Arrival Instructions from 2017 Study Away Spring Pre-arrival Newsletter #2

Airport Pickup

Airport Pickup service is only provided at Pudong International Airport. NO campus transportation provided at Hongqiao Airport. If you arrive at Hongqiao airport, please take a taxi and it will cost about 100 RMB to reach the residence. Please download the Campus and Residence Address Card to your phone and show them to the taxi driver to avoid communication difficulty.

NYU Shanghai Campus Address Card (includes emergency contact info!)
NYU Shanghai Residence Address Card

Pudong International Airport Pickup Schedule

Please look for NYU Shanghai staff, who will wear a purple NYU Shanghai hoodie, at the international arrival hall in Terminal 2 (seating area). If you arrive at Terminal 1, please walk to Terminal 2. Group will leave for shuttle bus at the following time. If you miss the shuttle bus, please wait for the next one, or take a taxi to the residence.

         11 AM     |     3 PM     |      5 PM      |      7 PM     |     8:30 PM

Residence Hall Move-in

  • Check-in starts from 2 PM February 2nd, 2017. When you arrive, please go to the Resource Center of Tower 2 to check in.   Staff will be there on site to welcome you from 2 PM-9 PM on February 2nd.
  • If you arrive after 9 PM on February 2nd, please go to Public Safety in Tower 2 to get your room key.
  • All students will have access to the Resource Center in Tower 2.

If you experience any flight delays, make sure to email

Important Travel Reminders

The time is almost here to leave for China, but before you depart for the airport make sure you have all of your immigration needs taken care of! It is important to keep any immigration related paperwork on your person/in your carry-on luggage and ready for your arrival in China.

Two important reminders for best practices when traveling abroad:

1.     In order to board your international flight you will need your passport.  You should have copies of your passport elsewhere.  OGS recommends keeping a color copy of your passport and visa separately in your carry-on luggage.  You should also have access to a digital encrypted copy of your passport and visa online that can be obtained from any computer.  Additionally, you may want to leave a copy of your passport and visa with a parent or guardian, or whomever you trust and would call in an emergency. If your passport/visa is lost or stolen having a copy of such may help expedite getting a replacement.

2.    After you arrive at your study away site, you should register with your local Embassy or Consulate.  U.S. citizens can register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program     which will automatically alert the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to your presence in country.  Non-U.S. citizens should register with the relevant home country Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Introducing Your Student Senators Council Site Ambassador

The Student Senators Council at NYU has selected a group of your peers studying away in the spring of 2017 as student representatives who will work to improve student life across NYU’s Global Network University. Known as your Site Ambassadors, they will act as a general liaison between students at your site and global programs initiatives in Abu Dhabi, New York, or Shanghai.

Without further ado, we would like to introduce Melinda Chen,

Melinda is a junior in the Global Studies Program, concentrating in Law, Ethics, & Religion currently studying away in Shanghai. She has previously been involved on campus through the Inter-Residence Hall Council and has served last semester as a member of the NYU Shanghai Student Government in the Student Life and Residence Committee. As a full year study away student, Melinda has seen a divide between NYU New York and NYU Shanghai students from a lack of communication and opportunities to interact despite the clear need and benefits that would come from the collaboration. For the spring 2017, Melinda hopes to establish regular forums for study away students to engage with portal students, and bring about a positive outlook for both parties on the importance of studying away.

What to do if you Encounter Flight Cancellations or Delays

While our hope is that you arrive at your study away destination without any challenges, we know at times these can occur for a variety of reasons.  Please note that NYU is unable to act as an intermediary between the traveler and airline, but it may be helpful to keep in mind the below tips should you encounter any flight cancellations or delays:

Contact Your Airline First

Number one tip: Whether it’s an airport delay or flight cancellation, contact your airline – immediately.  It is most beneficial to act quickly so that you are able to grab a seat on the next available flight if necessary.  Many passengers will be trying to rebook and options may become more limited the longer you wait.

If Your Flight is Canceled:

  • Multi-task communications: If your flight is canceled or delayed, immediately get in line for a gate agent; at the same time, call the airline (it may be quicker).
  • If you have a frequent flyer status with the airline that gives you access to a priority phone number, using this may expedite the service you receive.

