Practical Pre-Departure Checklist & Packing Tips

As you prepare to get on a plane, it is now time to review the below final checklist full of practical items and packing tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly.  Also, take note of what NOT to pack by visiting this website.


  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad.  Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on.  Your carry on should also have all important paperwork, phone numbers, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late.
  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on.  That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Bring your flight confirmation printout to the airport.
  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack.
  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed, but service fees can be hefty.  Banks can generally issue euros ahead of time if they have notice.  Or simply withdraw cash from the ATM directly once you land – this can be easiest)
  • Have a copy of your arrival cheat sheet (coming next week!) – and leave one with your family!
  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
  • Buy a journal.  Study Away is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.  
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use currently. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.
  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad.
  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Last but definitely not least, try to pack LIGHT.  Layers, layers, layers!  You will inevitably come home with more than you started with.

You can find more packing information linked here!


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 Berlin, and can continue to assist in answering your questions even when we are not available.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes this Holiday Season!


GeoBlue Health Insurance Emails Received

By now you should have received an email from NYU Student Insurance/GeoBlue with your certificate number and instructions about creating your GeoBlue profile. This was sent to your NYU email address only. Please register and bring your health insurance card with you.  

As a reminder, all students are still expected to maintain valid domestic health insurance over the course of the semester. GeoBlue is valid only for the dates of your study away program.

Please notify me at if you did not receive an email from GeoBlue to ensure it is resent.  Rest assured that you will absolutely be covered.  Be sure to check your spam folder first, as they sometimes end up there.

Preparing for Study Away Series: Workshop Resources

This packet is intended to give all students the opportunity to consider their identity during the pre-departure process, even if they weren’t able to attend our in-person events.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, and we are happy to talk to you or connect you to resources or students.

You must be logged into your NYU account to view the bulletin displayed on the page. Alternatively, you can download the Workshop Resources here.

Reminder: Ebills Due January 5

If you have not yet paid your ebill, please take the necessary steps to do so by the January 5th deadline.  As a reminder, ebills were sent to your NYU email address ONLY.  You can also access your ebill as follows:

  • Log into NYU Home (
  • Click on the Academics tab, then click on Albert Login
  • Click on the “Student Center”
  • Click on the “View Bursar Account” link located under the Finances menu
  • This should link to the secure eSuite website

*Visiting students, if financial aid money from your school is going to transfer to NYU and/or your school pays on your behalf, it is okay if these anticipated payments arrive after the bill becomes due. Only the portion of the bill that you are personally responsible for paying directly to NYU must arrive by the due date.  

Featured Course: Topics in German Cinema

GERM-UA 9253 or SASEM-UG 9102   Topics in German Cinema 
Lecture and Seminar: Tuesdays 3:30-6:15pm
Screenings: Mondays 8:15-10:00pm
Instructor: Axel Bangert
Course Description:

Berlin is one of the most well-known film cities in the world. This course wants to introduce you to the study of German cinema by looking at changing images of the city since the postwar period. The course will begin with an introduction to film analysis, giving special attention to the relationship between film and city. We will go on to discuss a number of influential productions from East, West and reunified Germany, and draw comparisons to other German as well as non-German city films. Through seminar discussions, reading responses, and critical essays, you will gain an understanding of how the cinema has engaged with the city of Berlin and its transformations since the end of the Second World War.

Students enrolled in this class have the unique opportunity to be accredited for the Berlinale (The Berlin International Film Festival), one of the world’s leading film festivals and the largest publicly attended film festival in the world, taking place early in February. The Berlinale is part of the course program, yet in order to get personalized accreditation participating students need to be registered by December 19th. To register, please send an electronic passport-style photo to Julia Rogers (, together with your date of birth, place of birth (city & country) and nationality, as soon as possible and latest by December 19th. You must be enrolled in the course. You can of course still enroll for the course until the end of the the regular drop/add period in February, yet you will only receive Berlinale accreditations if you registered by December 19th. Unfortunately, no late accreditations are accepted.
Any questions: please do not hesitate to contact NYU Berlin’s Julia Rogers (

Berlin City Guide from ThisIsNYU Bloggers

As you may know from previous updates, students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  Visit the Berlin City Guide to see favorite places to go, things to do, areas to visit beyond Berlin, and overall advice.

We encourage you to sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU too during your time away!  Not only will others benefit from your recommendations, but this is a great way to document and share your experience with family and friends.  To get started or to learn more, simply visit The “Getting Started” page will have you ready to start in under 15 minutes, so you can sign up — and start blogging — today!

NYU Berlin Housing Assignments

NYU Berlin housing assignments are in the process of being made! We’re making every effort to meet student requests as we have in the past, prioritizing roommate preferences and room type. Historically that has often led to mixed/gender neutral apartment shares. Unless by special request, students will be assigned a roommate of the same legal sex but apartments can be mixed. We’ve found that students have been pleased by their pairings and we’re hopeful that will continue to be the case for spring 2017!

If you have any concerns about this possible arrangement, please be in touch with Linn Friedrichs ( by Monday, Dec. 19th at 12 noon EST.

Mail from Berlin: St. Agnes

image-1  While most of NYU Berlin’s classes will be held at the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg, classes in the arts and photography are taught at NYU Berlin’s second Academic Center at St. Agnes in Kreuzberg. In our large and sunny studio space, you will be able to realize ambitious projects, while the building also features two additional seminar rooms, a computer lab, and printing facilities for you to use. But of course, you will also be able to rely on the expertise of our St. Agnes staff, Katrin Dettmer and Karen Welsch.

katrinkarenKatrin is the Arts Coordinator for NYU Berlin and your guide to Berlin’s varied and exciting art scene. During the spring semester, she coordinates the Tisch Special Program, Stanislavsky, Brecht, and Beyond, which offers an integrated approach to actor training. But throughout the year, Katrin organizes theater visits as well as Q&As with actors, directors, and dramaturgs in Berlin, as she also teaches a class on 20th century German theater. At St. Agnes, Katrin is your point of contact for art projects and specifically the end of semester exhibition, which showcases student work from various art classes.

Karen is NYU Berlin St. Agnes Campus Coordinator and in this role her responsibilities include providing administrative, organizational and technical support for NYU Berlin faculty, staff, and students, coordinate classroom and space reservations for meetings, art exhibitions and other events, and to work closey with the facility manager to ensure the center is well maintained. Karen holds a MA degree in North American studies, English Literature and Marketing from Paderborn University. She has lived in and travelled to such wonderful places as Tanzania, Scotland and the United States and is looking forward to be part of the students’ Berlin experience.

image-3As you can see in the photographs, the entire complex is defined by its striking architecture. It was designed by German architect Werner Düttmann to originally house a Catholic Church. Built from 1964 to 1967, St. Agnes is still heralded as a hallmark of Brutalist architecture in Berlin. Over the years, the complex had fallen into disrepair. But in 2011, gallery owner Johann König acquired it and decided to reinvent the neglected heritage-listed space as a gallery and exciting cultural hub. After enlisting architect Arno Brandlhuber, König began a careful renovation and set about transforming the brute into a beauty.

The premises, which are very closely located to the Student Residence, now also host the beautiful, luminous König Gallery and a small café called ThemRoc. The film below will give you a wonderful first impression of our second site: