Academic Life

The NYU Shanghai academic experience is characterized by rigor, a global perspective, and a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Three distinct features define the NYU Shanghai approach and make it unique:

A Truly Innovative Core Curriculum

As our world evolves, education needs to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century students. The NYU Shanghai core curriculum is defined by integration. Students explore our social and cultural foundations through courses that are global in scope, with writing instruction woven in throughout, rather than delivered in unrelated courses. Mathematics and the sciences are a part of every student’s education, and students who specialize in the sciences will begin their studies with an innovative foundational course that brings together the basic sciences.

Playing to Our Strengths

NYU Shanghai has carefully developed a set of majors and specializations that capitalize not just on the world-class strength of NYU faculty, departments, and programs but also on the limitless possibilities that Shanghai provides.

Global in Nature

As a member of NYU’s global network, you have the world at your fingertips. Why not reach out and incorporate it into your course work? The study away opportunities available to you as an NYU Shanghai student are unparalleled in higher education and are easily integrated into your program of study.