Policies: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs
- Application Procedures
- Academic Policies
- Financial Aid
- Immediate Suspension
- Non Credit Participation
- NYU Policies on Alcohol, Drug Use, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination
- Refund Policy
- Staying in Non-NYU Housing Abroad
- Health Policy
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Applicants for NYU Steinhardt short-term study abroad programs are evaluated on academic record (transcript) and appropriate academic preparation (prerequisites, familiarity with subject matter, ability to contribute to the scholarly program). An integrated review of a student's academic background and University record is required to confirm admission to a NYU Study Abroad Program.
The courses associated with our programs are offered at the graduate level. They are open to graduate students (Master’s and doctoral) enrolled in any school of NYU.
Some programs are also open to upper-level undergraduate students as designated on individual program pages. NYU Steinhardt undergraduates must hold senior standing (96+ earned credits at the time of participation) for January Intersession and Summer programs. Students of other schools of NYU (Gallatin, CAS, Tisch, Stern, Global Liberal Studies) should consult with their academic advisors on school policies for taking graduate-level courses.
Non-NYU Students for credit
We welcome visiting (non-matriculated) graduate students from other universities under the same guidelines as above for graduate students. Graduate students at other universities must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the US or abroad.
At this time, Steinhardt Global Programs can not accept non-NYU undergraduate students.
Visiting students must apply through the NYU Steinhardt office of graduate admissions according to the process detailed on the how to apply page.
Non-credit participants must have completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the US or abroad before the program start date. Applicants should explain the connection between their career or intellectual interests and the content of the program for which they are applying. In the event that demand for a program exceeds enrollment limits, NYU Steinhardt may give admissions preference to applicants enrolling for credit and who are matriculated in a degree-program at NYU.
You should submit your electronic application on or before the admissions deadlines posted on our web page. You are welcome to apply for admission as early as you like and we will keep your application on file until we begin reviewing applications for the program you have indicated. Applicants will be notified via email by the notification deadline.
Students applying to an Intersession or Summer study abroad program must pay a $500 deposit to Accept their offer of admission. Students who decline their offer of admission, or who miss the deadline for this payment, forfeit their offer of admission. The $500 deposit ensures that we receive serious applications with a committed intent to enroll if accepted. The $500 deposit is credited toward your Housing and Activity fee.
Students who have been accepted to NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad must comply with the following stipulations:
Admission to a NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad Program is contingent upon a student's continued academic success through the duration of the semester prior to departure. Should a student's admission to an NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad Program be revoked as a result of poor academic performance, New York University will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred in preparation for the intended study abroad program.
Student Conduct Status
By enrolling in an Academic Center Abroad, a student assumes not only the rights and privileges of membership in a unique community but also the duties of citizenry associated with maintaining the values of the University community as well as those of the country in which the campus is located. Each student is expected to conduct his/her academic and non-academic life in a manner that demonstrates consideration for the rights, property, and interests of New York University, concern for the well-being of other community members, and respect for the culture, customs and laws of the nation in which the student is a guest.
On behalf of, and in conjunction with, its members, the University has a duty to address behavior that jeopardizes the health, safety, or welfare of its members; compromises the academic or intellectual process; disrupts the administrative and supporting services of the University; and/or shows a disrespect for the country and local community in which the Academic Center is located. Students who are alleged to have engaged in behavior that violates the Study Abroad Standard, New York University policies, and/or Center-specific policies will be subject to review through the University student conduct process at the Center and/or the University level as deemed appropriate. The University also reserves the right to report matters involving criminal acts to the proper authorities. In disciplinary matters involving a visiting student whose home institution is other than New York University, NYU reserves the right to inform the appropriate office at that institution of the matter and results of all disciplinary decisions involving that student.
Students who have been placed on University disciplinary probation or on deferred suspension from University housing are ineligible to participate in an NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad Program during the period of their probation and/or deferred status. Students who have been suspended, withdrawn or dismissed from the University, or who have been dismissed or suspended from University housing, are ineligible to participate in an NYU Steinhardt study abroad program. Should a student's admission to an NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad Program be revoked as a result of disciplinary action or conduct violation, New York University will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred in preparation for the intended study abroad program.
Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding the University student conduct process which includes policies and procedures applicable to ALL students.
University Leave Status
Students who have been on leave from the University must return to the New York City campus and successfully complete one academic semester (fall or spring) of full-time course work before enrolling in an NYU Steinhardt Study Abroad Program.
