NYU Prague Fall 2016 Send-Off Event

Excited to see your NYU Prague classmates again before the end of the semester? Join us for the Fall 2016 Send-Off event!

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask some last-minute questions and get a FREE travel kit! There will be coffee and donuts!

Date: Wed, May 4
Time: 9:30 – 11:30am
Location: Pless Hall, first floor lounge (32 Washington Place)

 

To enter, all students will swipe-in so remember to bring your NYU ID! Feel free to come for a short while or stay the entire time!

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New Fall Course Offering – Roma in Central East Europe

NYU Prague has a new Anthropology course offering this fall!

Please note: this course will satisfy the Cultures and Contest CORE Requirement for Steinhardt students.

ANTH-UA 9200 Roma in Central East Europe:  Ethnographic and Historical Overview of a People Without a State   – 4 points
The course will introduce students to the development of Romany politics and culture from a persecuted minority through to the emergence of Romany organizations with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe. The aim is to challenge any essentializing view on Roma as either a people outside or/and without society or as perennial victims of oppression. Two main approaches have dominated the teaching of Romany issues: a culturalist/ethnic approach, which stresses Romany cultures, and an economistic approach, which stresses ´poverty.´ This course will challenge mono-causal and a-historic explanations for the social situation of Roma and will stimulate students to think about Roma in a critical holistic way that brings into consideration the societies they live in. Building on a diverse selection of empirical material, ranging from ethnographic, historical and sociological case studies to artistic representations of Roma, the course will present the Roma “as good to think” for our comprehension of current social issues. The course is divided into three interconnected thematic blocks – 1. Identity, community and culture, 2. Power, the State and social stratification, 3. History, memory and politics of representation – which will allow to cover much of the current debates on the plight of European Roma as well as a grasp of social theories on marginality.

 

If interested, please review the sample syllabus.

 

 

August Orientation at NYU Prague

Prague is arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  When students step off the plane, they enter into a fairy-tale-like land of castles, cobblestoned streets and quaint cafes.

But the cobblestoned roads are winding and confusing, the language can be daunting, and the history – which does so much to shape a culture – unfamiliar to many NYU students.

During our week-long orientation, we try to help students feel at home in Prague and start to adjust to some of the challenges of daily and academic life here.

All students take a history symposium called The Czech Republic in a Global Context, which is taught by NYU Prague professors and is a combination of lectures, discussions, films and tours that provide students with a foundation that they will for their courses.  At the end of the week all students are required to write an essay reflecting on what they have learned during the week; the writers of the best essays win a free weekend trip to Berlin led by NYU Prague staff. “It was a great way to start off the semester … it gave us an insight into the city, our professors, and history. It does a great job in setting a tone for classes,” reported one student this semester.

All students are also enrolled in  “survival” Czech lessons where experienced teachers  focus on language needed in daily life.  This is especially important for students who are not taking Czech during the semester, as it teaches them basic pronunciation.  Thanks to small class sizes, they end up being about culture as well as language:  “one of the most helpful parts was when our teacher gave us a few minutes for cultural Q&As about things we’d encountered so far and didn’t understand.”
A lot of orientation is about practical issues.  How to go to the doctor…. safety in Prague…resources on campus and in the city…. cultural adjustment …. our RAs and staff do all we can to help answer students’ numerous questions.

And what better way to get to know a city but to go to a cultural event?  Our Kulturama program launches by giving all students a free ticket to the an event of their choice: opera, ballet, theatre, and sometimes hockey or soccer games.

Of course the most important part of orientation is the “off” time when students explore the city on their own, meeting new friends and getting lost (and found) wandering the maze-like streets of Prague.  At the end of orientation last semester, one student wrote “”I truly felt the presence of beauty and darkness within Prague. It is a treasure trove in Europe; I understand now if I encounter skepticism.”

Meet NYU Prague Global Ambassador, Rohin S.!

Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Prague alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.

Today, meet Rohin S., who studied in Prague in Fall 2015.

Rohin S.Major: Finance and Economics

Where did you live?  Osadni

What is your favorite memory about your time abroad?  My favorite thing about Prague was the beautiful architecture and quaintness of the city. Especially being from New York, it was a great break to be in a smaller, warmer city like Prague. Also, every building is hundreds of years old and is gorgeous.

