A formal request to pursue independent study must be submitted in the form of a proposed syllabus. Review the guidelines for independent study.
Study at Other Institutions
Students may take summer (or winter) courses at a different institution for NYU credit, provided the institution and coursework meet required criteria. For information about approval criteria and the request process, review the appropriate form below:
Leaves of absence must be obtained officially through the LS Advising Office. A leave may be requested for one semester or the entire academic year. If you do not obtain an official leave of absence, you will need to apply for readmission to NYU following your leave.
To withdraw from the University, speak with an LS academic advisor about your plans as early as possible. The advisor will advise you on the next steps. In addition, if you are staying in University Housing, you will be asked to provide proof of withdrawal from the LS Advising Center so that you will not be charged for future semesters.
Leaves of absence may be granted under various circumstances. Review the guidelines for common circumstances below:
For more information, refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the LS Bulletin.
In the process of learning, students acquire ideas from many sources and exchange ideas and opinions with others through reading, writing, and discussion. Students are expected—often required—to build their own work on that of other people, just as professional researchers and writers would. Not giving credit to someone whose work has helped your scholarship is considered plagiarism, which corrupts values of the University and violates Academic Integrity policy. The LS community expects that you will be scrupulous in crediting those sources that have contributed to the development of your ideas. To align your work with LS academic integrity policies, review the LS Academic Integrity Guide.
Plagiarism is not, however, the only form of academic dishonesty. Any violation of, or attempt to, circumvent a course, program, or University academic policy is considered a breach of academic integrity. For examples of violations and associated sanctions, refer to the Academic Integrity policy in the LS Bulletin.