NYU Florence is located at La Pietra, a 57-acre estate with five villas that house student residences, classrooms, computer labs, study lounges, and dining and exercise facilities. “The campus is a dream,” says Julia Huang, a Global Liberal Studies major. “I was pretty awestruck when I first arrived. We went to classes and lived in Renaissance villas—it was amazing.”
NYU First Year Away students take intensive Italian at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in both semesters of study. Plus, some classes take students into the city’s museums to study art firsthand. Julia, when asked if studying in Florence improved her Italian language skills, says, “Sì, certo! I took the Intensive Intermediate class because I’m somewhat conversational in Italian. And I tried to speak Italian as much as possible when I went into the city.”
At NYU London, students begin their liberal arts education exploring the city’s centuries-old landmarks and contemporary wonders. “I know my hometown like the back of my hand,” says Justin Pilgreen, who spent his first year at NYU London. “And I am glad I grew up there. However, I really had the desire to expand my worldview. Little did I know that it would expand a lot more than I could have ever imagined thanks to NYU.”
The NYU in London Liberal Studies program emphasizes academically rigorous courses and is structured to take advantage of the city’s resources to enhance teaching and learning. “My favorite courses in London were my Writing I and II courses,” Justin says. “I believe that a professor can make or break a class, and my professors excelled in making those courses amazing.”
All undergraduate students live within housing managed by NYU London. Justin lived in Byron Court, which has apartment-style units, where he made local friends. “It was not uncommon to walk over to your friend’s apartment and ask them to hang out.”
Paris is one of NYU’s most well-established sites. That is one reason why it offers students a one-of-a-kind chance to get to know the city and its environs. Yujing Zhang, a Global Liberal Studies major, says, “NYU Paris is a small site with a tight-knit community. Therefore, I got to know all the first-year students there well, and they were always very approachable and helpful.”
NYU courses in the City of Light integrate French language, history, and culture for a truly immersive academic experience. “I really liked Cultural Foundations because we not only got to read classical literature, but we also saw a few performances and went on some walking tours,” Yujing says.
NYU housing options for First Year students include a dedicated student residence, Montsouris, and home stays. “I lived in Montsouris,” says Yujing. “It’s in a quiet neighborhood close to cafes and markets.”
NYU WASHINGTON, DC
Washington, DC, is a dynamic international city. It is not only the seat of the U.S. Government but also home to the nation’s most iconic historical sites and records. Bella Chia, a Liberal Studies major from Singapore, says, “After spending a year in DC, which is pretty diverse, I am now better able to look past cultural differences to really get to know people.”
The NYU Washington, DC, academic center provides a base for the study of an array of subjects, including the Liberal Studies Core curriculum. “Academically, I improved tremendously when I was in DC,” says Kaylie Barreda, who was a Politics major at the time. “I think it had to do with how small our classes were. It put me in a position where I had to be prepared at all times,” she says.
First Year students at NYU Washington, DC, live and attend class at the Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center. The center features seminar rooms, an auditorium, a reading room, and student lounges. What’s more, it is located just blocks from the White House, the World Bank, and the Smithsonian museums. “My residence hall was also my school,” says Kaylie. “Because it’s a small community, we were all very close and friendly. Plus, it was pretty great to be able to wake up 30 minutes before class started.”