Spring Welcome Week Events

NYU Spring Welcome. Over 200 events to start the new semester. Events are open to all NYU Students. Full schedule on the NYU Guide App & http://bit.ly/NYUSW17.

  • So You Think NYU Can Dance w/ Guest Judge Karla Garcia from Hamilton, Drag Karaoke feat. Alexis Michelle, Pop Up Vintage Shop, HBO Girl Screening + Cast Q&A and more. NYU Spring Welcome has something for everyone. Check out the FB Event for more info.
  • NYU Spring Welcome has over 200 events. Excited for the Pop Up Vintage Shop.
  • NYU Spring Welcome events are open to ALL NYU Students: First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, New Transfers, Study Away Students, Visiting Students, Graduate Students. Over 200 events to start spring semester right. More info on the FB Event.

Welcome Week Partner Program

For students new to New York this spring semester, some of NYU New York’s Welcome Week orientation leaders have offered to be a go-to resource for you the first week of classes.  They are there to answers questions from the student perspective about studying in New York.  You will receive an email introduction to your partner later this week.

What to do if you Encounter Flight Cancellations or Delays

While our hope is that you arrive at your study away destination without any challenges, we know at times these can occur for a variety of reasons.  Please note that NYU is unable to act as an intermediary between the traveler and airline, but it may be helpful to keep in mind the below tips should you encounter any flight cancellations or delays:

Contact Your Airline First

Number one tip: Whether it’s an airport delay or flight cancellation, contact your airline – immediately.  It is most beneficial to act quickly so that you are able to grab a seat on the next available flight if necessary.  Many passengers will be trying to rebook and options may become more limited the longer you wait.

If Your Flight is Canceled:

  • Multi-task communications: If your flight is canceled or delayed, immediately get in line for a gate agent; at the same time, call the airline (it may be quicker).
  • If you have a frequent flyer status with the airline that gives you access to a priority phone number, using this may expedite the service you receive.

Note: There are no federal requirements that require airlines to provide you with any hotel or meal vouchers due to events outside their control such as weather, but airline policies on this vary. When in doubt, ask. Some will provide you with certain amenities.

If Your Flight is Delayed:

  • Stay in touch with the airline: Follow the tips above; stay connected to your carrier
  • Don’t be late to the gate: Even if you’ve been told your flight is delayed, stay in the gate area. Delays can evaporate and windows of opportunity for take-off can be short; if you’re not present for boarding, you may be out of luck

Note: Always be at the gate at least 20 minutes before departure, minimum.

Ultimately, if you are in an area where you still have access to email or phone service, please contact the appropriate staff member(s) at NYU New York listed on your arrival-cheat-sheet to forward your updated itinerary.  This is another reason why it is important to have a copy in your carry on.

Should your updated itinerary arrive outside of the provided transportation window, you will be responsible for getting to housing (but don’t worry – the arrival cheat sheet will have all the relevant details necessary to do so!).

The staff recognize these occurrences are beyond your control so will work with you to catch up if any material is missed.  On behalf of the entire NYU Global Programs team, we wish you safe travels!

Guidebook: Your Orientation Schedule

Next week you will receive a message sent to your NYU email address with detailed instructions about accessing NYU Guidebook, a scheduling app that will list mandatory and optional on-site orientation programs.  Using the app you can create your orientation schedule and access maps that will show you program locations.  If you do not have a smartphone you can always access the web version of NYU Guidebook.  Remember to check your NYU email account regularly!

Arrival Cheat Sheet

Don’t leave for New York without your arrival-cheat-sheet! It contains helpful information about navigating the airport, getting to your housing assignment, and NYU New York contact information. Please provide a copy of this document to your family.

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Know the time difference between your hometown and New York, and discuss a communication plan with your friends and family
  • Know what to expect for meal costs in your host location. See the NYU New York Study Away website for the cost of a few items and be sure to access the pre-departure budgeting module.
  • Check the exchange rate for your host country’s currency regularly
  • Purchase any necessary voltage convertors and/or adaptors.

And remember these tips from our First Time Traveler Post. (They’re actually quite good for everyone!)

Global Safety Tips

Keeping you safe — and ensuring your ability to make academic progress — are top priorities for NYU. As you prepare to spend the semester away from your home campus, we wanted to share with you some tips and best practices that will help to do so.

The University continuously monitors events in cities and countries around the globe, and adjusts security precautions, as necessary, based on the local environment. Should an urgent situation arise, the University maintains an emergency notification system, which delivers alerts via text message and email.

  • Register your travel with your respective embassy or consulate – both while you are at your study away location, and anywhere else your travel plans may take you.
  • Make sure to have a mobile phone with you whenever you’re away from the site – and be sure to keep it charged!
  • If you are planning on traveling away from your site – even if only for a night — please be sure to register your trip in NYU Traveler, and let a member of your local site staff know.
  • Please be sure that your site staff has a local contact phone number for you.
  • Do your homework before you travel away from your site. Check for potential travel warnings for cities and countries to which you are thinking about traveling (the US State Department website is a good place to start.
  • Always be fully aware of your surroundings. Avoid at-risk areas (in many cities, this could include locations that are very popular with tourists). And if during your travels you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups. Whether you’re going out for an evening, or are planning to explore the region (or beyond), go with friends!
  • If you don’t know the person entering a building right after you, make sure they have their own ID — don’t allow “piggy-backing” at entrances to NYU academic centers and residence halls.
  • If you ever have a question or concern about your safety – either at your site, or while you are traveling – either check with your local site staff, or call the NYU Public Safety Command Center (open 24/7) at +1.212.998.2222.
  • Should you ever feel anxious or upset during your time away, or you simply want to have someone to speak to, please call the Wellness Exchange (24/7). You can always reach them at +1.212.443.9999, but many sites also have local numbers, which can be found here.

