January Term is 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 in the UAE and abroad: 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. Over four years, students will take three J-Term courses: one fully abroad in one of the NYU Global Program sites, one fully in Abu Dhabi to learn more about the UAE, and one that is based in Abu Dhabi and includes a seminar abroad in the important region around the UAE, including countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines, Kuwait, Oman, Cambodia, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Eritrea, and more.
Taking a single course during 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 January Term is short, it has great impact because of its immersive character and integration of theoretical and experiential learning.
January Term courses are taught by renowned visiting scholars, writers, artists, journalists, and policy analysts from institutions around the world as well as distinguished professors from NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York and NYU Shanghai. January Term also features pre-professional courses taught by faculty from NYU's professional schools and scholar practitioners.