What Should I Be Doing Now? Recap of Deadlines

Although it is summer, there are still some items to complete leading up to your departure.  This is also a great time to catch up if need be.  Please take the time to review the below and take action where necessary.  Note that some items are now PAST DUE. For more information about each item, please click the links:

[Past Due] Complete the online Study Away Module

[Past Due] Register for courses (12-18 credits)

[By July 29] Visiting Students: Submit a photo to the NYU ID Center (Current NYU Students – do not forget to bring your NYU ID with you!)

[By July 29] – Submit health forms to the NYU Health Center

[By August 1] Submit your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal AND NYU Traveler

[By August 9] Pay your ebill

E-bills Received

NYU’s Office of the Bursar has now sent out electronic bills (e-bills) to all registered students for the fall semester.

As an NYU Prague student, you should also have your fall Prague housing placeholder charge posted – all students must pay this amount by the due date. Once the final housing placement has been made, the e-bill will be adjusted, resulting in either a credit or an additional charge. The final charge will appear on your e-bill within 2-3 weeks following the start of the program.

Bills are due by August 9th! If you have not received an e-bill (remember, this is only sent to your NYU email account), you can still access your e-bill as follows:

  • Log into NYU Home (home.nyu.edu)
  • Click on the Academics tab, then click on Albert Login
  • Click on the “Student Center”
  • Click on the “View Bursar Account” link located under the Finances menu
  • This should link to the secure eSuite website

E-Bills Coming Soon & Setting Up Direct Deposit

The NYU Bursar will send bills via email on July 19.  Please keep an eye on your NYU email account for your NYU Prague bill. You can also log directly into eSuite to view your billing statements.  These will be due in full by August 9.

Visiting students, if financial aid money from your school is going to transfer to NYU and/or your school pays on your behalf, it is okay if these anticipated payments arrive after the bill becomes due. Only the portion of the bill that you are personally responsible for paying directly to NYU must arrive by the due date.  

Additionally, if you anticipate receiving any portion of your bill in the form of a refund, we recommend setting up direct deposit with NYU.  Instructions on how to do so can be found on the Bursar’s website here.

Note: you can make your parents an “authorized user” of your e-bill account, if payments are typically made by them. For instructions on how to set this up, please see here. Questions about the e-billing process? View the Contact Us page on the Bursar’s website to reach out.

*Tisch Professional Track Students: Your costs may vary slightly, so make sure to refer to the Tisch Special Programs website!

Visiting Students: NYU Email ONLY!

After today, May 19, we’ll be emailing all correspondence, including blog updates, to your NYU Email account ONLY. Please make sure you have activated it so you receive important communications such as your ebill and visa instructions!

It’s easy to do: see here for details, including how to set up mail forwarding so messages sent to your NYU Email address also go directly to the email address of your choice.

Meet NYU Prague Global Ambassador, Linda Z.!

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

Today, meet Linda Z., who studied in Prague in Spring 2015.

Zhang_LindaMajor: Marketing, Management

What is your favorite memory about your time abroad? Making unexpected friends and getting to share memorable experiences with them.

What was the most interesting course you took and why?  Modern Dissent. Jan Urban is an engaging lecturer who challenges you to deeply unpack broad concepts such as “good” vs. “bad,” “right” vs. “wrong,” etc.

Name two things you should not have packed. In general I could have consolidated the clothes, shoes, and accessories that I packed (to leave space for souvenirs). You can easily find something you might need at shops in town for an affordable price, wear those pieces for the semester, and then not bring them home with you.

What two things do you wish you had packed? Towards the end of the semester it got very (uncharacteristically, according to the locals) warm, so I wish I had brought some clothes for warmer weather; school supplies (notebooks, folders, pens and pencils) if you’re particular about that!!

What do you miss most?  Europe’s slow pace of life, Prague’s trams and architecture, doner kebabs.

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? Plan and participate in more excursions in Prague over the course of the semester, instead of trying to squeeze in everything during the last week (finals week).

What advice would you give about housing? Random room assignments can sometimes work out really well. My roommate posted in the Facebook group that she was looking for a roommate, and I cold-messaged her to see if we might be compatible (we ended up becoming great friends). Other than my one suite mate who I knew previously, I didn’t know the other 4 girls assigned to my suite. But they were an incredible group of people who I wouldn’t have met if not for study abroad. I wouldn’t change anything about my housing arrangement. Keep an open mind and always communicate clearly and directly when dealing with roommates in general. Sometimes things have a weird way of working out!

