Traveling with Dual Citizenship

Students who hold dual citizenship (most notably students who are US citizens as well as citizens of a country that provides access to visa free travel to their Spring 2016 location) should take careful note to bring both passports with them this semester when they travel.

If you are a US citizen, you must always use your US passport when entering the US, regardless of which passport you used to enter your Spring 2016 study location.  When entering your Spring 2016 study location, you should use the passport which provides you with the ability to study there visa-free.

For example:

A dual US-EU citizen should use their EU passport when entering Italy, but their US passport when returning to the US.

Please contact the Office of Global Services at ogs.outbound@nyu.edu or 212-998-4242 if you have any questions.

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Academic Updates for Spring 2016

Italian Language Sections Recently Added – NYU Florence has added the following additional sections for Italian language:

  • ITAL-UA9001 011 Extensive Elementary Italian I, MWR 12-1PM (class# 24378)
  • ITAL-UA9001 012 Extensive Elementary Italian I, MWR 1:30-2:30PM (class# 24379)
  • ITAL-UA9002 002 Extensive Elementary Italian II, MWR 1:30-2:30PM (class#24380)

We have now the faculty names and meeting patterns for the following TBA courses:

  • LWSOC-UA9251 001 Tpcs in Law & Society: Intl Human Rights Prof. Lemiere, W 3-5:45PM
  • SOC-UA9506 001 Topics in Sociology: Terrorism and Violence – From Italian Red Brigades to Al Qaeda Prof. Pizzini Gambetta, R 3-5:45PM

For students currently enrolled in these two courses, if these scheduled times create course conflicts with your schedule, please contact florence.academicsupport@nyu.edu and we will be happy to assist you with schedule adjustments.

We will confirm the meeting pattern and faculty member for the History of Immigration course (HIST-UA 9186001) in the next blog on January 7, 2016.

Local Sites of Interest: Florence

Looking to do some reading up on Florence over winter break?  I’ve collected a few online resources that cover everything from train travel, to meeting new people in Florence. I hope you find them useful!

  • The Florentine: Florence’s English-language news magazine. This is a great source for articles on local issues as well as upcoming events in Florence.
  • NYU Florence Office of Student Life: NYU Florence’s online student life handbook. Here you’ll find information on housing and campus life, health and safety, and other helpful local resources (you need an NYU login to view the site).
  • ‘Making Friends in Florence’ (from Girl in Florence): This blog, written by an American expat living in Florence, has lots of articles you may find helpful. This one on how to make friends in Florence is particularly useful for those of you hoping to get off campus and meet some non-NYU folks during your semester away.
  • ‘A Runner’s Guide to Florence’: Although this blogger actually lives in Bologna she has assembled a nice collection of running routes throughout Florence. If you get tired of those you can also look here for additional route recommendations and more detailed information.
  • ‘Train Travel in Italy’ (from The Man in Seat 61): Although not pretty to look at, this is a fantastic site with more info than you could ever want about train travel across Europe. (I’ve used this myself many times and it has saved me lots of confusion — and money!).
  • ‘You Do You’: Advice from a former NYU Florence study away student on stepping out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to try new things, and finding your own way to experience and explore your new city.
If you know of additional resources that you think your fellow study away students might find interesting, email me at zbb203@nyu.edu and let me know!

NY Students: Take a Study Break! Join Us December 7th!

With finals approaching, it is certainly a busy time of year.  NY students: take a study break, eat some gelato, and chat with Florence ambassadors and fellow Spring 2016 study away classmates. Your semester in Florence is just around the corner!

Date:  Monday, December 7th
Time:  7:00 – 8:00pm (meet outside Kimmel at 6:45 to walk over together!)
Location:  GROM, 233 Bleeker Street

Please RSVP on Facebook so we can plan appropriately for the amount of gelato needed!

