Take It From Us

NYU Students Share Some Tips for Studying & Living Abroad

 

Each semester, NYU students in the course “The Art of Travel” write a post in which they share advice about studying and living abroad.  Here are the tips from the past few semesters.  Click on a location to see the tips for that abroad site.  (Go to grid view.)

Recommendations for Florence, Mostly Where to Eat
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Recommendations for Florence, Mostly Where to Eat

Firstly, leave extra space in your suitcase when you come, you will have bought more than you think you will. And even if your parents come and take away stuff, like mine did, you will find yourself debating which of our precious items you are going to throw away. Ciao to my red wind breaker that didn’t make the cut! Try and do the touristy stuff either in February or in October. In the summer there are always has crazy ...
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4 Tips I Wasn't Given but I'm Now Giving You About NYU Paris
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4 Tips I Wasn’t Given but I’m Now Giving You About NYU Paris

Know at least a handful of phrases coming in. It’s okay if you didn’t study French before coming here! The point of studying away is to have a completely new experience and learning a completely new language is definitely part of many students’ experiences. But to make it easier on yourself is to at least spare 20 minutes to look up useful phrases you can whip out to help you get around. Some example phrases to help you out: “Bonjour!” ...
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Coming to NYU Tel Aviv?
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Coming to NYU Tel Aviv?

For those coming to NYU Tel Aviv, here are some of personal takeaways on the program here as well as some tips to prepare for life in Israel. Trips The NYU Tel Aviv faculty does an incredible job planning trips for students to sites in Tel Aviv, across Israel and even outside of Israel. Namely, each class has planned at least a few trips within Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. My classes have taken trips to Florentin, South Tel Aviv, Yafo, ...
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Tips from a Hyperactive, Caffeine Addicted Non-Expert
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Tips from a Hyperactive, Caffeine Addicted Non-Expert

It’s so strange that this semester is coming to an end. The greatest tragedy is the fact that I’ll likely be spending the bulk of my last weeks cracking out papers and studying for exams. Or at least I should be. My mother came to visit me this weekend (hence the late post). She hadn’t been to see me since she dropped me off in January, back when I was cold, nervous, and half convinced I’d made a terrible mistake ...
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Oui à Paris
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Oui à Paris

Everyone is going to say, yes I recommend ___insert study abroad site here____! And of course I’m going to be hopping on this train as well, but there are some things that I would say before you book your flight. Let’s start off with the fact that Paris is a dream. As the semester nears the end, this city has been everything I thought it would be and more, as cheesy as it sounds (speaking of cheese, try the one ...
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Don't Worry
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Don’t Worry

As my time in Florence has come to a close, I have picked up a few tips along the way that will hopefully be of help to future students. First of all, something I’ve noticed throughout this whole semester is how polarizing the site is in general. One of my roommates affirms her hatred of Florence and longing to be home pretty regularly, while others can’t imagine parting with the city once the semester ends. I was at first part ...
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A Czech List
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A Czech List

First, I apologize for the pun but I only have a few weeks left to use it so cut me some slack. I’d highly recommend Prague to anyone looking fro a study abroad site. The city is beautiful and has so much to offer. The central location is ideal for traveling around Europe. There is a great nightlife and a number of beautiful parks. And, very importantly, Prague is quite cheap an easy tip from one broke college student to ...
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Tons of Tips on Buenos Aires
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Tons of Tips on Buenos Aires

Yes. I would absolutely recommend studying in Buenos Aires. It’s definitely not for everyone, but by the end of my second semester here I can honestly say that I’ve loved my time here. While I can think of many tips to give to students prior to coming to Buenos Aires, a lot of them would be good tips for any study abroad site. For example: Pack layers. The weather is unpredictable, dress like an onion. Bring all your over the ...
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Deutschland is the best land
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Deutschland is the best land

I would recommend Berlin to anyone. Literally, no matter what kind of person you are, I think you could benefit from coming to Berlin. Personally, after being here for just one week, I felt that a huge pressure lifted off my shoulders. Funny thing is, I didn't really know there was any pressure until I didn't feel it anymore. Ever since, I have felt a sense of liberation, love, and freedom unlike anywhere else. I truly believe Berlin has made ...
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Every Moment Counts
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Every Moment Counts

