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LAU NY Academic Center 

LAU’s New York Academic Center is an off-campus site serving as a platform for global educational outreach and cross-cultural dialogue. Adhering to a vision of building bridges between East and West, the center offers the following:

  1. Professional and Continuing Education Courses
  2. Study Abroad Courses 
  3. Public Events such as Lectures, Workshops, Conferences, Exhibitions, Film Screenings, and Performances

Our courses and events are tailored to the needs and interests of a broad cross-section of the public, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, academics, bankers, diplomats, journalists, and policymakers. 

Credit-based and certificate-based courses present a unique opportunity for students interested in an accelerated study of Arabic language, marketing, finance, business management, architecture, and urban design, among other topics. We offer our students an exciting New York experience, including guest speakers and site visits to places such as the United Nations, Wall Street, the Guggenheim Museum, and Ellis Island. All courses draw on LAU’s strengths in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Design, and Business, as well as the following: SINARC, LAU’s Arabic-language and culture program. Institute for Women’s Studies in Arab World (IWSAW), and Institute for Migration Studies (IMS). 

Our center regularly hosts public events with artists and leading experts on political, cultural, social, and economic issues.

Living in New York City

Cost of living

Estimated Monthly Cost* of Living for NYC

Breakfast (ex: bagel and coffee)


Lunch (ex: Chipotle or Five Guys)



$15.00 - $25.00/day

30-day unlimited MetroCard


Housing   (ex: a shared, affordable option)

$1500.00 - $1800.00


Depends on your individual budget


$2800 plus $ for entertainment and shopping

Additional potential costs:

  • Internet: $30/month
  • Cellphone: $75/month    
  • Groceries: $300/month
  • Laundry:  $25/month

*These figures are estimated - Your actual cost of living depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle.

List of proposed hotels/hostels can be provided by the Office of International Services upon request.

Another calculation for a 2 week course:

Breakfast (ex: bagel and coffee) $6.00/day
Lunch      (ex: Five Guys) $10.00/day
Dinner     $15.00 - $25.00/day
30-day unlimited MetroCard
7 day Metro Card will cost you $29.00
$ 58.00
Housing   (ex: a shared, affordable option)
15 days, shared room
$ 900
Ticket range $ 1,000- $ 1,500
ESTIMATED TOTAL $2,400 plus $ for entertainment and shopping


The three major airports in New York City are LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark. Taxi service directly to campus, and bus service to midtown Manhattan, is available from all of the airports.

Taxi fares will vary, depending on the destination. There is a “flat rate” from JFK International Airport of $45 plus toll and tip. Traveling from LaGuardia Airport will cost you approximately $45. Fares to and from Newark International Airport are twice the meter plus tolls - generally $55 depending on the time of day and location.

WARNING: Do not accept a ride from someone if you are approached at the airport. Follow the signs for the Taxi queue and wait in line for a licensed and regulated taxi. If you accept a ride from someone else you will be grossly overcharged and could put yourself in a dangerous situation.

SuperShuttle is a shared ride service that offers door-to-door service to and from New York City’s local airports. Reservations can be made in advance online. Fares run from $10-$30 depending on the location.

A SuperShuttle van will give you a 15-minute pick-up window, take you to the airport and drop you off in front of your airline terminal. 

Safety and security

Besides being overcharged, the most common crime against tourists is bag snatching. While muggings are rare, they do happen in the city. A good precaution is to leave your passport and other valuables in the hotel safe. Do not flaunt your money, keep your wallet well hidden in your pocket - for extra security carry your wallet in a front pocket, and never let go of your bag, especially in crowded areas such as the subways and during festivals. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in lightly-traveled or poorly-lit streets.

Certain neighborhoods in New York City are off the tourist path, considered more dangerous, and should be avoided. If you think you have wandered into a dangerous area, get into a cab or go to the nearest subway station and go elsewhere. If a subway platform is deserted, stay within sight of the station agent. A good precaution is to stay and follow the crowd if you are in an unfamiliar area, especially at night. If you ever get into trouble, approach the nearest police officer, who are often friendly, polite, and very helpful.


  • Be careful with your keys. If you lose them, replace them immediately, rather than relying on your roommate to always be around to let you in.
  • Get a locking device for your laptop, whether a physical lock or some kind of electronic tracking or locking device.
  • Don’t leave your possessions alone in public.

Main Emergency Numbers in NYC

  • Emergency: 911

In the event you receive a busy signal while attempting to call 911, contact your local precinct. Locate precincts and telephone numbers below.

  • Non-Emergency: 311
  • Terrorism Hot-Line: 1-888-NYC-SAFE
  • Sex Crimes Report Line: 1-212-267-RAPE
  • Crime Stoppers: 1-800-577-TIPS
  • Missing Persons Case Status: 1-212-694-7781

Transportation Services

  • Taxis

Taxicabs provide with fast, door-to-door service, although they are much more expensive than other types of public transportation. There are several types of taxicabs in New York City. The metered medallion cab (the common yellow cab) is the only one legally allowed to pick up passengers hailing a cab on the street. The base fare is $2.50, with a $1.00 additional fee between 4pm - 8pm and a late night fee of $.50 between 8pm - 6am. Livery cabs, and services such as UBER, pick up passengers who call for transportation.

  • Train Stations

For more information about transportation, call the NYC Department of Transportation at 311 or check the website.

  • Metro-North Railroad
  • Penn Station
  • Amtrak
  • Long Island Railroad
  • New Jersey Transit
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Subways

Fares & MetroCard

The MetroCard itself costs $1.00 to purchase. The cards are refillable.

The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.75

Where to Buy MetroCard?

  • Metro card vending machines using cash or credit card
  • From a Subway station booth attendant using cash or credit card

With MetroCard your rides can cost less. You can buy MetroCard three ways:

  • Pay-Per-Ride (Regular) MetroCard with any amount of money
  • Unlimited Ride MetroCard for 30$/week or for $117/month

Note: an unlimited ride MetroCard cannot be shared with a friend. It can only be swiped every 15 minutes. A pay-per-ride MetroCard can be shared and there is no time limit.

  • The MetroCard that refills itself automatically — EasyPayXpress MetroCard
  • This might be a good option if you are staying in NYC for an extended period of time (semester or longer).

SIM cards

AT&T or T-Mobile stores will provide you with a suitable package.

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