Global Affairs

Teaching Opportunities Abroad

Graduate Short-Term Study Abroad 

Summer, January, and spring break study abroad courses are credit-bearing courses offered at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level. Most courses take place at one of NYU's global academic centers and typically last about three weeks in length, though some Summer courses are as long as six weeks. January courses take place in the first three weeks of January, just prior to the start of Spring semester.

We are especially interested in cross-disciplinary courses that can attract a robust enrollment of students, typically a minimum of 16 per class. They may come from multiple programs, departments, or schools of NYU and can be open to professional in addition to graduate students. Study abroad courses complement our current slate of offerings and are calculated as part of your teaching load, or overload, according to normal University procedures for credit-bearing courses. Visit our Intersession and Summer program pages for a current list of graduate study abroad courses.

We very strongly encourage the use of established NYU global academic centers or campuses in Abu Dhabi, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC. More infomation on the academic centers is available here. Prior to submitting a course proposal, we strongly recommend that you talk to us in the Office of Global Affairs. Upon request, we are happy to provide examples of past successful proposals for your review. Please email us for more information.

Deadline: proposals should be submitted on or before March 1 for offerings in the following academic year.  

Prior to the deadline, we strongly encourage you to discuss draft proposals with your chair and program director and with Erich Dietrich or Zack Klim in the Office of Global Affairs.

Download the proposal form and more information.

Dean's Global Honors Seminars 

Dean's Global Honors Seminars for undergraduates provide faculty with a unique opportunity to compliment their teaching of global content on Washington Square with an international experiential learning component. These courses combine a semester-long, credit-bearing course in New York City with an international research-travel component lasting 7-10 days. Fall semester seminars include January research-travel, and Spring semester seminars include research-travel during spring break. These 4-credit courses are open to honors freshmen and outstanding sophomores from all Steinhardt majors.

Daily activities during the research-travel component may include data collection, interviews, lectures, discussions, site visits, and cultural activities. For Fall semester courses, final course assignments are due after research-travel in January. For Spring semester courses, the seminar continues to meet after spring break research-travel and incorporates the international learning experience into the continued seminar. Each seminar is limited to 20 students for pedagogical, travel-logistical, and safety reasons.

If you are a faculty member interested in developing a global honors seminar, consult with your chair and director of undergraduate studies to identify appropriate courses and possible locations. The Office of Global Affairs solicits nominations annually through the Undergraduate Affairs Committee/Directors of Undergraduate Studies.  We offer four seminars each academic year, two in the fall and two in the spring, with a mixture of academic fields and international locations, striving for diversity in both.

Find out more about current seminars.

Deadline: October 15 (notification of decision by November 10)

Prior to the deadline, we strongly encourage you to discuss draft proposals with your chair and program director and with Erich Dietrich or Zack Klim in the Office of Global Affairs.

Download the proposal form and more information.

Astor International Travel Fellowship

NYU Steinhardt created the Astor International Travel Fellowship with a generous gift from Mrs. Brooke Astor. The fellowship celebrates the accomplishments of New York City public school teachers by inviting them to participate in a fully sponsored ten-day educational trip during the summer with Steinhardt faculty and staff, in which they explore intercultural dimensions of teaching and learning. Each year, scholarships are awarded to a group of 10-12 teachers. Astor International Fellows do not receive NYU course credit or continuing education credit. 

Faculty interested in leading an Astor Fellows program should have significant engagement with New York City public school teachers and be able to facilitate an international professional development experience. Astor Fellows programs travel to NYU global academic centers during July or August (when NYC Schools are not in regular session). Selections of Faculty to lead the courses are determined by a committee composed of the Chairs of the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, and the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology.

For more information, visit the Astor International Travel Fellowship webpage.

Deadline: September 30 (rolling notification).

Interested? Submit this simple form.

Questions? Contact Stina Dufour, Assistant Director, Global Affairs, stina.dufour@nyu.edu.

Longer-Term Instruction Abroad

Departments with significant academic partnerships at NYU global academic centers (all locations except Abu Dhabi and Shanghai) may create opportunities for faculty instuction abroad. It should be noted that such arrangements are very resource-intensive, so they are quite rare and done when leading to significant program-building.

More frequently, New York-based faculty teach J-term or semester courses at the degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.  There are also J-term courses offered by Abu Dhabi in other locations (e.g., Buenos Aires, London, etc.).  If you are interested in exploring such opportunities, you should discuss departmental needs and proposed courses abroad with your program director, department chair and the Steinhardt dean of global programs.

For more information on faculty affiliations with NYU-Abu Dhabi, click here.

For more information on faculty affiliations with NYU-Shanghai, click here.