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Art History in Paris

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.

 Sample Courses:

  • Power & Representation: Art from the Ancien Régime to the Age of Revolution
  • Buildings, Landscapes and Cities: Paris
  • The French Art World in the 19th Century: From David to Impressionism
  • Intro to the Parisian Contemporary Art Scene

Media in Paris

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.

Sample Courses:

  • Global Media Seminar: France and Europe
  • Power & Representation: Art from the Ancien Régime to the Age of Revolution

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Program I - French Language, Society & Culture - English Track

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.

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Program II - French Language, Society & Culture - French Track

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.

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The University of Paris Exchange

NYU Paris has a formal student exchange arrangement with several universities within the University of Paris system (all of which grew out of the original Sorbonne, founded in 1257): 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.

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