Frequently Asked Questions

Which applicants are selected for the two-year Liberal Studies (LS) Core Program?
The admissions committee selects applicants for the Core Program who would thrive in an interdisciplinary curriculum with small, seminar-style classes where students are actively expected to engage in classroom discussion. Selected students may or may not have expressed an interest in a specific major or another school or college on their application for admission. The admissions committee, however, believes selected students would benefit from exploring the liberal arts at NYU and completing their general education requirements through the Core Program before committing to a major, minor, double-major, etc.

What happens at the end of the sophomore year?
All LS Core Program students are expected to continue in a bachelor’s degree program at NYU. Sophomores may continue as juniors in Global Liberal Studies (GLS) or they may choose to transition into one of NYU’s liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Arts and Science or the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, or degree programs in the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management; the Silver School of Social Work; or the College of Nursing, as well as selected majors in the Tisch School of the Arts and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In order to transition seamlessly, students must meet specific program requirements and be in good academic standing at the end of sophomore year, typically defined as a minimum 2.0 GPA.

What happens if I elect to spend my freshman year at an NYU global academic center in Florence, London, or Paris?
NYU encourages every undergraduate to participate in our extensive global network that boasts 13 academic centers on five continents. Most NYU students must achieve sophomore standing before studying away from New York, but Liberal Studies students have the unique opportunity to begin their academic careers at one of NYU’s global academic centers in Florence, London, or Paris. Many students benefit from a full year of international study before they have chosen their major or minor, and in a setting where they are completing general education classes that meet requirements in all NYU bachelor’s degrees.

Please Note: To ensure compliance with student visa requirements and local law,  students who wish to enroll in a freshman program at an NYU global academic center must be 18 years of age on or before the date of travel to the site for the purposes of study.

What classes will I take in Florence, London, or Paris?
All LS freshmen at the global academic centers take the same Core Program classes as students who are enrolled at our Washington Square campus in New York City. Students at all sites, except London, also will study the language spoken at the site (unless they are already proficient in the language). 

What happens in the sophomore year for those students who start at a global academic center?
All students who complete their first year at NYU Florence, NYU London, or NYU Paris join their peers at NYU’s New York City campus for their sophomore year. By the end of their second year at NYU, students will have completed 64 credits, one-half of the 128 credits required for an NYU bachelor’s degree.

Am I enrolled in a bachelor's degree program?
The Core Program is two-year curriculum. After they have successfully completed the Core Program at the end of their sophomore year, students will continue as juniors to earn a bachelor’s degree in GLS, or they will transition to another NYU school or college. Students will transition seamlessly to their selected NYU program, school, or college as juniors if they have completed the academic requirements of the Core Program and have met the appropriate elective course requirements for their destination school or program. Our experienced team of academic advisers works with students individually from the beginning of the freshman year to develop the best plan for each student.

Can I begin a major or a minor while I am in the Core Program?
Core Program freshmen generally have one free elective each semester; sophomores generally have three free electives each semester. Core Program students use these elective spaces to complete requirements in their destination schools, to explore potential majors, to begin introductory classes in a major, or to begin a minor. In addition to minors available within schools, students also may pursue any of over fifty cross-school minors that are available to all NYU undergraduates.

I have AP/IB credit—will it count toward my core requirements?
The core classes all count toward completion of NYU’s general education requirements. In general, AP and IB credits, or other advanced standing (like college courses at another school) will count toward the 128 credits required for graduation. For the most part, however, advanced standing will not substitute for any classes in the core curriculum, though it may satisfy other degree requirements (for example, in science or quantitative reasoning), and it may place you in a higher-level class (for example, in foreign language). Upon your arrival, a professional advisor will meet with you to discuss your advanced standing and how the credits may be applied.

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Liberal Studies: The Core Program