Studying abroad in Florence has definitely been one of the best periods of my life. I experience preemptive nostalgia every day when I remember that I will be moving out of my apartment and saying arrivederci to the city that I have learned to call my home, through all the ups and downs, for the past few months. And even now, in the remaining few days, even with finals looming ahead, I’m determined to make the most of it and ...
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YOLO
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YOLO

Study abroad is an experience that is unparalleled by any other college experience. One is plucked out of one’s familiar environment and let loose in a different country, often with a different and unfamiliar language and culture. Studying abroad might thus seem daunting and scary to many a wide-eyed undergrad. Prior to arriving in Florence, I had expectations and fantasies that did not quite match up to reality. There are many things I learned, and some advice I wish someone ...
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The 411!!!
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The 411!!!

I have been recommending this study abroad site since my first week here. I honestly did not know very much about Berlin before I came here, however that was what I wanted out of my study abroad experience. I wanted to go somewhere where I would have to learn everything first-hand, rather than testing the validity of a city’s reputation. En route to Germany, I had a bit of a panic attack. I was sitting on the plane and halfway ...
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Prossima Fermata: La Pietra
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Prossima Fermata: La Pietra

Hop on board the 25 bus and let me take you on a ride through Jordyn’s Guide to NYU Florence. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride, and just like the 25 bus, there’s a good chance this post might be late. I’m gonna be 100% real with you. Unless Renaissance art gets you all hot and bothered or you’re really into like European politics or something, I wouldn’t put Florence on the top of my list. Lots of people would ...
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The 5Ws of NYU Prague
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The 5Ws of NYU Prague

So this is it. You’re looking at the glossy purple brochures for each NYU Study Away site, trying to decide where you want to spend the next four months of your life. You’ve spoken to upperclassmen, searched NYU Local and obsessively stalked your friends’ Instagram feeds. Each site definitely has its pros and cons, but in the end they all sound amazing. How will you decide? Enter this magical blog post, giving you the real deal about what it’s like ...
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Tips for Temporary Sydneysiders
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Tips for Temporary Sydneysiders

So if you're looking to study in Sydney next semester here's a couple dos and don'ts. Do take Dr. Anna Westbrook's Creative Writing class. It will be a calm and relaxing experience that by the end of the semester will have even the most cynical writer believing that they deserve to be published. Anna is an amazing professor and a lot like this online travel blog class, allows you to work through the range emotions one encounters when studying so ...
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It's a Small World
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It’s a Small World

This past semester at NYUDC has been my third experience studying outside of the NYU New York campus and I find that no matter where you are, each semester moves faster than the previous one. With one semester to go before I graduate, and many trials until I get there, I wonder what lessons will become clear when I get back to New York City. For now, I can recognize what misconceptions I brought with me here and what I ...
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Let's be honest...
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Let’s be honest…

I’m not going to pretend that I absolutely fell in love with Florence in the last four-ish months I’ve been here. I haven’t exactly even liked it, however, I think there is something about Florence that works for a lot of students who come here. First, it’s one of the most historical cities I’ve ever been in, let alone lived in. I mean, the Renaissance happened here; I walk down streets that the Medici walked along as did many renowned ...
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Quick Tips Before Deciding on a Semester Away in BA
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Quick Tips Before Deciding on a Semester Away in BA

Adjusting to the later clock: I know, I know what you are probably thinking. I live in New York City, its the city that never sleeps, right? Wrong. Like spainards, porteños eat super late, around 10pm to 11pm and on weekends the clubs usually only begin to open up around 1am. So make sure before you go out, take a siesta. It might possibly be the best thing you do for yourself while abroad. Cash obsessed: Like other Latin American ...
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Guide to surviving Australia if the snakes, spiders, and sharks don't get you first
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Guide to surviving Australia if the snakes, spiders, and sharks don’t get you first

Well… umm… Tips? The semester is wrapping up and I have no idea but that is okay. I went to Australia completely unprepared (disregarding all of New York University's pre-semester abroad tips. Whoops, Sorry) but have had a great time and anyone who has the opportunity should go for it! I guess one piece of advice would actually contradict with what NYU suggests. In all of the pre-semester abroad meetings, emails, etc it is stressed do NOT plan anything before ...
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If You Were Spending a Semester on a Desert Island…
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If You Were Spending a Semester on a Desert Island…

