Pre-Departure Survey Now Available

You should have received an email with access to our pre-departure survey, and are now able to submit feedback regarding your experience.

As previously mentioned, NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to go away, and we would like your feedback to know how we are doing and where we can improve.  Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) and complete. Your answers are anonymous and will help us as we prepare for future semesters.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

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Reflecting on your Experience Away

You should have now largely completed your study away to-do’s.  As one last recommended to-do, we would like to challenge you to think about how you will document and reflect on your experience away.

Your 3-4 month journey will go by with the blink of an eye, but you will create memories that last a lifetime.  Consider creating a blog, both for your own benefit and as a way to share the experience with your family and friends.  If you haven’t already, keep in mind joining the team of students blogging for ThisIsNYU throughout the Global Network.

Here is information on how to sign up.

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Be GlobeSmart

In order to have a successful semester away, you should be prepared to experience different ways of interacting with the people and culture of your new city.  GlobeSmart is a web based tool that provides quick access to knowledge on how to communicate effectively with people from over sixty countries around the globe, as well as links to research about American stereotypes, cultural and ethical relativism, and tips for maximizing study abroad.

Learn more about creating and understanding your cultural profile here.

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Packing & Travel Tips From Your Site Representative

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in our time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel 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.

  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. 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. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.

  • 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, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, 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 you can’t take any through security, remember).

  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.

  • 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 Abroad 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.
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Arrival Cheat Sheet

Don’t leave for Shanghai without your Shanghai Arrival Cheat Sheet! It contains helpful information about navigating the airport, getting to your housing assignment, and NYU Shanghai contact information, as well a quick arrival preparation checklist. Please provide a copy of this document to your parents.

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Join Stern’s Political Economy Exchange Executive Board

The Stern Political Economy Exchange in Shanghai (SPEX) has open spots on its executive board next semester for the positions of Treasurer, Director of Marketing, and Director of Communications.

Anyone can apply regardless of what school you are in

You can apply through this link:

Applications are due January 31st!

In the past, SPEX Shanghai has hosted speakers ranging from young entrepreneurs living in Shanghai, executives working at multinational corporations such as Baidu (China’s largest online search engine), to executive consultants.

SPEX leverages NYU’s international network to open new doors for students around the world. SPEX is NYU’s only student-run international organization with active chapters in New York, London, and Shanghai. Through professional events, professor lectures, and international video conference events, we seek to expand students’ boundaries beyond the traditional classroom and to encourage students to question the possibilities of the world outside.

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Do You Have Your Visa? (MANDATORY!)

Everyone should now have an an X2 visa and be ready to travel to China. If you do not yet have your visa, you are strongly encouraged to email or call 212-998-4242 for assistance immediately. In your email, please explain any progress you have made so far toward applying for your visa and any reasons for your delay.

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