What was the most interesting course you took and why?  The best course I took in Prague (actually at NYU) was a course on Religion, Politics and Culture in Eastern Europe. We would learn about Eastern European history within the context of politics and religion, and we would take a field trip every day to a different church, monastery or religious landmark. I saw most of Prague that way, and saw stuff that I would have never seen or known about otherwise. Take any class with Prof. Mucha!

What two things do you wish you had packed?  Warmer clothes and more travel size stuff. We travelled almost every weekend and it was really annoying to carry around big toiletries and bags everywhere. If you’re interested in travelling, you most probably wont ever check a bag in – so, make sure you travel light. Also, Prague in the spring is deceptively cold. Make sure you don’t underestimate that.

Name two things you should not have packed.  Food and school supplies. Once you get the hang of it, buying groceries in Prague is really easy and all their food is super fresh. Also, their candy is amazing. So don’t worry about not being able to find food. I was able to do it – and I don’t eat meat. Also, as weird as it sounds, don’t bother bringing any books or too many school supplies. NYU gives you whatever you’ll need, and you should carry as little stuff so you can buy a lot of souvenirs to bring home.

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be?  I would have explored more of the Czech Republic. I was able to see Prague very thoroughly and visited Cesky Krumlov, but I didn’t see much beyond that. I would have loved to see more of the countryside of the CR.

 

Study Away Confirmation Portal Coming Soon

The Study Away Confirmation Portal is coming soon! This is where you will list your housing preferences, complete your housing application, sign off on the travel release and housing agreement forms, and submit other important information. This form will contain details about the different housing options, including costs, and will be due back to us by June 15.

Additional details for accessing the portal will be made available is next week’s blog.
For now, you can view information about housing here – but please note that locations & costs are subject to change until the finalized info is sent out in the Portal.  Living in NYU provided housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment.

NYU Global GoPro Video Project

Do you want to a free GoPro camera for your semester away?

The inaugural Global GoPro Video Project is all about encouraging students to document their amazing experiences abroad.  We also want your help to create authentic and engaging videos for the next generation of study away students.

If you’re selected for the project you will receive a GoPro camera bundle which is yours to keep and use how you see fit, no strings attached. But to make the next great study abroad video we’re asking participants to donate footage from their semester away for our global video editors to mold into exciting representations of the NYU study away experience. We’re looking for the student perspective.

This is a fun opportunity for any student interested in visual storytelling and social media. Fill out the brief application today for your chance to start your semester away with a brand new GoPro.

Visa Status Survey

In the coming weeks leading up to the summer, OGS will be sending NYU Prague students a survey to ask where in the visa process you are. This survey will be sent on a rolling basis, based on the date when your NYU Prague packet arrived in our office (meaning not every student will get the survey the same week).

This will be used in late May to get a sense of how many students have been able to apply and what students may need additional assistance.

Beyond the Selfie

Beyond the Selfie

It’s time for a study break!

Join us next week Wednesday at Beyond the Selfie. Former study away students will provide their best practices for documenting your study away adventure while you mix and mingle with other students preparing to go abroad. Get great tips on travel writing, blogging, photography, video, and more.

There will be lots of food and refreshments and all attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes like moleskin notebooks and smartphone lens kits. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the new Global GoPro Video Project, which will award several lucky students with a GoPro bundle.

We hope to see you there!

Pre-Departure Orientation: Make-up Session

For those students who could not attend the pre-departure orientation last weekend due to religious obligations, we have scheduled a make-up session.

Date: Fri, April 29th
Time: 10am
Location: Waverly Building, Room 433 (28 Waverly Place)

Please arrive on time and be sure to bring your NYU ID as you will swipe-in to confirm attendance. Remember, it is a requirement of the program that you attend this orientation.

Reminder About Visa Processing Times

A reminder that visa applications can legally take up to 90 days to process from the day you submit your application to the Consulate.

While in the past we have seen a number of applications come back faster than this, the Consulate in New York has asked us to remind students of this timeframe. The Consulate is unable to expedite any application, as they are all processed centrally at the Ministry of the Interior in Prague.

DO NOT DELAY IN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. As soon as you have all of the required documents, APPLY! Remember that the Office of Global Services is here to assist you, so if you are struggling or have questions about the process don’t hesitate to email/call/come to walk-in hours (ogs.outbound@nyu.edu ; 212-998-4242 ; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 1pm -4pm ; 561 LaGuardia Place).