You’ve poured over the NYU Global Study Planner site, you’ve tracked down the sites that offer your required courses, and you’ve carefully mapped out your next few semesters. You’ve been practically hit over the head with promotions of the “global campus experience,” being a “citizen of the world,” and the NYU-sanctioned messaging of diversity across the GNU. Your Instagram and Facebook feeds for the past couple semesters have been filled with photos of upperclassmen studying at cafes in Paris, spending ...
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Studying Abroad in Prague? Czech Out These Tips
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Studying Abroad in Prague? Czech Out These Tips

There are so many things I could say about Prague, and I’ve come to love this quirky little city over the course of the past four months. However, I knew nothing about the city going into my study abroad program, and I wish there were a few things I had been told beforehand. So, now, I’ll share what I wish had been shared with me. If you’re like me, this is what you know about Prague — good night life, ...
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Tips on Tips on Tips
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Tips on Tips on Tips

The reality is, NYU Buenos Aires is incredibly insular.  While it is so incredibly convenient that NYU carefully drops us into one of our many abroad sites--where we pay the same price, take classes that transfer back to our home campus, and have access to the same resources--it comes with some drawbacks.  The first, you are constantly surrounded by other NYU students.  There are few options to really connect with young people in the surrounding community.  Your homestay will be ...
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Get out and about!
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Get out and about!

This semester was a pretty small program size but in it I witnessed two main types of people. There were those who really took advantage of their time here and those who did not so much. Those who really got out there, found what they wanted to do, and integrated themselves in the community all had great reviews and several of them decided to stay into the spring. But sadly, there were also those who stayed only in the neighborhood ...
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Do I recommend?
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Do I recommend?

I will begin by stressing that if you are studying abroad in Sydney in the fall, bring warm clothing. When you first arrive, you will be in Australia's winter. Even though, by the time you leave it will be summer, I wish I had brought an actual jacket, hoodie, sweater, and raincoat. It doesn’t get New York cold, but it gets cold. I wish someone told me that before I arrived because I had only brought long sleeved shirts, jeans, ...
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5 tips for being a good "fake Porteño"
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5 tips for being a good “fake Porteño”

So you think you want to spend an entire semester in Buenos Aires? Are you constantly faced with slightly confused NYU friends who think it’ll be a “brave but rewarding experience” when you tell them of your decision? (They’re probably right). Here are five tips that I have tried to drill into my head throughout the semester, hopefully they’ll help you get the “brave” part down. Bring cash. You’ve heard this before and I’ll tell you this again; Argentina has ...
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Generic 'Just the Tip' Pun Title
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Generic ‘Just the Tip’ Pun Title

First tip of the day, keep up with your homework, kids. No really, I’m serious, and I know that’s the most boring, predictable tip to give to someone in one of these scholastic advice giving scenarios, but actually. Listen, I’m sure your super responsible or whatever, and always get your work done, and that’s great for you. I’m the same way. But you see, the thing is that studying abroad is one of the funnest things you’ll probably do in ...
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Just A Tip
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Just A Tip

I don’t have much advice for anyone coming to Prague… except maybe to DO IT. I’m a firm believer in always choosing to discover for yourself when it comes to taking risks, but there are few things I actually managed to get right and might actually be helpful for someone. Stay awake. I’m a part of that small group of people who, if they could, would live without sleeping if possible. Those hours of death that I unfortunately need always ...
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You’re Semester in 0Z
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You’re Semester in 0Z

Welcome to Oz! How was your flight? Yeah it’s long right…really long! But you’re here now. Make sure you check the time before you call anyone. You are 17 hours ahead of New York. Get used to late night Skype calls. From the airport grab a cab and get on down to Haymarket. If it is just you in the cab you sit in the front. I know it seems strange, but it is all about social equality, you are ...
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Dear Future JT...
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Dear Future JT…

Dear future JT, You are about to embark on an amazing study abroad experience at NYU Buenos Aires next semester - all over again. Here are six tips you thought about at the end of the semester last year that will help you make the most of your semester now. (And if anyone else stumbles across this letter, hopefully you can make use of some of these tips.) Branch out from the NYU bubble. School in Buenos Aires is like ...
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Nine Tips for a Study Abroad Success
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Nine Tips for a Study Abroad Success

