Wellness Survey

Your Wellness Coordinator, Janice Abarbanel, would like to get some basic information about your recent study away history. This survey will only take a few minutes to complete and the information goes a long way in helping Janice prepare for your wellness needs. Please submit your information ASAP.

Access Wellness Survey here.

Be sure to click the arrow in the bottom right corner to submit.

Pre-Departure Survey

NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to go away, and we would like your feedback to know how we are doing and where we can improve.  We have sent you a link to a pre-departure survey.  Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) and complete. Your answers are anonymous and will help us as we prepare for future semesters.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

Travel Tips from your Site Rep

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in my time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.

  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.

  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.

  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!

  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though you can’t take any through security, remember).

  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.

  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!

  • Buy a journal.  Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.

Connecting with the Culture of Berlin Webinar!

Leaving a familiar environment is exciting but it can also feel stressful. It is okay to have these very different emotions as you prepare to live in a new city!

To help you prepare for the culture shift you may experience as you transition from one city to another, please watch the NYU Berlin webinar (approximately 10 minutes). The information will introduce you to some cultural norms and values of Germany and help familiarize you with your new home.

Pre-departure Checklist

You’ll be on a plane before you know it.  Take a minute to look through this final checklist to make sure that all of your bases are covered –

  • Get your student visa

  • Register for 12 – 18 credits; this does not include any waitlisted courses

  • Pay your NYU e-Bill

  • Register for HTH and print out the confirmation card

  • Register with the Moses Center if applicable

  • Submit Medical Forms to the Health Center

  • Submit your Flight Details to NYUTraveler

  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad

  • NYU Students: Bring your NYU ID!

  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & Bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on

  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on

  • Print and review the arrival information; carry a copy in your carry on and leave a copy with your parents

  • Bring your flight confirmation print-out to the airport

  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack

  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed)

  • Pack a carry on with all important paperwork, phone numbers, medications, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late

Mail from Berlin – Imagine Studying Away! A Word from Wellness at NYU Berlin

Hello. I’m Janice Abarbanel, Berlin’s onsite Wellness Counselor – looking forward to meeting you when you arrive in Berlin in a few weeks.

NYU-NY students may know Wellness as the resource at 726 Broadway where one goes for emergencies, for counseling appointments, and for help when things really seem out of sorts.

In Berlin, Wellness is this and much more.  For starters, Wellness is a state of mind and a process in Berlin where the staff, from faculty to German instructors to the Student Life team, understands that there’s a big difference between having your suitcase at the back of your closet to unpacking in and adjusting to your long imagined semester in Berlin. So, consider the Wellness office to be your resource for support for a healthy transition and for ongoing help with challenges related to managing energy, settling into a different culture, developing new relationships, and taking care of friendships back home. Being challenged during a transition to another culture is very normal.

Janice Abarbanel, PHD - Your NYU Berlin Wellness Counselor

Janice Abarbanel, PHD – Your NYU Berlin Wellness Counselor

It’s one thing to imagine living and studying in Berlin, but it’s different to land. As much as humans like exploring, our brains often don’t “flex” as quickly as planes fly.  It takes far longer than a day to get yourself (your emotions) from one culture to the next. Be prepared to have hours or days when you’ll feel uncomfortable or confused, but this is all part of a very normal process of being somewhere new.

One of the most common ways that students have used the Wellness Office in Berlin is to discuss ways to improve communication with friends and family back home.

So, my tip for today is to encourage each of you to set up a communication plan before you leave. Because the facebook, skype, gchat and texting are part of your everyday lives, these technologies often interfere with students’ ability to focus on settling into their days in Berlin.  Managing the time differences and feeling responsible for maintaining daily contact with those you care about at home can begin to erode a healthy sleep pattern and, eventually, your ability to focus on academics.  Before you embark for Berlin, set up a reasonable plan with friends and family for sharing your updates and hearing about what’s happening at home.  Speak together about what will work – this saves a lot of concern once you are using your energy for a new city and new friends.

And, an important point, counseling in Berlin is free and confidential – it is entirely separate from your professors and staff and friends. My office is in the AC, near the entrance to the lobby.  Sometimes being far from home provides students with a sense of extra privacy.  It’s common for students while away to try out counseling for the first time.  Maybe one appointment will be enough.  Maybe you want to learn ways to ease stress or to get some ideas about where to de-stress in Berlin.  Maybe you want the chance to sort through current or past concerns.


To contact me, you can either email me at ja102@nyu.edu or call me on my Berlin cell phone number: 0152 369 75610!

See you all very soon!

Janice Abarbanel, PHD