As a first-year Liberal Studies student, you will have the exclusive opportunity to study away from Washington Square at one of NYU's global academic centers in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC. Each of these First Year Away* programs fits in seamlessly with the academic program at Washington Square so that course requirements are met on time for graduation in four years. During your first year, you will examine the world’s major cultural traditions and the ways in which they are connected through core curriculum courses in Writing, Cultural Foundations, and Social Foundations, which all LS students take regardless of where they spend their first year.
First Year in Florence
NYU Florence is located at La Pietra, a breathtaking 57-acre estate in Italy. Sir Harold Acton, a patron of the arts, bequeathed the stunning property that overlooks the city from a hillside to the University in 1994. On the grounds are five villas, containing residences for students and faculty, classrooms, computer labs, study lounges, and dining and exercise facilities. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a unique place in which to begin your liberal arts education, and the experience of living and learning in Italy is an exciting way to start an undergraduate degree program. La Pietra is the home of a major international student community, with students from all over the world engaged in learning at all levels. The academic program in Florence includes visits to many important museums and historic sites in the region. Learn more about First Year in Florence.
First Year in London
London is a world capital of banking, insurance, commerce, design, and theatre -- a cosmopolitan city that is home to institutions of global importance, including the London Stock Exchange, the Tate Modern, and the British Museum. At NYU London you will have the opportunity to begin your liberal arts education while exploring the city’s centuries-old historic landmarks and its contemporary wonders. The academic program in London utilizes the cultural resources of the city and its region to complement student learning. Learn more about First Year in London.
First Year in Paris
Known as the City of Light, Paris is one of the most captivating cities in Europe. The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of the city, dominates the skyline. On the north bank of the Seine, the Right Bank is home to monumental buildings, grand boulevards, and major museums, including the Louvre, Beaubourg, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. The Left Bank evokes a Bohemian and intellectual atmosphere with its artist communities, cafés, restaurants, jazz clubs, and hip boutiques. Your courses will integrate French language, history, and culture for a truly immersive academic experience. Learn more about First Year in Paris.
First Year in Washington, DC
Washington, DC is a dynamic international city that is also the seat of the United States government and home to the nation's historical sites and records. LS students may choose to spend their first year in DC, utilizing rich resources such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress as they begin their liberal arts education. Combining the cultural heritage of the city with access to leaders in government, business, and media, the academic program in DC offers students an extraordinary first-year experience. Learn more about First Year in Washington, DC.
*Requirements for LS students who wish to enroll at a first-year program in Europe:Passports valid six months beyond the end date of the academic year will be required. The majority of students attending the first-year program in Europe also will be required to independently secure a student visa valid for the dates of the program; tourist visas are not acceptable for the purposes of study. Additionally, students must be eighteen years of age on or before the date of travel to the site for the purposes of study.