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Sarah, NYU London

Sarah attended NYU London in Spring 2012. She is a History and Pre-Health double major in the College of Arts and Science.

Photo caption: Sarah at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Sarah at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

 

Why did you choose NYU London?

I knew I wanted to study abroad when I matriculated to NYU, and, fortunately for me, London was the only study abroad site which offered the courses I needed to fulfill my pre-health requirements, as well as the requirements for my major in history. This was great considering that my decision to study abroad was contingent upon the course load. That being said, London was also perfect for me as I had never traveled outside of the United States before and I didn’t want a language barrier to have an effect on my first experience of English culture.

What did you gain from your study away experience?

While simply being abroad – traveling, trying new cuisines, and cultural exposure – was an amazing experience, I cannot emphasize enough how the best part of my semester away was NYU London itself. I find that it is easy to only associate with students within your school back home on the Square, but while in London I made friends from a variety of majors, schools, and academic years. Since only about 350 students are at NYU London, it is easy to meet fellow students on the school-sponsored trips around England, in classes (because they are so small!), and in the dorms.

What is an interesting fact about your study away site that you think people would be surprised to learn?

Know how the English drive on the left side of the road? Londoners also walk to the left on the sidewalk and in the Tube stations (that is the name for London’s subway system). Do not get caught walking on the “wrong” side!


Costanza, NYU Paris

Costanza attended NYU Paris for the 2011-2012 Academic Year. She is studying Global Liberal Studies at the College of Arts and Science.

Photo Caption: Costanza at the Eiffel Tower

Costanza at the Eiffel Tower

Why did you choose NYU Paris?

I had been studying French since elementary school but had never been to France! When I was little, I had told my parents that someday I would study at the Sorbonne… NYU à Paris was close enough! Plus, I thought I would greatly benefit from an out-of-the-ordinary college experience, seeing as I love getting out of my comfort zone, speaking new languages, and being immersed in a culture that is not my own. For all those reasons, when I was given the opportunity to study abroad freshman year, I picked Paris right away.

What did you gain from your study away experience?

Study abroad challenges you to discover the limits of your comfort zone–and then step over them. You learn to be very adaptable, to be patient, and to appreciate laughing at your own mistakes (when speaking a foreign language, for example, or getting completely lost). You get the chance to be curious and ask millions of questions. Most importantly, you come to the realization that difference does not mean separation. In fact, you have the ability to make connections with everyone around you, regardless of the language you speak, the cultural customs you know, or the country you call home.

What is an interesting fact about your study away site that you think people would be surprised to learn?

I spent some of my most wonderful nights at a café called Au Chat Noir–it is near rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement. Every Monday at 9 p.m., the café hosts a session of spoken word in its basement. It is run by many ex-pats who are also tied to Shakespeare & Co., have writing groups, publish literary magazines, keep cool blogs, and are just generally really interesting people. Anyone who wants to perform gets five minutes to say/sing/perform/play whatever they would like, in whatever language they prefer. The café is an incredible study place during the day, too!


Joe, NYU Prague

Joe attended NYU Prague in Spring 2012. He is a student in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in The Performance of Sexuality: Writing Critically about Theater, Film, and Television through a Lens of Sexuality Studies. Joe also studied in Senegal for Spring Break 2013 as part of the Gallatin Dean’s Honor Society.

Photo Caption: Prague's Old Town square at sunset, in front of the famous Our Lady of Tyn Cathedral. The NYU Academic Center is about 100 yards away from this location.

Prague's Old Town square at sunset, in front of the famous Our Lady of Tyn Cathedral. The NYU Academic Center is about 100 yards away from this location.

Why did you choose NYU Prague?

I chose to study abroad in Prague because it is in an area of Europe with which I was not so familiar. I knew it was a beautiful city (it certainly lived up to the hype!) and a place steeped in a rich cultural history. I also wanted to be able to easily travel and Prague’s central location was ideal for long-weekend trips as well as the lengthier breaks we were offered. Finally, my grandfather was born in Prague, and despite having no Czech heritage, I knew that it would be great to be in that specific place.

What did you gain from your study away experience?

I gained a sense of cultural awareness that I did not have previously. I was able to immerse myself in a location, atmosphere, and mindset that differed from what I was used to. In this way, I can now compare my experience abroad with other experiences here in the states or at NYU’s main campus. I also gained a great set of close friends who I remain in contact with, as well as the practical and fun experience of having visited some of the most beautiful locations throughout Europe. Those pictures, experiences, and memories will last a lifetime.

What is an interesting fact about your study away site that you think people would be surprised to learn?

One interesting fact about the NYU Prague site is that many of the professors that you can take classes with helped overthrow Communist rule in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. They were largely students at the time and their experience really transformed their world view, which differs largely from the American mindset. I was really able to learn a lot because of what they had experienced and I think that their teaching gave me a sense of cultural consciousness which I had not been exposed to up until that point.


Holly, NYU Sydney

Holly attended NYU Sydney in Fall 2012. She is a History major and Law & Society minor in the College of Arts and Science.

Photo Caption: NYU Sydney-sponsored trip to the Blue Mountains, Australia’s version of the Grand Canyon.

NYU Sydney-sponsored trip to the Blue Mountains, Australia’s version of the Grand Canyon.

Why did you choose NYU Sydney?

I chose to study away in Sydney because Australia is a country that I have always wanted to visit because of its amazing cultural heritage. Sydney is this incredible blend of the world, both geographically and culturally. Studying abroad in Sydney is also an amazing opportunity because Australia is difficult to visit for just a week-long vacation, and a semester there gives students the opportunity to travel and explore the incredible country.

What did you gain from your study away experience?

Studying abroad is really important because it gives students that global perspective that NYU is all about. Personally, Sydney was an amazing experience because we got to go out into the real world and see the things that we were learning about in the classroom, especially concerning Aboriginal culture. One week we were talking about ancient Aboriginal rock art, and the next week we were standing right next to it!

What is an interesting fact about your study away site that you think people would be surprised to learn?

Sydney Harbour is huge!! It dominates the city, which revolves around water. You can go surfing and scuba diving without ever leaving Sydney!


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