Get a taste of a new language and culture: Speaking Freely

Get a taste of a new language and culture without leaving home! Speaking Freely is available to all NYU undergraduate and graduate students and staff. The 75-minute language coaching sessions meet once a week for ten weeks each semester at various locations on campus. Each week, you’ll learn how to communicate on a different topic, or you might enjoy a related activity–a movie, concert, or neighborhood visit–as part of a small informal language group. No books are required and there’s no pressure of grades!


Speaking Freely offers sessions in 18 different languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Twi. It’s all free–and easy. Meet new people and have fun. It’s the perfect way to try out a language and culture before you study or visit.  


Speaking Freely sessions emphasize learning practical words and phrases you might use when traveling or studying abroad, as well as vocabulary related to various aspects of art, history, and culture. At least two levels of coaching are offered for most of the languages, and a third level is offered in six of the languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish).   Level 1 is a basic introduction for those who have no experience in the language. Level 2 is slightly more advanced, and meant for those who have completed Level 1 or those who have a little experience in the language. Level 3 is meant for those who are fairly proficient, and have studied the language for a couple of years or more in high school or college. All topics covered are based on student interest and conversation is emphasized.

Register for Speaking Freely at

Preparing for the Fall 2008 semester – Tips from Counseling & Student Services

Welcome to all of our new students (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral).  Where did the summer go? It is time to start thinking about your Fall semester, if you haven’t already. 

For our undergraduates, if you attended orientation this summer, you are set.  You have your schedule, your NYUCard, and activated your email account.  If you are planning on attending New Undergraduate Orientation on August 25th & 26th, you will register for your classes at that time.  So do not panic!  It is not too late and our outstanding advisors and orientation leaders will get you through the process. Also, check out the Welcome Week website to find out about fun things, NYU things, and neighborhoods things to do while you are exploring your neighborhood the week before classes begin

For our new graduate students, go to for a list of advisors and advisement sessions. You will be able to find out who, what, and when for your own department.  Also, check out the "Getting Started Guide which you can find at: .  This guide provides useful information on just where to begin when you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with a new community.

Finally, once you have done that come meet our Counseling & Student Services staff at ONE of the Office of Student Affairs New Graduate Student Information sessions:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Kimball Hall Lounge, 1st Floor, 246 Greene Street

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 from 4:00 to 5:15 pm Kimball Hall Lounge, 1st Floor, 246 Greene Street

It is a great opportunity to meet with the staff, hear from a continuing graduate student or alum regarding their experience here and find out about School and University resources. And you can check out university events during Graduate Welcome Week at 

For our new doctoral students, you will have your  questions answered about doctoral study in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at the Doctoral Student Orientation held on Thursday, August 28, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. New doctoral students will receive an invitation in the mail from the Office of Graduate Studies. For more information, please call 212 998 5044.

Now don’t forget to check the website often for updated information.  If you have questions, concerns, or would like to stop in and meet the staff of Counseling & Student Services, we welcome you to our office in Pless Hall (82 Washington Square East) on the 2nd floor. Our staff is made up of the following outstanding people:

Doris Alcivar, Student Services Counselor

Margaret Bailey, Student Health Center, LCSW

Stephanie Santiago, Student Services Counselor

Jessica Amador Walker, Student Services Counselor

Check back and as we get closer to the first day of classes, we will post more information on events, opportunities to meet your colleagues, and how to find all the resources that are available to you!


Jeanne Bannon, Director

Office Of Counseling & Student Services

Important Dates for Fall 2008: Drop/Add, Refunds, Ws on Transcript

Dropping and Adding Classes:

If you are an undergraduate student at NYUSteinhardt, you can drop and add classes on Albert until midnight on Monday, September 15th. If you are a graduate student, you can drop and add classes on Albert until midnight on Monday, September 22. After these dates you must see your academic advisor to obtain a signed drop/add form, bring it to the Student Affairs Department at Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 2nd Floor, for an approval signature and finally, take it to the Registrar at 25 West 4th Street.

You will receive a W on your transcript if you do not drop a class by midnight, Monday, September 22. A W on your transcript indicates that you officially withdrew from a class.

Refund Schedule for Dropping Classes:

Tuesday, September 2: Last day to drop classes and receive 100% tuition and fees refund.

Monday, September 8: Last day to drop classes and receive 100% tuition refund.

Monday, September 15: Last day to drop classes and receive 70% tuition refund.

Monday, September 22: Last day to drop classes and receive 55% tuition refund.

Monday, September 29: Last day to drop classes and receive 25% tuition refund.

After September 29, no refunds are given.

Travel Colloquium Photo Essays

The Dean’s Research Travel Colloquium, another dimension of the NYUSteinhardt Scholars Program, offers outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in NYUSteinhardt a unique opportunity to explore questions, policy issues, and practices specific to their academic disciplines through study and international travel.

Our students have cataloged their experiences in a series of photo essays.  You can check them out at the links below:

Speeches from Graduation are Online!

We’ve posted transcripts of many of the speeches that were featured at this year’s graduation.  You can read them by visiting our Graduation Page.

And if you want to relive your commencement experience, get ready… Because videos are coming soon.

Stay tuned…

Residence Halls Open on August 24th! Be prepared!

For students living on campus in one of our dorms, you can plan to move into your dorm on August 24th.  Here are some basic things you should keep in mind for your move-in:

  • Plan on arriving during your reserved check-in time. You must register in advance via Check – in times are divided into 2 hour time blocks between 7:00am and 7:00pm and are granted on a basis of availability. While specific time blocks may fill up, every student will be able to reserve a check-in time.
  • Check the weather and traffic forecasts for lower Manhattan, and plan accordingly. New York City parking rules are complicated and are not suspended during check-in.
  • Plan on arriving during your reserved check-in time. You must register in advance via
  • NYU Public Safety Officers and University volunteers will be directing traffic and showing you the way to check-in.
    An NYU Public Safety Officer will guide your vehicle into a TEMPORARY unloading zone. As soon as a vehicle is unloaded, it must be moved out of the unloading area. For a list of nearby parking locations click here.
  • Prepare for a long day. It may be hot and humid, or cool and raining. Either way, it is likely that hundreds of residents and family members will be waiting in long lines to check-in and use the elevators. Patience and a sense of humor will be invaluable assets to carry with you throughout the day.
  • Predetermine what is really necessary to bring on check-in day. Seasonal items that are not needed for the first few weeks of the school year can be brought in sometime after check-in day when there is no long line for an elevator, or you could ship them to the building so they arrive after you check-in. Please note, packages delivered before you arrive cannot be accepted and will be returned to sender.

More important information about moving in can be found here.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!