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Academic Planning for IBEX

With the right planning, any Stern undergraduate student studying any concentration can participate in the IBEX program. It is important to meet with an academic adviser early in your academic career to discuss your interest in studying abroad.

IBEX Course Selection

Your course selection is individualized based on your curriculum and the IBEX partner school you will be attending, as course offerings vary at each institution. You should use the current list of pre-approved course equivalencies as a guide in selecting possible classes; however, we cannot guarantee that a course on the current list will be offered during the semester you are interested in studying abroad. Therefore, it is important to have flexibility in your course schedule and create a backup plan. Visit our Partner Schools pages for a list of approved course equivalencies at each location.

Every semester additional courses are evaluated by Stern and NYU faculty and added to the approved courses list. Once an IBEX institution releases its current course offerings for a particular semester, you can review the offerings and, if needed, submit any additional courses that have not already been evaluated to Stern’s IBEX Team for approval. You can fulfill business core requirements, concentration requirements, minor requirements, and electives while abroad.

Because we cannot guarantee which courses will be offered the semester you go on IBEX, we strongly discourage students from studying away on IBEX during their final semester.

Note: You can take up to 50% of your concentration requirements during your semester abroad. However, you cannot take any Accounting courses for credit toward your Accounting requirements (if applicable), including Managerial Accounting or Advanced Accounting Electives.

Language Requirements

All of the IBEX partner schools offer coursework in English. It is helpful to have some French language experience for Sciences Po, HEC Paris, and Université Paris Dauphine in Paris; likewise, it is beneficial to know Korean knowledge for Yonsei University and Mandarin for Peking University. If you wish to take coursework in a language other than English, you may be asked by the partner school to demonstrate proficiency through an examination or other documentation requested by the partner school.


Online Courses

Stern does not grant credit for any courses taken online.


Grades and Credit Transfer for Coursework Taken Abroad

Before departing NYU Stern for your IBEX semester, you will be registered for a standard EXCH Placeholder course. At the end of your IBEX semester, you will receive an official transcript from your host school showing the grades you earned for your courses there. Your IBEX grades will be transferred back to your NYU transcript as either Pass or Fail once our office receives an official copy of your IBEX transcript.  

You must receive a passing grade according to your host institution's grading scale to transfer the credits back to NYU. If you fail a class, it will be transferred back as a Fail and cannot be waived or omitted from your NYU transcript. Passing grades will not affect your Stern GPA. However, a failing grade will factor into your Stern GPA.

Note: the courses you take Pass/Fail on IBEX are not applied to the four total courses you are otherwise permitted to take Pass/Fail at Stern. 

It is important to note that your NYU transcript will not indicate the specific grades received (other than pass/fail) during your term abroad. Some employers and graduate schools may request more information. The partner school transcript you receive from your IBEX partner school will list the specific courses you took along with your actual grades and can be used to supplement your NYU transcript.

Prepare for an IBEX Experience

Approved Course Equivalencies

Visit the IBEX Partner School pages for a list of approved course equivalencies at each location.

Meet with an Adviser

Meet with an Academic Adviser to begin planning for your semester abroad.

Review Career Development Resources

Review Wasserman Center for Career Development resources to successfully study abroad and prepare for your career.