Note: There are no federal requirements that require airlines to provide you with any hotel or meal vouchers due to events outside their control such as weather, but airline policies on this vary. When in doubt, ask. Some will provide you with certain amenities.

If Your Flight is Delayed:

  • Stay in touch with the airline: Follow the tips above; stay connected to your carrier
  • Don’t be late to the gate: Even if you’ve been told your flight is delayed, stay in the gate area. Delays can evaporate and windows of opportunity for take-off can be short; if you’re not present for boarding, you may be out of luck

Note: Always be at the gate at least 20 minutes before departure, minimum.

Ultimately, if you are in an area where you still have access to email or phone service, please contact the appropriate staff member(s) at NYU Shanghai (coming in their next newsletter) to forward your updated itinerary.  This is another reason why it is important to have a copy in your carry on.  

Should your updated itinerary arrive outside of the provided transportation window, you will be responsible for getting to housing (but don’t worry – you will have those instructions soon!). 

The staff recognize these occurrences are beyond your control so will work with you to catch up if any material is missed.  On behalf of the entire NYU Global Programs team, we wish you safe travels!

2017 Study Away Spring Pre-Arrival Newsletter #1

All of you should have received the “2017 Study Away Spring Pre-Arrival Newsletter #1” in your email last week! This is directly from the staff at NYU Shanghai and they offer excellent instructions on what to do before you go, textbook information, and tips on your new neighborhood and packing!  If you didn’t receive it, let me know.

As you may have read, information about Arrival Day and navigating the airport will come in the next newsletter, so keep an eye out!


And here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Know the time difference between your hometown and Shanghai, and discuss a communication plan with your friends and family.
  • Check the exchange rate for your host country’s currency regularly.
  • Purchase any necessary voltage convertors and/or adaptors.

And remember these tips from our First Time Traveler Post. (They’re actually quite good for everyone!)

Global Safety Tips

Keeping you safe — and ensuring your ability to make academic progress — are top priorities for NYU. As you prepare to spend the semester away from your home campus, we wanted to share with you some tips and best practices that will help to do so.

The University continuously monitors events in cities and countries around the globe, and adjusts security precautions, as necessary, based on the local environment. Should an urgent situation arise, the University maintains an emergency notification system, which delivers alerts via text message and email.

  • Register your travel with your respective embassy or consulate – both while you are at your study away location, and anywhere else your travel plans may take you.
  • Make sure to have a mobile phone with you whenever you’re away from the site – and be sure to keep it charged!
  • If you are planning on traveling away from your site – even if only for a night — please be sure to register your trip in NYU Traveler, and let a member of your local site staff know.
  • Please be sure that your site staff has a local contact phone number for you.
  • Do your homework before you travel away from your site. Check for potential travel warnings for cities and countries to which you are thinking about traveling (the US State Department website is a good place to start.
  • Always be fully aware of your surroundings. Avoid at-risk areas (in many cities, this could include locations that are very popular with tourists). And if during your travels you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups. Whether you’re going out for an evening, or are planning to explore the region (or beyond), go with friends!
  • If you don’t know the person entering a building right after you, make sure they have their own ID — don’t allow “piggy-backing” at entrances to NYU academic centers and residence halls.
  • If you ever have a question or concern about your safety – either at your site, or while you are traveling – either check with your local site staff, or call the NYU Public Safety Command Center (open 24/7) at +1.212.998.2222.
  • Should you ever feel anxious or upset during your time away, or you simply want to have someone to speak to, please call the Wellness Exchange (24/7). You can always reach them at +1.212.443.9999, but many sites also have local numbers, which can be found here.

For more safety tips, visit:



Consider taking this course! “The Globalization of Business Enterprise”

The Globalization of Business Enterprise (GLOBE) will be offered simultaneously in NYU New York and Shanghai in spring 2017. The course will be taught by Professor Heini Shi in Shanghai and co-taught via video by Stern professor Pankaj Ghemawat, considered by the Economist the one of the greatest management thinkers of all time.

The course focuses on globalization and its implications for business and individuals. It examines the global business environment and practices, emphasizing on implications of the globalization on business strategy, functional policies, as well as on individuals who make decisions on their professional and personal lives.

