Preparing for Study Away Series: Workshop Resources

This packet is intended to give all students the opportunity to consider their identity during the pre-departure process, even if they weren’t able to attend our in-person events.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, and we are happy to talk to you or connect you to resources or students. Also check out these identity-based resources in Argentina from IES Abroad.

Alternatively, you can download the Workshop Resources here.

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Start Blogging About Your Study Away Experience!

As you may know from previous updates, students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  We encourage you too to  sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU during your time away!  Not only is it a great way to document your experience, but it is also an easy way to share your day-to-day encounters with family and friends.  

To get started or to learn more, simply visit nyu.edu/global/bloggers. The “Getting Started” page will have you ready to start in under 15 minutes, so you can sign up — and start blogging — today!

It’s mid-December: Where should I be in the visa process?

Visa required for entry:

Students who are required to obtain a visa prior to entry into Argentina should have received their entry permits from OGS this week. Please contact the Consulate General of Argentina in New York to make an appointment for your visa interview. Please contact Meredith Hansen at the Office of Global Services if you have any questions about your visa process – meredith.hansen@nyu.edu; 212-998-4157.

Visa not required for entry:

Students who are not required to obtain a visa prior to entry into Argentina will be receiving an email from OGS containing two support letters in the coming weeks. These letters will indicate to the airline and border control that you are attending NYU Buenos Aires and will obtain your visa upon arrival.

Citizens of Canada and Australia are required to pay the reciprocity fee. US citizens are currently exempt from this fee. Information about the reciprocity fee can be found here. Once you pay the fee, you must send your receipt (with your name and passport number on it) to ogs.outbound@nyu.edu. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Meredith Hansen in the Office of Global Services – meredith.hansen@nyu.edu; 212-998-4157.

Learn more about engaging with your study away classmates and becoming a Global Peer Mentor!

There are many ways to contribute to student life at both your study away location and back at your home campus. The Office of Global Programs works collaboratively with students before, during, and after study away to engage more deeply in matters of cultural transition, personal identity, community building, and reflective practice.

In the coming weeks we will be meeting with interested students to discuss ways in which you can either begin – or continue – to engage with your peers and campus communities while studying at the global sites.

If interested, CLICK HERE!

Please submit your contact info by Monday, December 5th.

Attend Beyond the Selfie December 7!

Join us next Wednesday, December 7th for Beyond the Selfie! Eat and mingle with your spring 2017 study abroad peers and receive tips from study abroad alums on how to get the most out of your travel writing, blogging, photography and video during your semester away. All attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Palladium Multipurpose Room, 140 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor

There will be pizza and dumplings! Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in going so we can have enough food available for everyone. If you don’t use Facebook just send an email to global.admissions@nyu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Attend Beyond the Selfie – Wednesday, December 7th

On Wednesday, December 7th take a break from cramming for finals and join us for food and fun at Beyond the Selfie. Mix and mingle with other NYU students preparing to study abroad during spring 2017 and receive tips from study abroad alums on how to get the most out of your travel writing, blogging, photography and video during your semester away. All attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes.

Beyond the Selfie
Wednesday, December 7th
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Palladium Multipurpose Room
140 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor

We’ll have lunch for you! Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in going so we can have enough food available for everyone. If you don’t use Facebook just send an email to global.admissions@nyu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

First Time Traveler? Read these tips!

We’ve heard from many students that this will be their first time traveling outside the country, traveling alone, or even their first time on a plane. We have gathered some practical advice to make your journey to NYU Buenos Aires as smooth as possible!

  • After you purchase your flight, check with your airline about how many bags you can check in, and the maximum weight of each bag. You don’t want to be asked to pay extra for too much luggage.   
  • Get luggage tags and put the NYU Buenos Aires address as contact information in case it is delayed. List a phone number of a close family member or friend in case the airline needs to get in touch about the delayed luggage.
  • Carry a small bookbag with your valuables and all essential items, including a toothbrush, medications, copies of your passport, credit/debit cards, flight confirmation, visa documents (if applicable), laptops/electronics and instructions on how to arrive to NYU Buenos Aires (this will be sent over the summer). All containers with more than 3oz of liquid (shampoo, etc.) should be packed in your checked luggage.
  • Exchange around 100 USD into the local currency 1-2 weeks before departure. Ask your local bank if they have the currency. It’s good to have cash on hand right when you arrive (and to avoid exchanging money at the airport since the fees are high).
  • Arrive 3 hours before your flight. This will give you time to check in at the airline counter (there may be long lines!), check your luggage, go through security and get to your gate with plenty of time.
  • Airplanes get cold- wear warm clothes on the flight, including socks!
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, halal, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. Also take your favorite snacks- it’s no fun to get hangry on the plane!

Planning Ahead: Preparing Your Family for Your Time Away

You may be the first to study abroad in your family, or you simply have people who care and worry about you. Consider sharing this article with family and friends!  The below quote provides initial context, but please see the full article for valuable pieces of practical advice.

“As a parent, your kids expect you to worry. You expect you to worry. Worrying, to an extent, is healthy. But it’s equally important to have realistic concerns and try to mitigate them as much as possible through knowledge and planning.”

Missed Orientation?

It was great to see those of you who were able to make the orientation!

If you weren’t able to attend last weekend’s orientation you will be responsible for making up the content you missed.

Next week we will be posting abbreviated versions of our orientation presentations along with a make-up quiz. If you did not attend the orientation you will be required to complete this quiz. Of course, there’s no way we can replicate our in-person session, which included insights from our Global Peer Mentors, student performances, and great questions and discussions, but we do want to ensure that you have all the information you need prior to your semester away.