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Residential International Student Engagement


Mission Statement

Our goal is to enhance international student life in the residence halls at NYU. We hope to help international students experience a smooth transition into the United States by providing opportunities for peer interaction, assisting with integration to U.S. society, and helping students stay linked to their own culture while connecting to the greater NYU community.

In order to achieve these goals, we will conduct on-going dialogue sessions, provide support at the hall level through RA involvement, and organize social events which foster the welcoming environment we hope to create.

With these goals and ideals in mind, we embody not only the potential but also the ability to create a positive and enjoyable experience for our international students at NYU.



In Fall 2003, the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services launched a new initiative called Residential International Student Engagement (RISE) to connect international students with the greater New York City community; provide support and resources to students; create avenues for social interactions; highlight pertinent issues with administration; facilitate group dialogue on global issues, and encourage staff to advocate on behalf of international students as well as educating them on how to do so.

For further information about R.I.S.E. please contact us at

Upcoming Events

For a complete list of our upcoming events, please go to our Google Site.

Essay Edit

  • Dates To Be Determined
  • Starting to tackle your end of semester papers?
    Join Professional Staff, Faculty, and Writing Affiliates who will be reading International Students' essays and papers.  They will provide constructive feedback and suggestions to help improve your writing in time for the end of the semester. We understand expressing oneself in a second language is extremely difficult, especially when placed in classes with native speakers. So we are offering an opportunity and space for International Students to interact with other members of NYU's community.

  • For further information about any of these R.I.S.E. programs, please contact us at or join our facebook group "RISE at NYU" or visit our Google Site here.






New York City Resources

New York City can be a daunting place especially if you are new to the city. The following are resources we think you might find useful.

Time Out New York

You can order a subscription for $19.95 a year or pick up a copy on the streets. Includes local events, dining, shopping, and travel information.

The Village Voice

A free weekly publication with editorials, local events, and dining information. It is a very liberal paper, making it a favorite of New Yorkers.


A famous rating system for food and events (you often see the “ZAGAT” sticker in restaurant windows). You can buy a subscription for $19.95 a year, but you can also navigate the website fairly well without having to pay.

City Search

Reputable search engines for food, events, music, tickets, art, dance and everything else going on in NYC.

New York Street Fairs

Lists free street fairs all around the city.


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Club Free Time

Lists free things going on in the city in all venues, including food, dance, music, wine-tasting, hiking, museums?you name it. Member benefits include a mail list of free things going on, discounts on events and access to exclusive events. $2.95 a month for a subscription, or $1.95 to try it for a week.

Go New York City

Lists free events and discounts for things to do in New York City.


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NYU Ticket Central

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