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Semesters Abroad

Live and study in the world’s business centers

International study is a key component of the BPE degree. Your cross-continent experiences will give you in-depth knowledge of business, politics and economics in different cultures. To foster a unique global perspective, the BPE program includes two full semesters of global study at NYU's campus in London during your sophomore year.
  • For Class of 2017 and preceding classes: You have a required junior semester of global study in Shanghai- deepening your understanding of emerging markets - or Washington, D.C. - exposing you to a political hub with a unique internship program in public policy or business.
  • For Class of 2018 and beyond: You have the option of spending your junior fall semester in New York, Shanghai, Washington, D.C, or any other NYU site where you will be able to fulfill the BPE requirements.
Year                           Fall Semester  Spring Semester
Freshman New York New York
Sophomore London London
Junior New York, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., or another NYU site New York
Senior New York New York

London Quick Facts
  • London is one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the world
  • Students at NYU London live and study in the city center in charming Bloomsbury known as the city's literary capital
  • The people of London are generally approachable and helpful with directions or recommendations
  • The NYU European travel destinations include Paris, Rome, Prague, Amsterdam, and Madrid
  • The weather in London is very unpredictable, so always be prepared with a waterproof jacket and an umbrella
  • Learn more about NYU's campus in London
Shanghai Quick Facts
  • Shanghai is the largest city in China and also its economic center
  • Chinese people are very interested in foreigners and pay more attention to foreign strangers than local strangers
  • The NYU Chinese travel destinations include Beijing, Chengdou, Hangzhou, and Stone Forest
  • The weather in Shanghai is similar to weather in New York - hot in the summer and cold in the winter
  • Whenever you go shopping in China, you have to bargain for what you are buying.
  • Learn more about NYU's campus in Shanghai

Washington, DC Quick Facts
  • Washington, DC is home to 174 embassies, the headquarters of international policy-making bodies, and the seat of the US federal government
  • Walking is one of the best ways to get around DC, since the city is actually rather small and flat. In addition, you can rent a bicycle, or take the metro or bus.
  • There are three major airports that service the Washington, DC area (Reagan National Airport [DCA]. Baltimore-Washington International Airport [BWI], Washington Dulles International Airport [IAD])
  • While at the Washington, DC campus, students receive a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card, allowing them to access the holdings of the largest library on earth
  • The NYU Washington, DC campus is just steps away from Capitol Hill, the White House, the World Bank, national embassies, and the Supreme Court
  • Learn more about NYU's campus in Washington, DC
Visit NYU’s study away website for an overview of NYU’s global academic centers.

Namrita Singh on London

Tell us about a course you took while abroad. What did you learn that you don't think you would have learned in the U.S.?

I took a course called Contemporary Art in Britain. My professor took us to galleries and museums where we would have presentations and lectures. It was so cool to be able to learn about artists right in front of their works. It takes learning about such material to another level. It was also a great way to see more sights around London.

Alan Chen on Shanghai

Did you travel while abroad? If so, where? And what was it like?

Of course I traveled abroad! Some of the best experiences I had were while traveling with my friends. I traveled to Beijing, Nanjing, Huangshan, Suzhou, and even Thailand for spring break. From waiting on line at a local train ticket vendor to traveling with local Chinese people, traveling is definitely a novel experience. The possibilities of the places you can go and what you can do are limitless.