Summer Programs: What We Do

Arts and Science summer initiatives are comprised of three areas: on-campus courses, the pre-college program (on-campus), and study abroad programs.

Summer On-Campus

By enrolling in summer courses on campus, NYU students can fulfill major requirements and language requirements.  Students can also accelerate the completion of their degrees. Summer courses can help ease overcrowding during the academic year in required courses.  Summer courses on campus also allow visiting students the opportunity to take NYU courses. 


During Summer Session II, some of our offerings are designated as course in which a limited number of pre-college students may enroll.  Such courses allow pre-college students to get a taste college-level work and to experience academic life at NYU. In the fall, the Summer Office will contact your department to determine your willingness to allocate seats in certain courses to pre-college students for the coming summer.

Summer Study Abroad

Summer study abroad programs require more extensive planning and additional administrative responsibility on the part of the program or department.  Arts and Science currently runs twelve six-week programs abroad during the summer months. 

Planning Summer Offerings:

*Please note that summer budgets are now included as part of the Annual Planning Report (APR).  This means that departments and programs must budget for summer courses and programs as part of the APR. Though summer budgets will remain separate, departments will be able to view, monitor and manage them in FAME just as they do with the academic year budget. For more information on the APR, please visit

Summer offerings should be those that advance overall educational goals and those which produce incremental resources for A&S. We are particularly interested in initiatives that will expand enrollments.   The decision to move forward on a program or to allow a course to run is based on how it contributes to these goals.

If your department plans to offer any on-campus courses, these courses will be included in the APR.  For each summer course that you propose to offer, we ask that you review your summer enrollments under the Enrollment Trend section of ASIS. In particular, please reconsider offering courses that have had consistently low enrollments. Any course with fewer than ten students is reviewed by the Summer Office for cancellation and the department is notified about cancellation a few weeks before the start of the session.

Please note that starting in summer 2009, Masters course offerings will no longer be considered the responsibility of the summer office and will no longer be included in the summer budget. Rather, Masters offerings in the summer session should be considered as part of the annual department planning. Costs for any Masters offerings to be held during the summer must be included in the APR and approved budgets will be provided for in your academic year department budget.

New On Campus Courses

If your department is planning to offer any new summer courses, please provide the following information:

  • Proposed Course Number (this should be a distinct number that has never been used before).
  • Proposed Course Description.
  • Justification for why you think this course will generate interest and minimum enrollments.
  • Anticipated Costs involved in running the course (including instructor’s salary and information on faculty staffing for the course).

We encourage you to think about offering courses with a potential for high enrollment in the summer.  Proposals for new summer courses on campus must be included in the APR proposal in the preceding Spring in order to be considered.  Proposals for new courses  received after the APR deadline will not be considered.

New Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad programs require more extensive planning and additional administrative responsibility on the part of the program or department.

The viability of any proposals for new study abroad summer programs will be evaluated by Arts and Science in the context of the University approach to expand global sites abroad. This means that proposals must not only have their own academic and budgetary justification but must also make strategic sense within the larger context of what the University is already offering or is planning to offer.

The program proposal must demonstrate how the proposed curriculum fits into overall academic program goals, as well as evidence that there is enough demand for such a program to assure a minimum number of students. The proposal must also include a budget projection which demonstrates that the program will contribute to the revenue base. If the proposed program includes a new course, the form called "New Course Proposal" for review by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee must also be submitted. Sustainability also includes a stable directorship for several years forward, with the department taking responsibility for the continuity of staffing and running the program. Study Abroad Directors must be on campus in New York (i.e. they cannot be on leave or teaching abroad) during the spring semester preceding the summer program.

If a faculty member in your department wishes to propose a new study abroad program, a program proposal must be submitted along with the APR submission. Proposals received after the APR deadline will not be considered.