Director's Statement

Dear future student,

One of NYU's largest global academic centers, NYU Paris is a vibrant and dynamic place where you will find the best opportunities to make the most of your study away experience. At NYU Paris, you will enjoy a life-changing experience without having to make a break in the course of your studies. Our mission is to accompany you through this journey.

You will soon discover that Paris is a diverse and cosmopolitan city that offers an enlightening mix of history and modernity. Home to some of the world's most renowned museums, Paris is also one of the world's principal technology hubs.

The courses taught in our state-of-the-art academic center reflect this mix: in addition to numerous courses in the humanities – French language, philosophy, art history, politics, literature, history and more -- we now also offer courses in music technology, media and communications, mathematics, computer science... Our courses are taught by top-rate instructors and count toward numerous major requirements. Students receive one-on-one mentoring from an academic advisor, get guidance on life outside the classroom from a dedicated student life team, and have access to an on-site counselor.

Studying at NYU Paris is a fantastic human adventure. You will have the opportunity to meet local students, to take courses in our partner universities, to enjoy some of the many cultural events and overnight excursions we curate, to engage in humanitarian volunteer work, to contribute to building community... the possibilities are endless!

Alfred Galichon, Director


NYU Academic Center in Paris

NYU Paris is located in the Latin Quarter, the thriving historic and intellectual heart of Paris. Students will have the opportunity to benefit from the numerous cultural, artistic, and academic institutions of this wonderful neighborhood, as well as to get to know the city through faculty-led visits and walking tours. There you will take classes, attend lectures, and study in the library. You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop; however it is not mandatory as the center is equipped with computer labs. Various student lounges provide places to meet up with friends or interact with NYU Paris staff, including the director, associate directors, housing coordinator, student life staff, librarians, and faculty—all of whom advise you during your stay in Paris and support your adventures in France.


Computer Facilities

NYU Paris is fully equipped with desktop computer stations and laser printers. The wifi connection is accessible throughout the facilities, including of course, the Library.

Library

The NYU Paris library contains materials in French, as well as some English-language books, on literature, art history, cinema, fashion, literary theory, and French and European history, among others. In addition, the library has both French and English-language periodicals (Le Monde, The New Yorker, Art Press, etc.), an extensive film collection (DVDs in both French and English), and other resources that may help you in your coursework and outside research.


The City

One of the most captivating cities in Europe, Paris retains its timeless legacy as an artistic, intellectual, and literary pacesetter. The Eiffel Tower, symbol of the city, dominates the skyline. North of the Seine, the Right Bank is home to monumental buildings, grand boulevards, and major museums, including the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. The Left Bank (rive gauche) invokes a Bohemian and intellectual atmosphere with its university communities, cafés, restaurants, jazz clubs, and chic boutiques.

Though a metropolitan environment, Paris adheres to its dedication to small businesses and local vendors. Thus you will find yourself in quaint locales that immerse themselves in intimacy and friendliness. As such, keep these tips in mind when venturing throughout the city:

  • The city is more like a giant village, there are limited skyscrapers so you will often feel like you are in a small city.
  • The city basically closes on Sundays which is important to keep in mind when making plans. In particular, this can greatly affect arrangements for grocery shopping.
  • Business hours are much different as stores tend to close earlier than in New York.

People & Culture

Paris is a cosmopolitan city and its inhabitants represent a fantastic mix of cultures, religions, backgrounds and wealth. Though it is impossible to generalize about such a diverse population, you may find that Parisians tend to be more formal than most Americans when it comes to language, dress, common courtesy, and even food.

Some stereotypes about the French include that they are typically smokers, fashion icons, slim and slender, drink wine and coffee like water and are the ultimate romantics. While these archetypes can prove to be true, it is important to keep in mind that each person is an individual.  The French focus on the riches of life - from small delicacies to family life, and take time to indulge in them. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are engaging in a refreshingly rich culture:

  • French people are relatively private. The culture is much more intimate and close knit groups can come across as closed. This may give the impression that the French are rude or play into the idea that they do not like Americans. But do keep in mind that this is a different culture, with a different structure for friendship and different expressions of amity.
  • Saying “Bonjour,” “Merci,” and “S’il vous plait” goes a long way. In fact, the most important thing is that you try to speak French whenever possible. If somebody snubs your efforts by speaking back to you in English, keep trying!
  • The French are very proud of being French, from food to clothing to language. It is especially important to be complimentary and respectful of French culture — though this is a good rule of thumb no matter where you go.
  • In France, the concept of customer service is much different than it is in the US. You will find that, contrary to the US, the customer is NOT always right. This can be frustrating, but try to remember that most French have a much different relationship to work than most Americans do. You could say that they work to live, whereas many Americans live to work.

Neighborhood Guide

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts) that spiral out like a snail’s shell from the center. The Seine River then cuts across the entire city, dividing it into the right (rive droite) and left (rive gauche) banks. Each arrondissement offers its own unique character, just like the different neighborhoods and boroughs of New York. Though you’ll get to know your own arrondissement best, you will inevitably spend time in almost all of them, experiencing Paris’ diversity firsthand.