Introducing Your Student Senators Council Site Ambassador

The Student Senators Council at NYU has selected a group of your peers studying away in the spring of 2017 as student representatives who will work to improve student life across NYU’s Global Network University. Known as your Site Ambassadors, they will act as a general liaison between students at your site and global programs initiatives in Abu Dhabi, New York, or Shanghai.

Without further ado, we would like to introduce Kara Stevens, ks3579@nyu.edu.

My name is Kara. I grew up thirty minutes outside of New York City and spent my summers on Catchacoma Lake in Ontario, Canada. At school, I’m involved in Gallatin’s growing film community. I spent my senior year of high school in Rennes, France living with a host family. I also lived in London my freshman year at NYU. I’m passionate about filmmaking, food policy and animal rights. In my free time, I like cooking new recipes, reading new literary magazines and county newspapers, and taking photos.

I’m very excited to host town hall meetings and other events that will give students the opportunity to come together and use their voices. I’m motivated to create several opportunities for our community to get to know each other and share our experiences abroad. Particularly in the beginning of the semester and all throughout, I hope to be an advocate for anyone who is having a difficult time adjusting socially or academically.

What to do if you Encounter Flight Cancellations or Delays

While our hope is that you arrive at your study away destination without any challenges, we know at times these can occur for a variety of reasons.  Please note that NYU is unable to act as an intermediary between the traveler and airline, but it may be helpful to keep in mind the below tips should you encounter any flight cancellations or delays:

Contact Your Airline First

Number one tip: Whether it’s an airport delay or flight cancellation, contact your airline – immediately.  It is most beneficial to act quickly so that you are able to grab a seat on the next available flight if necessary.  Many passengers will be trying to rebook and options may become more limited the longer you wait.

If Your Flight is Canceled:

  • Multi-task communications: If your flight is canceled or delayed, immediately get in line for a gate agent; at the same time, call the airline (it may be quicker).
  • If you have a frequent flyer status with the airline that gives you access to a priority phone number, using this may expedite the service you receive.

Note: There are no federal requirements that require airlines to provide you with any hotel or meal vouchers due to events outside their control such as weather, but airline policies on this vary. When in doubt, ask. Some will provide you with certain amenities.

If Your Flight is Delayed:

  • Stay in touch with the airline: Follow the tips above; stay connected to your carrier
  • Don’t be late to the gate: Even if you’ve been told your flight is delayed, stay in the gate area. Delays can evaporate and windows of opportunity for take-off can be short; if you’re not present for boarding, you may be out of luck

Note: Always be at the gate at least 20 minutes before departure, minimum.

Ultimately, if you are in an area where you still have access to email or phone service, please contact the appropriate staff member(s) at NYU Paris listed on your arrival cheat sheet to forward your updated itinerary.  This is another reason why it is important to have a copy in your carry on.  

Should your updated itinerary arrive outside of the provided transportation window, you will be responsible for getting to housing (but don’t worry – the arrival cheat sheet will have all the relevant details necessary to do so!).  

The staff recognize these occurrences are beyond your control so will work with you to catch up if any material is missed.  On behalf of the entire NYU Global Programs team, we wish you safe travels!

Arrival Information EMAILED to You

Please look for the arrival information that is being EMAILED to your NYU Account from NYU Paris site staff. This email will contain your check-in location and directions on how to get there from the airport in an attachment (addresses are not in the information below).

Spring 2017 NYU Paris Arrival Date: January 23, 2017*

*PLEASE NOTE: If you have received direct confirmation from the NYU Paris staff that you are enrolling in Sciences Po or University of Paris courses , you must arrive on January 19. Most housing assignments have been posted on the housing portal. For the remaining students, housing assignments will be e-mailed on Monday, January 16.

Please print out these directions and pack them in your carry-on! We also encourage you to leave a copy with your parents.

