Library and Writing Resources Available While Studying Away


As you prepare to study away next semester, please know that there are a variety of library and writing resources available throughout the Global Network to ensure your continued academic success.

Students and faculty at NYU Global sites have access to an extensive range of online full-text collections including books, journals, audio, video and images, and a variety of library services including email reference through NYU Libraries’ website.  Become acquainted with the library services here.

Additionally, NYU’s Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences has launched two new writing services that students can take advantage of:

  1. Online Tutoring for Global Sites.  The NYU Writing Center now offers a space where any student in NYU’s Global Network can get help with his or her writing.  Via Google’s video chat and document sharing functions, consultants and students work one-on-one, focusing on every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing (with the exception of exams).  Upon arrival, interested students can sign up online for remote tutoring time slots.  The sign-up link will be shared by Academic staff in Madrid.

Resources for Writing is a series of Writing Guides that focus on the most essential and often challenging rhetorical moves in academic prose. Designed as mini-lessons, they take students through a step-by-step process that offers examples, explanations, and practice.  These sources are now available here.

At NYU Madrid you will have access to several digital and local library resources to prepare papers, exams, and research projects:

NYU Global Library Services gives you access to NYU Library’s subscription databases, e-journals and e-books.

On the NYU Madrid Hub you will also find a list of other library resources at your disposal: our NYU Madrid Onsite Library and local libraries in Madrid.

If you have any questions, please contact our Onsite Librarian, Marta de la Macorra (


Meet NYU Madrid Global Peer Mentor, KP!

Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Madrid alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.

Today, meet KP, who studied in Madrid in Spring 2016.


Major: Nursing

What is your favorite memory about your time abroad?Meeting the people by far was my favorite memory. I think there isn’t any specific memory which stands out as there are just so many memories I hold dear to my heart. However, one of the best times I had while at NYU Madrid was actually on a program trip to Morocco in the spring, and later, in the summer term, a program trip to northern Spain to San Sebastian/Bilbao. I really solidified my friendships on those trips.

What was the most interesting course you took and why? I really appreciate the Masterpieces in the Prado Museum course because I can’t imagine when else in my entire lifetime I’ll be able to take a course in one of the world’s most renowned museums every single week for an entire semester. Art history is so far removed from nursing, yet I enjoyed every minute of it.

What two things do you wish you had packed? I wish I had packed my winter jacket because I didn’t anticipate it being so cold. I also wish I had brought more warm weather gear, but that’s because I stayed for the summer term and had nothing to wear that was appropriate for the blazing summer heat!

Name two things you should not have packed.  I honestly brought my Spanish-English dictionary and did not use it once. For homework assignments, let’s be honest – you’ll probably use Google translate or word reference. In person, you won’t be looking at a book while you talk, so don’t waste space on that! Also, definitely don’t bring too many pairs of shoes. I brought perhaps a pair or two too many, and I regretted not using that space on American toiletries or perhaps that winter jacket I later so desperately needed.

What do you miss most? The people and the food – those are two aspects I miss everyday when I cook and when I interact with people. Otherwise, I miss everything else just as strongly. I miss the city, the noise, the music, the language – literally everything.

One good way to get to know locals is: Join the intercambio program! Befriend the locals there! There is one young woman with whom I still Skype and chat with at least once a week. She is such a dear friend of mine, and she even took me to her village! Also, don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with locals in the clubs/bars. You’ll be surprised how friendly everyone is!

If there’s one thing students should know about Madrid, it is: You should stay and explore Madrid more than you think! One semester seems like a lot of time, but as you’ll hear over and over again, it’s really not. So, definitely take advantage of those weekends to travel around Europe, but also, take the time to really enjoy the city you chose to live in for an entire semester.

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? For one, I wish I could have gone to a fútbol game. I missed my opportunity to do that even though I was already warned that I should go and do that as soon as I arrived. Moreover, I wish I had spent more time just wandering around Madrid. There is still so much I haven’t seen nor experienced. But, you truly can’t see literally everything in only a semester/six months, so I guess that’s why I need to go back! More than anything though, I wish I had traveled around Spain some more. I didn’t get to visit Granada (especially La Alhambra), Sevilla, Salamanca, or Barcelona, and those are just the more famous cities! There is so much to Spain than just Madrid and Barcelona too. I wish I could have explored more of the culture in Galicia and northern Spain or visited the smaller beach towns on the east coast. Thinking more about it, I wanted to travel to the Balearic Islands too! As you can probably tell, I miss Spain everyday, so make sure you leave feeling like you didn’t miss out!


