The Shanghai blog will be your main point of reference throughout the pre-departure process. All students need to be aware that this blog will be updated frequently, making it especially important to check new links and updates that I will highlight in your What’s Next Shanghai emails each week. I also highly suggest you – and your parents – subscribe to the blog as well to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
There are two different kinds of posts – announcements, which appear on the main page of the blog, and pages, which always look the same and are available for your reference. Pages can be found by clicking on the headings on the top of the home page of the blog. There’s lots of info here about everything from the visa process to practical info like how to get a cell phone or access money abroad. The announcements section is designed to keep you on track with your pre-departure planning and to remind you of what you should be doing. We will sometimes link to info on the pages as it becomes relevant, or simply to highlight important information.
If you’re reviewing a page like Requirements and deadlines (and everyone should be) you’ll notice deadlines for things like Online Forms, Travel Release, etc. As of now students do not have access to most of these items. Don’t feel that you have fallen behind or missed out on information. It’s my job to draw your attention to those materials when they become available. For now, review all pages and posts, and please be aware of all deadlines.
Students should feel free to post questions on the blog, especially broad questions that apply to the larger Madrid group. I will do my best to respond to inquiries in a timely manner, but between blog, Facebook group, and email inquiries, I will always respond fastest via email. Finally, remember to use the search function on the blog before contacting me with a question! Chances are your question has already been answered somewhere on the blog.
As you get ready for your semester abroad with NYU you’ll receive all sorts of communication from our office and possibly other NYU offices. To make sure we are all on the same page I thought it would be good to point out some of the frequently used terminology of the university.
- Office of Global Programs – that’s my office which is responsible for the “global” academic centers. Individual schools within the university also have their own study abroad or study away programs, some in the same location. Our website with main office contact information is http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/study-abroad.html.
- Office of Global Services (OGS) – they will be your main contact in navigating the immigration and visa process. OGS will contact you with information on how to access GlobalChek Plus (GCP), a self-service immigration tool created to help users find specific and up-to-date visa and entry information for future study away travel.
- Site Representative –Each of our 13 Global Academic Centers (including the portal campus NYU Abu Dhabi) has a New York-based representative in the Office of Global Programs, who is responsible for helping students prepare for their semester away.
- What’s Next Blog – That’s what you’re reading now! We often reference the What’s Next blog it has a list of to do’s, links to forms, and deadlines. It’s going to be your main sources of information so make sure you become familiar with it.
- Student ID / N number – this is your identifying number and is how all of your information is linked within our systems. Everyone was sent theirs in their acceptance email. Keep track of this since it’s basically your NYU Social Security number and will be entered in a ton of places.
- Net ID – your net ID will be created once you have submitted your deposit and will be a combination of letters (your initials) and numbers. It will become your NYU email address (sample: email@example.com) but you’ll have the opportunity to assign an alias if you want (Sample: firstname.lastname@example.org). More information about all that in later posts.
- NYUHome (home.nyu.edu) is a web portal that provides access to many university services. As a student participating in NYU Study Abroad, there are two services in particular that you will use:
- NYU e-mail, which is where we will begin to send important announcements (you can set up mail forwarding to a different address if you prefer; for instructions, visit https://home.nyu.edu/help/mail/forward.nyu)
- Albert, which you will use to register for classes (more info about registration to come!). It can be found under the “Academics” tab – click “Albert Login”.