Academics

If you have specific academic questions throughout the pre-departure process, please contact our Global Academics team at global.academics@nyu.edu. They liaise with academic staff in each country and oversee course registration.

The Albert course search for Spring 2017 will go live the week of October 14. Registration will occur the week of November 14.

For a list of tentatively scheduled courses with course descriptions, please see the Courses page of the website. All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits.

All students must also participate in Global Orientations. More information on the Global Orientations program will be provided prior to arrival. Students do not need to enroll for Global Orientations during registration.

More information on Academic Requirements for Study Away students can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

The most robust list of all academic FAQs can be found on our webpage here. These cover everything from how to check your registration time, to required courses, to information about pre-requisites (and everything in between!). The below reflects some of the most common questions that arise.

Academics FAQs

  • When will I register for courses?

Students register for study away courses during registration week at NYU, which starts November 14. NYU students, that means you will register at your normally appointed time. Visiting students register in the morning on Wednesday of registration week. Students will be able to view their appointment time and begin using the shopping cart feature to plan their schedule approximately one week prior to registration. An announcement will be made on the blog when these features are available to visiting students.

  • How do I register for courses?

All confirmed students register for classes using Albert, NYU’s Student Information System. For additional assistance using Albert please view the NYU Registrar’s Student Registration Guide.

  • What courses do I have to take?

Although particular courses are not required at NYU Accra, all students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits. Please consult with your academic advisor when planning for course registration.

More information on Academic Requirements for Study Away students can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

  • How do I get my textbooks?

Please see the Books and Course Materials website here to become familiar with how textbooks are obtained.

  • Do I need to apply to take courses at the University of Ghana-Legon?

Yes! If you are interested in taking a course at the University of Ghana-Legon, you must submit an application by October 24. Applying will not lock you into the course, but will allow you the opportunity to decide after arrival. The University of GhanaLegon is widely recognized as one of the top institutions of higher education in West Africa, so if you can, take advantage of this opportunity! Students may take 1-2 courses.

The University of GhanaLegon application is pretty straightforward, but we want to call your attention to a few items before you start filling out the form:
  • The $75 fee is waived!
  • Use this Sample Application as a template.
  • You’ll need to do a little research to fill out question #11. Review the course offerings at the University of GhanaLegon, and list a few courses of interest: Archeology,Dance, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Music, Nutrition, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre
  • Don’t worry about getting your course choices exactly right! Final registration happens when you arrive in Accra, and you’ll be able to choose different courses or decide not to take courses at the University of GhanaLegon, at all.
  • With the exception of language and performing art classes, only 300- and 400-level courses are appropriate for direct enrollment.
  • Note: The photo does not need to be the same as the photo on your passport. Since you are having passport photos taken, you might want to take more for your visa application (you will need two) and to bring with you to use in Accra (you will need another two for your residency permit, which site staff will help you secure after arrival). Take all of them now to save time and money later!
  • Return the application (and two photocopies) with an Original Passport Photo glued to the application and each copy by (date TBD) (the passport photo does not need to be the same one that is in your passport):
    • Students at NYU Abu Dhabi: Drop off your applications in the Office of Global Education, Campus Center, Room E-0003
    • Students at NYU New York: Drop off your applications at 383 Lafayette Street, Office of Global Programs, 4th Floor. We are open 9am to 5pm EST.
    • Students at Study Away Sites: Reach out to me and I will contact your study away site to coordinate shipping!
  • I have to take a certain course while I’m abroad to complete my degree on time. How can I guarantee I’ll get in?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot in any course for any student. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have some flexibility in your schedule and that no ONE course is absolutely necessary for your degree progress.

Some courses abroad, can fill and do run waitlists. If you want to take a course that is closed, we recommend that you add yourself to the waitlist if possible. (When waitlisting, make sure to use the Swap function so that Albert knows which class to drop you from should a space open up in the course. If you already waitlisted but did not use the Swap function, use Edit Swap to set up a swap after the fact.) Many courses have a waitlist limit of five students. When this waitlist limit is reached, waitlisting for the course is no longer possible.

Waitlists do NOT guarantee you a spot in a class, but students do occasionally get in off of the waitlist when enrolled students drop the course. After initial registration, this movement is most likely to happen during the drop/add period once you arrive at your site, so occasionally students are able to get the courses they want on site even if they weren’t able to do so at registration. Since the likelihood of getting into a course off of a waitlist can be difficult to predict, you should always be enrolled in a back up course. Additionally, for some courses, we monitor waitlists, occasionally adding seats or opening additional sections if demand is high enough and enough classroom space and instructors can be found.

Who should I contact if I’m stuck on a waitlist? Can the instructor give me permission?

If you would like to inquire about your position on the waitlist, please email global.academics@nyu.edu. As there are many factors to consider in overriding a course cap, including classroom space and departmental guidelines we ask that you not contact instructors directly to request permission to enroll in a class. Our staff will be in contact with professors and put you in touch with them directly as necessary.

  • What are the Important Dates of the Program?

Please visit the Calendar on the web site for information about Arrival, Departure and other important dates.

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