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Paris, France

France: Race and Media

Graduate Study Abroad

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We are living in a moment of highly mediatized racial reckoning in many parts of the world including in France. Our seminar will take a historical and interdisciplinary overview of the role of media technologies and infrastructures in shaping the racial grammar, sometimes visible often latent, that constricts ‘knowledge’ about and inequities of modern capitalist urban life in Paris and its banlieus. In our travel seminar based in Paris, we will focus on the legacies of French racial and colonial violence which have given rise to “common sense” notions about race and French cultural norms that have naturalized uneven distributions of resources, cultural worth and life chances. We will also read the works of key anti-colonial Francophone intellectuals and examine how current decolonizing movements expand the horizons for justice, and explore media and technologies that envision marginalized peoples as sources of social transformation and liberation.


To be announced.

Program Dates:

To be announced.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Metropolitan Studies

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


Students are required to self-register for the below course per the NYU Academic Calendar for the January term:

  • MCC-GE 2025, Section TBD, (Class # TBA) - Liberation Lab: "Race and Empire" (4 credits)

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.

Offered through the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication


To be confirmed


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBA

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees are set for the academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the program term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for the purchase of transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are also responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates.

Students 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: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into France 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: No visa is required of US citizens. 

All other passport holders should check their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

Helpful Links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lonely Planet Guide (France), NYU Paris.

Weather: In January, temperatures in Paris typically range from 37°F to 46°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in France.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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