Liberal Studies offers you the incredible opportunity to begin NYU with a year in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC. Studying away from Washington Square as a first-year student allows you to maximize NYU's global network while gaining distinctive academic and personal experience.
Each First Year Away (FYA) program fits seamlessly with the Core Program and Global Liberal Studies program at Washington Square. You will take core curriculum courses in Writing, Cultural Foundations, and Social Foundations in one of the world's most historic cities, as well as choose from courses that engage you with the language or culture of your new city.
First Year in Florence
NYU Florence is located at La Pietra, a breathtaking 57-acre estate on a hillside that overlooks the city. Five villas house student residences, classrooms, computer labs, study lounges, and dining and exercise facilities. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is an exciting place to begin your liberal arts education, and the experience of living and learning in Italy is a remarkable way to start college. La Pietra is the home of a major international student community, with students from around the world 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 begin your liberal arts education exploring the city’s centuries-old landmarks and contemporary wonders. The academic program in London utilizes the cultural resources of the city and its region to enrich your learning. Learn more about First Year in London.
First Year in Paris
Paris is one of the most captivating capital cities in Europe. The Eiffel Tower, its symbol, soars from the skyline. The Right Bank offers stately monuments, grand boulevards, and museums including the Louvre, Beaubourg, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. The Left Bank evokes a bohemian and intellectual atmosphere with art galleries, cafés, jazz clubs, and boutiques. Your courses in the City of Light 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. Beginning your liberal arts education in the nation’s capital gives you access to singular resources such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. Combining the cultural heritage of the city with access to leaders in government, business, and media, the academic program in Washington, DC, offers you an extraordinary first-year experience. Learn more about First Year in Washington, DC.
Requirements For FYA programs 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.