NYU Madrid Online Global Health & Wellness Orientation

In the coming days, you will receive an email from site staff at NYU Madrid with instructions to complete an Online Global Health & Wellness Orientation.

This mandatory online exercise provides useful information about health and safety resources in Madrid.  It encourages you to practice self-care, to support your fellow students and the NYU Madrid community, and to remain curious about all the things that are different and exciting in Spain.

It should take you about 45-60 minutes and must be completed by Friday, January 20th. Please access the orientation by clicking the link in the email you will receive.

If you have questions about the content please email Rodrigo Urbina <ru4@nyu.edu>.

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Global Safety Tips

Keeping you safe — and ensuring your ability to make academic progress — are top priorities for NYU. As you prepare to spend the semester away from your home campus, we wanted to share with you some tips and best practices that will help to do so.

The University continuously monitors events in cities and countries around the globe, and adjusts security precautions, as necessary, based on the local environment. Should an urgent situation arise, the University maintains an emergency notification system, which delivers alerts via text message and email.

  • Register your travel with your respective embassy or consulate – both while you are at your study away location, and anywhere else your travel plans may take you.
  • Make sure to have a mobile phone with you whenever you’re away from the site – and be sure to keep it charged!
  • If you are planning on traveling away from your site – even if only for a night — please be sure to register your trip in NYU Traveler, and let a member of your local site staff know.
  • Please be sure that your site staff has a local contact phone number for you.
  • Do your homework before you travel away from your site. Check for potential travel warnings for cities and countries to which you are thinking about traveling (the US State Department website is a good place to start.
  • Always be fully aware of your surroundings. Avoid at-risk areas (in many cities, this could include locations that are very popular with tourists). And if during your travels you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups. Whether you’re going out for an evening, or are planning to explore the region (or beyond), go with friends!
  • If you don’t know the person entering a building right after you, make sure they have their own ID — don’t allow “piggy-backing” at entrances to NYU academic centers and residence halls.
  • If you ever have a question or concern about your safety – either at your site, or while you are traveling – either check with your local site staff, or call the NYU Public Safety Command Center (open 24/7) at +1.212.998.2222.

Should you ever feel anxious or upset during your time away, or you simply want to have someone to speak to, please call the Wellness Exchange (24/7). You can always reach them at +1.212.443.9999, but many sites also have local numbers, which can be found here.

For more safety tips, visit:  http://www.nyu.edu/madrid/student-life/safety.html

Fire Safety Guide

To help you prepare for your semester at NYU Madrid, please take a few moments to review the Fire Safety Guide linked here. The guide will remind you of important lessons for remaining safe should there be a fire and also introduce specific policies of your new home.

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 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.

What Should I Be Doing Now? Recap of Deadlines

The following items are required of all students attending NYU Madrid Spring 2017 and some of them are now PAST DUE.  

Please click on the links below for more information.

[Past Due] Study Away Confirmation Portal

[Past Due] Housing Reservation Payment

[Past Due] Register for 12-18 credits

[Past Due]  Submit health forms to the NYU Health Center

[Past Due]  Submit your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal AND NYU Traveler

[December 15] DEADLINE to apply for your visa!

[By December 15]  Visiting Students: Submit a photo to the NYU ID Center
Current NYU Students – do not forget to bring your NYU ID with you!

[By January 5]  Pay your e-bill

[By January 15] Visiting Students: Complete NYU Health History Questionnaire & Immunization Documentation

GeoBlue Health Insurance Emails To Come

For NYU students based in New York and visiting students from other U.S. based institutions:

All students studying with NYU Global Programs are enrolled in international health coverage through GeoBlue. Later this month, you will receive an email from NYU Student Insurance/GeoBlue with instructions about creating your GeoBlue profile so you can print your health insurance card.

GeoBlue Enrollment emails will only be sent to your NYU email address, so if you have not yet set up your NYU email account, please do so asap. Do NOT delete this email! Keep an eye on your spam folder, as they sometimes end up there.  We will let you know in an upcoming blog post when GeoBlue emails should have been received.

In addition to GeoBlue, all students are expected to maintain valid domestic health insurance over the course of their semester away. Students usually maintain the domestic insurance coverage that is offered through either their home institution or their parent/guardian’s insurance plan. GeoBlue is valid only for the dates of your study away program.

For students based at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai:

You can expect to receive separate communications from your respective Health Centers as part of the regular annual enrollment process that will included your international health insurance enrollment.

Health Requirements and Deadlines for Visiting Students

Ensuring timely completion of the health requirements allows the NYU Health Center to serve you in the best possible manner.

NYU mandates that all NYU Students, including all visiting NYU Students, complete several health requirements. To learn more about these requirements and submit your documentation online, please visit Health Requirements for Visiting Students page.

Two upcoming requirements that you need to address before break are:

  • NYU Health History Questionnaire – deadline January 15, 2017
  • NYU required Immunization Documentation- deadline January 15, 2017

Please note that NYU will accept official immunization information from your current University. You can upload a signed/stamped document in place of the Immunization form.)

If you have already mailed paper forms back to the NYU Health Center, great! If not, you can simply upload or enter the information that is currently on record with your home institutions Health Center.

If you have any questions you may contact health.requirements@nyu.edu at any time.

Pre-Departure Orientation Recap

img_4399It was wonderful seeing all of you at the Pre-Departure Orientation on November 5th! There were  funny videos,  a quick history of Spain, and an excellent Q&A with the Global Peer Mentors.  This interactive session covered everything you need to know as you prepare to study away next semester.

I am providing an online version of the presentation here as a helpful reminder of the important details we covered. 

I have also shared a quiz with the students who could not attend to test their knowledge and make sure they know the essential information!

Some key points to remember from the orientation:

  • All students must arrive on January 22, ideally between 9am and 12pm. Late arrival is NOT permitted!
  • Please note that housing is ONLY available during the dates of the program, January 22 – May 12! If you arrive early or leave late, you are responsible for your own accommodations.
  • 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 Madrid alum, email global-peer-mentors@nyu.edu.

Enroll Your Trip with STEP!

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling you will receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your study away country.

Learn more about enrolling your trip by clicking here!