Academics

If you have specific academic questions throughout the pre-departure process, please contact our Global Academics team at global.academics@nyu.edu. They liaise with academic staff in each country and oversee course registration.

The Albert course search for Spring 2017 will go live the week of October 14th. Registration will occur the week of November 14th.

For a list of tentatively scheduled courses with course descriptions, please see the Courses page of the website. All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits.

All students must also participate in Global Orientations. More information on the Global Orientations program will be provided prior to arrival. Students do not need to enroll for Global Orientations during registration.

More information on Academic Requirements for Study Away students can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

The most robust list of all academic FAQs can be found on our webpage here. These cover everything from how to check your registration time, to required courses, to information about pre-requisites (and everything in between!). The below reflects some of the most common questions that arise.

Academics FAQs

  • When will I register for courses?

Students register for study away courses during registration week at NYU. NYU students, that means you will register at your normally appointed time during the week of November 14. Visiting students register in the morning on Wednesday of registration week. Students will be able to view their appointment time and begin using the shopping cart feature to plan their schedule approximately one week prior to registration. An announcement will be made on the blog when these features are available to visiting students.

  • How do I register for courses?

All confirmed students register for classes using Albert, NYU’s Student Information System. For additional assistance using Albert please view the NYU Registrar’s Student Registration Guide.

  • What courses do I have to take?

All NYU Paris students must take a French language course for a letter grade. Only students with near native fluency can be exempted from this requirement. To begin the exemption process, please contact nyu.paris.academics@nyu.edu. Students who receive the exemption may take a content course in French in lieu of the French language course.

All students studying abroad must register for 12-18 credits. Please consult with your academic advisor when planning for course registration.

More information on Academic Requirements for Study Away students can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

  • Should I take my courses in English or in French?

Students taking an intensive language course should do additional coursework in English.

Students taking “Conversation & Composition” while in Paris are encouraged to take one non-literature content course in French (for example, “Acting French”, or a course in art history or cinema). French tutoring is available to help these and all students master their coursework in French.

NYU Paris students having previously completed “Conversation & Composition” prior to arrival should take all of their coursework in French. Concretely, students must take on advanced French language course and up to three content courses in French. One course may be taken in English if it fulfills major or minor requirements.

  • I have to take a certain course while I’m abroad to complete my degree on time. How can I guarantee I’ll get in?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot in any course for any student. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have some flexibility in your schedule and that no ONE course is absolutely necessary for your degree progress.

Some courses abroad, can fill and do run waitlists. If you want to take a course that is closed, we recommend that you add yourself to the waitlist if possible. (When waitlisting, make sure to use the Swap function so that Albert knows which class to drop you from should a space open up in the course. If you already waitlisted but did not use the Swap function, use Edit Swap to set up a swap after the fact.) Many courses have a waitlist limit of five students. When this waitlist limit is reached, waitlisting for the course is no longer possible.

Waitlists do NOT guarantee you a spot in a class, but students do occasionally get in off of the waitlist when enrolled students drop the course. After initial registration, this movement is most likely to happen during the drop/add period once you arrive at your site, so occasionally students are able to get the courses they want on site even if they weren’t able to do so at registration. Since the likelihood of getting into a course off of a waitlist can be difficult to predict, you should always be enrolled in a back up course. Additionally, for some courses, we monitor waitlists, occasionally adding seats or opening additional sections if demand is high enough and enough classroom space and instructors can be found.

Who should I contact if I’m stuck on a waitlist? Can the instructor give me permission?

If you would like to inquire about your position on the waitlist, please email global.academics@nyu.edu. As there are many factors to consider in overriding a course cap, including classroom space and departmental guidelines we ask that you not contact instructors directly to request permission to enroll in a class. Our staff will be in contact with professors and put you in touch with them directly as necessary.

  • How do I get my textbooks for my semester away?

Please see the Books and Course Materials website to become familiar with how textbooks are obtained for your semester away.

  • What are the Important Dates of the Program?

Please visit the Calendar on the web site for information about Arrival, Departure and other important dates.

  • How do I know what French course to take?

Students with no previous experience in French should register for Intensive Elementary French.

Students who have taken a French course at NYU, please register for the next level. For example, if you have completed the course on the left, choose from the options on the right:

  • Elementary I: Intensive Elementary II/Intermediate I
  • Elementary II or Intensive Elementary: Intensive Intermediate
  • Intermediate I: Intermediate II/Conversation & Composition
  • Intermediate II or Intensive Intermediate: Conversation & Composition
  • Conversation & Composition: Spoken Contemporary, Written Contemporary, or Acting French
  • Spoken Contemporary French: Written Contemporary French, Advanced Conversation, Business French, or Acting French
  • Written Contemporary French: Spoken Contemporary French, Advanced Composition, Business French, or Acting French

Students that have some experience with French, but do not have an AP/IB/SAT score or prior university course work must take the NYU’s Online Placement Examination, to determine placement. You will be prompted to log-in with your NetID and password before beginning the exam.

Students with AP/IB/SAT test scores in French should refer to the NYU French Department’s webpage for placement information.

Only students with native or near-native fluency may be exempted from the language requirement; contact nyu.paris.academics@nyu.edu in French to petition for an exemption.

  • What courses can I take at the University of Paris and how do I enroll?

Courses at the University of Paris are offered in both English and French.  Only students who have taken or are currently enrolled in Written Contemporary French may take a course in French at the University of Paris.  Students receive additional assistance for their University of Paris courses through individualized tutorial sessions at NYU Paris.


Courses offered in French are usually selected from the following departments:

  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • French and Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Studio Art

Courses offered in English are offered in the Departments of Anglo-American studies.  These are primarily courses in the literature and civilization of the Anglophone world (the US, British Commonwealth countries, etc.).

Procedures
In order to take a course at the University of Paris you must be administratively enrolled at that university. You will be asked to choose in which university you want to enroll when you fill out your visa questionnaire from the Office of Global Services.  

Be sure to take the time to look through the course offerings below in order to make the choice that best fits your academic interests.  Please note that the course offerings listed here are for reference only and are subject to change.

Students who have applied to NYU Paris will receive an invitation to attend a webinar in October with more information about University of Paris courses and procedures.  Interested students will receive a list of pre-selected University of Paris courses and will be asked to submit several course options to NYU Paris by mid-November; they will also be asked to confirm their intention to take one to two courses at the University of Paris.  Students who choose this option must arrive in time for the University of Paris orientation session on January 20th.  

Courses in English at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot

Department of Anglo-American Studies at the University of Paris VII-Denis Diderot
A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:

  • Urban Histories of the Atlantic Empires: Paris, London, New York, 1750-1900
  • Urban Spaces / Cities of Modernity
  • High and Low Culture
  • History of the United States from the 1930s to the New Century
  • The United Kingdom from 1901 to 1945
  • American Liberties: Foundations and Contemporary Debates
  • Immigration in America
  • The Discontented Self in Literature
  • Classic Texts of American Literature
  • 20th Century Irish Literature & Drama

Courses in French at the Universities of Paris I, III, and VII
Pre-requisite: “Written Contemporary French” must be completed or in progress in Paris in order for students to take courses in French at the University of Paris.

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne: History, Art History, Studio Art
All courses in French

  • Art History
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • 19th century art
    • 20th century art
    • Contemporary Architecture
    • Medieval Art
    • Art & Archaeology in Roman Italy
    • Islamic Art and Archaeology
  • History
    A selection of past course offering, for reference only

    • Ancient History: Greece and Rome
    • European History from the 15th to 19th Century
    • Economic History from Antiquity to present-day
    • War and society
    • History of the Arab world
    • History of Jewish Societies
  • Studio art
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • Pictorial Creation
    • Contemporary Drawing
    • Creation of Space and Volume
    • Multimedia Studio Art

Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris III: French and Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Cinema Studies
All courses in French

  • French and Comparative Literature and Linguistics
    A selection of past courses offerings, for reference only

    • Spoken communication and phonetics
    • French to English, English to French Translation
    • 19th century poetry and fairy tales
    • The Return of the Tragic in 17th & 20th Century Literature
  • Cinema and Audio-Visual department
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • Film Analysis
    • History of Classic Cinema
    • The Classical Aspect of Hollywood Cinema
    • New American comedies from 1990-2000

Université Paris VII- Denis Diderot Sociology, History, Cinema, French and Comparative Literature
All courses in French

  • French and Comparative Literature
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • Ronsard
    • Peregrinations of Eros
    • Molière
    • Short Stories and the Boundary
    • European Baroque Theater
  • Sociology
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • Women and Institutions
    • Introduction to Anthropology
    • Gender and socialization
    • Migrations and globalization
  • History
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • 19th Century European History
    • Introduction to Ancient Greek History
    • Medieval history of the West from the 8th-12th century
    • Cultural and political history of early modern Europe
  • Cinema
    A selection of past course offerings, for reference only

    • French Cinema from its origin to the 1950s
    • Cinematographic art forms and the modernity of film
    • Hollywood Cinema, 1970-2010
  • Am I eligible for a class at Sciences Po? And how do I enroll?

Prerequisite: Written Contemporary French or permission of the NYU Paris staff.

NYU Paris students with advanced French language skills may attend one to two lecture courses in French at the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, more commonly known as Sciences Po. Students wishing to enroll at Sciences Po in Spring 2017 must first submit a CV and a short personal statement (1-2 paragraphs) to nyu.paris.academics@nyu.edu stating their motivation for studying at Sciences Po to NYU Paris by October 17, 2016. They should also indicate their year, major, French level (current or most recently completed French language course), and GPA.

Upon successful review of their application, students will be invited to apply to Sciences Po. Application materials for Sciences Po are due on October 25th; the application includes a transcript, CV, and statement of purpose. Please note that NYU Paris students are not necessarily guaranteed a spot at Sciences Po, so it is in students’ best interest to submit a strong application.

Students usually receive notification of their admission to Sciences Po by early December. They will be able to select their courses using the Sciences Po online student portal. It is expected that most students will take only one course per semester at Sciences Po; students wishing to take more than one course must submit a petition to nyu.paris.academics@nyu.edu. Students may take a course in English only in exceptional circumstances and upon approval by NYU Paris. A selection of past lecture course offerings is listed below for reference.

Students are provided assistance for their their Sciences Po courses through an individualized tutorial session at NYU Paris.

Please note: students wishing to attend a course at Sciences Po must also be registered at the University of Paris.

All courses in French

  • Histoire de la pensée économique- Les fondations, de l’antiquité à la fin du XIXe
  • Histoire des relations internationales, 1870-2010
  • Théories des relations internationales
  • Enjeux fondamentaux de politique comparée
  • Une histoire politique de l’Europe au XXe siècle
  • Introduction à l’histoire économique contemporaine
  • Histoire des courants politiques
  • La culture des Européens (milieu XIXe- années 2000). 12 trajets d’histoire culturelle contemporaine