The Tate Modern museum is one of many world-class attractions that London has to offer.
Studying in London
London is a diverse city, rich with intellectual, cultural and social opportunities. At NYU London, you are able to decide the shape of their study away experience, by picking and choosing from this extraordinary diversity.
Each semester, NYU London offers approximately 80 courses, across a broad range of subject areas. Many of these courses include co-curricular activity, so that London and the whole of the UK become part of the extended classroom. In almost every subject area, London is the home to professional societies which run a full program of talks, seminars, and lectures, many of which are advertised and open to NYU London students.
NYU London recognizes the importance for students attending our program to meet and integrate with the wider community. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities, ranging from regular opportunities in local schools to trips led by Student Life staff.
Community Service in London
At NYU London, we offer a full programme of volunteering opportunities and trips, organized by the Student Life department. Volunteering offers a unique perspective on life in London, affording you the chance to meet people you would never otherwise get the opportunity to meet. The programmes also offers an insight into areas of London and the UK that would often be inaccessible, and a different outlook on British culture.
We have established relationships with several organisations that allow you to contribute to long-term projects; from volunteering in schools with the SHINE trust and Action Tutoring, to assisting elderly people in care homes with One Housing. This sits alongside a programme of one-off trips with organisations such as Trees for Cities and the Marine Conservation Society.
We also run two weekend trips, giving you the chance to volunteer outside of London and stay overnight with a group of NYU students. The Wales volunteering weekend takes around 40 students on an overnight trip to volunteer outside in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, and our trip with NYU Paris to Calais, France involves working at the central distribution centre of Help Refugees UK, providing invaluable aid to refugees across Europe.
Trips and Activities
Each semester, NYU London organises day trips to places in the UK such as the beautiful city of Bath and the academic centers of Cambridge and Oxford. In addition, we have an extensive programme of activities to places of historic and cultural interest, such as Windsor Castle, within the London area.
Events & Excursions
Every semester, NYU London organizes a series of events, visits and excursions that are designed to give you an understanding of British culture by visiting many wonderful places, attending special events and giving them the opportunity to sample the sights, sounds and vibrancy of our great city.
During orientation, each student will be provided with information on how to sign up 'Cultural Programming' activities for the upcoming term. These events include: day trips to many exciting UK destinations including Bath, Brighton, Oxford, and the mythical Stonehenge; major sporting events including England football (soccer) games at Wembley Stadium and Premiership rugby matches; West End theatre productions, the English National Opera and the Royal Ballet; and plenty of British food, including fish and chips, afternoon tea, and the nation's favourite dish - curry!
We feel that London offers a something for everyone no matter what they're into, and we aim to have our programme of events reflect this.
Students' Union UCL
All NYU London students get associate membership to University College London's students' union, known as Students' Union UCL. They are one of the biggest students' unions in London, and the memberhip is a great way to meet local students and get involved with over 300 clubs and societies. There's a whole range of sports from Aikido to Zumba, academic societies that organise events around your subject such as business talks, as well as social clubs. Students' Union has an active LGBTQ+ society, a range of faith groups, and groups for many different nationalities and ethnicities, reflecting UCL's diverse and international student population.
What is a Students' Union?
Every university in the UK has a parallel organisation run by its students, for its students, known as a union. Students' Unions provide representation and a voice in the running of the university, offer support and advice, as well as operating services and facilities for students to use. They are the epicentre of Student Life in British campuses, acting as the hub of sport, music, service, and nightlife for students, as well as having facilities where students can relax in between classes (or afterwards, in one of the many cafés and bars). Students' unions are highly political, with elected leaders, and often run campaigns for the benefit of the students at their institution and beyond.
There's a lot going on, but the main attraction for NYU students is the clubs and societies, where you can get involved with hobbies and sports, and meet British students in an easy and exciting way.
Health & Wellness
The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation. Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website.