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External Study

Gallatin students may apply to study for credit at other accredited colleges or universities while matriculated at Gallatin. Students may take classes at NYU and concurrently at a US college/university in the same semester. Alternatively, students may take all classes outside NYU in a given semester, in the US or abroad through a US college/university or through direct enrollment in an approved foreign university. Students must be pre-approved for such external study, and approval is not guaranteed.

Eligibility Requirements

All courses taken through external study must be credit-bearing and taken at an accredited four-year (or, for graduate students, graduate) institution. In addition, please note the following requirements and restrictions:


  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have no active Incomplete grades
  • Must 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)
  • Must provide the name and contact information of the external program administrator or admissions officer with whom they are working to plan their external study

Non-NYU courses taken in the US:

  • May not duplicate courses offered at NYU
  • Must fit logically into a student's concentration

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 includes a 250-500-word statement in which the student explains how this particular 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


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. Graduate students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits, which are included in the 12-credit maximum of transfer and course equivalency credit.

Policies and Procedures for Transferring Credit

Credits earned from external study abroad 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

For more information about External Study, contact Kim Foote in the Gallatin Office of Global Programs at kim.foote@nyu.edu.


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NYU Gallatin
Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-7133 phone
(212) 995-4265 fax

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