Library and Writing Resources Available While Studying Away

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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 Prague.

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.

Meet NYU Prague Peer Mentor, Ellie!

Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Prague alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.

Today, meet Ellie, who studied in Prague in Spring 2016.

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Major: Media, Culture, and Communication

What is your favorite memory about your time abroad? My favorite memories come from adventures while traveling: bike riding in Amsterdam, clubbing in Berlin, playing card games with new friends in Copenhagen; etc. Going out with friends in Prague also made some of my favorite memories!

What was the most interesting course you took and why? My TWO favorite classes while abroad were Social Media and Society and Intro to Photography (a black and white film photography). Learning how to use a film camera gave me a new perspective through which to view my surroundings in, and after learning to love spending hours in the school darkroom, I have some amazing black and white photos that show a unique side of the city of Prague, my study abroad experience, and my creativity. Since this class, I haven’t stopped taking photos in film and now explore color and B&W photographs all the time. My Social Media class was everything I had hoped it would be; it explored the benefits, consequences, and transformations of media, power, and various relevant discourses. This class was both relevant to our daily lives, my potential interests and career, and this relevance was constantly engaging. Even now, I still think about the topics we discussed and what I learned in discussion. We approached interesting issues like ISIS on Twitter, marketing, gender studies, trolling, etc. Our professor also showcased many examples and issues present in the Czech Republic. Both of these classes had excellent, approachable, enjoyable teachers and my study abroad experience benefitted from what I learned in and out of class.

What two things do you wish you had packed? Honestly, I had 0 pounds to spare in my suitcases. I can’t think of anything I should’ve brought that I didn’t already have, or couldn’t have purchased while abroad…! I adapted very quickly if I was missing something, so it obviously wasn’t essential.

Name two things you should not have packed.  I brought my favorite mug from home. Though it did remind me of home when sipping my tea in my dorm…It was not a necessary item, it was heavy, and it was consistently impossible to fit anywhere in my suitcases or backpack. I encourage students to bring mementos from home to feel comfortable, but a pile of pictures is far more reasonable than a fat, ceramic cup. I also would’ve brought less books – one or two books to keep me busy on trains and planes, but the rest I could’ve bought in bookstores elsewhere and I just ended up leaving them behind anyways because they’re heavy!

What do you miss most? I miss wandering around the city at every available moment. Every street is unique and beautiful, and I miss finding new corners and coffee shops everyday! I miss always having some new adventure to look forward to. Plus, now I’m back in New York, I miss how CHEAP Prague is!!!

What advice would you give about housing? Really, the housing is secondary to meeting the people in your housing and making these new friends! I lived in Osadni, and almost everyone got to know each other and hung out both in and outside of the dorm. All the dorms are comfortable and spacious, and each neighborhood has its own charms. By making your dorm room personal and homey, you’ll adapt wherever you’re placed.

One good way to get to know locals is: Approaching new people with a basic phrase in the native language is both polite and a conversation starter, and I was surprised how most people were thrilled, and not appalled, to speak with an American. 100% of the people I met liked to discuss Trump – rarely judgmental, simply curious, sometimes baffled. I’ve had both deeply philosophical and intimate talks with strangers at a bar, or fun and lighthearted…but it’s always memorable putting yourself out there to meet interesting people you never could anywhere else. Getting involved in volunteer activities or school groups is also a good idea, because many of these groups actively seek to put you in interactions with locals. Likewise, your RAs are locals, so talking to and hanging out with them is getting to know locals too!

If there’s one thing students should know about Prague, it is: It’s not all cobblestone and castles and pastel buildings. The center of the city is certainly like this, but there are neighborhoods which you will see (cough Holesovice cough) with abandoned and crumbling buildings that extend for blocks, empty industrial parking lots, sparse fields, abandoned train tracks, graffiti signing every surface…Prague is indeed a magical city, but it’s also a recently post-communist state and some of the outer neighborhoods’ infrastructure still suggests recovery. Nowhere in Prague have I felt threatened or frightened on the streets, but the city isn’t entirely made of what you see on Google photos. That being said, I would embrace and explore these weird corners, because they have a Czech charm of their own. Explore as much as you can. This is also a lovely metaphor for a study abroad experience in general!! It’s easy for advisors, teachers, and even myself to romanticize the study abroad experience as a fairy land, but you will have to confront the uglier side every once in a while, whether that’s having an impossible traveling experience, running out of money for the weekend, feeling a wave of crushing homesickness… Embrace, explore, and move on with these as well.

