Academics

The Albert course search for Spring 2017 will go live in mid-October. Registration will occur the week of November 14th. All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits.

All students must also participate in Global Orientations.  More information on the Global Orientations program will be provided prior to arrival. Students do not need to enroll for Global Orientations during registration.

The below reflects some of the most common questions that arise.

Academics FAQs

  • When will I register for courses?

You will register at your normally appointed time through Albert during Registration Week.  You can check your registration appointment day and time by signing into the Albert Student Center and clicking on “details” in the “Enrollment Dates” section. Appointments are prioritized by earned credit amount (excluding credits in-progress).

  • What do I need to do in advance of registration week?

Please meet with your academic advisor to determine which courses will count towards your degree requirements. Your advisor will also need to clear you for registration.

Prior to registration week, you should put all of your intended courses into your Albert Shopping Cart and validate them. If you receive an error upon validation, Albert will explain the issue (missing pre-requisite or permission code needed, etc). If your courses cannot be validated, please contact our Assistant Dean of Global Programs, Kerry Barrett, so that she can review your courses.

  • How do I register for courses?

All confirmed students register for classes using Albert, NYU’s Student Information System.  For additional assistance using Albert please view the NYU Registrar’s Student Registration Guide.

  • What courses do I have to take?

Although particular courses are not required at NYU Abu Dhabi, we encourage students to enroll in an Arab Crossroads course. All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits. Please consult with your academic advisor when planning for course registration.

  • I have to take a certain course while I’m abroad to complete my degree on time. How can I guarantee I’ll get in?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot in any course for any student. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have some flexibility in your schedule and that no ONE course is absolutely necessary for your degree progress.

Some courses abroad, can fill and do run waitlists. If you want to take a course that is closed, we recommend that you add yourself to the waitlist if possible. (When waitlisting, make sure to use the Swap function so that Albert knows which class to drop you from should a space open up in the course. If you already waitlisted but did not use the Swap function, use Edit Swap to set up a swap after the fact.) Many courses have a waitlist limit of five students. When this waitlist limit is reached, waitlisting for the course is no longer possible.

Waitlists do NOT guarantee you a spot in a class, but students do occasionally get in off of the waitlist when enrolled students drop the course. After initial registration, this movement is most likely to happen during the drop/add period once you arrive at your site, so occasionally students are able to get the courses they want on site even if they weren’t able to do so at registration. Since the likelihood of getting into a course off of a waitlist can be difficult to predict, you should always be enrolled in a back up course. Additionally, for some courses, we monitor waitlists, occasionally adding seats or opening additional sections if demand is high enough and enough classroom space and instructors can be found.

  • Can I do any kind of community service learning in Abu Dhabi?

You can develop civic responsibility and skills for community engagement and public leadership through NYU Abu Dhabi’s community-based learning opportunities in various organizations in Abu Dhabi. Volunteer experiences provide an important opportunity for you to explore, better understand, and contribute to the local community.

  • How do I get my textbooks for my semester away

Please see the Books and Course Materials website here to become familiar with how textbooks are obtained.

  • What are the Important Dates of the Program?

Please visit the Calendar on the web site for information about Arrival, Departure and other important dates.

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