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 shanghai.studentlife@nyu.edu.

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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, mc5278@nyu.edu.

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!)

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 shanghai.careerdevelopment@nyu.edu 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 (shanghai.student-mobility@nyu.edu) will assist you with the necessary paperwork which can take up to 1 month to process.

 

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.

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.

Housing Application Due Tomorrow, November 18

Throughout the past few weeks you have received information and access to the NYU Shanghai Housing Application (if you confirmed your spot in the program). This is a final reminder that your housing application and housing reservation payment are due November 18.  You will receive your housing assignment and address about 1-2 weeks ahead of arrival. 

Students who submit the housing application after November 18 will be administratively assigned to open vacancies and their preferences will not be taken into consideration.