The course is composed of four modules that review the facts about globalization on a spectrum of macro to managerial to personal aspects and spark reflections about the future agenda for global business leaders.  These four modules are: 1) introduction of globalization, its myths, and business consequences; 2) presentation of the theoretical framework that analyzes similarities and differences and related strategic/functional implications on business decision-makers; 3) strategic responses to globalization on how to overcome and take advantage of cross-border differences; 4) globalization and you: to help the students to understand the importance of planning a global career and expanding their horizons to become a better global citizen.

The course is designed to use multiple delivery modes, including the flipped classroom model (where structured content is delivered via NYU Classes pre-class and in-class time is a mixture of lecture and key discussion), or a blended class model (where some class sessions are completed 100% online with clear content, discussion and deliverables, and alternating class sessions are completed face-to-face), or an online synchronous model (where all class sessions take place synchronously online).

NYU Shanghai Career Net Now Available!

Welcome to NYU Shanghai CareerNet!

If you are actively looking for off-campus internship/volunteer opportunities during your time in Shanghai, please log on to NYU Shanghai CareerNet with your NYU email address and password. We offer many opportunities in different industries on a daily basis. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that international students hired for off-campus internships must follow a mandatory Internship Registration Process. The NYU Shanghai mobility team ( will assist you with the necessary paperwork which can take up to 1 month to process.


Update: NYU Shanghai Textbook Website

The NYU Shanghai Textbook Website includes the required textbooks and course materials information for Spring 2017 semester.  Please read the following text carefully as it contains important information about how to order your textbooks and required materials for your classes. These details are also available on the Textbook Website for your future reference.


NYU Shanghai students are expected to purchase required course materials for all enrolled classes by the end of the second week Add/Drop deadline. Required textbook information has been posted on NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. Please follow the instructions below carefully:

  1. Make sure to check this Website for detailed information of required textbooks as well as the format of each textbook for each of your enrolled courses (e.g. physical hard-copy or electronic).
  2. If the website shows that the textbook is required in physical hardcopy format, you must order it through the NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. No verification of substitutions will be allowed (except the calculus and Chinese Books).
  3. If the website shows that the textbook is provided as an electronic version, you have two options:
  • Option #1: Order the e-textbook from the NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. Students may not replace NYU Shanghai e-textbooks with e-versions purchased on their own. E-textbooks can be only purchased through NYU Shanghai.
  • Option #2: Purchase a physical hard copy from a legal source with the same ISBN number listed on the NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website and verify your copy with the textbook team during the textbook distribution sessions. Please following the Verifying Instructions.

If a student is enrolled in a class, but has not ordered course materials prior to the course add/drop deadline, the university will process an order for the necessary course materials for the student after Feb. 17th.

The Bursar’s Office will pre-bill each student $500 for course materials before the semester starts. You will receive a refund, if your course materials end up costing less than $500. If they end up costing more than $500, you will be separately billed for the amount above $500.

Orders are by course not book. Confirming an order is for all books in a course.

There are 4 deadlines for processing orders (see table below). Before each deadline, you may go back and modify or cancel your order without penalty. However, after that deadline has passed, all orders in the system up to that point will be processed and cannot be returned or exchanged. Thus, review your orders carefully!

If you place your order before 11:59 PM China time on this date… You can pick up your course materials on campus starting on this date…. (exact location will be announced later)
January 19th. February 3rd and February 5th Morning (10AM-12PM)
February 5th February 6th (first day of the classes)
February 12th February 13th
February 17th February 20th

After February 17th, if you have not ordered textbooks through the website or not had your own copies verified in-person at a designated Textbook Verification Session, the university will automatically order the textbooks for you and you will be charged. You may contact us at with any questions.

Reminder: Complete the Visa Status Survey & Upload a copy of your Visa

OGS sent a mandatory Visa Status Survey to all students in December (unless you have already informed us that you have obtained your visa or if we know that a visa is not required based on your citizenship). Please fill out this survey as soon as possible so we know where you are in the visa process. It is imperative that you let us know if you are struggling, are in need of assistance or are delayed in applying for your visa. If this is the case, please contact OGS immediately at or 212-998-4242.

If you have already received your visa, OGS requires that you upload a copy using the Visa Upload. If you have not received your visa yet, please indicate this on the Visa Status Survey and then upload a copy of your visa to us once you receive it.