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Study Abroad Policies

Short-Term Graduate Courses

Table of Contents:


Application Procedures


Student Cancellation Policy

Financial Aid

Academic and Conduct Policies

Health Policy

Housing Policies

Contact Information




Current NYU Students 

Our global courses are taught at the graduate level. Master’s and doctoral students from all NYU schools are welcome to apply. Undergraduate students with 96+ credits are also eligible to participate unless otherwise specified on the program’s page. Applicants should always consult with their academic adviser to confirm which courses and programs will satisfy their degree requirements.

Visiting Students

Professionals and students from other universities who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher at an accredited college or university by the program start date are welcome to apply to our programs. Undergraduates from other schools are not eligible to enroll in NYU graduate-level courses. Non-NYU students should consult with the academic adviser at their home institution to determine which courses and programs will transfer and/or satisfy degree requirements at the home institution. Visiting students enrolling for-credit may request an official transcript from the NYU Registrar upon program completion, but NYU cannot guarantee that the credits earned will transfer to the student’s home institution or toward a future degree program. The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium is not applicable to study abroad. 

Non-Credit Participants

A non-credit option is available in exceptional instances only. If granted approval to participate in a study abroad program on a not-for-credit basis, participants will still be required to attend all course activities and complete all assignments. Non-credit participants will not receive an official transcript. To request to participate in a Steinhardt study abroad program as a non-credit participant, please write to

If a participant’s request to attend a non-credit capacity is granted, the participant must pay the following fee in lieu of tuition. Payment must be made directly to the Office of Global Affairs via credit or /debit card:

  • 3-4 credit course non-credit fee: $2,500
  • 5+ credit course non-credit fee: $3,900

In addition, non-credit participants are also charged program Housing and Activity Fees billed through NYU Bursar. These fees vary by program; see the January, Spring Break, and Summer program listings for program-specific cost information.

Non-credit participants are also responsible for out-of-pocket expenses such as round-trip airfare, airport transfers, daily meals and incidentals, passport fees, visa fees, vaccinations, etc.



Application Procedures

Application Timelines

For January and Spring Break programs, applications open in August of each year. For Summer programs, applications open in December of each year. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision via email by the notification deadline. For more information about the application deadlines and admissions notification timelines, please see the Application Instructions page.

Application Instructions: Current NYU students 

  • Go to the NYU student graduate study abroad application. Enter your Net ID and password and complete the Duo push process.
  • Once you have logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Start New Application" button.
  • Click Create Application, and click Open Application.

Application Instructions: Visiting students

Working professionals and students from other universities who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university by the program start date are eligible to participate in most NYU Steinhardt graduate study abroad programs. These applicants should apply by completing the following steps:

  • Go to the visiting student application. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Create an account" button under the "First-time users" section.
  • Enter your Email, First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth, then click Continue.
  • You will be asked to enter a pin number, which will be sent to the email address you entered on the previous screen. Enter the pin that you receive by email and re-enter your Date of Birth, then click Login.
  • Create a password and click Set Password.
  • Once your account is created, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Start New Application" button. Click Create Application, and then click Open Application.

The following items are required:

  • A 250 to 500 word personal statement (.pdf or .doc format)
  • Resume  (1 page, .pdf or .doc format)
  • A scanned or digital copy of University transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree




Faculty leaders and Global Affairs staff review applicants for NYU Steinhardt January, Spring Break, and Summer graduate study abroad programs. Applicants are evaluated on demonstrated academic preparedness as well as professional, academic, and personal interest in the chosen program topic. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via a letter posted to their account within the application system and will be either: offered admission to their program; put onto the waitlist for their program; or be denied.

Accept or Decline Offer of Admission

All students who are offered a place in a Steinhardt short-term graduate study abroad program must accept or decline this offer no later than the date provided in their admissions letter. Students who do not officially accept their offer of admission by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from their program. Students may not defer their offer of acceptance.

