Practical Pre-Departure Checklist & Packing Tips

Below is a final checklist full of practical items and packing tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly:

  • Read the NYU Shanghai Resource Sheet: this includes packing tips!  Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack.
  • Take note of what NOT to pack by visiting this website. And try to pack LIGHT.  Layers, layers, layers!  You will inevitably come home with more than you started with.
  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on.  Your carry on should also have all important paperwork, phone numbers, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late.
  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent.
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use currently. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.
  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on.  That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Bring your flight confirmation printout to the airport.
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Download the VPN to access NYU internet in Shanghai.
  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad.  Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed, but service fees can be hefty.  Banks may be able to issue the local currency, the Renminbi, ahead of time if they have notice.  Or simply withdraw cash from the ATM directly once you land – this can be easiest).
  • Have a copy of your Arrival Information (coming soon) – and leave a copy with your family.

And some tips for staying connected to friends and family, and making the most of your experience:

  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your family will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
  • Buy a journal.  Study Away is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.
  • These articles may help with your move to a new city:
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Shanghai City Guide from ThisIsNYU Bloggers

As you may know from previous updates, students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  Visit the Shanghai City Guide to see favorite places to go, things to do, areas to visit beyond Shanghai, and overall advice.

We encourage you to also sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU during your time away!  Not only will others benefit from your recommendations, but this is a great way to document and share your experience with family and friends.  To get started or to learn more, simply visit nyu.edu/global/bloggers. The “Getting Started” page will have you ready to start in under 15 minutes, so you can sign up — and start blogging — today!

What Should I Be Doing Now? Recap of Deadlines

The following items are required of all students attending NYU Shanghai Spring 2017 and are now PAST DUE.  Please click on the links below for more information.

[Past Due] Pre-Departure Make-Up Quiz (if you didn’t attend, this is required!)

[Past Due] Housing Reservation Payment

[Past Due]  Submit health forms to the NYU Health Center

[By December 15]  Visiting Students: Submit a photo to the NYU ID Center (Current NYU Students – do not forget to bring your NYU ID with you!)

[By January 5]  Pay your ebill*

*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.  

Submitting Flight Details

You will need to submit your flight details twice!

First, please submit your flight details into NYU Traveler ASAP. This goes directly to NYU Public Safety.  It should only take you a few minutes and you can get started by taking the following steps:

If you have questions about filling out this form, please refer to this step-by-step guide or the tutorial video.  Should any technical problems present themselves while entering your information into NYU Traveler, you may contact traveler.support@nyu.edu for assistance.

Second, enter your flight details into this form by January 15. This will allow staff directly in Shanghai to plan for common arrival times and keep an eye on flights to see if there are delays. Remember students are expected to check in on February 2nd after 12 pm. Arrivals before this date must find their own accommodation. Arrivals after this date are not permitted!

For detailed information on airports and how to navigate to the residence on your own, this page is very helpful.

Learn more about engaging with your study away classmates and becoming a Global Peer Mentor!

There are many ways to contribute to student life at both your study away location and back at your home campus. The Office of Global Programs works collaboratively with students before, during, and after study away to engage more deeply in matters of cultural transition, personal identity, community building, and reflective practice.

In the coming weeks we will be meeting with interested students to discuss ways in which you can either begin – or continue – to engage with your peers and campus communities while studying at the global sites.

If interested, CLICK HERE!

Please submit your contact info by Monday, December 5th.

Attend Beyond the Selfie Next Week!

Join us next Wednesday, December 7th for Beyond the Selfie! Eat and mingle with your spring 2017 study abroad peers and receive tips from study abroad alums on how to get the most out of your travel writing, blogging, photography and video during your semester away. All attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Palladium Multipurpose Room, 140 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor

There will be pizza and dumplings! Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in going so we can have enough food available for everyone. If you don’t use Facebook just send an email to global.admissions@nyu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Attend Beyond the Selfie – Wednesday, December 7th

On Wednesday, December 7th take a break from cramming for finals and join us for food and fun at Beyond the Selfie. Mix and mingle with other NYU students preparing to study abroad during spring 2017 and receive tips from study abroad alums on how to get the most out of your travel writing, blogging, photography and video during your semester away. All attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes.

Beyond the Selfie
Wednesday, December 7th
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Palladium Multipurpose Room
140 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor

We’ll have lunch for you! Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in going so we can have enough food available for everyone. If you don’t use Facebook just send an email to global.admissions@nyu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Apply to be a Site Ambassador for the SSC

Are you looking for leadership opportunities while you are abroad? The Site Ambassador Student Council position is a great way to make a difference while you are abroad! The Global Committee on Student Life, a part of the Student Senators Council, operates to strengthen NYU as a truly Global Network, and provides this opportunity to join the Study Away Site Ambassador Program.

The Site Ambassador Program is designed to extend student leadership at NYU to all of our global sites. Ambassadors provide their peers with a student liaison to the site administration and work to enhance the overall study away experience, while maintaining communication between the global site and the Site Ambassador Committee in New York. As student council officers abroad, Ambassadors will be evaluating the state of student affairs in their site, echoing the feedback from their peers, faculty and site administration abroad. We encourage you to apply today!

Application Deadline: Friday, November 25th at 11:59 PM EST

>> Apply to be a SSC Site Ambassador

First Time Traveler? Read these tips!

We’ve heard from many students that this will be their first time traveling outside the country, traveling alone, or even their first time on a plane. We have gathered some practical advice to make your journey to NYU Shanghai as smooth as possible!

  • After you purchase your flight, check with your airline about how many bags you can check in, and the maximum weight of each bag. You don’t want to be asked to pay extra for too much luggage.   
  • Get luggage tags and put the NYU Shanghai address as contact information in case it is delayed. List a phone number of a close family member or friend in case the airline needs to get in touch about the delayed luggage.
  • Carry a small bookbag with your valuables and all essential items, including a toothbrush, medications, copies of your passport, credit/debit cards, flight confirmation, visa documents (if applicable), laptops/electronics and instructions on how to arrive to NYU Shanghai (this will be sent over the summer). All containers with more than 3oz of liquid (shampoo, etc.) should be packed in your checked luggage.
  • Exchange around 100 USD into the local currency 1-2 weeks before departure. Ask your local bank if they have the currency. It’s good to have cash on hand right when you arrive (and to avoid exchanging money at the airport since the fees are high).
  • Arrive 3 hours before your flight. This will give you time to check in at the airline counter (there may be long lines!), check your luggage, go through security and get to your gate with plenty of time.
  • Airplanes get cold- wear warm clothes on the flight, including socks!
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, halal, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. Also take your favorite snacks- it’s no fun to get hangry on the plane!