note that permission from the Office of Global Programs is in addition to any approval required by your home school. Please also note that overloading results in additional tuition and fees for most students. Further details can be found on the Bursar’s website.

*NYU School of Engineering Students full time tuition covers 12 to 20 points. These students do not require special permission to enroll in 20 points and do not incur extra fees. Students should be aware however that 20 points is beyond the traditional course load for most students at a Global Academic Center, and students enrolling in 20 points should be prepared for a challenging academic semester.

Requesting a Transcript

Visiting students must request their NYU transcript from the NYU Office of the Registrar. Transcripts contain confidential academic information and are released in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and therefore will not be issued without authorization from the student/alumnus.  The Office of Global Programs recommends that students request their transcript through the Albert student center.  Simply log on to with your NetID, click on the Student Center, select transcript official from the drop-down menu, and follow the directions on the screen. (Former NYU Study Away students should still have a valid NYU NetID. If you know your NetID but you do not remember your password, or your password has expired, go to to reset your password. If you do not remember your NYU NetID email for assistance.) Further information on requesting transcripts can be found on the NYU Registrar's Website. Tip: Before you complete your transcript request, check to ensure that all your grades have been posted. You can check for your grades in Albert by either selecting Grades or Transcript-Unofficial from the drop-down menu in the Albert student center.

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