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Paris, France

Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches


Program Faculty:


  • Social work and other mental health and psychological disciplines; humanities disciplines with an interest in the mental health field. Because the subject matter will vary from previous years, students are permitted to take this course again if they have taken it before.
  • Second year master's students may register for this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements and will be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2015, prior to completing the course. Graduating MSW students for whom this course completes the MSW degree requirements can attend the May ceremony, and will receive the degree subsequent to completing the course.


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar: $4,085 (estimated), paid to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition (senior BSW students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar.
  • HTH Insurance: $12.36/week abroad.  Enrollment in HTH insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course.  The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in HTH insurance.
  • Estimated Housing:  Applicants are required to choose from the pricing options below.  Pricing options are currently being determined. 
  • Estimated Airfare to Paris: $1,000 (from New York; dependent upon booking date)
  • Meals: A departure dinner will be held on the last night of the course.  Students are responsible for any additional meals. 
  • Welcome dinner and excursions: TBA
  • Personal expenses: All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

about the program

  • Dates of Course: May 30-June 15, 2016 **This course is currently pending approval.**
  • NOTE: Summer abroad programs count toward summer credit.  This may affect your financial aid needs for the year, and for graduating seniors may affect your graduation status.  Make sure to check with financial aid and your academic advisor early on.
  • Location: Paris, France; classes held at NYU-Paris campus
  • Housing: Single dorm housing available

For centuries France (Paris in particular) has been lauded as the “capital” of love. This intensive three- (3) credit elective will explore partner and family relationships and the practices and policies for working with families.  Students will examine the policies and services for same sex marriage, intimate partner violence and support for new parents, as reflections of social norms in the United States and France.  Students will also learn about the most prevalent clinical models for couples and family therapy in both countries, and consider the beliefs the underlay similarities and differences.  The course will examine help-seeking behavior regarding family problems, the expense and accessibility of family therapy and the education of clinicians who are preparing to work with couple, parenting and family relationships.

Global Program Application and Registration Process

All students wishing to participate in the Paris global course must complete the application on this page. The application will be reviewed by the course director and instructor(s). Students will be notified of their application decision by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning. Upon notification, each student is required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $150 within two weeks to hold his or her place in the course. The remainder of the housing and insurance balance due from the student must be paid by the date outlined in the acceptance letter.

Students do not self-register for global courses offered by NYU Silver. All students admitted to the course will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning and the Registrar.

Deadline to apply: November 30th.  This program admits students on a rolling basis.  We encourage students to apply as early as possible in order to be considered for a space.



Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning


Judith Siegel, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work