Study Away Application FAQs

IS STUDY ABROAD REQUIRED FOR RECORDED MUSIC MAJORS?

Yes. Study Abroad is required and mandatory for all eligible Recorded Music majors who are in their junior year. It is a non-negotiable degree requirement for graduation.

WHY DIDN’T I KNOW STUDYING ABROAD WAS REQUIRED? THIS IS THE FIRST I’M HEARING ABOUT IT.

Study Abroad has been required in Recorded Music since 2016. You were told about it if you attended an Open House, you were told about it at orientation when you arrived, and the required nature of Study Abroad is transparently discussed on our website. The Clive Davis Institute is completely transparent about the required nature of Study Abroad at every stage.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO STUDY ABROAD?

The mission of the Clive Davis Institute is train students as the next generation of creative music entrepreneurs. As faculty, we believe that to succeed, every student needs to cultivate a global perspective on music and to become better at navigating a culturally diverse world. Since we expect students to consider ways of scaling their careers globally, exposure to alternate ways of making and selling music outside of the United States is especially valuable. We also believe there is a baseline cultural and educational value of studying abroad in that can contribute to students’ social, cultural and artistic development.

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE CLIVE DAVIS INSTITUTE X BERLIN: FUTURE POP MUSIC STUDIES PROGRAM?

Sure. The Clive Davis Institute x Berlin: Future Pop Music Studies is a priority Recorded Music program. It is the only Recorded Music specific program in the NYU Global network. If enrolled, you will take core and elective courses customized to support your development and curricular journey as a Recorded Music major. It is offered each Fall semester only for a select number of students. However, for the 2021-2022 academic year, the program will run in the Spring semester only. 

DO I HAVE TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION TO STUDY ABROAD, EVEN THOUGH STUDYING ABROAD IS A REQUIREMENT?

Yes. All Recorded Music majors who are eligible to study abroad must fill out an application as the first step in the process to study abroad. 

Because our Berlin priority program is competitive due the limited number of students we are permitted to accept, we ask that in your application you provide a statement on why studying at the Future Pop Music Studies program in Berlin matters to you, and how your studies in Berlin (making reference to the curriculum, or specific classes and instructors, and the overall experience) matches up with your educational and artistic interests, and your personal and professional development. In sum, we want to know why we should select you to be part of the program.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO GETS TO GO TO BERLIN?

The Recorded Music Study Away Committee is responsible for deciding which students are chosen for the Berlin priority program. Those decisions are based on: (1) the quality of the applicant’s written statement (see above) as it demonstrates a clear and compelling argument, (2) the applicant’s academic progress to date, including GPA and midterm review, and (3) the applicant’s overall progress toward personal goals, taking into account a review of qualities like disposition, behavior, collaboration, composure, and maturity.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO FILL OUT THE STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION, ONCE AGAIN?

All students, whether they are applying or petitioning, must complete our internal CDI application by January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. The Recorded Music Study Away Committee will review applications, and students will be notified of decisions by February 15, 2021.

WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

If your application is approved, you will be secured a spot in the Spring 2022 class, pending your approval by the NYU Global Office. As the second part of this application (if you are approved by ReMu), you will apply to NYU Global by the appropriate deadline. Failure to complete that NYU Global application could result in forfeiting your slot and you may incur a significant financial penalty.

If your application to the Berlin priority program (or petition) is not approved on February 15, you are still required to study abroad at an alternate destination in the Global Network. In this case, you will need to officially apply to your alternate location via NYU Global. If you do not, you may incur a significant financial penalty.

ONCE I’M DONE SUBMITTING TO THE RECORDED MUSIC COMMITTEE ON JANUARY 31, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT I HAVE TO DO?

As noted above, it’s also important to remember that you will be required to submit to NYU Global an application to confirm your spot. You must meet all NYU Global criteria for eligibility and you must meet their deadlines to remain competitive. Your application for enrollment is wholly at the discretion of NYU Global, not Recorded Music. If your application is rejected by NYU Global, the Recorded Music Study Away committee may either automatically enroll you in the Berlin Future Pop Music Studies program, pending space, availability and eligibility; or you may be exempted from study abroad altogether, at the discretion of Study Away Committee.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I REALLY WANT TO GO TO BERLIN, BUT I’M NOT ACCEPTED? IS THERE A WAITLIST?

Students who apply for the Future Pop Music Studies program in Berlin but whose applications are not accepted may be placed by the Study Away Committee on a waitlist. The waitlist is ranked in an order based on the same criteria used to evaluate and assess competitiveness for the original application. 

Students on the waitlist are still required to study abroad, like all Recorded Music students, and may be required, after February 15, to complete a new application to enroll at an alternate Study Abroad site, subject to approval by the Recorded Music Study Away Committee.

Even if you’re on the waitlist, you will need to officially apply to NYU Global to confirm a spot at an alternate Study Abroad site by their deadline. Should spots open up for the Spring 2022 Berlin class, waitlisted students may be moved from the waitlist to the class at the discretion of the Recorded Music Study Away Committee.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO GO TO BERLIN?

If you do not plan to apply to the Future Pop Music Studies program in Berlin, you are still required to study abroad at an alternate NYU Global Network site, and you must have valid and substantive educational reasons for doing so (i.e. if you have already completed coursework or made significant artistic inroads related to the culture of the destination where you’re hoping to study abroad, if you have clear idea of what kinds of courses you plan to take in that other site, and if you have clear educational objectives related to your study abroad plans.)