The Steinhardt Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs offers approximately thirty short-term study abroad programs each year in a variety of academic fields. Programs vary from 3- 6 credits and run in January as well as May through August. Non-credit participation is available for select, qualified graduate students or for professionals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have related work experience.
Criteria for non-credit participation
- Non-credit participants must have completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree before the program start date.
- For students or professionals who are not currently matriculated in an NYU degree program, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended must be submitted to Steinhardt’s Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs.
- Non-credit participants must receive written approval from the faculty director AND the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs in order to be considered for participation.
- Non-credit participants must complete the online Global Programs application. If you are offered a spot in the program you will be required to pay the Accept/Decline Deposit of $500.
- Undergraduates at NYU or other universities will not be considered for non-credit participation.
Timeline for non-credit participation
Non-credit participants may not receive a decision on their application until the final advertised application deadline passes for a given program.
Preference will be given to students who elect to take the study abroad program for credit. Only if a program is not filled to capacity, as determined by the faculty director and the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, will a spot be offered to a non-credit participant. Once a non-credit participant is accepted, the offer will not be retracted in favor of any new applicant willing to take the course for credit.
Fees for non-credit participation
Non-credit participants are responsible for purchasing their own flight, paying housing and activity fees, covering daily personal costs during the program, in addition to the non-credit fee. The non-credit fee varies, depending on the number of credits offered on the program. The non-credit fees are:
- Tier 1: 3-4 credit programs have a non-credit fee of $2,500
- Tier 2: 6 or more credit programs have a non-credit fee of $3,900
All non-credit participants are expected to attend all pre-departure and return orientations in New York, and are required to attend all class meetings and field visits abroad. Non-credit participants will be held to the same academic standards as all studentstaking the program for credit and are expected to complete all academic assignments as detailed by the program faculty by the deadlineslisted in the syllabus. Active and engaged participation in course discussion and activities is expected.
Accept/Decline Deposit ($500)
Accept/Decline Deposit is a payment of $500 that admitted students must pay to accept their offer of admission. Failure to pay the Accept/Decline deposit will result in forgoing acceptance to the study abroad program. Accept/Decline Deposit is a non-refundable payment applied to a student’s Housing and Activity Fee. The following policies regarding Accept/Decline Deposits relate to refunds and withdrawals:
Students who have been offered a space in a program, but who fail to pay Accept/Decline Deposit by the deadline designated for their round, effectively forfeit their spot, which may be offered to waitlisted candidates. The deadline for Accept/Decline Deposit varies by application date and can be found on our How to Apply page
- Accept/Decline Deposit is non-refundable if a student chooses to withdraw from their program after paying.
Housing and Activities Fees
Each program has a Housing and Activity Fee associated with it. This fee varies by program, and can be found on your Intersession or Summer study abroad program page. The $500 Deposit students may when accepting their offer of admission, counts toward their Housing and Activity Fee. Please note, that the housing and activity fee will not be refunded after the final payment deadline, except under exceptional circumstances. These deadlines can be found on the How to Apply page. Refund requests after these dates must be put in writing to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, which reserves the right to deny any requests. No refund will be granted after the start date of the program.
Tuition refunds are subject to the NYU Office of the Bursar's Refund Schedule (see the Bursar's website). Registration and service fees are not refundable.
Study Abroad program participants purchase their own flights to and from program destinations, and are responsible for ticket returns and/or changes. Airlines have specific refund policies for different fares. Please review any ticket's policy before purchasing. If a student decides to withdraw from a course, and has purchased an airline ticket, that student is responsible for all airfare expenses incurred / committed.
Students should not purchase airline tickets until they have been instructed to do so by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs. If the course is cancelled for any reason, the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs encourages students to contact the airline company directly to inquire about refund or credit for the flight. The Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs cannot be held responsible for airline tickets if a course is cancelled
Those students who are currently receiving Federal Financial Aid may apply for financial aid using the NYU Office of Financial Aid.
Summer courses require that students apply for summer financial aid. A form for applying for summer financial aid can be found on the financial aid website.
Non-NYU students, as per federal regulations, are not eligible for financial aid through NYU. However, non-NYU students should contact the financial aid office at their home university to find out if they are eligible for financial aid.
Please visit our financial aid page for specific details relating to financial aid for your term abroad.
Students are prohibited from bringing guests into housing accommodations. There are no exceptions. Violation of this policy can result in immediate dismissal from the program. If a relative or friend wants to visit the country while the program is in operation, then the visitor needs to arrange for her/his own daily activities and housing. If relatives and friends choose to visit, they are strongly encouraged to do so before the academic program begins or after it is completed.
