Considering a Study Abroad Course? Read this first!


Please carefully review the registration webpage for continuing students. After you review the webpage, please consult with your academic advisor if you have questions about the following issues:

  • For full-time students: how to maintain your full-time status in fall/spring semesters
  • For all students: how to meet prerequisites, sequence your courses appropriately, and plan your schedule to ensure you meet all graduation requirements


January term courses especially can conflict with field placement hours. It is possible to take a January term course if you have field, but you must take the required steps to be eligible:

  1. Receive confirmation from your field advisor that you may miss those field dates
  2. Make up all field hours that were missed to take the study abroad course

Students in degree programs with summer field placements, who wish to take a summer study abroad course, must follow the above guidelines when applying to a study abroad course.


Tuition and fees for global programs are the same as courses that take place in New York.  The only additional costs associated with study abroad courses are: housing, insurance, travel costs, activity fees, and any spending you do while away.  There is no application fee for study abroad courses.

If you already receive financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.), those will apply to your study abroad course tuition and fees like they would any other program.


Please note that any courses taken over the summer could affect your financial aid for your following year. For those that would like to receive financial aid for the summer, please view this link for detailed information. If you have any questions about financial aid for summer or fall, please contact Byron Cortes at


Where can I get more information about the courses offered?
Your first resources for any study abroad course is that program's webpage.  You can access a global program's webpage by visiting the Study Abroad Course main page.
On this page, you will a schedule of program information sessions, where students can hear about the courses directly from the faculty that teach them and ask questions, information about scholarships and passport drives.
How do I apply to a study abroad course?
Applications are submitted through Albert.  On each program's page, you will find detailed instructions on how to submit the application for that course.  Each program application requires that you upload a document of short essays.  A Word version of this document can be found in the study abroad course essay folder (link on the course webpage).
In which semesters do the study abroad couse credits show up?
All January term study abroad course are part of your January term classes.  This means that the credits and tuition and fees will appear in your spring bursar bill.
All summer study abroad courses are part of the summer semesters. These credits and tuition and fees will be part of your summer bursar bill.
How do I know if I'm eligible to take a study abroad course if I'm not in the two year MSW program?
The above-referenced registration webpage is your first resource for determining if you are eligible.  The general rule is that you are eligible if you have (1) have elective credits and (2) will not be in conflict with your field placement during the time of the course.
I'm graduating in the spring. Can I take a summer study abroad course?
If you wish to take the summer study abroad course as a part of your degree program, you will be able to walk in spring graduation and still take the summer global program by requesting a Dean's Exception, however, you should note that you will not officially graduate until after the summer term, when your grade has been submitted. This may affect the timeline for taking your licensing exam.
If you wish to take the summer study abroad course as a course in addition to degree program, you will be able to graduate in the spring, however, you should note that you may not be eligible for additional summer financial aid.
When will I receive a decision on my application?
Decision notifications vary from course to course.  Students can typically expect to receive a decision two (2) to three (3) weeks after submission. 
I've been admitted, now what?
After being admitted to a course, students will be asked to confirm their seat.  Following seat confirmation, students will begin to receive emails about enrollment and logistics such as final housing and insurance rates, flight purchasing, and activities.
How do I enroll in a study abroad course?
In order to be enrolled in a study abroad course, student must have applied, been admitted, and confirmed their seats.  Once that has been done, the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll you in the course once registration opens for the semester in which the course runs.  Students are not able to self-enroll in study abroad courses.
What if I cannot attend the mandatory pre-departure sessions for a course?
This will be dependent upon the course and the discretion of the faculty member teaching the course.  Please reach out to the faculty member to see if there is an alternative method of receiving the information that will be covered in the pre-departure sessions.
Are there any scholarships available for study abroad courses?
The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers one scholarship for each study abroad course (i.e., programs that take place outside of the U.S.) in the amount of $1,000. Information and applications for scholarships can be found on the main study abroad course webpage and on the individual course's webpage.
Do I need a visa to participate in a Silver study abroad course?
Generally speaking, U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to participate in one of our global programs, based on the countries in which we typically hold programs. Non-U.S Citizens interested in Silver study abroad courses should contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) to determine if a visa is necessary for participation in one of our courses. Due to the long length of some visa processing times, Non-U.S. Citizens should contact OGS as soon as they plan to apply to the Silver course (