English Conversation Groups for International Graduate Students

Come Talk With Us!
Improve your English conversation skills in an informal group setting

  • Groups will be facilitated by NYU faculty or staff who are native English speakers
  • Individual groups will meet once a week throughout the semester
  • You may attend one group or as many sessions as your schedule allows
  • Free and open to all NYU graduate students
  • Please arrive on time

Fall 2012 Sessions Offered Weekly from September 10th Thru November 15th:

Mondays – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
At the Kimmel Center for Student Life, CMEP Lounge
60 Washington Square South, Suite 806

Tuesdays – 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
At the Kimmel Center for Student Life, LGBTQ Student Center Lounge
60 Washington Square South, Suite 602

Thursdays – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
At the Kimmel Center for Student Life, SRC Lounge
60 Washington Square South, 2nd Floor (past the escalators)

Please join us for Techtonic: Where Your Research & Teaching Meet Today’s Technology

The NYU Libraries and ITS are hosting our second annual Techtonic, a technology fair for faculty and graduate students, on Thursday, September 13th from 3-6pm in the Research Commons on the 5th floor of  Bobst Library . ITS and Libraries staff will be on hand to answer questions, offer ideas, and give brief presentations on new and upcoming services and technologies offered to the NYU Community. Stop by and discover what the Research Commons has to offer you!

When: Thursday, September 13th, 3-6pm

Where: Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South
Research Commons, 5th Floor


A hands-on introduction to doing scholarly work in a digital world

In Fall 2012, the Division of Libraries and The Humanities Initiative at NYU offer a series of six workshops to introduce graduate students and faculty to tools that enable and support digital scholarship. Each session explores uses and benefits of technology for specific scholarly tasks while providing hands-on practice with particular tools and information about further training in NYU Libraries’ Digital and Data Service Studios. All of these tools are used across disciplines in the arts and sciences.

The workshops will be held on six Fridays during Fall semester, 2012, from 12:30 – 2 p.m., in the Media Viewing Room, Bobst Library Research Commons, 5th floor west.

Space is very limited. View class descriptions and register

  • September 14: From CV to website: What does it mean to be a scholar online, and how can you get started?
  • September 28: From video to streaming media: Want to include media in your web site, post a conference or talk, or create your scholarship in video form?
  • October 12: From writing to blogging: Do you want to make your scholarship more public?
  • October 26: From bibliography to online research: Learn how to gather, manage, and share your research material
  • November 9: From reading to text mining: An introduction to analysis of digital text collections, from skills you might need to learn
  • November 30: From evidence to web: Learn how to present your research visually (text, images, and spatial or numeric data) via maps

Questions? Please contact Monica McCormick, at monica.mccormick@nyu.edu

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 will 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 Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish. 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. 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 basic experience in the language. Level 3 is meant for those who are fairly proficient, and have studied the language for a few years or more in high school or college. All topics covered are based on student interest and conversation is emphasized.

Speaking Freely classes begin next week, September 10th. Space is limited and available on a first come basis.

Register for Speaking Freely at

Wasserman Center Internship Funding

The Wasserman Center for Career Development has established a Funded Internship Award to support students pursuing unpaid internships at non-profits, international organizations, arts institutions, and other industries that traditionally do not pay their interns. This $1,000 scholarship affords students the opportunity to participate in career exploration and experiential learning through unpaid career-related internships, gives students access to professional networks, and facilitates the lifelong learning skills associated with solid career development.

This award can be a tremendous opportunity for students who want to gain relevant professional experience, but give up valuable learning opportunities due to financial considerations. In order to be considered for the Funded Internship Award, students must:

  • Have secured an unpaid internship at a non-profit or other organization that does not traditionally pay its interns (e.g. Arts, Entertainment, Media Related, etc)
  • Work a minimum of 7 hours a week over 10 weeks during the fall semester
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at NYU with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete an online application for this selective award by October 8, 2012

The Wasserman Center’s Funded Internship Award is not affiliated with Federal Work Study or financial aid. It is a one-time stipend awarded directly to selected applicants. Applications can be submitted through NYU CareerNet, Job ID#861134 by October 8th. Instructions are available at http://www.nyu.edu/careerdevelopment/funded_internship.php.

