Date: June 22, 2020
To: NYU Global Site Lecturers and Staff
From: Linda Mills, Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life
Dear NYU Global Site Lecturers and Staff,
I hope that you are all doing as well as possible during these complicated times. I know that you have been awaiting word about our plans for study away this fall, especially in the context of so many other US-based schools canceling their international programs.
To start with the not-so-good news: Based on a number of considerations, including ongoing public health concerns, physical distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and visa processing suspensions and delays, the University has made the difficult decision to significantly reduce our study away program for Fall 2020. While many students who had applied to study away have already made the decision to remain at their home campuses this fall, we are announcing today that only those students who do not require a student visa, and are already present in their host country or region, will be permitted to study away this fall.
But now for the better news and, developments that I think only NYU – given our global presence and internationally diverse population – could provide in the current environment.
Despite the change to study away, our global network will be able to provide many students with the opportunity for an in-person experience that would have otherwise been impossible. Our “Go Local” program will provide an in-person learning option for undergraduates who cannot (or choose not to) travel to their home campus this fall. We have received over 4,000 Go Local applications and plan to accommodate the vast majority of these using every location in the global network, particularly Shanghai where we received over 2000 applications.
Providing each location can open, Go Local students will be able to take at least one in-person course while filling out the remainder of their schedules with courses offered remotely, either from their home campus or from one or more of the other NYU locations. At most sites, we will not be able to offer many of the courses we typically do, as enrollment numbers will be lower than usual. That said, some site courses, unique to our global sites, will be offered remotely to students in time zones who can take these courses synchronously. We have started working on fall schedules, coordinating with our global site leadership and with affected schools and departments. You will be hearing from your local site leadership soon with further details and additional discussion.
We are incredibly grateful to all of you for your commitment to providing an outstanding learning environment for our students. NYU is the only university in the world that could do something like Go Local, serving students who would otherwise be left with few in-person learning options in this complex fall semester. THANK YOU for all you do.
All of my best,
Linda G. Mills
Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life