If you have any questions about course selection, prerequisites, registration, or academic support services at NYU, feel free to contact our team at up.advising@nyu.edu


During the January term, University Programs will also have walk-in hours in the Academic Resource Center.  Students with questions about their courses, registration, or NYU or NYC resources are encouraged to meet with staff during walk-in hours.  We are here to help you, no appointment necessary!


January Term walk-in hours are :

Monday: 2pm- 4pm
Tuesday: 10am-12pm
Wednesday: 4pm- 6pm
Thursday: 10am- 12pm

More information about academic advising for January Term visiting students is also available online.

Courses: January term courses will be listed online.  Albert is the online NYU system for course information and registration.  Feel free to browse the listings to identify courses of interest.  It is a good idea to note the five-digit class number for courses you wish to take.  The class number is what you enter in Albert when you register.

4-credit Maximum: January Term students are welcome to take a maximum of four credits during the term. As the courses are highly intensive, students are encourage to attend all classes. It is often difficult to make-up any work missed if you do not attend a class during the term. International Student Note: International students must be registered in at least three credits during January Term in order to meet the full-time study requirement of their student visas.

Registration: January Term students may register for courses beginning October 15.

Students are responsible for their own course registration. You may register online via NYUHome and Albert.  An online guide on how to use Albert and register for courses is available to all students and may be helpful to you as you learn the NYU system.

Online registration on Albert will close on January 3. After that date, students must register in person by seeing their academic advisor at the Academic Resource Center. It is important to note that some courses may be more popular or in-demand than others, and it is possible that a course you wish to take could be full by the time you register. Students are encouraged to find alternative courses of interest in the course listings on Albert in case a first-choice course is full. If a course you wish to take is full, you may place yourself on the wait list or set up a course “swap” (see below).

Prerequisites: Course prerequisites are listed in the course description on the Albert course listings.  If you are unable to register for a course because of a prerequisite–you will likely receive an error message on Albert when this happens–you need to submit an enrollment request form to the Office of University Programs for approval to enroll in the course.

To access the Enrollment Request form, you must be logged into your NYUHome account.  Once you have submitted your form, your request will be reviewed by your academic advisor. You do not need to contact University Programs regarding your form or request.  We will follow-up with you via your NYU email with any questions or confirmation information.

A word of advice: If you wish to register for a course that has a pre-requisite and you are a visiting student, it is best to submit your enrollment request form early. The earlier you submit your form, the sooner we can review your course request and you can register. Also, please be aware that NYU will be closed from December 24-January 3, so it is a good idea to request courses before December 24 so your registration is taken care of before the holiday break.

Registering for a Waitlist and Swapping: Instructions on how to place yourself on a waitlist and/or set up a course swap are available in the Albert guide.

It is possible to place yourself on the waitlist for a course but not be enrolled into the course if a seat becomes available.

In order to avoid conflicting courses:

  • Always use the swap function when signing up for a waitlisted course.  If you do not use the swap functionality in Albert, but choose instead to individually enroll and waitlist yourself into courses, it is possible that you will not be enrolled into a course from the waitlist due to enrolling in more credits than allowed (the limit is 4 credits) or due to a time conflict between the waitlisted course and one of your enrolled courses.
  • Enroll into your alternative selection first.  If your primary selection is closed with a waitlist option (it will say “waitlist” on Albert), you should first enroll into your alternate or backup course.  Then be sure to use the swap functionality when placing yourself on the waitlist for the course you would prefer if seats become available.
  • Placing yourself on a waitlist does not guarantee that you will eventually be able to enroll into a course.  As you continue to prepare for the fall, if you are on the waitlist for a course, it may be useful to begin looking at alternate courses.  You can view all courses online via the link above.  If you would like to view only open courses (i.e., those courses with seats currently available), please select “Open” from the “Open/Closed Classes” drop down menu on the right side of the course search screen.

Here are some additional tips if your first-choice course is currently waitlisted.

  • Enroll in another course of interest. There are many great courses available, so explore the full list and find other courses that may be interest to you, or explore something new!  You never know – you might discover a new subject of interest by delving into an unexpected course.
  • Waitlisting is automatic.  This means that Albert will roll the next person on the waitlist into the course if another student drops out and you meet the requirements outlined above. No one – not even the course instructor – can grant you permission to enroll in a course if it has an active waitlist.
  • Students cannot sit in on waitlisted courses. Only students enrolled in a course are allowed to attend. This is due to the size of classrooms and the available seats.

Withdrawing from Courses January Term students are NYU students and must follow the policies of the University pertaining to withdrawing from courses.  The course withdrawal schedule is set by the NYU Registrar. Please see the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid page for additional information.

Withdrawal deadline for January semester courses (with 100% tuition refund): January 4

Students who withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline receive a grade of “W” for the course.

Information about withdrawing from individual courses and withdrawing from the University and tuition refunds is available on the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid page. The add/drop and term withdrawal forms  may be accessed via the Registrar’s website.

Further information about add/drop, withdrawing, pass/fail, and other academic procedures for January Term students is also available online.