Paris is more than just a city – it’s a living, breathing museum on a monumental scale. Paris celebrates its history on every boulevard and in every arrondissement. From the 12th-century Notre Dame de Paris to the Musee d’Orsay to the street artists in Montmartre, the opportunity for artistic enrichment is inexhaustible.
The courses offered at NYU Paris are designed to take advantage of the diverse selection of museums and the many styles of architecture. In one course, students focus on the great Gothic cathedrals; in another they study the history of photography in France, beginning in the early 19th century with the invention of the daguerreotype. Another course focuses on the 19th century French art world, drawing on the rich collections of neoclassical, romantic, realist, and impressionist art that can be found in the museums and galleries of Paris. Other courses focus on the cityscape itself. Famed for its commitment to urban planning, Paris is peppered with magnificent monuments, palaces, gardens, and sculptures-all designed to complement the layout of the city.
Ethnic diversity and cultural change is at the heart of what Paris is today. An information capital, Paris has always been at the cutting edge of art, architecture, and ideas. It is an ideal place to study global media. At NYU in Paris, you take courses taught in English offered by Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication while advancing your French language skills. A curriculum focused on French culture along with a wealth of extracurricular activities allows you to engage with the city in ways not available to the casual tourist.
The Media program in Paris is part of Media, Culture, & Communication's Global Media Scholars program. Students in this program study Media at multiple NYU campuses while earning a Global Media Scholar certificate along with their diploma. Learn more by visiting the Global Media Scholars Program website.
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 the French 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 in consultation with their Paris-based advisor.
In addition, Program I students may take a course in English in the Departments of Anglo-American Studies at the Universities of Paris III, VII and X.
NYU 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 University of Paris system (Paris I, III, VII, X). Very advanced students may take courses at the prestigious Institut d'Études Politiques. Students enrolled in the French university system attend alsses with native speakers of French. Advanced students in Program II typically 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 Paris.
The University of Paris
Founded in 1257 by the theologian and chaplain of Saint Louis, Robert de Sorbon, the Collège de la Sorbonne became the center of theological studies. The Sorbonne was closed in 1790, and its buildings became part of the University of Paris in 1808. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the University of Paris expanded both academically (beyond the study of theology) and physically (beyond its original location in the Latin Quarter). In 1968, the University of Paris was divided into three independent entities located in and around Paris.
Since that division, the system has grown to include 13 different universities, and the Sorbonne has become a complex of buildings serving the needs of these universities.
NYU Paris has a formal student exchange arrangement with the Universities of Paris III and VII-Denis Diderot. The arrangement permits NYU Paris students to obtain university student cards and to have a large choice of courses. Students may also take courses at other Universities (Paris I, X) or specialized institutions such as the Institut d'Études Politiques. Both students in Programs I & II have the opportunity to take courses at the University of Paris.