Study Away Opportunities for Biology Majors

The Biology Department supports study away by its majors and aims to provide pathways for students to do so without sacrificing progress toward the degree or toward meeting pre-health requirements, if relevant.


NYU Tel Aviv

The current best option for Biology majors who wish to study away is to study at NYU Tel Aviv in the second semester of sophomore year. Students who are following the recommended four-year course plan for the standard track of the Biology major [link to four-year course plans] can take the following courses at NYU Tel Aviv in the spring semester of sophomore year:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology II BIOL-UA 22 (4 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry II CHEM-UA 226 (5 credits)
  • The Languages of Israel HBRJD-UA 9072 (4 credits, required)
  • Biology Internship, or Elective BIOL-UA 9980 (4 credits)

The Biology department is also working with NYU Tel Aviv to offer research internships (BIOL-UA 9980) with local Israeli scientists. For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at biology.dugs@nyu.edu.


NYU Shanghai

Biology majors who have completed the Molecular and Cell Biology sequence (BIOL-UA 21 and 22) may consider study away at NYU Shanghai in the junior year. Several upper-level Biology electives equivalent to New York courses are offered and the list is expected to grow. In addition General Physics 1 and 2, which are typically taken by Biology majors in the junior year, are offered at NYU Shanghai (PHYS-SHU 11 and 12). Please review the course equivalencies here.

Additional NYU Shanghai courses that might appeal to Biology majors are also offered. For example, MATH-SHU 160 (Dynamics and Networks) is a unique course that is highly recommended for Biology majors interested in systems biology, synthetic biology or computational biology. The course would be especially relevant for Biology/Math double majors or other Biology students with a strong mathematics background (Linear Algebra is a pre-requisite).

Any Biology major who is interested in studying at NYU Shanghai should consult with his or her Biology faculty adviser and the Director of Undergraduate Studies to plan a study-away experience that takes advantage of the curricular offerings at NYU Shanghai and that is compatible with timely completion of the degree. In particular, any student who is pursuing Honors or is otherwise engaged in a long-term research experience in a New York laboratory should seek advice on how studying away might enhance or hinder his or her research progress. Students are encouraged to explore collaborative research arrangements that would provide continuity of a research project between New York and Shanghai. Such arrangements could qualify for Independent Study or Internship credit.

Students who study at NYU Shanghai are part of a vibrant student community and take advantage of Chinese culture and art classes, join intramural sports teams and participate in many student clubs and organizations. Biology students in particular might be interested in the NYUSH iGEM team, which competes and collaborates with other universities internationally in designing biological "machines." Students can also take advantage of internships and resources from Shanghai's full service Career Development Center (CDC). Students travel all over China and Asia during the school holidays. During the summer and January terms, NYU Shanghai organizes trips to popular destinations like Bejing and Xi'an. For more information about NYU Shanghai, visit their website.


Other Sites

Some Biology majors may also wish to consider NYU London or NYU Sydney for study away, as Organic Chemistry and General Physics are offered there (Fall and Spring in London, Spring only in Sydney). Note, however, that aside from Principles of Biology, no Biology courses are currently offered at NYU London or NYU Sydney. Any student considering this option should consult with his or her adviser and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to ensure that it does not interfere with progress toward the degree.


Global Public Health/Biology Majors

Students who are majoring in Global Public Health/Biology must study away as part of their major. They should consult with their adviser and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to choose the best location and semester. London and Sydney currently offer UGPH-GU courses. Of particular note, NYU Tel Aviv will offer UGPH-GU 10 (Health and Society in a Global Context) as of Spring 2017. Other sites offer UGPH-GU courses as well.


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