Introducing Your Student Senators Council Site Ambassador

The Student Senators Council at NYU has selected a group of your peers studying away in the spring of 2017 as student representatives who will work to improve student life across NYU’s Global Network University. Known as your Site Ambassadors, they will act as a general liaison between students at your site and global programs initiatives in Abu Dhabi, New York, or Shanghai.

Without further ado, we would like to introduce Gabriella Butler, gsb295@nyu.edu.

My name is Gabriella and I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I am a Global Liberal Studies junior concentrating in Identities and Representations, currently spending the year at NYU Tel Aviv. After becoming acquainted with the city in the past semester, I hope to be a useful resource for new students at our site. I hope to help them immerse themselves in the city, country, and culture, facilitating this through events within the city. I am excited to welcome my peers to this amazing country and help make this transition easy for them.

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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 Tel Aviv 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.  

Should your updated itinerary arrive outside of the provided transportation window, you will be responsible for getting to housing (but don’t worry – the arrival cheat sheet will have all the relevant details necessary to do so!).  

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!

Arrival Cheat Sheet

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

Here are some other things to keep in mind:  

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

And remember these tips from our First Time Traveler Post. (They’re actually quite good for everyone!)

Offices Closing for Winter Break

NYU’s Office of Global Programs and Office of Global Services, as well as most other departments around NYU, will be closed for the winter break starting at 4pm EST on Friday, December 23rd. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 4th at 9am EST.  Both the Office of Global Programs and the Office of Global Services will not be monitoring voicemail or emails during this time.

We understand that questions may come up while our office is closed – if so, please use the “Search” tool within this blog to see if we have covered it already (in many cases, we have!). This blog is meant to be your main resource of things to know and do regarding Tel Aviv, and can continue to assist in answering your questions even when we are not available.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes this Holiday Season!

Mobile Phones in Tel Aviv

As a student studying at NYU Tel Aviv this spring, you will be required to have a mobile phone for the duration of the program. You will be provided with a mobile phone to use for the semester, and approximately $25 USD in phone credit, at no additional cost. To plan accordingly, please fill out this form ASAP so that we are able to have your phone ready for you upon your arrival. Please complete it no later than Friday, January 6, 2017.

As you know, your health and safety is an enormous priority for the University. Not only will this program help us to contact you in case of an emergency, but it will give you the ability to call or text local site staff in the unlikely event you encounter a difficult situation.

Although we are providing the first approximately $25 USD in service, we will expect you to keep enough credit on your phone so that you can call out in case of an emergency. Even if you run out of credit, we will still ask you to keep your phone with you, as you will still be able to receive short incoming calls and text messages.

The phones you receive will be very basic – in other words, don’t expect them to do anything beyond phone calls and text messaging. However, if you have an unlocked phone that you would prefer to use while you are studying away, you’ll still be able to use your approximately $25 USD in credit (and SIM card) on that device instead. You will be able to coordinate this with your site’s staff during orientation.

At the end of the semester, you will be expected to return your SIM card, phone, charger, and any other accessories that may be provided.

Again, please don’t forget to fill out the form, and if you have any questions, please contact me.

Meal Plans at NYU Tel Aviv

We are happy to announce that starting in Spring 2017, NYU Tel Aviv will be offering meal plans for daily breakfast and dinners on select nights  in partnership with the neighboring B’nei Dan Hostel.  More details and information on how to obtain your meal card will be covered during your on-site NYU Tel Aviv orientation.

Please note:  These meal plans will be purchased on-site through the NYU Tel Aviv staff and you will not need to purchase an on-campus dining plan through the NYU Dining Portal.

Submit Flight Details ASAP

If you haven’t submitted your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal yet, please do so as soon as possible.  This will allow staff directly in Tel Aviv to plan for common arrival times and keep an eye on flights to see if there are delays.  Although the deadline to submit your housing preferences has passed, you can still log in to submit your travel details.

We understand some of you have not yet booked your flight or your passport is currently with the consulate or OGS, therefore we ask that you submit your flight and passport details as soon as you are able.

In addition, please also submit these into NYU Traveler, which goes directly to NYU Public Safety.  It should only take you a few minutes and you can get started by taking the following steps:

If you have questions about filling out this form, please refer to this step-by-step guide or the tutorial video.  Should any technical problems present themselves while entering your information into NYU Traveler, you may contact traveler.support@nyu.edu for assistance.

NYU ID Cards

Getting your NYU student ID, known around campus as your NYUCard, is now easier than ever.

First-time card holders: visit photoid.nyu.edu to submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center team, have your NYUCard created. Visiting students, please submit a photo ASAP so it can be processed and sent to your study away site ahead of your arrival. The final deadline to submit this is Tuesday, December 15.

Note:  If you receive an automated message after submission instructing you to pick your card up at the ID Center, please disregard.  Your ID will be sent directly to NYU Tel Aviv.

Current and returning students:  Please remember to bring your NYU ID card with you to your study away site! Apply for and pick up a replacement card if you need one by visiting the NYUCard Center or respective campus location, depending on your school. For details, please click here.

Pre-Departure Orientation Recap & Make-Up Quiz

For those who could not attend the in-person orientation, we missed you. There were some great questions and discussions with the Global Peer Mentors.  This interactive session covered everything you need to know as you prepare to study away next semester.

While there is no way to replicate that experience, we are providing this version of the NYU Tel Aviv Pre-Departure Orientation Spring 2017 presentation for those who could not attend. Please ensure to read through the presentation in its entirety and complete this mandatory quiz to test your knowledge and make sure you know the essential information! You will also hear from me directly about completing the quiz if you need to do so.

Some key points to remember from the orientation:

  • On-site orientation is Mandatory! All students must arrive on January 23, ideally between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Please note that housing is ONLY available during the dates of the program, January 23 – May 25!
  • All class attendance and course related field trips are mandatory.  Do not book personal travel until you have arrived and confirmed your syllabi.
  • Bring all the prescription drugs you will need for your entire stay. Make sure you talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for any medication you take regularly for the full 4 months. Do NOT ship medication overseas.

If you have any questions or concerns after you have read through the presentation, feel free to email me.  To be put in touch with an NYU Tel Aviv alum, email global-peer-mentors@nyu.edu.