For more safety tips, visit: http://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/be-safe/public-safety/campus-safety-tips.html

Audition for NYU’s Choruses!

The NYU Choral Arts Society is the official choral program of New York University. It consists of six choirs, each with a unique identity and style. The Society welcomes participation from the entire University and surrounding community. Concerts are performed on campus, as well as at venues throughout the city.

Auditions to be held on:
Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22
From 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Pless Annex (82 Washington Square East), Room 220
Schedule an audition
or call: 212-998-5244 / email: is37@nyu.edu

Courses can be taken for zero to one credit.

NYU Chorale
NYU Chorale is an all-University ensemble and the largest classical choral ensemble at NYU. Chorale offers singers an in-depth performance experience of large-scale choral works with special emphasis on works from the 19th and 20th centuries. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.001

University Singers
A select choir, this ensemble is devoted to chamber repertoire from all periods. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.002

Madrigal Singers
Madrigal Singers is a small, coed ensemble of 16 singers dedicated to the joy of a capella singing. Challenging repertoire includes music from Renaissance to Rock and all things in between. Ability to sight sing is required. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.005

Women’s Choir
An ensemble of 60 voices devoted to the highest quality literature in a wide variety of musical styles. Auditions consist of a solo song, vocalization and tonal memory exercises. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.003

Jazz Choir (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
An ensemble of 16 vocalists. Repertoire is of high quality and is chosen to represent a wide range of jazz/contemporary periods and styles. Auditions consist of a solo song, improvisation to a 24 measure blues chorus, and sight-reading. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.004

Men’s Glee
The newest of the NYU Choirs, the all male organization performs a varied repertoire of choral selections. MPAME-GE 2085, MPAME-UE 1085.006

Audition for the NYU Concert Band or Music Education Jazz Ensemble!

NYU Concert Band
The NYU Concert Band performs varied literature from the Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble repertoire. Membership is open to any student at NYU by audition only.

Contact Professor Michael Breaux (michael.breaux@nyu.edu) to arrange an audition time.
Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The final concert will be Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m.

NYU Music Education Jazz Ensemble
The NYU Music Education Jazz Ensemble performs literature from the Big Band and modern Jazz Ensemble genres. Membership is open by audition to any currently matriculating NYU student who plays saxophone (including doubles – flute, clarinet), trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums, guitar, or percussion.

Contact Professor Michael Breaux (michael.breaux@nyu.edu) to arrange an audition time.
Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The final concert will be Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

Arrivals and Orientation Update

The residence halls will be ready to check you in to your rooms starting at 10 AM on January 22 if you are new to New York this spring.  Returning fall students may check back into the same room from the fall upon arrival to New York.

On the 22nd, 19 Washington Square North, a building located on NYU’s campus, will host an open house from 1PM – 4PM.  Students may gather there to ask questions, gather some informational materials, and have some light refreshments.  Campus tours will be available from 19 Washington Square North at 3PM.  If you have any questions upon arrival, during the first week of classes, or at any point during the semester, please contact gpnyc@nyu.edu.  Your question will be answered as quickly as possible.

The mandatory on-site orientation for students new to NY this spring will be on January 27th from 4PM-7PM with a pizza dinner to follow.  Orientation will be in Vanderbilt Hall in the Greenberg Lounge.  Please be sure to review the on-line modules to prepare for the start of the spring semester and for orientation.  Only students with class conflicts documented in Albert will be excused from orientation.

Students returning from the fall semester are welcome to attend orientation, but it is not a requirement.  However, returning students must check in with at:

  1. 19 Washington Square North on January 22 (1PM-4PM)
  2. 383 Lafayette Street on January 23-January 25 from 10AM-12PM or 2PM-4PM



Practical Pre-Departure Checklist & Packing Tips

As you prepare to get on a plane, it is now time to review the below final checklist full of practical items and packing tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly.  You can find more packing information here!

Also, take note of what NOT to pack by visiting this website.

  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad.  Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on.  Your carry on should also have all important paperwork, phone numbers, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late.
  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on.  That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Bring your flight confirmation printout to the airport.
  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack.
  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed, but service fees can be hefty.  Banks can generally issueeuros ahead of time, if they have notice.  Or simply withdraw cash from the ATM directly once you land – this can sometimes be easiest).
  • Have a copy of your arrival cheat sheet (coming next week!)  – and leave one with your family!
  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
  • Buy a journal.  Study Away is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use currently. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.
  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad.
  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Last but definitely not least, try to pack LIGHT.  Layers, layers, layers!  You will inevitably come home with more than you started with.

New York Realty Show Sign Up

Similar to the Reality Shows you experienced on your home campus, The Reality Show: NYU is a gritty, funny musical about the lives of NYU New York students as they experience an array of confounding, confusing, and exciting issues.

Take a look >>

The Spring performance will be:Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 – 8:30pm in Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012).

If you wish to attend, sign up here by January 19 and a ticket will be reserved for you.