Waitlisted Students

Students who are waitlisted for a program have the following options:

  • The student may remain on the waitlist for the program. If a spot becomes available, the student will be notified and asked to accept or decline their spot via the Slate application system.
  • The student may resubmit an application for a different study abroad program. Note that this option should be completed in consultation with Global Affairs staff and does not guarantee admission. 
  • The student may withdraw their application.



Student Cancellation Policy

Housing and Activities Fees

Students who accept an offer of admission to participate in a Steinhardt study abroad program are committed to participating in the program. Should a student withdraw from their program for any reason between the date when they accepted the offer of admission and the 31st day before their program’s start date, the student will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee on their Bursar e-bill.

Should a participant withdraw from their program for any reason within the 30 days preceding the program start date, the Housing and Activity fees will be charged to the participant’s Bursar e-bill in full.

Any request to withdraw from a study abroad program must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Affairs at

No refunds will be granted after the start date of the program.


Steinhardt Global Affairs’ credit-bearing courses incur tuition, registration, and services fees at the regular NYU Steinhardt rate for graduate courses. Refunds of tuition, registration, and services fees are subject to the NYU Office of the Bursar's Refund Schedule


Participants are responsible for purchasing their own flights to and from program destinations and will be bound by the change, cancellation, and refund policies of the airline with whom they purchase flights. Students should refrain from purchasing airline tickets until they have been instructed to do so by the Office of Global Affairs. Participants are strongly encouraged to review the airline’s change and cancellation policy before making a purchase. If a student withdraws from their program after purchasing their flights, they are responsible for any charges or fees incurred by their airline.



Financial Aid

Current Students

Financial aid may include loans, grants, scholarships, and other awards from various sources. Each award may have restrictions on how it may be applied. If you are planning to apply your financial aid towards a study abroad program, please confirm with the office that issued your award that the funds may be applied to a study abroad course. 

January courses count towards the January intersession term’s course load and Spring Break courses count toward the spring term’s course load. For January and Spring Break study abroad programs:

  • NYU graduate students are eligible for federal financial aid in the January and/or Spring terms so long as they are either: registered for at least 4.5 credits between J-Term and Spring combined or at least a half-time equivalency. They must also have a valid FAFSA on file.
  • NYU undergraduate students are eligible for federal financial aid in the January and/or Spring terms so long as they are registered for 6 credits or more between J-Term and Spring combined and have a valid FAFSA on file.

Summer courses count towards the Summer term’s course load. Graduate and undergraduate students may apply for financial aid towards a summer course as long as the student is taking at least 6 credits for that term and has a valid FAFSA on file.

Please visit NYU Steinhardt's financial aid page for specific details about financial aid policies and procedures.

Visiting students

Per federal regulations, visiting students are not eligible for financial aid through NYU. Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution regarding their financial aid options.



Academic and Conduct Policies

All participants who have been accepted to a Steinhardt study abroad program must comply with the following policies:

Academic Status

For all current NYU and non-NYU students: admission to a Steinhardt study abroad program is contingent upon the student's continued academic success through the duration of the semester prior to departure. Should a student's admission to a Steinhardt study abroad program be revoked as a result of poor academic performance, NYU will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred in preparation for the intended study abroad program.

Attendance Policy

All participants who are admitted to a Steinhardt Global Affairs short-term graduate program are required to attend all pre-departure sessions and class meetings (pre, during, and post-travel) as scheduled unless otherwise noted as an optional activity. Failure to attend required meetings may negatively impact the participant’s final grade (for graded, credit-bearing experiences) and/or result in the participant being withdrawn from the program.

