The Prague blog will be your main point of reference throughout the pre-departure process. All students need to be aware that this blog will be updated weekly, making it especially important to check new links and updates that I will highlight in your Admitted Student Blog emails each week. I also highly suggest you – and your parents – subscribe to the blog as well to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Here are some things about the blog you should know:
The posts you will see coming from me each week, located on the home page of the blog, are designed to keep you on track with your pre-departure planning and to remind you of what you should be doing. We’ll sometimes post other information here too, like welcome messages from site staff, fun facts about your new home, and more. You should be sure to read ALL the posts to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
At the top of the blog home page are headers for each of the months leading up to your departure in January. Here you will find a break-down of everything you will need to do each month to stay on track. Your To-Dos are divided by Required (which you MUST do in order to attend the program) and Recommended (which, as the name suggests, we recommend you do, such as attend events or apply for scholarships). You should take some time as soon as possible to look over these headers to get a sense of when you need to be doing what, and then be sure to refer to them often to make sure you’re on track.
As you’re reviewing the monthly headers, you’ll notice deadlines for things like the Confirmation Portal, Health Forms etc. As of now students do not have access to most of these items. Don’t feel that you have fallen behind or missed out on information. It’s my job in the weekly posts to draw your attention to those materials when they become available (these items will then also be linked in the Monthly Headers) and to remind you of any upcoming deadlines. For now, review the monthly headers, and please be aware of all deadlines.
Additional information about your study away – Health & Safety, your Academic Calendar, Important Contacts and more – are available for your reference on this blog. Just click on the links on the right hand-side of the blog home page.
Another way you can find information you need is by searching by the Categories listed on the right hand side of the home page. Every post on the blog will be categorized in one or more of the following:
- Academics – posts about registration, course information, special academic accommodation and more
- Billing & Financial Aid – posts about scholarships, costs of study away, billing due dates and more
- Deadlines – not sure what you should be doing? Posts about any and all deadlines are all collected here
- General – posts that don’t necessarily fall into any of the other categories, such as Info for Parents
- Health & Wellness – posts about International Health insurance (HTH), any required vaccinations, safety & security in your new home and more
- Immigration – this category is all about visas & passports
- Mail from Prague – These are posts written by your site staff abroad introducing you to staff and faculty on site, your new city, and other tips and tricks for a successful sojourn in Prague.
- Student Life – this includes info about housing, living in your new city (e.g., banking and cell phones), events like orientations and meet & greets, and leadership opportunities
Finally, students should feel free to post questions on the blog, especially broad questions that apply to the larger Prague group. I will do my best to respond to inquiries in a timely manner, but between blog, Facebook group, and email inquiries, I will always respond fastest via email. And remember to check the FAQs and use the search function on the blog before contacting me with a question! Chances are your question has already been answered somewhere on the blog.
As you get ready for your semester abroad with NYU you’ll receive all sorts of communication from our office and possibly other NYU offices. To make sure we are all on the same page I thought it would be good to point out some of the frequently used terminology of the university.
- Office of Global Programs – that’s my office which is responsible for the “global” academic centers. Individual schools within the university also have their own study abroad or study away programs, some in the same location. Our website with main office contact information is www.nyu.edu/studyaway.
- Office of Global Services (OGS) – they will be your main contact in navigating the immigration and visa process. OGS will contact you with information on how to access GlobalChek Plus (GCP), a self-service immigration tool created to help users find specific and up-to-date visa and entry information for future study away travel.
- Site Representative – each program has someone in the New York office that is responsible for working with those students prepare for their semester abroad for any of the programs that run through that campus.
- Admitted Students Blog – That’s what you’re reading now! We often reference the Next Stop blog it has a list of to do’s, links to forms, and deadlines. It’s going to be your main sources of information so make sure you become familiar with it.
- Student ID / N number – this is your identifying number and is how all of your information is linked within our systems. Everyone was sent theirs in their acceptance email. Keep track of this since it’s basically your NYU Social Security number and will be entered in a ton of places.
- Net ID – your net ID will be created once you have submitted your deposit and will be a combination of letters (your initials) and numbers. It will become your NYU email address (sample: firstname.lastname@example.org) but you’ll have the opportunity to assign an alias if you want (Sample: email@example.com). More information about all that in later posts.
- NYUHome – (home.nyu.edu) is a web portal that provides access to many university services. As a student participating in NYU Study Abroad, there are two services in particular that you will use:
- NYU e-mail, which is where we will begin to send important announcements (you can set up mail forwarding to a different address if you prefer; for instructions, visit https://home.nyu.edu/help/mail/forward.nyu).
- Albert, which you will use to register for classes (more info about registration to come!). It can be found under the “Academics” tab – click “Albert Login”.