Global Affairs

France: Topics in Globalization: Creating French Culture

France is at the center of debates about the reach and character of cultural globalization: its government has taken the lead in opposing U.S. efforts to define cultural exchange in purely market terms, even as French publics have often welcomed American popular culture and political ideas. In the meantime, French culture, in all its richness, complexity, and diversity, continues to be produced, reproduced, and transformed.

In this intensive three-week course, the city of light and its environs will be our laboratory as we experience firsthand France’s diverse creative cultures. We will travel across Paris and beyond to meet with cultural professionals, artists, and activists representing a variety of fields and perspectives (music, cinema, philosophy, literature, urban architecture, television, online news, immigrant media, etc.). In so doing, we will deepen our understanding of the global, national, and local processes that shape the making of contemporary cultures. 


Paris, France

Program Dates:

June 14 - July 5, 2016

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Round 2: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Round 3: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related course work
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Cinema Studies
  • Global Education
  • International Education
  • Journalism
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


MCC-GE 2380 Section 099 (Class #2065) - Topics in Globalization (4 points).

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion

2016 Tentative Syllabus & Itinerary


Rodney Benson, Associate Professor

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


2016 Graduate Tuition: $1,538 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2016 Housing Fees: $800

2016 Activity Fees: $500

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Paris typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to France of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

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Weather: In Paris, June temperatures tend to be milder than in New York, usually in the low 70°s (Fahrenheit).

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