Missed the Kick-Off Event?

Missed the kick-off event but still want your guidebook? Come by the New York office anytime during regular office hours to pick up your Madrid City Guide. We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm EDT and are located at 383 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York NY 10003.

Not in the New York area? Don’t worry!

  • Visiting students  – your guidebook will be mailed to you shortly at your permanent address.
  • Students currently studying away – these will be mailed to your current study away site.

NYU Abu Dhabi & NYU Shanghai students currently at your home campuses – these will be mailed to your home campus in the coming weeks. NYU Shanghai students can contact or visit Laura Cheng, Manager of Global Affairs in Room 519 of the Academic Building for a copy of their book.

Flight and Arrival Information

Please keep in mind you MUST arrive in Madrid on Sunday, January 22, 2017, and you are responsible for booking your own flight. Housing is available only for the dates of the program (January 22 – May 12, 2017) so if you plan to arrive early or leave late, please be aware you will be responsible for your own accommodations.  You can access the program calendar here.

NYU Madrid site staff will be at Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) on January 22, 9am-1pm, to greet you. Many flights leave the night before and will likely arrive in the morning. You may want to keep this in mind when you are booking flights; however, a detailed arrival cheat sheet will be provided for those arriving outside this window closer to departure. When the student meets site staff at the airport, a staff member will accompany the student to the bus which will be taking all NYU students to the residence in the center of Madrid. Those students staying in homestays can take a taxi from the residence to their assigned homestay in Madrid. Detailed arrival instructions will be provided before departure, including how to arrive to the residence halls from different airports, information about where to find staff at the airport and important phone numbers to keep before the semester starts.

When shopping for flights, you are welcome to use any provider of your choice, but we encourage you to use NYU’s preferred partner, Egencia, to buy your ticket. Please see the following egencia instructions for info on how to book your flight through Egencia.  

Please note:  All students will be required to submit their flight details. Instructions for doing so will come later on in the semester!

Your NYU Madrid Letter Packet is ready to be picked up at the OGS

This is not your visa.  You must use the documents in this letter packet to apply for your visa.

If you are in the NYC area, you must pick up your letter packet in person:

           Please come to OGS (at NYU Studentlink, 383 Lafayette St.), Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am-5pm and Wednesday and Thursday 9am-6pm;

           Tell the front desk staff that you are picking up documents for NYU Madrid.

           Bring your NYU Student ID for identity confirmation.

If you are currently outside of the New York City area

           Please email with the full mailing address where we should send your document.

           NOTE: We cannot mail these letters to P.O. boxes. You must provide a physical address where these letters can be received and signed for.

           If your mailing address is outside of the United States, please include your local telephone number with your address.

           We will send documents to students currently at NYU Global sites.

Health Forms Available for Pick Up

All students  are required to submit health forms to NYU’s Student Health Center before studying away.

NYU students in NY – Please plan to stop by the Health Center before the end of the semester to pick up and complete your student Health History Form. You should go to 726 Broadway, 3rd Floor to pick up your forms.

NYU Abu Dhabi students, NYU Shanghai students, & NYU New York students currently studying away – you don’t need to worry about these forms right now. If you need to submit any updated health information, the Health Center will reach out to you directly.

Visiting students – NYU’s Student Health Center will email your required medical forms to you starting November 15. Have questions?  Email or call 212-443-1199.

All forms should be completed and returned to the Health Center by Friday, December 1.

Schedule Your Consulate Appointment Now!

If you are not participating in group processing you should secure your in-person visa appointment now if an appointment is required. NOTE: The Spanish consulate in NY no longer requires appointments.  You can drop off an envelope with your complete application Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 2pm. Appointment slots fill up fast at consulates where appointments are required! Please see this list of jurisdictional consulates to see where you would need to apply.  Remember even if your permanent address is not in New York you are eligible to apply in New York if you attend school in New York.  

International Students – Maintain Your Status While Away

If you are an international student in the United States, you may have questions about how to maintain your immigration status in the US while you study away at NYU Abu Dhabi next semester. The Office of Global Services is here to help! Please visit the OGS website (scroll all the way down) for more information about what you need to do before you leave/return to the US.  Please contact with any questions regarding your status as an international student.

