Once the Study Abroad Office has received all of your application documents, we will contact you by email about all of the arrangements, so please make sure that you regularly check the email address that you provide on the application.
In the meantime, you can begin to prepare yourself for your visit by visiting some web sites that provide some helpful information. The online Student Guide and Tutorial for International Students prepared by the CUNY University-wide Office of Admissions is a great resource. These tutorials were prepared by the International Student Service for incoming degree candidates, so some of the information will not be directly applicable to your study as an exchange student, but scroll down to the section on Living in New York to find out more about life as a student in New York.
The NYC Data website is an initiative of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch. The NYC Data website provides a wealth of information about numerous aspects of New York City, and learning more about this great city before you arrive will help you enjoy your time even more.
Finding a Place to Live
Most Baruch students live at home and commute to the College, while others rent accommodation somewhere in the New York metropolitan area on the private housing market. Exchange students who are not housed in a student residence will likewise need to find accommodations for the time they are at Baruch.
Finding an apartment in New York City is both an adventure and a challenge for anyone; even more so for students seeking short-term furnished apartment. It is best to arrange for your accommodation before you arrive, but this is not always possible. If you do plan to come to New York and seek housing once you arrive, you should arrange temporary housing before you arrive, long enough to find more permanent accommodation once you are in New York City.
In addition to the resources mentioned in the Living in New York section of the CUNY Student Guide and Tutorial, here are some additional links you might find helpful:
Being an International Exchange Student in New York
The CUNY Student Guide and Tutorial for International Student Services Center Living in New York section has information on costs relevant to students who are studying at Baruch.
In addition, theorganization also welcomes international students and provides quality cultural and social programming.
Estimate of living expenses
New York City is a very expensive place to live and study! The funding amount listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 gives a good idea of the total amount you will need. Here are some examples of prices in New York City and estimates of your living costs.
|30-day unlimited bus and subway ticket||$127.00||unit cost|
|Single-ride bus and subway ticket||$2.75||unit cost|
|Cinema ticket||$13.00||unit cost|
|Meal at a casual restaurant||$12.00-$15.00||unit cost|
|Books and supplies||$950.00||per semester|
|Studio apartment in Manhattan||$1500.00-$1800.00||per month|
|Studio apartment in other boroughs||$800.00-$1200.00||per month|
|Room in shared apartment||$600.00-$1500.00||per month|
|Utility bills||$75.00-$100.00||per month|
Your DS-2019 specifies a “Program Begin Date,” and this date should accord with that on your visa. You are required to arrive in the United States no later than the “Program Begin Date,” unless given permission to arrive later by the SEVIS Officer at Baruch. We recommend that you arrive no later than mid-August for entry in the Fall and mid-January for entry in the Spring, to allow yourself enough time to get used to the hectic pace of New York City and to secure a place to live. If it is not possible for you to arrive by the “Program Begin Date,” contact theas early as possible.
provides information on available transportation once you have .
The Baruch College website containson how to get to the College. Once at the College, you should report to the Study Abroad Office, located on the 8th Floor of the building at 137 East 25th Street the “J” building on the map).
We encourage you to come to stop by the Study Abroad Office once you have arrived and settled in. We can help you with any difficulties you might be having, and you may use the resources of the Study Abroad Office to search for housing or related concerns, should you need to do so.
In addition, the Baruch Study Abroad Office hosts a Welcome Event/Orientation for incoming exchange students each semester, both to welcome you and to provide information about important Baruch services, policies, and procedures. At the Welcome Event, you will meet the other exchange students, take a walking tour of the campus and, if you have not already done so, you will receive your confirmed course schedule and your Baruch ID card.
You will be notified by email of the time and place of the event. Attendance is mandatory; any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Study Abroad prior to the event.
|Late August||Classes begin|
|Mid-December||Last day of class|
|Late January||Classes begin|
|Mid to early April||Spring break|
|Mid-May||Last day of class|
Exchange students must arrange their travel to be present for the entire semester, including all exam days. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the Director of Study Abroad.