Participant Conduct Expectations

By enrolling in a study abroad program, the participant 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 and those of the country in which the campus is located. Each participant is expected to conduct his or her academic and non-academic life in a manner that demonstrates consideration for the rights, property, and interests of NYU, concern for the well-being of other community members, and respect for the culture, customs, and laws of the nation in which the participant 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 support services of the University; and/or shows a disrespect for the country and the local community in which the academic center is located. Participants who are alleged to have engaged in behavior that violates the Study Away Standard, New York University policies, and/or site-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 NYU, 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 a Steinhardt study abroad program. Should a student's admission to a Steinhardt study abroad program be revoked as a result of disciplinary action or conduct violation, NYU will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred in preparation for the intended study abroad program.

Participants are responsible for reviewing and understanding the University student conduct process, which includes policies and procedures applicable to ALL program participants regardless of their status as an NYU student, visiting student, or working professional. 

University Student Conduct Policies

Steinhardt Global Affairs expects all study abroad program participants to read and understand the following University policies, which remain in effect during global courses and apply to NYU students, non-NYU students, and non-student professionals who participate in a Steinhardt study abroad program:

International Laws

NYU portal campuses (NYU Shanghai and NYU Abu Dhabi) and Global Academic Centers (e.g. NYU London) may enact additional supplemental policies and/or alternative language to provide clarity and context, to ensure compliance with local law and customs. In the event of a conflict between these policies and a supplemental policy enacted at an NYU global site, the latter shall be controlling.

Faculty, staff, students, and non-student participants 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. Participants are responsible for informing themselves about the laws of the host country, particularly in regard to controlled substances.

Immediate Suspension

If a Steinhardt study abroad program participant's behavior presents an imminent threat to their own 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 faculty director may immediately suspend the participant 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 (if they are a current NYU student) and the designated representative from the Office of Global Affairs. The participant will be responsible for arranging their own return travel arrangements or alternate housing arrangements. The participant will not be able to take a grade of Incomplete in the course, nor will he or she receive any refund for the course. Typically, the grade entered on the student’s transcript in such cases will be an F.

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 a Steinhardt study abroad program.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Rights (FERPA) 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) was enacted to protect the privacy of students' education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide students with an opportunity to have inaccurate or misleading information in their education records corrected. New York University has adopted its policies and procedures.



Health Policy

The Office of Global Affairs is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants. The NYU Student Health Center reviews the Steinhardt Global Affairs rosters and will reach out to a student directly if its health professionals identify any reason to discuss their participation in a study abroad program.

The Office of Global Affairs recommends that all participants have a general physical done well in advance of departure to identify and address any conditions that may impact their study abroad experience. Participants should also confirm that all of their routine immunizations are up to date. If specific immunizations are required for travel, the Office of Global Affairs will inform the program participants. Participants who require academic/housing accommodations or special services should register with the NYU Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Student Accessibility. The Moses Center will work with the participant and Global Affairs to arrange approved accommodations. This process should begin as early as possible to allow time for adequate planning.

International Health Insurance

For programs based outside of the United States, Steinhardt Global Affairs enrolls all participants in international health insurance through GeoBlue. Services provided include accident and sickness insurance, physician recommendations, medical translation guides, emergency medical evacuations, and more. Coverage can be reviewed via the GeoBlue Student Member Guide.



Housing Policies

NYU Housing Abroad

The Office of Global Affairs arranges housing accommodations for all participants enrolled in its courses. Program participants are generally required to stay in university-provided housing for both safety- and student life-related reasons. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis if a participant wishes to reside with family members who live in the local area. Participants who are interested in requesting an exception must email the Office of Global Affairs at to ask for the Housing Exception Request Form. Participants who are approved for non-NYU housing are required to attend all scheduled course activities. Prior to requesting a housing waiver, participants should note that study abroad course schedules are intensive and may include full-day activities. Participants who are granted an exception to the housing requirement are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the NYU-arranged accommodation and/or classroom space.  

If approved for a housing requirement exception, the participant will need to complete the New York University Housing Waiver and Release Form.

Visitors Policy

Program participants are prohibited from bringing guests into NYU study abroad program housing. There are no exceptions. Violation of this policy can result in immediate dismissal from the program.



Contact Information

Office of Global Affairs
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 992-9380