Academics FAQs

The most robust list of all academic FAQs can be found on our webpage here. These cover everything from how to check your registration time, to required courses, to information about pre-requisites (and everything in between!).  The below reflects some of the most common questions that arise.

  • When will I register for courses?

Students register for study away courses during registration week at NYU. For NYU students, that means you will register at your normally appointed time during the week of November 14-18.  Students will be able to view their appointment time and begin using the shopping cart feature to plan their schedule approximately one week prior to registration.

  • How do  I register for courses?

All confirmed students register for classes using Albert, NYU’s Student Information System.  For additional assistance using Albert please view the NYU Registrar’s Student Registration Guide.

Although particular courses are not required at NYU London, all students studying away must register for 12-18 credits.   Please consult with your academic advisor when planning for course registration.

More information on Academic Requirements for Study Away students can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

*Tisch Professional Track Students – as a reminder, you must submit your Tisch Study Abroad Registration Form no later than TBD via email to  You will then be registered by their office by TBD.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot in any course for any student. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have some flexibility in your schedule and that no ONE course is absolutely necessary for your degree progress.

Some courses abroad can fill and do run waitlists. If you want to take a course that is closed, we recommend that you add yourself to the waitlist if possible. (When waitlisting, make sure to use the Swap function so that Albert knows which class to drop you from should a space open up in the course. If you already waitlisted but did not use the Swap function, use Edit Swap to set up a swap after the fact.) Many courses have a waitlist limit of five students. When this waitlist limit is reached, waitlisting for the course is no longer possible.

Waitlists do NOT guarantee you a spot in a class, but students do occasionally get in off of the waitlist when enrolled students drop the course. After initial registration, this movement is most likely to happen during the drop/add period once you arrive at your site, so occasionally students are able to get the courses they want on site even if they weren’t able to do so at registration. Since the likelihood of getting into a course off of a waitlist can be difficult to predict, you should always be enrolled in a back up course. Additionally, for some courses, we monitor waitlists, occasionally adding seats or opening additional sections if demand is high enough and enough classroom space and instructors can be found.

  • Who should I contact if I’m stuck on a waitlist? Can the instructor give me permission?

If you would like to inquire about your position on the waitlist, please email As there are many factors to consider in overriding a course cap, including classroom space and departmental guidelines we ask that you not contact instructors directly to request permission to enroll in a class. Our staff will be in contact with professors and put you in touch with them directly as necessary.

  • Where can I get my textbooks for my semester away?

Please see the Books and Course Materials website here to become familiar with how textbooks are obtained.

  • What are the important dates of the Program?

The program dates are January 25 – May 19. Students must plan to arrive on January 25 (late arrival is NOT permitted).  Participation in all classes and program activities is mandatory. Please do not plan any personal trips within the program dates until after arriving and confirming your syllabi. Please visit the Calendar on the web site for information about Arrival, Departure and other important dates.