Services in Paris


The Student Life staff can help students set up appointments with GeoBlue affiliated English speaking general practitioners and specialists. GeoBlue affiliated general practitioners can refill or translate prescriptions received in the US.

The public hospitals are generally utilized for emergencies and related follow-up care only. Student Life staff is available to accompany students to the hospital in an emergency, if needed. The public hospitals listed below are closest to NYU Paris residence halls and academic center.

  • Hôpital Cochin
  • Hôpital de la Pitié Salpêtrière
  • Hôpital Foch
  • Hôpital Américain

Mental Health

NYU Paris has an onsite Clinical Psychologist who has walk-in hours on weekdays and is available by appointment for consultations or for on-going counseling.

Onsite Clinical Psychologist

Sanam Bamshad Alavi, PhD
She, her, hers
Title: Global Wellness Counselor /Clinical Psychologist
Education: PhD, Psychology - 2015
CWS Team(s): CBT


Log on to Bonjour!, NYU Paris' intranet, to learn more about healthcare, counseling services, and living in Paris. Available to current NYU affiliates only.

Prepare for Paris


Required Vaccinations

  • Meningococcal vaccine is required for all undergraduate students.

Recommended Vaccinations

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus

First-Year Students

All first-year students are required to comply with the NYU Health Requirements for All Students.

Additional Resources 

Mental Health

While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and immersion into the unfamiliar. Some students feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some afraid, others depressed. Students may periodically feel out of sorts.

The attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another. Similarly, the availability of resources and type of services may be different from what a student is accustomed to in their home country.

Students must plan ahead before departure! Call the Wellness Exchange at 212.443.9999 or write to if help is needed in making connections to mental health professionals abroad.


If a student is currently attending counseling or seeing a therapist regularly, they should consider the following:

  • If treatment is essential to functioning, a student should contact the onsite Clinical Psychologist prior to departure to schedule and appointment.
  • If a student is considering taking a hiatus from treatment, it is recommended that the student check in with the onsite Clinical Psychologist at the start of the semester or make a plan in the event they need to see someone while abroad.


If a student is presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication:

  • The student must meet with their prescribing physician to discuss
  • Receive enough medication to last until the student returns. (Note: for some conditions and some medications, this is not possible)
  • Prescriptions from American doctors cannot be filled abroad. Obtain a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor abroad who can follow the student and write prescription refills.

The Moses Center for Student Accessibility

Students in need of disability-related accommodations who are considering global opportunities at NYU are strongly encouraged to contact the Moses Center before choosing a site. An Accessibility Specialist is able to discuss accessibility and accommodations at locations of interest.

If you have already chosen a site and are currently registered with the Moses Center, be sure to contact your Accessibility Specialist before you arrive at your site to discuss transferring accommodations.

If you have already chosen a site and are not registered with the Moses Center but anticipate you might need accommodations, please visit the Moses Center website to register. It is best to register before arriving at your site, but you can request accommodations at any time.

Health Insurance

New York University requires that students studying away as part of their education program be covered under an NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan. Students must continue to maintain health insurance coverage in their home countries in the event they need to return home.