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? Be brave and meet more locals, everywhere. In almost every city, usually my most memorable memories are of interactions with the people I met there, but if I were to go back, I would build up the confidence I gained from those months abroad and seek out new people even more!

Missed the Kick-Off Event?

Missed the kick-off event but still want your guidebook? Come by the New York office anytime during regular office hours to pick up your Prague City Guide. We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm EDT and are located at 383 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York NY 10003.

Not in the New York area? Don’t worry!

  • Visiting students  – your guidebook will be mailed to you shortly at your permanent address.
  • Students currently studying away – these will be mailed to your current study away site.

NYU Abu Dhabi & NYU Shanghai students currently at your home campuses – these will be mailed to your home campus in the coming weeks. NYU Shanghai students can contact shanghai.globalaffairs@nyu.edu or visit Laura Cheng, Manager of Global Affairs in Room 519 of the Academic Building for a copy of their book.

Health Forms Available for Pick Up

All students  are required to submit health forms to NYU’s Student Health Center before studying away.

NYU students in NY – Please plan to stop by the Health Center before the end of the semester to pick up and complete your student Health History Form. You should go to 726 Broadway, 3rd Floor to pick up your forms.

NYU Abu Dhabi students, NYU Shanghai students, & NYU New York students currently studying away – you don’t need to worry about these forms right now. If you need to submit any updated health information, the Health Center will reach out to you directly.

Visiting students – NYU’s Student Health Center will email your required medical forms to you starting November 15. Have questions?  Email health.requirements@nyu.edu or call 212-443-1199.

All forms should be completed and returned to the Health Center by Friday, December 1.

Reminder About Visa Processing Times

A reminder that visa applications can legally take up to 90 days to process from the day you submit your application to the Consulate.

While in the past we have seen a number of applications come back faster than this, the Consulate in New York has asked us to remind students of this timeframe. The Consulate is unable to expedite any application, as they are all processed centrally at the Ministry of the Interior in Prague.

DO NOT DELAY IN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. As soon as you have all of the required documents, APPLY! Remember that the Office of Global Services is here to assist you, so if you are struggling or have questions about the process don’t hesitate to email/call/come to walk-in hours (ogs.outbound@nyu.edu ; 212-998-4242 ; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 1pm -4pm ; 561 LaGuardia Place).

International Students – Maintain Your Status While Away

If you are an international student in the United States, you may have questions about how to maintain your immigration status in the US while you study away at NYU Abu Dhabi next semester. The Office of Global Services is here to help! Please visit the OGS website (scroll all the way down) for more information about what you need to do before you leave/return to the US.  Please contact ogs@nyu.edu with any questions regarding your status as an international student.

Welcome from Jiri Pehe, Director

jiri-peheDear NYU Prague Student:

I am very happy that you have decided to spend next semester at NYU’s Prague site.

As so many of your predecessors who have chosen Prague as their study abroad campus, you’re sure to find your stay in Prague a fascinating experience that may even change your life. This isn’t only because Prague is a truly extraordinary and beautiful place, which is situated at the crossroads of many European cultures, but also because you will have the opportunity to intimately get to know another culture. This kind of international experience is essential for anyone who wants to succeed in the global community which is coming into being at the beginning of the 21th century.

Prague is not just the capital of the Czech Republic; in many ways it represents the essence of Central Europe. In Prague you will learn about the legacy of a region whose cultural and intellectual achievements played an important role in forming Western civilization.

Central Europe is an interesting paradox. Its unique place in European history and its geographical location, as well as its special blend of national cultures and religions, including a traditionally strong Jewish community, gave rise to a powerful culture and a plethora of impressive intellectual achievements.

Perhaps because of its uniqueness, Central Europe has always been at the core of European culture and identity. Certainly, when seen from the outside, for example from the United States, European identity owes a great deal to Central Europe. Its cultural achievements are as important as, for example, Anglo-Saxon political traditions, French rationalism, Italian art, or German intellectual and industrial achievements.

Before its disintegration into small nation states, Central Europe was a unified area in which many different groups and cultures coexisted. Although this coexistence was not always entirely peaceful, overall the region produced its own specific brand of culture and gave the world leading intellectuals of the time. In fact, while the Hapsburg monarchy in its final stages was a crumbling, weak giant, it was simultaneously an intellectual and cultural superpower. Names such as Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Edmund Husserl, Gustav Mahler, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Franz Werfel, Hermann Broch, Jaroslav Hasek, Oskar Kokoschka, Josef Roth, and Leos Janacek are just very few examples of the amazing array of talents which the region managed to produce in a relatively short period of time.

