A Distinctive Learning Experience

J-Term courses are designed as three-week, highly immersive learning experiences during January or summer (May-June). They intensify the student’s focus, reach beyond the classroom to incorporate experiential learning, and are site-specific, connecting students to the place where they study.

J-Term 2022: Art Markets

Art Historian Cheryl Finley takes students on a journey exploring the production and exchange of works of art.

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.

*NYU Abu Dhabi stages J-Term courses in 15 cities: Abu Dhabi, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington DC.

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. The courses illuminate the interdependence of local knowledge and global awareness while fostering cross-cultural research and insights into complex global issues.

Taking a single course during the J-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 professors. Although the J-Term is short, it has a great impact because of its immersive character and linking of theoretical and experiential learning.