Mail from Florence: Things to Note

Global Orientations – January 28 and 29 with a follow up activity on March 24.

Global Orientations is a program designed to introduce students to the contemporary political, economic and socio-cultural issues present in Italy today. The activities are divided into three days. For a complete description and further suggested readings and assignments please see our website.

All students will have an assignment for Italian language due on Jan 29, 2016.

Save the Date – Thursday, March 24, 2016 there will be an all day conference on the topic, “Race, Racism & Xenophobia.” Regular classes have been canceled that day in order for all students , faculty and staff to participate. This conference is considered a part of the Global Orientation program.

Strategies for Success – Please review these tips and guidelines for an academically successful semester in Florence.

Student Employment – NYU Florence offers on-campus employment opportunities for students in the Spring 2016 semester.

There are a limited number of positions available and these are not a guaranteed source of financial aid.  Prior to your departure, please contact the NYU Financial Aid Office, to discuss alternate methods of financing your semester abroad if you were to be one of the candidates not selected to have on-campus student employment in Spring 2016.

Application instructions:

  • Complete a Wasserman On Campus Registration Form by logging onto Albert and selecting “Wasserman On-Campus Student Employment Registration” at the bottom-right of the screen.
  • Send a pdf copy of the Wasserman On Campus Registration Form to You will then receive an internal application form from Cristina with details of the positions, and further instructions.

Community Engagement – NYU Florence offers a variety of activities so that students can become active in the local Florence community.

To learn more about the options available to you, read a list of descriptions here. Interested students should complete the Google Form no later than February 9, 2016. Also, at the NYU Florence Info Fair (Jan. 29, 2016) you can meet Enrico Buonincontro, Community Engagement and Leadership Development Coordinator (see more info here). ​


Course Update: History of Immigration

History of Immigration Course – HIST-UA 9186001- will be taught on Monday 9am-11:45am by Professor Cynthia Salloum.  Please note that in the first two weeks of classes this course will meet three times: Feb 1, Feb 8 and Feb 10 9am-11:45am.  Starting the week of Feb 15 the class will meet regularly once a week on Mondays only.

NYU ID Cards

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

First-time card holders: visit 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.  This must be completed by 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 Florence.

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.

Visiting Students: NYU Email ONLY!

After today, December 3, we will be emailing all correspondence, including blog updates, to your NYU Email account ONLY. Please make sure you have activated it so you receive important communications such as your ebill and visa instructions!

It’s easy to do: see here for details, including how to set up mail forwarding so messages sent to your NYU Email address also go directly to the email address of your choice.

Pre-Departure Orientation Recap and Make-Up

For those of you who could not attend an in-person session, we missed you, but don’t despair. While there is no way we can replicate the orientation, you can view the presentation here.  Please ensure to read through the presentation in its entirety.  You can view the handout given to students at orientation (which includes tips on money and banking as well as a recommended packing list) here.

I will also hold one make-up orientation on Friday December 4, 2:00-3:30pm in Waverly 431. Please review the presentation beforehand so you are prepared with questions. I will be doing an abridged version of the November 14th presentation.

To be put in touch with an NYU Florence alum, email If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at

Some key points to remember from the orientation:

  • On-site orientation is Mandatory! All students must arrive on January 26.
  • Additionally, all class attendance and course related field trips are mandatory.  Do not book personal travel until you have arrived and confirmed your syllabi.
  • Please note that housing is ONLY available during the dates of the program, January 26 – May 13!
  • 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.

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 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 9:00am EDT.  You may view your exact appointment time in Albert.  If you see a day or time that is after 9:00am, please let us know at

Validate your courses now and email 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.

Welcome Newly Admitted Students – Blog Recap

Welcome to the newest NYU Florence admitted students! As I mentioned in your acceptance email, this blog has been created to keep you on track with your preparations for the fall semester abroad.  For tips on how to best navigate the blog, please watch the short video in the “Start Here” tab.

A good way to get up to speed quickly is to click through the topic headers as well as the October To-Dos and November To-Dos at the top of the blog home page. Please review the Required To-Dos within the header and click on the links for more details. You’ll notice that some of the deadlines may have passed – please do not be overly concerned about this. You should aim to complete these steps ASAP and to carefully review all the previous posts to ensure you are up to date.

For now, students currently in New York please RSVP to attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation session by filling out the questionnaire here.

Visiting students, take a look at our visiting student resources presentation to get started.

Of course, do not hesitate to email me directly if you have any follow up questions.

Attend NYU’s Global Engagement Symposium

On November 20, 2015 the second annual NYU Global Engagement Symposium will be held in the Kimmel Center for University Life.

As a student planning to study away next semester, this is a chance for you to see firsthand the amazing work accomplished by students in their experiences away.  To learn more about the symposium, please visit the website here.  This is also an opportunity to explore the types of projects you can complete during your time away so you are able to submit a proposal next year upon your return.  We highly encourage you to attend!

Spring 2016 Course Search Now Available

The Spring 2016 Study Away course listings are now available in the Albert Course Search. Just pick your site from the drop down to the right under Study Away Programs to see course offerings listed by department. More information on registering for your study away courses is available here.

We will send more information about how to actually register in the coming weeks, but in the meantime take this time to review course options as posted in Albert and on the Study Away website. Please note that some courses may have changed since you last reviewed the posted offerings.  Note:  Registration will take place during normal registration week at NYU, the week of November 16, but you will be able to start placing courses in your shopping cart ahead of time.

Please note that some courses may not be listed yet or may not have a set time / date.  These should be available shortly.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about how to search for courses please see the Registering for Courses Page or send an email to

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 Florence.
  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.