Prague is special, however, not only because it is in the heart of Central Europe. It is also the capital of a country that has in the last two decades undergone a tremendous transformation from communism to democracy. From that point of view, Prague is an excellent laboratory for those students who are interested in the processes of post-authoritarian transformation or in the creation of a market economy.

Today, Prague is a vibrant city, with many museums, concert halls, theatres, cafes and jazz clubs. It certainly offers a lot to students who are interested in culture, art and music, but as well it’s an attractive destination for those who are simply interested in exciting night life in a gorgeous setting.

NYU Prague is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Prague, just next to the historical Old Town Square. Although our academic center buildings originate from the 14th century, they offer all the amenities of a modern academic institution.

Our students are housed in dormitories that are also newly renovated historical buildings. In their evaluations, our students often remark that NYU housing in Prague is incomparable with anything they have experienced before.

The menu of courses we offer should be able to satisfy students with a wide range of academic interests. Classes are taught by the country’s top intellectuals, some of whom participated directly in the events of the velvet revolution that brought down the communist regime. Many of our faculty members have also played important roles in transforming Czech society since 1989.

At NYU Prague, we are also very proud of the wide selection of extracurricular activities that we offer our students. These activities range from interesting guest lectures about topics of the day, to craft workshops and sporting events. We also arrange outings to concerts and museums and screen films for our students, with introductory talks given by the Czech Republic’s most renown directors. The large number of such activities allows our students form a very close community and make many new and lasting friendships. At the same time, we also organize events that make it possible for American students to meet Czech students.

I am always moved when I receive letters from our former students or when I meet them after they’ve left Prague. Their reactions are always the same: “My stay in Prague was a life-transforming experience. I can’t wait to go back.” We are always happy to see our former students again in Prague. We are certain that we will be able to form the same close relationship with you. I look forward to meeting you in January.

Se srdecnym pozdravem,

Jiri Pehe
Director

Connecting with Other Students

Aside from the kick-off event, we will have a few other opportunities this semester where you will get a chance to meet each other, but feel free to also coordinate something on your own. The NYU Prague Spring 2017 Facebook Group is a great way to get the ball rolling – join, introduce yourself, and don’t be shy!

This is a private group just for students attending the program this fall.  We will occasionally post information in the Facebook group about fun articles or events, but this group is primarily a social venue for you all!

You can always also connect with a student who previously studied at NYU Prague by emailing global-peer-mentors@nyu.edu.  They are available to answer anything you may be wondering about from the student perspective!

NYU Study Away Funding Session

Did you know that studying abroad doesn’t necessarily cost more than studying in New York? The cost of housing, meals, and daily living abroad is comparable and in some cases less expensive than New York City. Remember that cost of living varies by student and by city! When preparing to go abroad, it’s important to think about what the actual costs are as well as how and when they need to be paid.

Every Friday throughout the semester, the Office of Global Programs hosts a Study Away Funding session to provide you with information about all the various ways to fund your semester abroad. Attend one of these info sessions to learn more about Global Programs Scholarships eligibility and application process as well as additional resources and tips.

When: Fridays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: ARC LL05, 18 Washington Place

To sign up, click here!

Flight Options & Arrival Information

Please keep in mind you MUST arrive in Prague on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and you are responsible for booking your own flight. All students are expect to arrive on Jan 21st and participate in a mandatory orientation. Late arrivals are not allowed and can only be granted in emergency situations. Late arrival requests must be submitted to NYU Prague Site Director Jiri Pehe.

Housing is available only for the dates of the program (January 21 – May 19, 2017) so if you plan to arrive early or leave late, please be aware you will be responsible for your own accommodations.  You can access the program calendar here.

NYU Prague site staff will be at the airport from 9 am until 7:00 pm to help you get to the campus. If you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will be responsible for your own transportation. We will collect flight information through the Study Away Confirmation Portal (this is separate from NYU Traveler) later in the semester which the Prague staff will use to coordinate airport coverage. We will send additional information closer to your arrival in January.

When shopping for flights, you are welcome to use any provider of your choice, but we encourage you to use NYU’s preferred partner, Egencia, to buy your ticket. Please see the following egencia instructions for info on how to book your flight through Egencia.  

Please note:  All students will be required to submit their flight details. Instructions for doing so will come later on in the semester!