Studying abroad can be hard: homesickness, lost wallets, friendship drama. However, it is also an extremely rewarding experience and a chance to make life long friends and truly live somewhere you probably would never get the chance to. Here are nine of my tips to future study abroad students: Wait before planning trips with newly made friends When I first got to Prague I started making plans to travel with people right away. People I had just met and people ...
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Prague for Dummies
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Prague for Dummies

Welcome to Jake's Guide to Prague for Dummies where you'll find the greatest tips and tricks to make the most of your study abroad in this gothic city. Let's get started! 1. Uber is the way to go. It is way cheaper than taxis and all the uber drivers I've had have been incredibly friendly and helpful. Whether you're running late to class or coming home after a night out, take an Uber! 2. Make the most of the beer. It is ...
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Italy Tips
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Italy Tips

Before studying abroad, I spent all summer researching and reading blogs about other students’ experiences. While it may not have made an impact on any decisions that I made once I got here, it definitely did help me get comfortable with the idea of living abroad before I moved. Any study-abroad site is going to be helpful. Maybe not in terms of looking for food, or booking trips, but even just in making you less nervous about moving is a ...
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Prahy Tips
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Prahy Tips

This was the best decision I ever made. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else as I learned, traveled, and grew throughout this past semester. I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t sure how I would like Prague. I had spent my whole summer away from my friends and life in New York, and a month in Paris. I remember feeling scared the day before my departure in August, dramatically begging my mom to not make me go. Then she ...
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10 Tips for an Amazing Australian Adventure
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10 Tips for an Amazing Australian Adventure

*Disclaimer: Fair warning that this post is going to contain a ridiculous amount of puns & cheesy humor 1. Would I recommend Sydney? “Aussieloutely Mate!” No, but seriously…. study abroad here if you can. While you may think that Australia is very similar to the U.S., it’s actually a completely different culture once you immerse yourself in it. Sydney has all the makings for a perfect city for young students. It has the laid back beach culture, the business chic ...
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A Globalized Sense of Place: Coke versus Kofola
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A Globalized Sense of Place: Coke versus Kofola

As I am sitting in one of the many coffee shops that populate the residential district of Vinohrady I watch a woman sit down across from me, clad head to toe in black. Her Swedish Fjall Raven backpack sits on the floor next to her heavy Australian Blundstone work boots. Faux Cartier love bracelets clank on her wrists, the designs originating in France, and her sweater uncannily resembles a garment I tried on last week in the Spanish fast fashion ...
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Learning about Living
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Learning about Living

Tips on studying abroad: Pack smart. Bring clothes and shoes that you will actually wear and limit yourself. You’re going to buy things there. Carrying around three large suitcases is difficult and you look pretentious. Spend time with your suitemates. Ask to sit on their beds. Talk about how surprisingly good the bread on this pre-made store-bought sandwich is. Bond. Don’t be afraid to be a tourist. Your roommate might be too cool for iPhone photos or selfies, but you do you ...
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Tips
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Tips

Rather than give tips for studying abroad in Shanghai, I decided to just give tips for studying abroad in general. Here are my 5 tips: 1) Go the unconventional route. Studying abroad is supposed to be an experience. Don’t decide to study away in London because you’re too lazy or too intimidated by the fact that you’ll have to learn a new language. Force yourself to push through your boundaries; chances are you’re more likely to learn new things that ...
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Tips for Florence
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Tips for Florence

Since this was my second time studying abroad, I felt much more prepared going into this semester. Studying away can seem daunting, but I really believe everyone should take advantage of it. Florence is a beautiful city, and I would highly recommend it. Here are some of my tips for studying abroad and living in Florence: Come in with an open mind. One of my biggest struggles in adjusting to Florence was that I kept comparing it to my semester ...
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The In's and Out's of Florence
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The In’s and Out’s of Florence

I couldn’t write this post without looking back to my post from my first semester abroad and seeing how my perspective has changed. The first tip that I gave was “Do not come in with any expectations,” which I completely stand by and and glad that I didn’t set expectations for Florence. I do not mean this to say that I do not think my set expectations would have been met, but rather that it is not possible to even ...
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Travel Guide to Paris
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Travel Guide to Paris

The idea of travelling to another country for school seems to be usually exciting for students. It is not until you leave for the airport that the reality of shifting to a foreign country for a semester dawns on you. Before the date to leave arrives, social media would have romanticised the experience of studying abroad by inundating you with numerous blog posts and pictures that only fuel your excitement. It is all true. You will, in all probability, have ...
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