To petition to study in an alternate location, you’ll have to apply to the Recorded Music Study Away Committee to study at any other NYU Global site other than Future Pop Music Studies in the NYU global network during the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 2021 or Spring 2022). Please note: NYU programs in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. do not count as study abroad destinations. Study Abroad sites are only those outside of the United States. J-Term and Summer courses, including REMU’s course in Havana, are highly encouraged, but they do not count toward your Study Abroad requirement, because we expect you to go abroad for a full, immersive academic semester. Your petition can be rejected if your only reason to study away is professional or career advancement rather than educational opportunity.

In rare and exceptional cases, students may petition out of studying abroad altogether. If you hope to petition out of studying abroad altogether, and have valid and documentable reasons for doing so, you will be required to officially petition to the Recorded Music Study Away Committee, with whom you will meet in person. During that meeting, you will be required to present official documentation to support your petition.

Late/delinquent petitions may incur significant financial charges and other penalties.

WHAT ARE VALID REASONS FOR PETITIONING OUT OF STUDY ABROAD?

Petitioning out of study abroad is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly; it could mean that that you will lose out on a major opportunity provided to you as part of your NYU journey that could have significant educational and personal repercussions. Because you will be missing such a valuable opportunity, your reason for not going must be carefully considered and well-thought out.

These are the reasons you might need to petition:

  • Significant or extreme financial hardship (including loss of essential job or once in a lifetime professional opportunity).
  • Significant health issues (you or close family member) that will be impacted by travel.
  • Already have achieved significant success in the Berlin/German music business or scene.
  • Credit allocation or degree completion issues (i.e. student needs to fulfill major/minor requirements or certain credits that can only be completed in New York. Must be approved by Brianne Hayes, Administrative Director.
  • Other (including but not limited to visa or documentation issues).

All petitioners will be required to have an in-person meeting with the Study Away Committee. Petitioning, in most cases, requires writing an essay to support your application and it requires gathering verification documents and having them signed with third parties. You should begin gathering your support documentation and preparing for your meeting with the Recorded Music Committee to meet the January deadline.

I FEEL LIKE I’M GOING TO BE LOSING CAREER MOMENTUM IF I GO ABROAD FOR A SEMESTER. WHAT CAN I DO?

If you are currently on the path to success and you are achieving momentum, the Institute certainly does not want you to lose any momentum. As a student, you may be justifiably concerned that you may lose out on opportunities by studying outside of the United States for four months or that you may forfeit your existing employment and/or prized internship situation. We also understand you may be concerned about financial hardship if you study abroad (though some locations, like Berlin, are generally cheaper in terms of cost of living expenses than New York; and there are plenty of financial aid options available to students who elect to go abroad). We take these concerns seriously, especially given that it may not be possible for you to work for profit while studying abroad, unless you already have citizenship and/or right to work in the country where you are studying abroad.

You should also note that we have sent students to Study Abroad who have had tremendous professional momentum in the United States and those students have managed to greatly increase or augment their opportunities while Studying Abroad. In particular, the internship class at the Clive Davis Institute x Berlin: Future Pop Music Studies program is designed to match you with the right Berlin-based company to suit your passion and professional interests. Just as enterprising students have been able to find amazing opportunities in New York, it's entirely possible that you could find more amazing opportunities while studying abroad. Nonetheless, if you plan to petition based on the criterion of significant or extreme financial hardship (including loss of essential job or once in a lifetime professional opportunity), please read through the petition documents for more information.

WHAT IF I DON’T SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AT ALL, OR TURN IT IN LATE? IS THAT THE SAME AS PETITIONING?

If you don’t submit an application by the deadline, you may automatically be placed into the Berlin program, pending eligibility and availability, or you may be asked to complete the NYU Global application for an alternate Study Abroad site.  If you miss deadlines or don’t respond in a timely fashion, you may face significant financial penalties and you may be blocked from registering for courses, at the Institute’s discretion.

IF MY PETITION IS REJECTED, CAN I PETITION AGAIN?

No, the committee decision is binding. This is why it behooves you to spend time on your petition, gather significant documentation and supporting evidence, and make the best possible argument you can in writing and at the meeting with the Committee, as it is your only opportunity to argue your case.

CAN I GO TAKE REMU’S J-TERM HAVANA COURSE OR A SUMMER STUDY ABROAD CLASS INSTEAD?

J-Term and Summer courses, including REMU’s course in Havana, are highly encouraged, but they do not count toward your Study Abroad requirement, because we expect you to go abroad for a full, immersive academic semester. Please note: NYU programs in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. do not count as study abroad destinations. Study Abroad sites are only those outside of the United States.

I LOVE THE IDEA OF STUDYING ABROAD. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STUDY ABROAD FOR MORE THAN ONE SEMESTER?

In many cases, it is possible to study abroad for two separate semesters, depending on your credit allocation and degree progress. Speak to your advisor about this. You may also want to consider J-Term or summer semester study abroad options, although those these options do not count for the REMU semester-long Study Abroad requirement.

THE IDEA OF STUDYING ABROAD SCARES ME. WHAT CAN I DO?

As faculty, we understand that you may be unsure about studying abroad, particularly if you have not traveled to Germany or Europe before. Your anxieties and concerns are reasonable and normal, and we take them seriously. We think, however, that for most students, the benefits of studying abroad, particularly in the context of Recorded Music at NYU, are vast. You may research these long-debated issues on your own: