The Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center, located near Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C., officially opened on Monday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new 75,000-square-foot facility is branded as a “study abroad”or “study away” site. There are classrooms, faculty offices, research space, a 140-seat auditorium and enough dorm rooms to ultimately house 120 students. The curriculum will chiefly focus on government, politics, public administration and journalism.
And it’s not just D.C. Schools are setting up base in other cities popular with interns. For example, Emerson College of Boston recently opened a residential campus in Los Angeles for juniors, seniors or graduate students who are doing entertainment industry internships.
The NYU Washington shop is built on donated land and funded with multi-million dollar donations from alumni and others. D.C. has one of the highest concentrations of NYU graduates, and the new building will also be used for alumni events.
NYU is one of the country’s largest private universities and each year with a booming international student population and high-rate of students who study abroad. The NYU global empire now includes three degree-granting research campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi and (soon-to-open) Shanghai, and 11 “study abroad” sites in Washington, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, and Tel Aviv.
University officials said in a statement that they aim to give students access to the “world’s great national capitals, capitals of commerce, and capitals of ideas.”