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United Kingdom: Migration, Media, and the Global City

Graduate Study Abroad

Unprecedented numbers of people are moving across borders in search of better economic opportunities and stability from climatic and political upheavals. The presence of refugees and migrants is transforming urban space, localities, markets, and everyday life in global cities. Migration has also intensified nationalist discourses and stirred up political debate about border control, racial differences, and the meaning of citizenship. At the same time, media and communication technologies have redefined both the experience of diasporas and how migrants are imagined and surveilled in the global urban context.

This course will examine the constitutive connections between migration, media technologies, and the global city. Students will be exposed to a range of readings from diverse disciplinary sources and also creative texts. The course will focus on networks of migration, the changing urban landscape, and how public imagination about migration has been progressively shaped. Through discussion of scholarly and popular publications, current events, and lectures, students will engage with the subject of global migration and urban change in the context of the history and politics of London. While in London, we will complement our discussions with field trips to ethnic neighborhoods, historical sites, guest lectures, and meetings with activists.


London, United Kingdom

Program Dates:

Travel component: March 22-29, 2025

Required pre- and post-travel class meetings:

  • Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4: all 5:00-8:00 pm EST
  • March 11: 5:00-7:00 pm EST
  • April 15: 5:00-8:00 pm EST


Radha S. Hegde, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2024
  • Regular Deadline: Thursday, October 17, 2024 (admissions continue thereafter on a space-available basis)

Find the application link and instructions on the "How to Apply" page

Who can participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who both:
    • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States

Related areas of study:

  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Visual Arts Administration
  • International Education
  • Sociology of Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.

How to apply:

The application link and instructions, as well as the deadlines and notification timelines, can be found on the "How to Apply" page

This is a credit-bearing graduate Global course. Students self-register in Albert for the following course for a total of 4 credits:

  • MCC-GE 2165, Section 095 (Class# TBA) - Migration, Media, and the Global City (4 credits)

Offered through the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

Important Note: All program applicants must meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Direct Costs Billed by NYU

Participants will be billed for the cost of the graduate course following the standard per-credit rate for NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees. In addition, study abroad courses have a supplemental Program Fee that covers the cost of housing abroad, program activities and visits, group transportation in-country, and international health insurance. Students can expect to be billed:

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition (4 credits) - $8,740
  • Steinhardt Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $791
  • Program Fee - $1,400
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $10,931

Tuition, Registration, and Program fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Spring term.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Students are responsible for purchasing flights to and from the program location. Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe.

In addition to airfare, participants should budget for other out-of-pocket costs, including daily meals (except for included welcome and farewell meals); transportation to and from the airport; passport and/or visa fees (if applicable); vaccination costs (if applicable); and other personal incidentals. These costs will vary depending on individual students' budgets, preferences, and choices. Students are encouraged to research potential costs by using online budgeting tools such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip.


NYU Steinhardt offers several graduate study abroad scholarships and maintains a list of additional external funding opportunities.

Study Abroad Budget Worksheet

Download and use this Study Abroad Budget Worksheet to estimate the cost of your study abroad experience. 

PLEASE NOTE: This spreadsheet lists possible expenses and may not be all-inclusive of program costs. In addition, your costs may fluctuate based on changes in currency exchange rates, airfare, varying personal lifestyles, etc. While this is a good tool for reviewing study abroad expenses, the results should be considered to be an estimate of the total cost of participation.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs. Your housing is included in your Program Fee. Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in London typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program's end date.

Visa: US citizens do not require a visa for visits to the UK of less than 6 months in duration. All other passport holders should check their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentUK Border AgencyCenter for Disease ControlNYU in London

Pre-Departure Resources

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


All applicants should review the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page prior to applying to study abroad.

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