Welcome from Michael Ulrich, Director

ulrichCongratulations on your admission to NYU Washington, DC! I am thrilled that you will join us this spring to live and learn in this magnificent capitol city that is home to many international institutions. This spring will be an especially exciting time to be in DC with this year’s historically significant election and the transition to the next administration and congress.

Our team is very excited that we will host one of our largest groups of students and anticipate full capacity in our on-site apartments. We’ll welcome our third cohort of DC Global Leadership Scholars from all three degree-granting campuses who will join students from our traditional pathway disciplines including business, environmental studies, history, journalism, metropolitan studies, politics, pre-law, and public policy. We will also host our second cohort of Liberal Studies freshmen who have been in DC this fall and look forward to meeting you this spring.

Our new facility opened in fall 2012 and includes modern student apartments, classrooms and a range of public spaces. We are centrally located near the White House and National Mall, home to renowned monuments and memorials and the Smithsonian museums. DC is a very accessible city, with an extensive metro system and a world-class bike share program. Students enjoy dining in restaurants that serve authentic international cuisine, packing a picnic to enjoy with new friends in the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden or grabbing a delicious lunch from the food trucks in Franklin Square Park. You can discover artists displaying, playing and performing their work in unique and interesting spaces such as the Kennedy Center or the Verizon Center. DC is home to many sports teams with recently built stadiums for our enthusiastic fans. Be sure to take in one of the many cultural festivals and parades on the National Mall or explore Maryland and Virginia for a mountain hike, a river rafting trip, a beach getaway, or visit to one of many nearby historic sites like colonial Williamsburg. Perhaps you’ll tutor with an after school program or join a soccer team to be both “in and of the city” while studying away in DC.

Our academic program is evaluated highly by students. Most of our teaching faculty have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree with significant professional experience. They all enjoy teaching undergraduate students during their semester away in DC. We’ve hosted a variety of events at the site that have included well known speakers such as MSNBC’s Hardball’s host Chris Matthews, author Salman Rushdie, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, film director Martin Scorsese, journalist Soledad O’Brien, and former White House Chiefs of Staff.  Our auditorium has been a venue for the Environmental Film Festival and the DC film festival.  Likewise we have many events and excursions you can join, including day trips, tours of the Supreme Court, and countless monuments, museums, music venues and theaters.

Many students participate in a variety of transformative internships at organizations that call DC home, including non-profits, government agencies, financial institutions, professional associations, international organizations, media outlets, think tanks, and corporations. We collaborate closely with the Wasserman Center for Career Development and the NYU Abu Dhabi Career Development Center to help students plan intentionally for a holistic professional trajectory that develops and advances their goals. Other students engage in community service or volunteer activities as well as research projects, job shadowing and other co-curricular experiences. We also have a mentor program that connects students with the large number of NYU alumni who are happy to assist with career exploration.  If there is anything I can do to help you prepare for your semester away, please contact me at michael.ulrich@nyu.edu.

Welcome to NYU Washington, DC!

Michael Ulrich, Ph.D.