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External Study

Gallatin students who believe their concentrations would benefit from study outside of NYU’s global network may seek approval to take courses at other institutions while matriculated at Gallatin. Approval for such coursework is by no means guaranteed.

Through external study, students either take one or more classes at another US institution in the same semester that they take one or more classes at NYU, or they take all their classes outside NYU. Semesters that are spent entirely externally may take place in the United States or abroad. International programs may be found through search engines such as

Students must seek pre-approval for external study by submitting the Gallatin application below. Students may submit the Gallatin application before or after applying to the external institution.

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Gallatin Office of Global Programs at well in advance of submitting an application to ensure their plans abide by Gallatin’s policies and procedures.


All external study courses must be credit-bearing, taken at an accredited four-year (or, for graduate students, graduate) degree-granting institution, and offered as part of a degree-granting program at the external institution. Certain practical skills courses (i.e., physical education, ESL) cannot be approved for external study under any circumstances. At this time, Gallatin does not allow students to take online courses externally.

Courses taken externally must relate to the Gallatin concentration, and applicants must adequately explain the applicability in the application.

Credits earned from external study are considered transfer credits, and students who transferred into Gallatin with prior credits may not be eligible for additional transfer credit. Undergraduate students are limited to a maximum of 64 credits. Graduate students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits, which are included in the 12-credit maximum of transfer and course equivalency credit. If your external study credits will cause you to exceed the transfer credit limit, you must file a separate petition through Gallatin (contact Gallatin Global Programs for more information)

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have no active Incomplete grades
  • Satisfy Gallatin's residency requirement, which stipulates that undergraduates must complete their final 32 credits in residence at NYU (students may petition to be waived from this requirement in their external study application statement)
  • May not pursue external study for financial or logistical reasons (that is, because tuition may be less expensive or because the institution is located nearer to the student's permanent address)
  • Should consult with their Gallatin adviser about their plans for external study

The Application Process

To apply for external study, students must complete the External Study application, which is subject to approval by their adviser and Gallatin's Office of Global Programs. The application requires a 250-500-word statement in which the student explains how the external course(s) and/or program will enhance her or his education.

Students who meet the following priority application deadlines will receive a decision within 10 business days of submission:

Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Students who submit applications after these dates may experience a delay in obtaining a decision.

Financial Aid

Students pay the external institution, not NYU, for courses taken externally. Federal financial aid can sometimes be transferred to most programs sponsored by US colleges/universities and to some foreign institutions. Contact Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs at for more information. No NYU-specific aid can be transferred.

Transferring Credit

Credits earned from external study are subject to the policies applicable to transfer credits:

  • No credit will be given for courses graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis
  • For undergraduate students, only grades equivalent to "C" or higher will be accepted for transfer; for graduate students, only grades equivalent to "B" or higher will be accepted for transfer
  • The amount of transfer credit will be based on the number of credits or points earned at the external institution, as well as the length of that institution's academic term
  • Course titles will not necessarily appear on the student's NYU transcript
  • Grades for these courses will not be computed into the student's NYU grade point average

To receive credit for external study, the student must have the external institution send an official transcript directly to:

Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

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