Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions in Shanghai for Sophomores and Juniors

To help sophomores and juniors prepare for their time abroad in the fall 2017, students are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation hosted by the NYU Shanghai Office of Global Affairs and Office of Student Life. Students have received a separate email invitation for their designated Pre-Departure Orientation session. Please refer to the Global Week Schedule for the date and time of the session for your specific site.

Registration Update for Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) Courses

If you wish to take an ITP course this fall, the ITP Exchange site has course offerings for Fall 2017 now available.   Please follow the below instructions for enrollment as you cannot register through Albert:
Non-majors interested in obtaining enrollment permissions should go to the Tisch Course Exchange site to mark their preferences for Fall 2017 (link below). After ITP concludes its internal registration process in late April, we will begin to offer seats to non-majors starting in early May on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified of your enrollment status via email.
If you have any questions or concerns about Fall 2017 non-major registration, or using the Exchange site, please feel free to contact me by email or by phone at (212) 998-1881. For your reference, I am also attaching a guide which explains how to use the Exchange site. Thank you for your patience during this time and for your interest in taking classes at ITP.

Room Selection is Almost Over!

Phase 2 Room Selection ends on Friday, April 7th. If you have not done so already, please access the Housing Portal now and select your space for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
Remember — if you have already selected a space but are unhappy with your selection you can submit a Post Selection Room Change Request form now through the same housing portal. This form is only available until May 15th and requests are reviewed over the summer. Please note that completing the form does not guarantee that a change will be offered as this is completely based on availability and what you include on your form. We encourage students to be as flexible as possible regarding building choices and room types when completing the form.
As a reminder, the housing space you choose is your assignment for the entire academic year. If you are not studying in New York for Spring 2018, you will receive instructions in November on how to cancel your Spring in New York housing without a fee. If you are continuing in New York, you will stay in the same space for both semesters. If your roommates are leaving for the spring there will be a process for new incoming spring students to request any vacant spaces in your room/suite.  That information will be released in November. 
As always, if you have further questions about housing in New York you may email Hasanthi Piyasena at

Apply to be a Site Ambassador for the SSC

Are you studying abroad next semester? Are you hoping to make your time abroad even more exciting? Are you looking for leadership opportunities?

If your answer is yes, Site Ambassador is the role for you! Site Ambassadors are student liaisons at study away sites who work with the site administration to enhance the overall study away experience, while maintaining communication between the site and your home campus. Main responsibilities will include organizing programming and events, collaborating with site administrators, and providing feedback on the study away experience.

Students from all three degree-granting campuses (New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi) are eligible to apply. Interested applicants can apply before April 19th, 2017 by completing the electronic application form. Interview invitations will be extended to one to two applicants per site soon after the application deadline.

For any inquiries or concerns, please reach out to Emeka Mba-Kalu, Global Vice Chair, at


We look forward to reading your application. Good luck!

Housing: What’s Up Next

Phase 2: Room Selection will begin on Thursday, March 30th. It is during this time that students will access the housing inventory and actually pick their Fall 2017 spaces. Unlike the Spring semester and many of the processes at the global sites, for Fall in New York students pick their own spaces rather than get assigned by a housing representative.

Students will be assigned a Selection Time, determined by randomized sorting within priority categories, that will give the specific date and time that they can access the housing inventory and complete the Phase 2: Room Selection process.

Students will also have the opportunity to access Room Preview from Friday, March 24th – Wednesday, March 29th (dates subject to change) that will allow you to “preview” the room selection process. During this time you will be able to see what the housing inventory and selection process will look like prior to you actually having to select your spaces. We highly encourage students to take advantage of Room Preview.

In order to guarantee housing in New York, students MUST select a space during Phase 2 once their selection time becomes available. Therefore it is very important that you carefully read the Phase 2 Room Selection Process info and Phase 2 FAQs on the blog prior to March 30th.

