Please Complete the Pre-Departure Survey

You should have received an email with access to our Pre-Departure Survey, and are now able to submit feedback regarding your experience.

NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to study away, and your input will help us tremendously as we prepare for future semesters. Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) to the complete the survey before you depart. 

Thanks so much for your assistance!

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Mentor Buenos Aires High School Students… FOR CREDIT!

All students studying at NYU Buenos Aires in Fall 2014 are invited to apply to join a small, 4-credit tutorial — Great World Texts-Buenos Aires.

This program will allow five students at NYU-BA to enroll in the tutorial, which is sponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Under the guidance of a NYU professor, participants will mentor Argentinian high school students studying English. It will be a unique way to get off campus and into the city!

Through the tutorial, NYU students will mentor in a local high school, assisting high school students as they read, discuss, and write about a major text. Prof. Anna Kazumi Stahl, Director of NYU-BA, will teach the tutorial. The text that the NYU student mentors and Argentinian high school students will study together is Maxine Hong Kingston’s novel, The Woman Warrior.

Registration for the tutorial is by permission. To apply, please send a short letter explaining your interest and a copy of your resume to

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Reminder: Submit a Copy of your Reciprocity Fee Payment

Australian, Canadian and US citizens must pay a Reciprocity Fee prior to entering Argentina.  Payment instructions can be found here.  The link for payment can be found here.

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Please Contact OGS with Questions

Please contact OGS immediately at 212-998-4242 or if you have any questions regarding the visa process, full academic-year student requirements, or the Reciprocity Fee payment.

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Reflecting On Your Experience Away

You should have now largely completed your study away to-do’s.  As one last recommended to-do, we would like to challenge you to think about how you will document and reflect on your experience away.

Your 3-4 month journey will go by with the blink of an eye, but you will create memories that last a lifetime.  Consider creating a blog, both for your own benefit and as a way to share the experience with your family and friends.  If you haven’t already, keep in mind joining the team of students blogging for ThisIsNYU throughout the Global Network.

Here is information on how to sign up. 

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Be GlobeSmart

In order to have a successful semester away, you should be prepared to experience different ways of interacting with the people and culture of your new city.  GlobeSmart is a web based tool that provides quick access to knowledge on how to communicate effectively with people from over sixty countries around the globe, as well as links to research about American stereotypes, cultural and ethical relativism, and tips for maximizing study abroad.

Learn more about creating and understanding your cultural profile here. You can access GlobeSmart once logged into NYUHome on the left-hand side.

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Packing & Travel Tips From Your Site Representative

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in our time. Be smarter than us by following these tips:

  • Review the pre-departure checklist one more time.
  • Read the NYU BA student handbook, it has a lot of helpful information prior to departure.
  • Read all the emails you have and will receive from NYU Buenos Aires prior to arrival.
  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel 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.
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. 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.
  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.
  • 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. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying.
  • 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, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, 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).
  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • 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 parents 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 Abroad 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.
  • If in doubt – contact the Global Programs office before departure.
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