The January Term offers a distinctive learning experience, different from what can be offered during the fall and spring semesters. Students take one course full-time for approximately three weeks. The courses are designed as immersive experiences: they intensify the student's focus; reach beyond the classroom to incorporate experiential learning; and are often site-specific, connecting students to the place where they study. Taking a single course during the January Term gives students more time for concentrated reflection on a dedicated topic than is the case during the semester when students must split their time between several courses. The intensity of the shared experience also forges an unusually strong bond between the students and their professor. Although the January Term is short, it has great impact because of its immersive character and integration of theoretical and experiential learning.

J-Term Across the Global Network

The January Term includes options to study at NYU's Global Network University (GNU) sites around the world. Intellectually linked to their locations, the courses take advantage of local resources; explore the history, culture, economy, and society of the host communities; and often involve collaborative activities with local students and faculty. 

These GNU courses illuminate the interdependence of local knowledge and global awareness while fostering cross-cultural research and insights into complex, global issues. Two January Term courses may be taken away from Abu Dhabi.

January Term courses are taught by renowned scholars, writers, artists, journalists, and policy analysts as well as distinguished professors from NYUNY and NYUAD. January Term also features pre-professional courses taught by faculty from NYU's professional schools.

Students are required to complete at least three January Term courses, including one in the first year. In the absence of an approved, compelling reason such as a study away calendar conflict, students complete their two remaining January Terms during their second and third year of enrollment.

Questions about January Term should be directed to the Office of Global Education, which coordinates the program.