Top Security Tips for Students

During your study away experience, please note that your safety is our top priority.  Upon arrival, you will hear from NYU Florence staff about safely navigating the semester away – you will receive 24 hour emergency numbers, tips about the city, and a better understanding of the facilities in your home away from home.  We are there to support you throughout the entire process.  Help us keep you safe wherever you travel by keeping these general safety tips in mind:

  1. Have a cell phone that works locally.  Ensure to update your Albert account with this information, share with local staff in the Office of Student Life, and also share with your family back home.
  2. Add an emergency contact to the Study Away Confirmation Portal
  3. Keep the NYU Florence site staff informed of your independent travel and always register trips in NYU Traveler prior to out-of-town travel. Additionally, let your host family or your roommates know of any traveling that you plan to do.
  4. Do not walk on the streets alone at night.  It is safest to take taxis from one destination to another or to walk with a group of trusted friends.  Stay in well-lit areas where there are open businesses and other people around.
  5. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.  Know your limits! Students’ with impaired judgement are more likely to be victims of a crime or injury. Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know well, and never leave your drink unattended.
  6. Always obey the local laws.  All students are expected to respect the culture, customs, and laws of the host nation as indicated in the study away standard.
  7. Do not leave your bags or belongings unattended at any time.  Be conscientious of keeping your wallets, cell phones, laptops and other valuables with you. These are the types of property that are commonly reported stolen.
  8. Avoid traveling in poorly maintained vehicles. When taking a taxi only use those that are licensed and always sit in the back seat.
  9. Never keep all of your documents and money in one place or one suitcase.
  10. Avoid conflict. Sometimes individuals approach foreigners in bars on the street at night and attempt to start an altercation. Move away from the situation and/or call the police or NYU Florence for help.
  11. In your residence, always close and lock your door even if you leave for just a minute.  Insist your roommate(s) do the same.  Establish rules with your roommate(s) regarding visitors.
  12. Have sufficient funds or a credit card on hand to purchase emergency items such as an airline ticket.
  13. Be alert to your surroundings and the people with whom you have contact. Be wary of people who seem overly friendly or overly interested in you. If someone says something or acts in a way that you find disturbing, ignore and avoid making eye contact with the person. If the person is persistent, turn to a police officer or merchant and ask for help. Florentines are generally very proud of their city and are willing to assist a person in need.  If you find yourself the repeated subject of unwanted attention, please inform a staff member in the Office of Student Life.  The staff will provide you with information and support.
  14. Exercise good judgment about what places to frequent during the day and at night, and avoid being on the street at late hours more than necessary.
  15. Do not flash money or documents in public places. Avoid carrying large sums of cash – keep small bills in your pocket and use them whenever possible to pay for things. Be discrete in displaying your passport.  Keep in mind the best time to use ATMs is during the daylight hours. Use bank affiliated ATMs whenever possible.
  16. Do not carry weapons.  Something as simple as a pocket knife can result in a serious weapon charge while on foreign soil.
  17. Be aware of pickpocket situations such as crowded areas, including on buses or subways. Carry wallets and cell phones in the front pants pocket, or use bags, pocketbooks etc. that zipper well; keep pocketbooks on your lap when in restaurants etc. Avoid the backs of chairs or under the table, carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow. Avoid bags that clasp or snap shut, zippered bags are preferable.
  18. Use your street smarts and be aware of your surroundings.

Preparing for Study Away: LGBTQ Workshop

Curious about LGBTQ life during your study away experience? The Office of Global Programs is hosting a workshop to explore this topic and for students to learn more about resources available at our global academic centers and campuses. Come join the conversation!

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Waverly, L114

>> RSVP here.

If you are interested, but are not in New York or cannot attend on this day, please let us know! Email miriam.halsey@nyu.edu.

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.

Florence Visa Workshop

OGS will be holding an in-person visa workshop to provide an overview of the Italian immigration process.  This event will take place on Wednesday, November 4th at 11am in the Conference Room at 561 LaGuardia Place.  If you have already attended a visa workshop, you do not need to attend another (although you are certainly welcome to attend if you have additional questions).