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!)

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).

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 nyush.academic.associates@nyu.edu with any questions.

NYU ID Cards

Getting your NYU student ID, known around campus as your NYUCard, is now easier than ever.

First-time card holders: visit photoid.nyu.edu to submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center team, have your NYUCard created. Visiting students, please submit a photo ASAP so it can be processed and sent to your study away site ahead of your arrival. The final deadline to submit this is Tuesday, December 15.

Note:  If you receive an automated message after submission instructing you to pick your card up at the ID Center, please disregard.  Your ID will be sent directly to NYU Shanghai.

Current and returning students:  Please remember to bring your NYU ID card with you to your study away site! Apply for and pick up a replacement card if you need one by visiting the NYUCard Center or respective campus location, depending on your school. For details, please click here.

Featured Courses for Spring 2017- Enroll!

We’re excited to announce two courses with international and legal perspectives in Spring 2017 taught by Stephen Harder who is an international lawyer, recently retired as managing partner of the China practice of Clifford Chance LLP. He was previously based in New York, Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. When based in Europe, he was legal advisor to the Russian and Polish mass privatization programs and the Polish sovereign debt rescheduling.

International Investment Transactions in Developing Countries. LWSO – SHU 491-001.
This course deals with issues frequently encountered by legal counsel and business executives and government officials in cross-border investment transactions involving developing countries – particularly in China, Africa and Latin America.

Topics will include: multilateral development institutions and development banks, state owned companies and “state capitalism”, government ministries and the approval process, national security review and anti-trust review, land and environmental issues, labor relations and unions, management compensation, due diligence and corruption, intellectual property protection, corporate governance and ownership structures, disclosure in public offerings, foreign exchange controls, private equity structures, cross border financing, political risk and political risk insurance, bilateral investment treaties, dispute resolution and choice of law, and the role and ethical obligations of local and international legal counsel and business advisors.

Law, Business and Society. SOIM-SHU 9006-001.

In LBS, students will gain an understanding the American legal system. They will explore areas where law influences the structure of business and society, and where society and business shape the law. In the process, students should become sensitive to ambiguities and tensions inherent in any legal system, and more aware of legal risk in the business environment. The course involves close reading of decisions by the US Supreme Court and other courts in significant cases relating to the common law, statutory law and constitutional rights and powers. We will also consider news reports and video and audio materials, including excerpts of oral arguments before the US Supreme Court, as well as materials specially prepared for this course by NYU Stern faculty.

Pre-Departure Orientation Recap & Make-Up Quiz

For those who could not attend the in-person orientation, we missed you. There were some great questions and discussions with the Global Peer Mentors.  

While there is no way to replicate that experience, we are providing this version of the NYU Shanghai Pre-Departure Orientation Spring 2017 presentation for those who could not attend. Please ensure to read through the presentation in its entirety and complete this mandatory quiz to test your knowledge and make sure you know the essential information! This must be completed by Monday, November 28. 

Some key points to remember from the orientation:

  • All students must arrive on Feb 2 and can check into the residence after 12 pm. On-site orientation is Mandatory on Feb 3.
  • Housing is ONLY available during the dates of the program, Feb 2 – May 27!
  • All class attendance and course related field trips are mandatory.  Do not book personal travel until you have arrived and confirmed your syllabi.
  • Bring all the prescription drugs you will need for your entire stay. Make sure you talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for any medication you take regularly for the full 4 months. Do NOT ship medication overseas.
  • All students must take a Chinese language course. If you are unsure about your level, take the CAS Chinese Mandarin Placement Exam. If you think you should place out, email shanghai.chinese.program@nyu.edu before Feb 2, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns after you have read through the presentation, feel free to email me.  To be put in touch with an NYU Shanghai alum, email global-peer-mentors@nyu.edu.

Preparing for Course Registration

Please review the following important information and resources in advance of course registration next week:

  • Registering for Courses – The registering for courses page provides instructions on how to register for Study Away courses in Albert, how to find your appointment time, and answers to other registration FAQs.
  • Use the “Shopping Cart” & “Validate” tools in Albert to plan your schedule. Validating your courses now can help you identify any issues with prerequisites and restrictions ahead of time and get assistance BEFORE registration begins. If you are unable to validate one of your courses email global.academics@nyu.edu for assistance. You can review registration guides for step-by-step instructions on how to validate, add, drop, swap and more! (Some days/times, prerequisites and notes have changed since the course search went live so we recommend validating again if you have not done so recently.)
  • Academic Policies and Procedures for Study Away – This page contains important information regarding academic policies including the Attendance Policy, Language Course Requirement, Procedures for declaring pass/fail, etc
  • Course Evaluation Results – Course evaluation results for study away courses are available to students with an active netID.

Visiting students:

  • You will be able to register on the morning of  Wednesday, November 18th by 9:40 am EDT.  You may view your exact appointment time in Albert.  If you see a day or time that is after 9:40 am, please let us know at global.academics@nyu.edu.
  • Validate your courses now and email global.academics@nyu.edu right away to get permission numbers for courses with prerequisites that you cannot validate. You will not be able to register for these courses if you do not take this step.

Textbook Purchasing and Verification

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 will be announced to all students through NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website one month before the semester starts. Please follow the instructions below carefully:

-Make sure to check the NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website for the detailed information of required textbooks as well as the format of each textbook for your enrolled course(s) that NYU Shanghai can provide.

-If the format of a textbook shows on the NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website is a physical version, you can only order through NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. No verification will be allowed.

-If the format of textbook shows on NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website is an electronic version, you have two options:

1)     Order the e-textbook from NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. Students may not replace NYU Shanghai e-textbooks with e-versions purchased outside of NYU Shanghai’s textbook process. E-textbooks can be only purchased through NYU Shanghai.

2)     Or you can purchase a physical copy from a legal resource with the exact same ISBN number listed on NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website by yourself and verify your copy with the textbook team during the textbook distribution sessions.

Students can ONLY verify a self-purchased physical copy when a required textbook is available in electronic version on NYU Shanghai Textbooks Website. Please make sure you follow the verification guideline here.

The detailed dates, times, and locations of textbook distribution sessions will be announced to all students through email before the semester starts.

Library and Writing Resources Available While Studying Away



As you prepare to study away next semester, please know that there are a variety of library and writing resources available throughout the Global Network to ensure your continued academic success.

Students and faculty at NYU Global sites have access to an extensive range of online full-text collections including books, journals, audio, video and images, and a variety of library services including email reference through NYU Libraries’ website.  Become acquainted with the library services here.

Additionally, NYU’s Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences has launched two new writing services that students can take advantage of:

  1. Online Tutoring for Global Sites.  The NYU Writing Center now offers a space where any student in NYU’s Global Network can get help with his or her writing.  Via Google’s video chat and document sharing functions, consultants and students work one-on-one, focusing on every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing (with the exception of exams).  Upon arrival, interested students can sign up online for remote tutoring time slots.  The sign-up link will be shared by Academic staff in Shanghai.
  2. Resources for Writing is a series of Writing Guides that focus on the most essential and often challenging rhetorical moves in academic prose. Designed as mini-lessons, they take students through a step-by-step process that offers examples, explanations, and practice.  These sources are now available here.