Paris: city of revolution, exhilarating tumult of art and spectacle, cosmopolitan crossroads, capital of the world. French romanticist George Sand thought Parisians were “the most admirable people in the universe – grand, sublime, naïve, and generous.” Students who come to Paris join a long line of visitors to the city who contribute to its fervent mix—its arts, its history, its politics—and make the city their own. “Paris is a veritable ocean,” Balzac wrote. “Discover it, describe it…” At NYU Paris, the city is your classroom.
The curriculum at NYU Paris focuses on the language, arts, history, literature, and politics of France and its relationships with the wider world. A world-class faculty provides context and support for students’ academic work. Students with a limited background in French enroll in Program I, where all courses except for language are taught in English. Students proficient in French participate in Program II, which features a variety of courses taught in French. All students take a French language course appropriate to their level.
Coursework is enhanced by faculty-led trips in and around Paris, to world-renowned museums such as the Louvre and the Musée Picasso or to smaller galleries and exhibits, as well as to the opera, ballet, and theatre. Students receive a University of Paris student card and may take courses at the University of Paris or at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po). All students are carefully advised upon their arrival in Paris; students who opt to take courses in the French university system receive additional individualized in-house tutorial assistance.
Located in the Latin Quarter, the thriving historic and intellectual heart of Paris, NYU Paris is in close proximity to numerous cultural, artistic, and academic institutions. Students get to know the city through faculty-led visits and walking tours, and to explore regions beyond Paris through day trips to places as Chantilly, Giverny, and Versailles, and weekend excursions to locations such as Avignon, the Loire Valley, Mont-Saint-Michel, and La Rochelle. These trips allow students to further embrace the richness, depth, and diversity of French history and civilization.
The following NYU departments are key contributors to the NYU Paris curriculum. Partnerships indicate departments with a significant curricular stake. Affiliations indicate the offering or development of at least one course.
Faculty of Arts & Science
History/Institute of French Studies
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Media, Culture, and Communication
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Faculty of Arts and Science
College Core Curriculum
European and Mediterranean Studies
Social and Cultural Analysis
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Teaching and Learning
Academic Calendar: Fall/Spring/Summer/Full Year
Credits: 12 to 18 NYU credits
Faculty & Staff: Mix of 35 instructors and administrative staff
Course Language: French & English
Affiliated Institutions: University of Paris
Student Body: 150 - 200 Upperclassmen, 60 freshmen, 25 graduate level
Housing: Student residences, homestays, shared furnished apartments
Population of Paris: 2.2 million
Official Language: French