The Collège de la Sorbonne was founded in 1257 by the theologian and chaplain of Saint Louis, Robert de Sorbon, and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. In 1808 the Sorbonne expanded to become the University of Paris. In 1968, the University of Paris was divided into three independent entities with separate locations around Paris. Since that division, the system has grown to include 13 different university complexes throughout the city and beyond. The original Sorbonne, located in the Latin Quarter, has become a complex of buildings serving the needs of these universities.
NYUParis has a formal student exchange arrangement with several universities within the University of Paris system: University of Paris I, III, VII, X as well as the Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po). All NYUParis students are required to be enrolled administratively in one of these universities in order to obtain their student visas. In addition, students will receive a university student card and access to direct enrollment in selected courses at the university.
NYUP students interested in taking courses at the University of Paris may enroll in one or more pre-selected courses offered by our partner universities, with approval of their NYUParis advisor.
Courses are available in English within the Departments of Anglo-American Studies. These courses examine various aspects of literature, history, politics, and civilization of the English-speaking world.
Courses in French are available in French and Comparative Literature and Linguistics, History, Art History, Sociology, Studio Art, Cinema Studies, and Political Science. Students must either have taken or be currently enrolled in Written Contemporary French to take one of these courses.
All courses offered at NYU Paris—including literature, cinema, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and art history classes—concentrate on France and its place in the wider world.
Courses make ample use of the city's resources, exposing students to the rich and complex history that has rendered Paris a world-class city, as well as to contemporary trends in politics and the arts.
The program provides students just starting to learn French the tools to develop their proficiency in the language at a rapid pace, and to establish a firm understanding of French history and society. Students who arrive at NYU Paris with past French instruction will take the next steps towards fluency by perfecting their skills through daily use of their French both within and outside of the classroom. All students are able to take full advantage of their time in Paris by supplementing their work at the NYU center with additional courses at the University of Paris, allowing for rigorous academic study and a reqarding immersion experience.
When applying to NYU Paris, students will apply to either Program I or Program II.
Program I is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French. Students usually take four courses per semester. All courses, with the exception of language courses, are conducted in English. All students are required to take an appropriate French language course to complement their course work in English. Program I students who are enrolled in Conversation & Composition (the most advanced level French course within Program I) may take a course taught in French from Program II after a consulation in Paris with an advisor.In addition, Program I students may take up to two courses taught in English in the Departments of Anglo-American Studies at the Universities of Paris III, VII and X.NYU in Paris courses in Program I include such offerings as The French Art World in the 19th and 20th Centuries, French Culture-French Cinema, France and the European Union, France and Islam, and French and Expatriate Literature.
Program II is designed for students with one or more courses beyond intermediate French. All Program II courses and assignments, including oral and written reports, examinations, and research papers, are in French.
In addition to content courses, all students in Program II are required to take an appropriate level French course. Only under special circumstances and with approval from an academic advisor in Paris may a student in Program II take a Program I course.
In addition to courses at the NYU center, advanced students in Program II have the option of enrolling in one or more courses offered in the French university system (Paris I, III, VII, X) and other specialized schools (Institut d'Études Politiques). Students enrolled in the French university system attend classes with native speakers of French. Advanced students in Program II may take one course in the French university system and the rest of their courses at the NYU center. All students enrolled in the French university system also participate in tutorials with instructors from NYU in Paris.
Priority: September 15
Regular: October 15
Applications received after October 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.