As always, if you have questions please contact Hasanthi Piyasena (

Selection Time Notifications

Everyone will receive an email from the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services with their specific selection time for the Phase 2: Selection housing process. Please note that Phase 2 starts on March 30th but not all students will start that early. You can check here to get a better understanding of how the selection times are spread out throughout the process. (psst. priority group 1 doesn’t actually start until April 3rd, so don’t panic)

Also, if you miss the email for any reason and still don’t know where to find your selection time, log into the housing portal, click on the Access Application button for the Academic Year 2017-2018 application. Once in the application, you will see the Application and Payment Status in the top right corner. That is where you should click to see your selection time.

Please remember that selection times are in Eastern Standard Time (New York) so keep that in mind when looking at your times. Also remember to try and select with your other group members in the room in case your top choices are not available and again have lots of back up choices in mind.

As always contact Hasanthi ( of you have questions related to the housing process.

Room Preview and Phase 2 “How To” Video

Room Preview will be available March 24-March 29 through the housing portal. Log in and access the Academic Year 2017-2018 application, as you did for Phase 1. You will now see an additional step for Preview of Room Selection. You should navigate to this step and go through the motions of what selection will look like once Phase 2 starts after March 30th.

We also encourage everyone to please watch the below video that goes through, step-by-step, what the selection process will look like so you are familiar with the process. Please note this video is from last year, but still shows the relevant steps. You will be able to select specific buildings, see the floors that have openings, select the rooms, and then the actual beds. When looking at the floors within a building, you will notice that each room will have either a D, F, M, or N designation after the room number. This refers to the gender assignment for the room. Rooms labeled D are Dynamic and are open for anyone to select. Rooms with either F, M, or N have at least one individual with that gender assignment already selected into that space. Please note that you can only select into a space that is either D or one that has the same gender assignment as yourself.

If you need to check your selection time, please read this post for how to find that information.

Please also remember that you will be choosing your specific room for the entire Academic Year. Students that are NOT staying in New York for Spring 2018 will receive instructions in early November for how to cancel their NY housing for the spring. Students continuing for Spring 2018 will stay in their selected spaces. There will be a process for new, incoming spring students to preference an opening in a room, but placements are not guaranteed and further information on this process will be available in November.


Flight Options and Arrival Information

Please keep in mind you MUST arrive in New York no later than August 30, 2017.  Housing is available starting August 27 and all students must check out of housing by December 22 at 10 AM, so if you plan to arrive early or leave late, please be aware you will be responsible for your own accommodations.  Also note that arriving early or leaving late may have immigration implications, depending on your citizenship.  It is your responsibility to investigate this before you book your flights.  You can access the program calendar here.

Orientation will be scheduled for Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1.  Do not schedule other events on those day as all orientation sessions are required.  Please plan accordingly.  The orientation schedule will be available closer to the start of orientation.

Students will be responsible for their transportation from the airport to your NY housing location.   Detailed instructions will be available closer to the start of the fall semester.  Instructions will also include check-in instructions and important phone numbers to have before the semester starts.

When shopping for flights, you are welcome to use any provider of your choice, but we encourage you to use NYU’s preferred partner, Egencia, to buy your ticket. Please see the following egencia instructions for info on how to book your flight through Egencia.

Please note:  All students will be required to submit their flight details closer to departure. Instructions for doing so will come later on in the semester

Apply to the NYU Leadership Fellows Program

Applications for the 2017-2018 NYU Leadership Fellows Program for students studying in NYC for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open.  If you anticipate being in New York the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters, please consider applying to this program

We are looking for rising undergraduate sophomores and juniors who demonstrate leadership potential in diverse ways.  Through our offerings, selected students develop the self-awareness and skills needed to take action with others to achieve meaningful results.

The program offers:

  • Leadership development workshops

  • A leadership assessment

  • One-on-one coaching with alumni leaders

  • A team challenge for students to experience the core leadership processes of setting direction, aligning efforts, building commitment and delivering results

The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST Sunday, April 30th 2017.

If you have questions about promoting this opportunity please don’t hesitate to contact