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External Study

Students may apply to study for credit at other colleges or universities while matriculating at Gallatin. Students must be pre-approved for such external study, and approval is by no means guaranteed. Two types of external study are possible. In concurrent registration the student takes classes at another institution in the United States while either maintaining matriculation by fee or concurently registering for courses at New York University; in non-NYU study abroad the student studies outside the United States, either through an accredited U.S. college or university or through direct enrollment in the an approved foreign university.

The Application Process

To apply for external study, students must complete the External Study Form, have it approved by their adviser, and submit with their required documents to the Gallatin Office of Global Programs, 411 Lafayette, 3rd floor. Students who meet the following priority application deadlines will receive decisions within 10 business days of submission: Fall, April 1; Spring, November 1; Summer, March 1. Required documents include (1) official descriptions (printed from the internet is acceptable) of the external program and the course(s) and number of credits in which the student will enroll; and (2) a one-page statement in which the student explains how this particular program enhances her or his education. 

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 or file a petition if their external study abroad would violate the requirement.
  • 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.

Applicants for concurrent registration should note that requested courses:

  • May not duplicate courses offered at NYU
  • Must fit logically into a student's concentration
  • May not be taken for financial or logistical reasons (that is, because tuition may be less expensive elsewhere or because the institution is located nearer to the student's permanent address) 


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. In addition, 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 "Pass/Fail"
  • For undergraduate students, only grades of "C" or better will be accepted for transfer, for graduate students, only grades of "B" or better
  • 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 appear on the student's NYU transcript
  • Grades will not be computed into the student's NYU grade point average

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

Patrick McCreery
Office of Global Programs
NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
411 Lafayette, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003

For more information about External Study, contact Patrick McCreery in the Gallatin Office of Global Programs, patrick.mccreery@nyu.edu.


Contact us

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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Gallatin School of Individualized Study
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New York, NY 10003
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