Introducing the NYU Madrid HUB

Welcome to NYUMadrid!! We look forward to having you in Madrid for the Fall Semester. We are busy getting ready for your arrival. In the meantime please check out the NYUMadrid HUB, our student resource and blog where we will be posting all about upcoming events and activities going on in Madrid. The Ultimate resource for how to get around, what to see and any student life/academic questions. Take a look at all NYUMadrid has to offer and don’t forget to check out our last minute packing tips before getting here!

Safe Travels and we´ll see you on the other side of the pond. Don´t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you might have.

–NYUMadrid Team – See our Who Are We page to see who to direct your questions to.  Hasta Pronto!!


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New Fall 2014 Course Added! Madrid Symphonies: Engaging with the City Through Documentary Film – 2 points

An exciting new course in which students will have the opportunity to make short documentary films has been added to the curriculum at NYU Madrid for the fall semester and is now available for registration in Albert.  The course will be 2 points and will meet every other Friday from 10am – 2pm. Exact meeting dates will be announced soon.  If you would like to register for this course you may use class number 25251 in Albert. A course description is provided below. Please feel free to email if you have any further questions about the course.

Through the process of making short (3-5 minute) “city symphony” documentary films, this course offers an exciting opportunity for students to explore, engage with, and represent aspects of life in Madrid that are not often seen in mainstream media.

“City Symphony” takes its name from the “City Symphony” documentary subgenre, in which a filmmaker attempts to capture the rhythm, dynamism and texture of a city or neighborhood. The form emerged in the 1920’s and often celebrated modernism and the triumph of the city as an urban form. Classic examples include William Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, Joris Ivens’ Rain and Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler’s Manhatta. More recent examples such as Huang Weikai’s Disorder have turned the form on its head.

In this intensive hands-on production workshop, students will make their own “Madrid symphonies”. They will be encouraged to look, listen and explore Madrid with a documentarian’s gaze, to represent the city from new perspectives, and to seek out places, images and stories that deepen, contextualize or counterpose pre-existing notions of Spain and its peoples.

This course offers a special opportunity to get to know a new place and new peoples, produce a meaningful and lasting creative work, learn to “look” at the world as a documentarian, increase one’s sensitivity to stories that we encounter every day, and appreciate the myriad of subtleties in how to tell those stories.

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Packing & Travel Tips From Your Site Rep

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in our time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.
  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.
  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
  • Buy a journal.  Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.
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Arrival Cheat Sheet

Don’t leave for Madrid without your Madrid Arrival Cheat Sheet! It contains helpful information about navigating the airport, getting to your housing assignment, and NYU Madrid contact information. Please provide a copy of this document to your parents.

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Reflecting on your Experience Away

You should have now largely completed your study away to-do’s.  As one last recommended to-do, we would like to challenge you to think about how you will document and reflect on your experience away.

Your 3-4 month journey will go by with the blink of an eye, but you will create memories that last a lifetime.  Consider creating a blog, both for your own benefit and as a way to share the experience with your family and friends.  If you haven’t already, keep in mind joining the team of students blogging for ThisIsNYU throughout the Global Network.

Here is information on how to sign up.

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Immigration Reminders From OGS

The time is almost here to leave for the Spain, but before you depart for the airport make sure you have all of your immigration needs taken care of! It is important to keep any immigration related paperwork on your person/in your carry-on luggage and ready for your arrival in the Spain.

Important Travel Reminders

Two important reminders for best practices when traveling abroad:

  1. In order to board your international flight you will need your passport.  You should have copies of your passport elsewhere.  OGS recommends keeping a color copy of your passport and visa separately in your carry-on luggage.  You should also have access to a digital encrypted copy of your passport and visa online that can be obtained from any computer (for example in NYU File 2.0).  Additionally, you may want to leave a copy of your passport and visa with a parent or guardian, or whomever you trust and would call in an emergency. If your passport/visa is lost or stolen having a copy of such may help expedite getting a replacement.
  2.  After you arrive at your study away site, you should register with your local Embassy or Consulate.  U.S. citizens can register with the S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Programwhich will automatically alert the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to your presence in country.  Non-U.S. citizens should register with the relevant home country Embassy or Consulate abroad.
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Please Complete the Pre-Departure Survey

You should have received an email with access to our Pre-Departure Survey, and are now able to submit feedback regarding your experience.

NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to study away, and your input will help us tremendously as we prepare for future semesters. Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) to the complete the survey before you depart.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

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