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NYU’s 2 1/2-week for-credit winter term (where you can study ‘Jersey Shore’)

It’s not too late to sign up for New York University’s two-week January term, where visiting and already enrolled students can enroll in business, arts and sciences courses and earn up to four college credits.

The session runs Jan. 7-25. Courses are available in the university’s various colleges — including business, arts and sciences as well as the Tisch School of the Arts — and on several NYU campuses, including ones in New York and Abu Dhabi.

The idea, the university Web site says, is to “allow students more flexibility and new scheduling options.” The classes are described as “intensive.”

How much does it cost? Well, you can take “AHSEM-UA 126 The Picture of Dorian Gray: A case Study in Literary Research” for $4,816. The class runs Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. That’s 2 1/2 hours a day (not exactly intensive though maybe there’s a lot of homework.) “HOU-UF 101 History of The Universe” costs the same amount. By that measure, “ACCT-UB 2 Prin of Managerial Acctg” is a bargain; it only costs $2,432. It’s unclear from the Web site how much a lecture course called “Italian Americans on Screen: From the Black Hand to Jersey Shore” costs, but it runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the price includes a $68 lab fee.

If you can earn four credits in 2 1/2 weeks, you could zip through a bachelor’s degree in 80 weeks, assuming you didn’t take time off to breathe.

The NYU Web site says:

NYU students, Visiting students and International students have the opportunity to earn major/minor credit or explore a new interest. During this time, students can take advantage of intensive study at one of the foremost research and teaching universities in the United States as well as have a chance to enjoy New York City during a bustling and exciting time of year.


Oftentimes the fall and spring semesters can be overly hectic for students – a full-time course load, student club responsibilities, work, internship commitments, and social obligations. This busy time forces students to focus mainly on their academic progress which doesn’t always allow freedom to explore a new interest or take advantage of the many cultural resources that originally drew them to New York City. January Term provides an array of courses enabling students to earn academic credit (major, minor, or elective) in courses that are in high demand, to accelerate degree completion and to concentrate on personal interests.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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