Welcome Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to the newest NYU Prague admitted students! As I mentioned in your acceptance email, this blog has been created to keep you on track with your preparations for the fall semester abroad.  For tips on how to best navigate the blog, please watch the short “Start Here! Video.

A good way to get up to speed quickly is to click through the topic headers as well as the March To-Dos at the top of the blog home page. Please review the Required To-Dos within the header and click on the links for more details. You’ll notice that some of the deadlines may have passed – please do not be overly concerned about this. You should aim to complete these steps ASAP and to carefully review all the previous posts to ensure you are up to date.

For now, NYU students currently in New York please RSVP to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session here.

Of course, do not hesitate to email me directly if you have any follow up questions.

Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions in Shanghai

To help sophomores and juniors prepare for their time abroad in the fall 2016, students are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation hosted by the NYU Shanghai Office of Global Affairs and Office of Student Life.

Students have received a separate email invitation for their designated Pre-Departure Orientation session. Please refer to the Global Week Schedule for the date and time of the session for your specific site.

Visiting Students: Set up NYU Email

Visiting students, if you have confirmed your place in the program, you are now eligible to activate your NYU email.  You should do so ASAP!

Activating your account will give you access to your NYU email and will allow you to use the shopping cart functionality in Albert to prepare for course registration.

It’s important that you activate your account ASAP so that you can move forward with your study away plans. Additionally, using your NYU email is vital since we will begin sending the blog updates and other communications to this email only (don’t worry — we’ll give you a heads up before we do that). NYU’s Bursar’s Office will also send your eBill to your NYU address only in July, and you don’t want to miss that!

If you have not activated your NYU netID yet (you were prompted to during the application process to be able to check if materials were received), you must first do this:

  • Activate your NYU NetID and create your password. Your NetID can be found in your original acceptance email (from global.admissions@nyu.edu), and is usually a combination of your initials and a few random numbers (for example: smm759).  To activate your NetID and set your password, go to the NYU Information Technology Services (ITS) “Start” page (http://start.nyu.edu).  Enter your NetID, click on the “Start” button and follow the online instructions.  To complete the process, you will also need your date of birth and the University ID number (also known as your N-number) assigned to you.  You N number can also be found in your acceptance email; it is the number that starts with an N at the top of the email (for example N12345678).

If you forgot your netID or N number and cannot locate the email that was sent to you with that information, please email me and I will help you. Please look for your admission email first.

To then activate your email simply:

  • Return to start.nyu.edu and enter your netID
  • On the next page, enter your NYUHome password.
  • On the next page, click on the “Activate NYU Google Account” option.
  • And just like that, your NYU email account is created!

You can also set up mail forwarding. After signing into NYUHome, click on “Preferences” on the top of the page, then find the “Mail Forwarding” option under “Your Email”, and click “Edit”. From there, click on “Add a Forwarding Address” and enter the email where you would like the NYU email correspondence to forward.

Complete the Study Away Module

All NYU Study Away participants are required to complete the Study Away Module.  

It contains information about important requirements, resources and offices you need to be aware of as you prepare to study away.  It covers logistical information that is consistent across NYU study away sites so that we are able to focus on NYU Prague specific information during the in-person pre-departure orientation.

The module consists of a webinar, a short questionnaire and travel release confirmation. It should only take you about 15-20 minutes to complete from start to finish. When you are ready to begin the module you can access it by clicking on the link below.

Study Away Module

Please note that it is mandatory to complete the Study Away Module prior to attending the Pre-Departure Orientation on April 16.  Remember that students currently in New York must attend an in-person orientation, and all students must complete this module.

Meet Your Site Representative

As you begin navigating the pre-departure process leading up to fall 2016 in Prague, I am here to assist along the way. Whether this means you choose to utilize my office hours, communicate via email, Skype, or simply keep up with all weekly blog posts and to-dos, know that I am your point person.

Aside from any recommended social events, NYU students in the Washington Square area can expect to meet me in person at the required pre-departure orientation. Otherwise the majority of my communications will come electronically, but know that I am always happy to meet in-person to clarify any uncertainties. Email me at yw23@nyu.edu or call 212-998-4439 to set up an appointment. If you are not in the area and would like to set up a Skype call, I am also more than happy to do so at a time that suits your schedule.

These are opportunities to discuss topics like housing, booking flights, health insurance coverage, and preparing for cultural differences while away.

I am incredibly excited for you all to have an amazing study away experience, and look forward to working with you in the lead up to August!