COVID-19 and Fall 2020: Information for Prospective Students

Thank you for considering NYU CUSP for your graduate studies!

NYU CUSP is committed to safeguarding our community’s health and safety while also pursuing our academic and research mission during this unprecedented time. While we fully expect to restart on campus for the Fall 2020 semester as planned, we understand that we are facing very unique circumstances that will require flexibility in regards to registration, arrivals, course delivery, international student visas, and other logistics.

Because a return to normality can take some time, we are planning to offer several remote learning options for those who cannot join us on campus in September. We know that you have many uncertainties about what Fall 2020 will look like in light of COVID-19, and we hope that this will explain how CUSP students can begin their academic journey.

These remote options will be available to help those who are delayed due to visa or travel restrictions to start their degree on time, protect at-risk faculty and students, and/or allow students to continue their studies while quarantining or self-isolating. Remote options will also be available through the Spring and Summer 2021 terms to help meet social distancing requirements within classrooms, such as alternating in-person and online attendance in large lectures.

All CUSP coursework, exams, and evaluations will be adapted for online learning.

Please note that these options are subject to change pending health and safety regulations implemented by New York University, the City of New York, and New York State, as well as F-1 visa regulations (if applicable).

Important Note on OPT for International Students: The date international students arrive on campus will have an impact on visa processing and the ability to apply for OPT. Students must be physically present on campus and enrolled full-time for two consecutive semesters to be eligible for OPT. These consecutive semesters could include Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 or Spring and Summer 2021.

NYU’s Office of Global Services will work with students who are forced to arrive late due to challenges related to COVID-19 in order to help them to have all papers in place and to mitigate the impact on their CPT and/or OPT eligibility.

CUSP Graduation

Students will arrive on campus for in-person instruction at the beginning of the fall semester. Our new student orientation (Monday, August 24 to Thursday, August 27, 2020) will be available in-person or online. Students will complete the entire program (fall, spring, and summer semesters) at our campus in Downtown Brooklyn.

International Students: This option has no impact on OPT, and students will be able to apply for OPT at the end of the program in Summer 2021.

Students will begin the Fall 2020 semester remotely and will join us on campus once they are able.

International Students: International students must arrive in the US within 30 days of their program start in order to be registered in SEVIS. NYU’s Office of Global Services will work with students who are forced to arrive late due to challenges related to COVID-19 in order to help them to have all papers in place.

The Fall 2020 semester may or may not count towards the full-time status for one academic year (two consecutive semesters) in the F-1 visa / OPT requirement, depending on your date of arrival. However, the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters completed in person would count towards this requirement and students will be able to apply for OPT at the end of Summer 2021.

Students will complete the entire Fall 2020 semester remotely, and will join us on campus for the beginning of the Spring 2021 term. 

International Students: The Fall 2020 semester (completed remotely) would NOT count towards the full-time status for one academic year (two semesters) in the F-1 visa requirement. However, the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters completed in person would count towards this requirement and students will be able to apply for OPT at the end of Summer 2021. NYU’s Office of Global Services will work with students in order to help them to have all papers in place to apply.

Students will start the program in Spring 2021 and extend their studies through Fall 2021.

Please note: this option will impact what core and elective classes are available to students each semester and does not follow the traditional CUSP curriculum as outlined on our website.

If you begin your studies in the Spring 2021 semester, a sample curriculum could include:

  • Spring 2021 (12 credits): Principles of Urban Informatics (3 cr), Civic Analytics and Urban Intelligence (3 cr), Applied Data Science (3 cr), Elective (3 cr), and Data Governance, Ethics, and Privacy Seminar (0 cr)
  • Summer 2021 (9 credits): Urban Science Intensive I (3 cr), Elective (3 cr), and Elective (3 cr)
  • Fall 2021 (9 credits): Urban Science Intensive II (3 cr), Urban Spatial Analytics or Urban Governance (3 cr) or Innovative City Governance (3 cr), and/or Elective (3 cr)

International Students: International students will be able to apply for OPT at the end of the program in Fall 2021.

Our team is here to support you in any way we can during this time of uncertainty. If you would like to set up a one-on-one conversation with a member of our admissions staff, please email cusp.admissions@nyu.edu.