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Courses - Spring 2017

Please note that all course offerings are subject to change. Changes in faculty availability and student enrollment can occasionally result in course cancellations.  

Click on a course name to see a course description and a sample syllabus from a past semester. (Current syllabi may differ.) For sample syllabi or academic questions, please email

Use the Global Study Planner to explore course options at other locations based on a particular subject area.

Spring courses with days and times become available in Albert, NYU's Student Information System in mid October. Review information on how to view Study Away courses in Albert, and other Registration FAQs.

PLEASE NOTE: Shanghai courses are found in Albert under the general search results under the heading NYU Shanghai. They are NOT found using the Study Away Programs Drop-Down menu.

Pre-Approved Course Equivalences

Courses at the Shanghai campus are being reviewed on an on-going basis to determine their equivalency to New York courses. Once a course between Shanghai and New York is deemed as equivalent, students are able to use either of the courses to satisfy prerequisite and/or degree requirements without further approval needed. This will help to make the registration process easier for students.

We have compiled a list of all approved course equivalencies to date, which can be viewed here. Please note that this is a working document and is subject to change as more courses are evaluated and approved. Students are not restricted to only the courses on this list. You are permitted to take courses not included below and should discuss all decisions with your academic advisor/department. Please reach out to with any questions.

Chinese Language

All students are required to take a Chinese language for graded credit.  (This course cannot be taken Pass/Fail).

Art and Arts Professions




Computer Engineering

Computer Science

Computer Engineering

Creative Writing

Cultural Foundations

East Asian Studies

Students may apply 4 credits of non-language coursework taught at NYU Shanghai toward the East Asian Studies Major or Minor. Additional Major/Minor credit may be available for NYU Shanghai courses if approved in writing by the DUGS and as subject to Department regulations.


Global China Studies

Global Liberal Studies



Interactive Media and Technology


Law & Society


Media, Culture, & Communication

Metropolitan Studies (Social & Cultural Analysis)


Neural Science



Social Foundations

Religious Studies

Social Science