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.)

Coming To Prague? I've Got You Covered.
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Coming To Prague? I’ve Got You Covered.

As the semester is coming to a close, I'd like to give a few tips and tricks that I think would be helpful before coming to Prague. It's been an amazing stay here in Prague, and while the experience has had its ups and downs, I would never regret coming to Prague as my study away site. After approximately 15 weeks in Prague, along with traveling around the Europe almost every weekend, Prague has become a home away from home ...
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My Advice to You
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My Advice to You

On one of my last afternoons in New York, I was sitting on the edge of my friend’s bed when she handed me a pair of black platform heels. “Just trust me. You’ll need these.” I rolled my eyes but took them, because she seemed pretty confident that I would make use of the borderline-gothic shoes. She was right. Before leaving the US, I welcomed a multitude of tips with open ears. “Always wear your backpack in the front of ...
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Reach Out, Touch the Sky
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Reach Out, Touch the Sky

Study abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a few months in a whole new country without the usual hassle of moving and doing research on your own. NYU provides a safe environment where you can arrive in the country and get oriented with proper guidance and at a relatively leisurely pace. All you have to do is relax, follow the curriculum, and then explore what you want to see. The system is great. We arrive at ...
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'Rage, rage against the dying of the lights'
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‘Rage, rage against the dying of the lights’

For my final weeks in Paris, I started to regret all the things that I thought I would have had time to do but then I did not. If I were to give advice to students who are interested in studying away in Paris, the city of the light, for a short three months stay, I would tell them to spend some time to be Parisians, and also spend more time to be travelers. Today after my class, when I ...
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Brooke's Declassified Shanghai Survival Guide
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Brooke’s Declassified Shanghai Survival Guide

Tips for studying abroad in Shanghai, specifically NYU Shanghai? Where do I begin? If I am being blatantly honest, if I hadn’t also studied abroad in Prague last semester, I would have felt like I was robbed of a study abroad experience. All of my friends and I feel as though we have been completely overwhelmed with school work. So, tip number one, if you’re looking for a lot of time to explore and travel, don’t come to NYU Shanghai ...
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Tap In
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Tap In

Florence, Italy is not an authentic Italian experience unless you make it one. I certainly wish I knew the diversity of Florence before coming, that’s certainly something I did not know much about and NYU wasn’t super clear about. I do wish I did a homestay sometimes, but I am not obsessed with Italian culture or set on being an Italian. My off-campus experience was perfect, gave me the freedom I needed at this point in time, and provided me ...
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Traveling to Sydney, AU: Recommendations and Foresight
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Traveling to Sydney, AU: Recommendations and Foresight

In order to review a study abroad experience, I believe it is best to review both the NYU experience at the location, and then the actual physical location in itself. In nearly all metrics that a study abroad site could be measured by, NYU Sydney met my highest expectations.   To begin, the staff are absolutely incredible; they were willing to meet any requests and or accommodations that our cohort made and encouraged an extremely comfortable and diverse learning environment.   They ...
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Tips and Tricks
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Tips and Tricks

I cannot believe that my time abroad is almost at a close. It has been such an eventful semester; there have been good times, bad times, and everything inbetween. I definitely have some tips and tricks for those coming to study in Florence that I would love to share, in no particular order. It’s ok to speak English. There will be little things that bother you abroad. The biggest grievance for me was the language barrier. I allowed my lack ...
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Fill
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Fill

Come to Berlin. See what it lacks. Monday morning waiting for the U-bahn; Rush hour. I look around. Despite the start of the workday, the station isn’t crowded. Locals leisurely make their way to the platform. Sneakers. Jeans. Dogs. Flowers. The train arrives right on time. Doors open smoothly. No one pushes or shoves, yet we all manage to get on. I sit. Doors close. It is quiet. No one is wearing a tie. Everyone reads. Outside my window, green ...
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Embrace the differences
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Embrace the differences

The past few weeks, my friends and I have been discussing the strange feeling we're all experiencing. It is a combination of happiness and sadness, satisfaction and regret, eagerness and hesitation. Studying abroad has this effect because of the unique opportunity you have to actually live in a place, but not for very long at all. It seems that right when we're feeling less like visitors and more like residents of Sydney, it's time to go. With that in mind, ...
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To Whom It May Concern
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To Whom It May Concern

I think there are two main things I would pass along to people who are looking to study abroad in Sydney in the near future. One concerns the living arrangements while you are abroad and another concerns a travel destination. Currently, accommodations are organized by NYU, so until that changes this advice is not really applicable. However, I believe the school should reevaluate their stance on off-campus housing because most people are adults and it’s frankly none of the schools ...
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Expectations and Advice
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Expectations and Advice

When I decided to study abroad at NYU Shanghai, I had a set of expectations. Some things met my expectations, some things exceeded them, while others fell short. The most significant piece of advice that I would give to another student planning to study away at Shanghai is to keep an open mind and take everything step by step. Expectations are great to have, but try not to let your expectations shape and limit your experience. Shanghai is a city ...
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Prague: a City of History, Color...and Lack of Diversity
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Prague: a City of History, Color…and Lack of Diversity

I would recommend NYU Prague to anyone who is contemplating studying abroad. Although it is getting more exposure in travel blogs and the like, I feel as if Prague is still an unknown city to many. When I told people I was going to Prague, many people had trouble repeating its correct pronunciation. Others asked in what country it is found. And others asked me if it was in Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia ceased being a country in 1993! The Czech Republic ...
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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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