Please review these frequently asked questions from prospective students and families.
Do I have the option to just go to London for one semester?
No, by accepting your First Year in London offer you are committing to participating in a full academic year at NYU London.
Are there any special restrictions for the Stern First Year London opportunity?
You must be 18 years old on or before the date of your travel to the site for the purposes of study. If you are admitted to start in London and you will not be 18 by your date of travel, please inform NYU Admissions. This applies to students who are citizens of any country, including member nations of the European Union.
How do I apply to Stern’s First Year London opportunity?
When applying to NYU Stern, you will choose Stern’s core BS in Business Program on the Common Application and will see an option to demonstrate your interest in spending your first year at NYU’s London campus.
Is it possible to correspond with a student who participated in this opportunity?
The Stern First Year London opportunity welcomed its first cohort of students in Fall 2021, so no one has completed this program yet! However, you can connect with a current NYU Stern student to speak with someone who studied abroad at NYU London and can speak to their experience.
If I indicate I am interested in the First Year London opportunity but don’t get in, will I be considered for the BS in Business program in NYC?
Yes, you will be considered for the BS in Business program.
If I commit to the First Year in London opportunity, am I required to stay in London for the full year?
Yes, by accepting your First Year in London offer you are committing to participating in a full academic year at NYU London.
What’s the difference between attending NYU London through the First Year London opportunity and attending NYU London later on?
If you are accepted into the First Year in London opportunity, you will automatically attend NYU London for the fall and spring semesters of your first year. If you are not a First Year London student, you still have an opportunity to study away at NYU London later in your undergraduate career starting as early as the fall semester of your sophomore year.
Where will I live during my time at NYU London?
All undergraduate students are required to live within housing managed or organized through NYU London. During your academic year at NYU London, you will live in the Byron Court residence.
If I choose to go to London as a first year, is it difficult to still experience first-year things at NYU like Orientation and clubs?
You will receive information about clubs and organizations at the NYU campus while you are in London so you are aware of the types of opportunities available to students. Once you begin your sophomore year in New York City, we’ll have plenty of information about involvement opportunities and chances to meet with student leaders.
Will I take different classes or the same ones we would be taking in NYC?
The courses you will take in London will largely be the same as the ones you would take in the NYC campus — like Commerce and Culture, Business and Society, Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, Statistics—are also the same as what you would be doing in NYC. Where you will likely have a little room for different classes, is in your electives (like all study abroad locations). You’ll likely find some unique classes specific to the London/European location and the professors who teach there. As a new student, you will get a lot of guidance on what classes to register for (and how) before you register for the first time.
Are the classes the same level of difficulty?
Yes! London and NYC classes are the same level of difficulty. Additionally, while London lectures usually meet twice a week for a shorter time block, sometimes London classes meet once a week for a longer time block.
Am I taking classes only with other NYU students?
Yes, you will study with other NYU students. The NYU London campus has students from NYU in NYC, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai who are all studying abroad at NYU London for the semester. NYU London partners with a local nearby university, University College London (UCL), so that you can have access to their clubs, extracurricular activities, and campus amenities like the gym and library. You might meet UCL students, but your classes will consist of only NYU London students and be on the NYU London campus.
Professional Development and Career Education
How do career services work for NYU Stern First Year London students?
You will have access to a robust range of services as an NYU Stern First Year London student. This includes access to Handshake, NYU’s online job board and career resource portal, as well as one-on-one career advising appointments through the Wasserman Center and Stern’s Professional Development and Career Education (PDCE) team. In fact, members of the Wasserman Center staff visit London each semester to meet with students and answer questions. You may also meet virtually with Stern’s Peer Mentors—seniors who can share their experiences recruiting across a multitude of industries and job functions.
Will I be able to complete an internship in London?
Internship and experiential learning opportunities may be available in London during the spring and/or summer. More information about these programs, which will focus on developing transferable professional skills across a range of industries, will be shared with First Year London students during the first year.
Passports & Visas
What do I need to know about getting a valid passport?
If you do not have a passport, or you need to renew your passport, you need to start the application or renewal process immediately. The process of getting or renewing a passport can take up to three months - and you will need to receive your valid passport before you can apply for your UK visa to go to London
The British government requires that your passport be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned return from study abroad. The government retains the right to deny you entry into the UK if your passport is not valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned return, so make sure to renew it now.
US Students who need to renew or get a new passport should have it expedited. To review procedures for having a passport expedited, please refer to the US government website. You will fall under the category of needing a passport for a foreign visa within 4 weeks.
If you already submitted your passport application without having asked for it to be expedited, you can still request expedited processing by contacting a customer service center.
If you are a US citizen applying for your first passport, you must schedule an appointment in advance in order to submit your documents in person at an official passport acceptance facility (see website for locations). It can sometimes take at least two weeks to get an appointment, so make sure to schedule one as soon as possible.
If you are not a US citizen, please check with your country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the passport application process and timeline.
Where can I find more information on the UK visa process?
NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) will be your main contact in navigating the immigration and visa process. You will find more information on the OGS NYU London student visa information and resources pages.