If you have specific academic questions throughout the pre-departure process, please contact our Global Academics team at They liaise with academic staff in each country and oversee course registration.

The Albert course search for Spring 2016 will go live the week of October 12th. Registration will occur the week of November 16th.

For a list of tentatively scheduled courses with course descriptions, please see the Courses page of the website. All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits.

All students must also participate in Global Orientations.  More information on the Global Orientations program will be provided prior to arrival. Students do not need to enroll for Global Orientations during registration.

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

*Tisch Professional Track Students: In order to be registered in your study abroad classes, you must submit your Tisch Study Abroad Registration Form no later than November 2, 2015 via email to You must follow the instructions found on the form and make sure it is signed by the appropriate advisor(s). You will then be registered by the Tisch Special Programs Office no later than November 20, 2015.

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.

Academics FAQs

  • When will I register for courses?

Students register for study away courses during registration week at NYU. NYU students, that means you will register at your normally appointed time during the week of November 16-20. Visiting students register in the morning on Wednesday of registration week.  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. An announcement will be made on the blog when these features are available to visiting students.

  • 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.

  • What courses do I have to take?

All students studying at NYU Berlin must register for 12-18 credits, including a German language course.   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.

  • I have to take a certain course while I’m abroad to complete my degree on time. How can I guarantee I’ll get in?

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.

  • Can I take a class at Berlin’s Humboldt University?

NYU Berlin is affiliated with Berlin’s Humboldt Universität (HU), which offers NYU students the possibility of attending HU courses as well as access to library and student facilities. Due to incompatibilities between the academic calendars of German and U.S. universities, enrollment in HU courses is only possible for NYU students who can stay in Berlin until February (for the Fall semester) or until mid-July (for the Spring semester). NYUB students, however, have the opportunity to audit classes at HU. If you would like to formally enroll in any Humboldt University courses, please get in touch with NYU Berlin’s Assistant Director for Academic Programs, Roland Pietsch (, as soon as possible. You should check with your advisor to ensure that you will be granted credit for the courses you take at Humboldt.

  • How do I get my textbooks for my semester away?

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

  • What are the Important Dates of the Program?

Please visit the Calendar on the web site for information about Arrival, Departure and other important dates.

Please do not book any travel for your time in Berlin until you received your course syllabi and have an overview of all important co- and extra-curricular activities.