If you have any questions regarding the Funded Internship Award, please feel free to email fundedinternshipaward@nyu.edu or contact Tara Schwartz (tara.schwartz@nyu.edu).

Grad Student Roommate Mixer @ 3:30 Today!

Are you still looking for a roommate to move off campus with?  Not sure where to start?  Take a breather from apartment hunting to meet someone new over cupcakes and coffee (while they last).  You might just meet your new roommate!

Molly’s Cupcakes –  228 Bleecker Street
Friday, August 24, 2012
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM                              RSVP for the 24th!

Sponsored by: Off-Campus Services, GSAS, OISS, Graduate Life

$200K Entrepreneurs Challenge

See different. Think different.  Do different. 3 Venture Competitions
$200K Entrepreneurs Challenge
All students, researchers and faculty are invited to compete.

You can’t put a price on innovation.
But we tried: $200,000.

The Competitions program gives you  a structured learning environment to build a business from the ground up and an opportunity to network with other NYU entrepreneurs.

Got an idea your kicking around in your head, please join us:

Kickoff Event
September 19, 2012, Wednesday, 5-7 pm
NYU Stern School of Business- Tisch Hall,
Paulson Auditorium ,40 W. 4 th St.                         RSVP

A Fellows Program for First-Generation College Students

Are you an ambitious first-generation college student?

New York Needs You helps first-generation college students select, secure, and succeed in their careers. The Fellows Program is an intensive mentoring and training program where Fellows develop relationships with highly accomplished community and business leaders.

Apply for the 2013 NYNY Fellowship where you will:

  • Earn a $2,500 professional development grant
  • Access 2 summer internships at prestigious companies and organizations
  • Receive individualized support from a Mentor Coach
  • Obtain in-kind services and products such as free business attire, free writing and ESL
  • support, and subsidized test preparation
  • Network with leading industry professionals

Am I eligible?

  • Neither of my parents/guardians have a bachelor’s degree (in any country)
  • I am a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • I am a freshman or sophomore attending college in the NYC-area
  • I am available to attend regular Saturday workshops in Manhattan (workshops occur bi-weekly in Year 1; monthly in Year 2)

Visit newyorkneedsyou.org to submit your online application, including 3 essays,
a recommendation, and your resume. The deadline to apply is February 15th!

NYU Libraries Graduate Student Workshops/Reception

As the fall semester kicks off, we’re offering our annual series of Graduate Student workshops where you can learn everything from how to organize your bibliographies, to how to track down those tricky citations, to how to be a more effective research assistant (and much more). For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, go to: http://library.nyu.edu/grads

You can also get the new school year started right by joining us at our Annual Graduate Student Reception. It is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian, as well as mingle with your fellow graduate students over some complimentary food and drinks. We will be giving away NYU Bookstore gift certificates to some lucky attendees. The reception will take place: Thursday, September 13th, 5:30-7:00, 8th floor North Reading Room, Bobst library

And this year, plan to come a little early to learn about the array of academic technologies available to NYU users at our annual Techtonic technology fair. Techtonic immediately precedes the reception, from 3:00-6:00pm, Thursday September 13th. Please RSVP for the reception by going to http://library.nyu.edu/grads

We have been working hard over the past few years to expand and improve our services and spaces to fit your needs, and we hope you’ll help us keep improving.  We look forward to meeting you and wish you the best of luck this semester!

The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group

Audition to Sing or Play in Steinhardt Ensembles!

All currently matriculating NYU students and members of the University community are invited to audition for Steinhardt Classical, Jazz, and Vocal Ensembles!
Visit http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/ensembles for audition requirements and guidelines.
Online sign-up forms can be found at http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/ensembles/registration.
Any questions?  See http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/ensembles for ensemble contacts.