NYU Steinhardt's Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants. Participants must complete a medical history form prior to departure. This information will be kept confidential and used only by Student Health Center and Global Programs staff.
NYU Student Health Center staff will review information submitted via the supplemental documents survey. We strongly encourage all students to fully disclose their medical history so that we can prepare them properly for their experience, and make necessary accommodations. In some cases, NYU Student Health Center staff will contact students to discuss how a medical condition may affect the student's experience in a particular program.
In addition, we recommend that students have a general physical done well in advance of departure to identify and address any conditions that may impact your study abroad experience. Physicals can be obtained free of charge or at minimal cost at the Student Health Center. Students should make sure that all of their routine immunizations are up to date. In cases where specific immunizations are required for travel, our office will alert participants. Study abroad participants are also encouraged to contact their health insurance provider to learn details about international coverage.
If students who plan to attend a study abroad program require academic/housing accommodations or special services because of a disability, they should contact the Moses Center to request accommodations. Students must be registered with the Moses Center to request accommodations, whether they are NYU students or students from another institution. The Moses Center will work with a student and the NYU Steinhardt Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs to arrange approved accommodations. Students with disabilities planning to study abroad are urged to obtain information in advance regarding the specific programs and facilities, so that adequate planning for reasonable accommodations can take place.
International Health Insurance
All Steinhardt Global Program participants will be automatically enrolled for travel health insurance through HTH Worldwide. Services provided include accident and sickness insurance, physician recommendations, medical translation guides, emergency medical evacuations, and more. Additional information regarding HTH Worldwide coverage can be found at www.hthstudents.com
Note- HTH does not cover students participating on domestic programs. Students participating on a domestic program (including Puerto Rico) should check with their own insurance provider to determine coverage options.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Please download and read the Alcohol and Drug Use Policy Statement. You are responsible for understanding this information. Please keep in mind that being alert and being sober are keys to personal safety.
Please download and read the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy Statement. You are responsible for understanding this information.
Discrimination and Harassment
New York University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that is free of harassment, bias, or discrimination predicated upon sex, race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, religious, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, or any other legally protected basis. Such behavior not only undermines the character and purpose of the University but also is prohibited by law. Students who believe they have been subjected to harassment, bias, or discrimination or treated unfairly on the basis of a protected status but are unsure of where to file a complaint should contact Mary Signor, Title IX Coordinator, in the Office of Equal Opportunity at 212-998-2375 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may also contact Thomas Grace, Director of the Office of Community Standards and Compliance at 212-998-4403 or by email at: email@example.com.
Please download and read the Anti-Harassment Policy Statement. You are responsible for understanding this information.
Faculty, staff, and students should be aware that in addition to the university sanctions, all program participants are subject to the local laws of the host country, which may specify fines or imprisonment for conviction of offenses. When appropriate or necessary, NYU will cooperate fully with international law enforcement agencies. Inform yourself on the laws of host country, particularly in regards to controlled substances.
If in the opinion of the Program's Faculty Director, a student's behavior presents an imminent threat to the student's physical or emotional health, safety, or well-being, or the health, safety, or well-being of others, the maintenance of public order, or the effective continuation of the educational process, the director may immediately suspend the student from the program prior to any formal disciplinary proceeding. The director shall promptly advise the Dean of the school in which the student is enrolled, and the designated representative from the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs. The student will be responsible for returning and for making alternative housing arrangements on his/her own and at his/her own cost. The student will not be able to take a grade of Incomplete in the course, nor will he/she receive any refund for the course. Typically, the grade entered the transcript will be F.
The Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs recommends that students stay in university provided housing for a variety of important reasons. Safety and costs are taken into account and students often find it to be both socially and academically rewarding to stay with other students in the program. The Global Programs Office will make exceptions when a student wishes to stay with immediate family members who live in the nearby area. If students wish to stay with family, it is required that they still participate in all program-related activities, some of which may occur in the evening, and students should ensure that they will have safe and regular transportation to and from the group's hotel and classroom space.
A form is required in order to request to stay in non-NYU housing, and submission of a form does not guarantee that this request will be honored. This form must be submitted to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 45 days in advance of the program start date. Students must also share emergency contact information abroad, including their address and telephone number with the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs as well as the academic program Director.
Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East,5th floor, New York, NY 10003; (t) 1-212-992-9380; (f) 1-212-995-4923; email@example.com