NYU London Fall 2017

Your Pre-Departure Guide to Studying Away in London

Arrival Cheat Sheet

Don’t leave for London without your Arrival Cheat Sheet! It contains helpful information about navigating the airport, getting to your housing assignment, and NYU London contact information. Please provide a copy of this documents to your family.

As you prepare to get on the plane to London, please review the below documents, which provide helpful information on getting to the residences from the airport.  We recommend printing a copy to bring in your carry on with you!

Getting to Byron Court and Urbanest King’s Cross from Heathrow Airport
Getting to Guilford House from Heathrow Airport
Travelling to Residences from Other London Airports

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Know the time difference between your hometown and London, and discuss a communication plan with your friends and family.
  • Check the exchange rate for your host country’s currency regularly.
  • Purchase any necessary voltage convertors and/or adaptors.

Letters from London #4

Welcome to the final bulletin from the NYU London staff!  Keep in mind these have really great information and helpful FAQs that many of you are probably wondering about!

Download (PDF, 1.6MB)

Documents mentioned in Bulletin:

Orientation Schedule
Getting to Byron Court and Urbanest King’s Cross from Heathrow Airport
Getting to Guilford House from Heathrow Airport
Travelling to Residences from Other London Airports
Diversity and Inclusion Team Application Form

Orientation Schedule Fall 2017

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Pre-Arrival Housing and Student Life Orientation

You will shortly be added to the London Pre-Arrival Orientation class on NYU Classes. This mandatory pre-arrival orientation supplements your NYU London Global Health & Well Orientation and provides useful information on housing, local laws, safety and conduct and must be completed before your arrival in London.

The class consists of two lessons

– Fall 2017 Pre-Arrival Orientation – Student Life (approx 20mins to complete)

– Fall 2017 Pre-Arrival Orientation – Res Life & Housing (approx 45 to 60mins to complete)

You will receive an automated email when you have been added to the class. To access the lessons, please select ‘Lessons’ from the ‘London Pre-Arrival Orientation’ drop down menu in NYU Classes.

We recommend that you complete the lessons on a desktop computer. You do not need to complete both lessons the same sitting, however, you will need to complete each lesson in one sitting. To ensure that your lesson is marked as ‘complete’, please ensure that you follow the onscreen instructions and answer all questions.

Please send any questions to london.housing@nyu.edu

We look forward to welcoming you next week!

Fall 2017 Book List and Book Sale FAQ’s

Please see this document for information on your semester book list.  You can also view a list of FAQs about the book sale that will occur during orientation.

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 London 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.  

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!

GeoBlue Health Insurance Emails Received

By now you should have received an email from NYU Student Insurance/GeoBlue with your certificate number and instructions about creating your GeoBlue profile. This was sent to your NYU email address only. Please register and bring your health insurance card with you.  

As a reminder, all students are still expected to maintain valid domestic health insurance over the course of the semester. GeoBlue is valid only for the dates of your study away program.

Please notify me at nyoka.joseph@nyu.edu if you did not receive an email from GeoBlue to ensure it is resent.  Rest assured that you will absolutely be covered.  Be sure to check your spam folder first, as they sometimes end up there.

Letters from London #3

Welcome to the third bulletin from the NYU London staff!  Keep in mind these have really great information and helpful FAQs that many of you are probably wondering about!

Download (PDF, 1.61MB)

Documents mentioned in Bulletin:

Cultural Programming
Global Orientations: Britain Complimentary Visits
Volunteering Guide

Practical Pre-Departure Checklist & Packing Tips

As you prepare to get on a plane, it is now time to review the below final checklist full of practical items and packing tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly.  Also, take note of what NOT to pack by visiting this website.

  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be 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.
  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on.  Your carry on should also have all important paperwork, phone numbers, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late.
  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on.  That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Bring your flight confirmation printout 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, but service fees can be hefty.  Banks can generally issue pound sterling ahead of time if they have notice.  Or simply withdraw cash from the ATM directly once you land – this can be easiest)
  • Have a copy of your arrival cheat sheet – and leave one with your family!
  • 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!
  • Buy a journal.  Study Away 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.  
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use currently. 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.
  • 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, 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, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Last but definitely not least, try to pack LIGHT.  Layers, layers, layers!  You will inevitably come home with more than you started with.
  • You can find more packing information linked here [if you have a list you want to include from your PDO resource sheets].

NYU London Online Global Health & Wellness Orientation

By now you should have received an email from site staff at NYU London with instructions to complete an Online Global Health & Wellness Orientation.

This mandatory online exercise provides useful information about health and safety resources in London.  It encourages you to practice self-care, to support your fellow students and the NYU London community, and to remain curious about all the things that are different and exciting in The United Kingdom.

It should take you about 45-60 minutes and must be completed by Sunday, September 3rd. Please access the orientation by clicking the link in the email you received.

If you have questions about the content please email Nigel Freeman at Nigel.Freeman@nyu.edu.

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