Arrival Information

Katya plans to email each of you individually on Monday with your entry permit copy and arrival instructions. Please be sure that you’re checking your email often over the coming days to be sure that you receive and review those details.  You’ll be getting some very important information in this message that you will need to be sure to understand and have with you when you travel.

A Note about the US State Department Office Closures

As you may know, the US State Department has closed the embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai through Sunday, August 10th out of “an abundance of caution” following recent intelligence reports. We want you to know that NYU is monitoring the situation very closely; our students’ safety and security is our highest priority.  As it stands, we expect and look forward to welcoming you to NYU Abu Dhabi on August 23rd as planned and we do not anticipate any changes to that schedule.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at 212-998-4433.

Housing Charges

Just a note to let you know that your housing charges should be posted shortly!  I’ve been in touch with Housing staff in Abu Dhabi as well as in New York and they’ve confirmed that you should see the amount for your room & board posted by the end of this week.  Remember, your room & board fee is $7,725.

You will be responsible to pay your room & board in full ASAP after the charge has been posted (and definitely before August 15th).  If for some reason you don’t think you’ll be able to pay in full before August 15th, please be in touch with Jaci and/or the Bursar’s office.

Jaci’s Travel Tips

I’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in my time. Be smarter than me by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.

  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.

  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed. A travel alarm clock and flip flops are worth the tiny space they take up!

  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!

  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though you can’t take any through security, remember).

  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.

  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it! Remember – if you plan to use Skype while in Abu Dhabi it’s better to download it before you leave!

  • Buy a journal.  Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.

Pre-departure Checklist

You’ll be on a plane before you know it.  Take a minute to look through this final checklist to make sure that all of your bases are covered –

  • Print your entry permit

  • Register for 12 – 18 credits; this does not include any waitlisted courses

  • Pay your NYU e-Bill

  • Register for HTH and print out the confirmation card

  • Register with the Moses Center if applicable

  • Submit Medical Forms to the Health Center

  • Submit your Flight Details to NYUTraveler

  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad

  • Bring your NYU ID!

  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry everything with you in your carry on

  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, cards (bank, credit card) and print out your entry permit (emailed to you from Katya with your arrival instructions). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on

  • Print and review the arrival information sent in the email from Katya; carry a copy in your carry on and leave a copy with your parents

  • Bring your flight confirmation print-out to the airport

  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack

  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed)

  • Pack a carry on with all important paperwork, phone numbers, medications, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late

Important Billing Deadlines

Yesterday, August 7th – bill due date for fall semester. Any scholarships you have received should now appear on your bill as “anticipated aid”. Remember, you should settle your bill less the amount of any scholarships or financial aid you will receive.

August 15th – Round I of de-enrollment from classes for students with outstanding balances. Please make sure you have settled your bill by this date to ensure you don’t lose your classes!