Required Orientation Vision Statement

All students who begin their first semester at NYU Berlin are required to attend all orientation events marked as “required” on the orientation schedule, which will be shared 1.5 weeks prior to arrival. Orientation takes place from January 23-27, 2017.

Our Orientation schedule reflects our awareness of the challenges students face when transitioning into a new environment as well as our respect of students’ time and energy. We thus design orientation week focusing on themes that cannot be communicated exclusively through student handbooks, webinars, or other off- and on-line resources. Orientation provides you with a background to the history of Germany and Berlin, including discussions on identity, diversity, and cosmopolitanism; on foreign policy, energy policy, and development aid; and on issues of historical responsibility and how it shapes present-day identity and action. As part of a comprehensive introduction to the histories and cultures of Germany and its capital, students will also acquire German language skills.

Attendance of all mandatory orientation sessions ensures that students are aware of and know how to access important resources so that they can excel academically, experience immersion, as well as contribute to keeping our communities safe. It includes registration with our partner university and the German authorities as well as education about the legal framework of your study away experience. Orientation will also familiarize you with the academic program and the community of lecturers.

The required orientation activities are complemented by a varied selection of optional events designed for small groups, such as film screenings, museum visits, and  events that engage the city, its spaces and communities.  German students and tandem partners participate in some of these events. We believe that, by forging together an authentically trans-cultural and inclusive community, we create opportunities for all of us to expand our ethical leadership skills and contribute in meaningful ways to our host society.

Make-Up Regulations Regarding Absences from Required Orientation Sessions:

Students who miss any aspect of the Academic Orientation are required to:

  • participate in a Make-Up Introduction to Berlin’s and Germany’s Past and Present, to be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017;
  • write a 500 word essay on the continuities and discontinuities of German history from 1800 to the present, drawing on assigned readings, and submit the assignment to the Site Director by Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Students who miss the Student Life & Wellness Orientation are required to:

  • participate in a Make-Up Orientation on Saturday, January 28, 2017;
  • contribute to the design and the delivery of the Transitions workshop, facilitated by Student Life and Wellness staff in May. This will involve a written storytelling exercise to be submitted to the Assistant Director for Student Life by March 20, 2017, as well as facilitation of part of the workshop. 

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