In CAS, for most students, EXPOS-UA 1: Writing the Essay, fulfills the Core writing requirement. EXPOS-UA 1: Writing the Essay requires frequent analytical and reflective writing, which is common in other courses throughout NYU. The writing and reading assignments are challenging for native speakers of English, and require them to develop conceptual frameworks for their arguments and ideas by working with a wide range of sophisticated and complex sources at a pace comfortable for most native speakers.
NYU recognizes that international students come with varying levels of language competency and fluency and require more time to complete challenging reading and writing assignments. For international students, there is an alternate path to satisfy the Core writing requirement. Students who qualify may substitute an alternate, International Workshop I and International Workshop II, for the writing requirement.
International students who DID attend all-English Language High Schools for four years
Depending on other admissions criteria, some international students who attended all-English Language High Schools for 3-4 years have been asked by the admissions office to take a Self Directed Placement Survey designed to determine placement. International students placed into EXPOS-UA 1: "Writing the Essay" may be uncertain about the demands of a fast-paced reading and writing course. For those students, an option is to begin with EXPOS-UA 4, International Writing Workshop 1, followed by EXPOS-UA 9, International Writing Workshop 2. The expectations for International Writing Workshop 1 and 2 are the same as for Writing the Essay, but the classes are smaller and there is more time (two semesters) to complete the curriculum. International teachers are familiar with the writing needs of English-as-a-second-language students and the cultural adjustments students may need to make as writers and students in an American university setting. The common bond that international students share—English as a second or third language—also creates a dynamic atmosphere where people from diverse cultures exchange perspectives as they read and write together. Students find the variety of global perspectives available in one classroom exciting and stimulating.
The course texts and curriculum are the same as those used in EWP’s core writing courses, and students learn the same reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. However, the final project has been shortened, allowing more time, week by week, to complete the curriculum. EWP’s Writing the Essay courses are demanding: reading and writing exercises are assigned for every class. Students are expected to be fluent speakers and to be able to write quickly and easily during timed exercises completed in-class. Our research shows that incoming NYU students who score 680 or below on the Verbal Portion of the SAT perform better in their writing courses and other classes when they take the International Workshop sequence instead of Writing The Essay.
We strongly recommend that students who score 680 or below register for the International sequence instead of Writing The Essay. We also recommend that students who score between 680 and 720 on the SAT take the self-diagnostic assessment (see the link below) to decide which course would offer the opportunity for better learning.
For help determining whether Writing the Essay or International Writing Workshop 1 is appropriate for students who did attend all-English high schools for four years, try the Self-Diagnostic Test below to see which course or sequence you would benefit from. The test consists of a typical reading and writing exercise that you might be asked to do in a Writing the Essay class. You will need to set aside thirty minutes to complete the self-assessment and to read the results.
Click here to download the instructions and to begin the self-diagnostic exercise.
Click here to download the results and discussion for the self-diagnostic exercise.
Please contact Denice Martone, Associate Director of the Expository Writing Program, if you have questions about the assessment or your results.
International students who DID NOT attend all-English Language High Schools for four years
Depending on other admissions criteria, International students who did not attend all-English Language High Schools four years have been asked by the admissions office to take a Self Directed Placement Survey designed to determine placement within the International Sequence. For these students, results of the survey may recommend placement beginning with EXPOS-UA 3, International Writing Workshop: Introduction, followed by EXPOS-UA 4, International Writing Workshop 1, and then followed by EXPOS-UA 9, International Writing Workshop 2.
The preliminary course, EXPOS-UA 3: International Writing: Introduction is taught in an environment where gaining fluency in reading, writing, and speaking in English is an expected part of the coursework, and offers the international student more time and support for reading, writing and speaking work. In Fall, after successful completion of International Writing Workshop: Introduction (EXPOS-UA 3), for the Spring term students take International Writing Workshop 1 (EXPOS-UA 4), followed the next semester by International Writing Workshop II (EXPOS-UA 9).
Students in International Writing Workshop Introduction should register for the next appropriate course (EXPOS-UA 4: International Writing Workshop 1) during the registration period in November. In December, after the course has ended, the EWP Placement Committee will determine individuals eligible to waive EXPOS-UA 4: International Writing Workshop I and proceed directly into EXPOS-UA 9: International Writing Workshop II. Those individuals will be notified before the beginning of the Spring term so that registration changes might be made. Please note that EWP cannot add students into closed sections.
Students in International Writing Workshop Introduction may not register for EXPOS-UA 1: Writing The Essay without the permission from the Expository Writing Program.
For questions about the admissions survey results, please consult with your advisor. If you have not been asked to take the admissions survey, you are welcome to take the survey that was mentioned above.
Requirements and Substitutions
Students who complete International Writing Workshop I with a C or better also fulfill the Proficiency Exam requirement.
CAS incoming students must complete International Writing Workshops I and II in lieu of Writing the Essay. Both courses are required because the research component in our Writing The Essay curriculum is taught as part of International Writing Workshop II: therefore, completing one course only does not substitute for the core. Completing both courses fulfills the Foreign Language requirement for international students in CAS.
However, there are rare cases where an international student may have a career path that does not allow the international student to fulfill all requirements and graduate on time. In these cases, a waiver of the second course may be possible only for students who entered NYU prior to Fall 2017. The decision to apply for a waiver must be made in consultation with an advisor who oversees your career path.
If you believe you qualify, click here to download the Application for Exemption from International Writing Workshop 2. Steinhardt, Nursing, and Social Work incoming students who complete International Workshop I may substitute International Writing Workshop II for Advanced College Essay. Since Steinhardt, Nursing, and Social Work require a two-semester sequence for freshmen, students from those schools are not eligible to apply to waive International Writing Workshop II.
Stern incoming students may substitute International Writing Workshop II for Business and Its Publics: Inquiry and Discourse. Since Stern requires a two-semester sequence for freshmen, students are not eligible to apply to waive International Writing Workshop II through EWP.
TSOA students need permission from the TSOA Dean to substitute International Workshops for the required TSOA courses.