Welcome from Rob Lubar, Director

rob-lubarDear Student,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to NYU Madrid and to one of the great cultural, historical and artistic capitals of Europe.  A multicultural city in a multi-ethnic country, Madrid has been at the center of European politics, social movements, and cultural achievements for centuries.

At NYU Madrid we take great pride in using the city as our classroom.  A wide variety of course offerings — ranging from sociology to art history – are supplemented by trips to historic sites around Spain and Castile, enrichment lectures by noted scholars, and visits to the city’s great museums, from the Prado to the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.  A walking tour through La Latina or one of the historic “barrios” of Madrid, or a stroll through the city’s 19th century extension reveals a host of surprises for the curious and intrepid visitor.

Madrid may be the geopolitical center of Spain, but Spain is also linguistically and culturally diverse.  From the Basque Country and Catalonia in the North to Galicia in the West and Andalucía in the South; from native Iberian settlements to the Roman and Muslim Conquests; from the Reyes Católicos to the Voyages of Discovery; from the Hapsburg Dynasty to the House of Bourbon; from Civil War to Dictatorship and the Transition to Democracy in the 20th century, Spain has occupied a key position in the European imaginary.

Through language immersion and a rigorous curriculum we hope to transform and broaden your knowledge and understanding, and to encourage you to learn in new and creative ways.  My own junior year abroad in Paris was a life changing, catalyzing experience, and I hope for – indeed, I insist on – nothing less for you.  Study abroad is a unique experience in many ways.  My staff and I are here to help you through the challenges that study abroad involves, and to provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to navigate your own paths through Madrid and to facilitate your assimilation within Spanish culture.

I look forward to greeting you in a few short months.

Un saludo,


Robert S. Lubar
Director, NYU Madrid
Associate Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Meet NYU Madrid Global Peer Mentor, Jay!

Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Madrid alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.

Today, meet Jay, who studied in Madrid in Spring 2016.


Major: Economics

What is your favorite memory about your time abroad? Anyone who knows me knows that I love Real Madrid, so a great memory was getting to revel in their historic and unprecedented 11th European Cup, but another favorite memory of mine was the first time I had an unassisted conversation with a local in complete (maybe a bit broken) Spanish. It felt good to know I was slowly but surely immersing myself and learning a lot in my new environment.

What was the most interesting course you took and why?  The most interesting course I took was Spain Today, not only because I got to converse and enhance my Spanish speaking abilities, but also because I learned much about Spain’s past and present. Things such as culture, politics, music, entertainment and much more were touched on. It really helped me integrate and understand the Spanish people.

What two things do you wish you had packed? This obviously depends on the period of time, but, I wish I had packed more cash with me. I had enough to get by my first few weeks with, but over time, as I withdrew cash in Madrid, the Euro grew stronger to the dollar, so I essentially was losing out on some value that I would’ve originally had if I had converted my currency before leaving for Spain. Otherwise, packing the essentials and packing light seemed to do it for me.

Name two things you should not have packed. I tend to pack light, so I am not a good resource to answer this question, however I do regret packing more than one book. They take up weight and space in your luggage. If you can’t do without, choose one important book and leave the rest at home.

What do you miss most? I miss the simplicity of life in Madrid. Spaniards are having a tough time economically, and as of right now, similarly to the US, is experiencing a politically charged time, but Spaniards manage to enjoy life in ways that Americans tend not to. Moreover, NYU Madrid is a small community where you really get to know one another fairly well and it feels like a family getting to see one another each day. Exploring and trying new things on a regular basis was so normal and exciting, and it left a lasting impact on my life. I miss being able to walk down the street and experience something completely unknown to me.

One good way to get to know locals is: Continue to pursue your passions and do not be afraid to engage in new things. For example, I enjoy exercising and playing soccer, two things Madrileños particularly enjoy, and I was able to meet locals this way.

If there’s one thing students should know about Madrid, it is: It isn’t New York City, that’s for sure. You will be exposed to a whole new realm, a whole new way of life. The Spaniards start their days a little later than we do, they eat at different times, and things are slightly more relaxed (to name a few things) in Spain. Getting around is quite easy, and it is much cheaper than living in New York.

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? I don’t really think I could ask for a better experience than the one I’ve had, but maybe if I could do it over again, I would try even harder to put myself in uncomfortable situations where I am forced to speak and improve my Spanish. I would also try to travel to see more of Spain and its surrounding countries.