Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What happens if I elect to spend my first year at an NYU global academic center in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC?
NYU encourages every undergraduate to participate in our extensive global network that boasts 13 global sites on five continents. Most NYU students must achieve sophomore standing before studying away from New York, but Liberal Studies students have the unique opportunity to begin their academic careers at one of NYU’s global academic centers in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC. Many students benefit from a full year of international study before they have chosen their major or minor, in a setting where they are completing general education classes that meet requirements in all NYU bachelor’s degrees. If you complete your first year at NYU Florence, NYU London, NYU Paris, or NYU Washington, DC, you will join your peers at NYU’s New York City campus for the sophomore year. By the end of the sophomore year at NYU, you will have completed 64 credits, one-half of the 128 credits required for an NYU bachelor’s degree.

What classes will I take in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC?
All LS first-year students at the global academic centers take the same core curriculum classes as LS students who are enrolled at NYU’s New York City campus. Students at Florence and Paris also will study the language spoken at the site (unless they are already proficient in the language).

I have AP/IB credit—will it count toward my core curriculum requirements?
All core curriculum classes count toward completion of NYU’s general education requirements. In general, AP and IB credits, or other advanced standing credits (like college courses at another school) will count toward the 128 credits required for graduation. For the most part, however, advanced standing will not substitute for any classes in the core curriculum, though it may satisfy other degree requirements (for example, in science), and it may place you in a higher-level class (for example, in foreign language). Upon your arrival, your academic advisor will meet with you to discuss your advanced standing and how the credits may be applied.


Core Program FAQ

Is the Core Program a bachelor's degree program?
The Core Program is two-year curriculum in which you will fulfill general education requirements and explore your major options. After you have successfully completed the Core Program at the end of sophomore year, you will continue as a junior in one of NYU’s degree-granting schools or programs, where you will earn a bachelor’s degree.

What happens at the end of my sophomore year?
All Core Program students are expected to continue in a bachelor’s degree program at NYU for the junior and senior years. Your LS academic advisor will guide you as you consider transition and major options. As a sophomore, you will declare a major during spring semester, after successful transition to your baccalaureate program. As a junior, you will continue your studies in your baccalaureate program. In order to transition to a bachelor’s degree program, students must be in good academic standing and meet specific program requirements in their prospective major or school.

Which degree-granting programs may I transition to following completion of the Core Program?
NYU is characterized by its diversity of majors and programs. As a Core Program student, you will have access to the university’s varied academic programs, from the College of Arts and Science’s more than 90 majors, to a bachelor’s degree at the Tandon School of Engineering.

Core Program students who are in good academic standing, who have completed a minimum of 64 credits, and who meet specific program requirements in their prospective major or school have the opportunity to transition directly to degree programs in these NYU schools:

  • Arts and Science (College of Arts and Science; Liberal Studies)
  • College of Nursing
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Professional Studies (specific programs)
  • Silver School of Social Work
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (specific liberal arts programs)
  • Tandon School of Engineering (specific liberal arts programs)

Core Program students who meet the above requirements may also apply for internal transfer to the following colleges and degree programs at NYU. Application and/or additional materials (e.g. audition, portfolio) will be reviewed for admission to:

  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (Music and Performing Arts; Art and Art Professions)
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tandon School of Engineering
  • Tisch School of the Arts

How will I determine which degree program to select?
Starting from your first semester, your LS academic advisor will address questions that are most important as you consider major options. Core Program students generally have one free elective each semester in the first year and three free electives each semester in the sophomore year. These elective spaces are used to complete requirements in your destination school, to explore potential majors, to begin introductory classes in a major, or to begin a minor. Advisors from the College of Arts and Science and from Steinhardt also have regular office hours in the LS Advising Office as a resource for students considering degree-granting programs within those schools.

Can I begin a major or a minor while I am in the Core Program?
Elective credits may be used to begin to complete requirements in your prospective school, to begin introductory classes in a major, or to begin a minor. In addition to minors available within schools, you also may pursue any of over fifty cross-school minors that are available to all NYU undergraduates.

Which applicants are selected for the Core Program?
The admissions committee selects applicants for the Core Program who would thrive in an interdisciplinary curriculum with small, seminar-style classes where students are actively expected to engage in classroom discussion. Selected students may or may not have expressed an interest in a specific major or another school or college on their application for admission. The admissions committee, however, believes selected students would benefit from exploring the liberal arts at NYU and completing their general education requirements through the Core Program before committing to a major, minor, double-major, etc.

Global Liberal Studies FAQ

What is my major in GLS?
Students study the liberal arts from a global perspective and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Liberal Studies from NYU. The GLS B.A. is interdisciplinary, including courses that include world literature, history, philosophy, art, and science. Students develop a concentration in a particular area of global studies in close consultation with a faculty advisor.

Can I earn a B.A. in GLS and study another language?
Language learning is an essential part of the GLS degree program, and every student will study a language other than English to an advanced level of proficiency. Students are expected to continue developing their language skills during the junior year of study at one of NYU’s global academic centers.

Can I study subjects outside my major?
Students may take elective classes in any of NYU’s undergraduate schools and programs. Many students will want to minor in the language spoken at their junior-year study site. Students are also encouraged to pursue one of over fifty cross-school minors; popular minors include Business Studies, Media, Culture and Communications, and Economics. Students may pursue more than one minor, time permitting.

Can I spend my first year away from New York?
Every year, groups of GLS first-year students elect to begin their studies at our entry campuses in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC. The academic program is structured so that students complete required core courses and progress in their studies at the same pace as first-year students in New York. Note: Students who begin at a global academic center must study for their entire first year at the same global center. In addition, to ensure compliance with student visa requirements and local law, students who wish to enroll in a first-year program at an NYU global academic center must be 18 years of age on or before the date of travel to the site for the purposes of study.

I’ve decided to spend my GLS first year at a global study site. What happens in my junior year?
All GLS students, including those who begin their first year at an NYU global academic center, spend their junior year at a selected location within NYU’s global network. The junior year experience is the keystone of the GLS degree—students are immersed in the history, contemporary culture, and language of their host city through course work, advanced language study, and experiential learning. If you have attended an NYU global academic center in your first year, you may return to the same city, or you may choose a new location, depending on your concentration and academic goals.

Which global academic centers are options for my junior year in NYU’s global network?
Students currently have the options to spend their junior year at: NYU Berlin, NYU Buenos Aires, NYU Florence, NYU Madrid, NYU Paris, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Tel Aviv. The sites are carefully selected to insure that required GLS classes are available and that students have a range of diverse experiential learning opportunities. New locations may be added from time to time.

Can I pursue pre-health/pre-med concentration while in GLS?
The pre-health concentration is available to all NYU undergraduates. Because there are limited opportunities for elective courses in GLS, and because students must spend the junior year away from the New York campus, it is very difficult for students to complete a pre-health concentration in four years. Students who want to earn the GLS B.A. and also apply to medical school will either spend a fifth year at NYU or, after graduation, devote a year to a post-baccalaureate course of pre-medical study.

I would like to apply to law school or graduate school to earn a master’s degree; will GLS prepare me for this?
Many GLS students are preparing for a career in law. Indeed, GLS offers training in the critical reading, critical thinking, and communication skills that law school admission committees seek. GLS provides good preparation for application to professional schools and master’s programs in law, public administration, international relations, and master’s degrees in certain liberal arts disciplines. GLS graduates have gone on to further study at institutions such as: Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School, King’s College London, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. For those entering the work place after graduation, the degree prepares students for any field. For more about GLS graduates' career, see Class of 2014 placement statistics.