Travel Information

You are responsible for arranging your own transportation for your semester abroad. Please keep in mind you MUST arrive on January 23, 2017 (unless you have received confirmation to arrive on January 19 for Sciences Po or University of Paris orientation), and participate in the mandatory orientation.

What to do Upon Arrival in Paris

Upon your arrival in Paris, you should first go to your assigned residence hall/host family.

All students should then check-in at NYU Paris

NYU Paris
57 boulevard Saint Germain
75005 Paris

Please arrive no later than 3:00 pm in order to attend one of the mandatory Welcome Meetings:

  • 12:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm

Check-in location details, transportation directions, and transportation options were sent to you via email. Please print these directions and bring them with you on the plane. If you did not receive this email please email my colleagues in Paris directly at NYU.Paris.StudentLife@nyu.edu.

 

Offices Closing for Winter Break

NYU’s Office of Global Programs and Office of Global Services, as well as most other departments around NYU, will be closed for the winter break starting at 4pm EST on Friday, December 23rd. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 4th at 9am EST.  Both the Office of Global Programs and the Office of Global Services will not be monitoring voicemail or emails during this time.

We understand that questions may come up while our office is closed – if so, please use the “Search” tool within this blog to see if we have covered it already (in many cases, we have!). This blog is meant to be your main resource of things to know and do regarding Paris, and can continue to assist in answering your questions even when we are not available.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes this Holiday Season!

Submit Flight Details ASAP

If you haven’t submitted your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal yet, please do so as soon as possible.  This will allow staff directly in Paris to plan for common arrival times and keep an eye on flights to see if there are delays.  Although the deadline to submit your housing preferences has passed, you can still log in to submit your travel details.

We understand some of you have not yet booked your flight or your passport is currently with the consulate or OGS, therefore we ask that you submit your flight and passport details as soon as you are able.

In addition, please also submit these into NYU Traveler, which goes directly to NYU Public Safety.  It should only take you a few minutes and you can get started by taking the following steps:

If you have questions about filling out this form, please refer to this step-by-step guide or the tutorial video.  Should any technical problems present themselves while entering your information into NYU Traveler, you may contact traveler.support@nyu.edu for assistance.

NYU ID Cards

Getting your NYU student ID, known around campus as your NYUCard, is now easier than ever.

First-time card holders: visit photoid.nyu.edu to submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center team, have your NYUCard created. Visiting students, please submit a photo ASAP so it can be processed and sent to your study away site ahead of your arrival. The final deadline to submit this is Thursday, December 15.

Note:  If you receive an automated message after submission instructing you to pick your card up at the ID Center, please disregard.  Your ID will be sent directly to NYU Paris.

Current and returning students:  Please remember to bring your NYU ID card with you to your study away site! Apply for and pick up a replacement card if you need one by visiting the NYUCard Center or respective campus location, depending on your school. For details, please click here.

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 Paris 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 Paris 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 Paris (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!

Study Away Confirmation Portal Due Tomorrow, November 18

Throughout the past few weeks you have received information and access to the Study Away Confirmation Portal.  This is a final reminder that your housing application, required forms, and housing reservation payment) are due November 18.  Please ensure to meet this deadline so local staff can begin making assignments and preparing for your arrival.  You will receive your housing name and address about 1-2 weeks ahead of arrival.

As discussed in the orientation, when filling out the housing application, please remember to have an open mind and flexible outlook.  Given the number of students attending, we want to honor requests where possible, but know that this is dependent on your peers’ requests as well as availability.  Please feel free to be in touch with me  if you have particular concerns – NYU Paris staff and I want to assist as best as possible.

Lastly, please note that the portal also has a section for you to input your travel details.  These are due by December 1 (only the housing portion closes November 18 – you can log back in to submit travel details if you don’t have them yet).  This is critical so site staff are aware of when you intend to arrive and can keep an eye on any delays that may occur.  The earlier you can submit these the better so staff can get a sense of common arrival times.