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Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches

View of Eiffel Tower

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 2019, 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. Undergraduate tuition (senior BSW students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: 2019 rate TBA. Enrollment in GeoBlue 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 GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: NYU offers housing in single room accommodations (with in-room bathrooms). 2019 rate TBA.
  • Estimated Airfare to Paris: $1,000 (estimated, 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-June 2019 (final program dates TBA soon)
  • 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
  • Passport: Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area; must have at least 1 blank page per stamp
  • Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours. 16-month students can, however, take a Jterm global course the winter of their second year, when they are on the same schedule as the two year program.

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.

Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process


To apply for this program, you must complete the Study Abroad Course Application. The Study Abroad Course Application requires that you upload your current resume and the Study Abroad Essay Questions* for the particular program to which you are applying into the application, along with a copy of your passport photo page (if you already have a passport and it is applicable to the program).

*To obtain a copy of the file, please visit the essay folder or email Stephanie Kaplan. You will need to be logged in to your NYU email account to access the folder. If you are denied access, check to see which email address it's denying. If you are logged in to another Gmail account, you may need to log out and only be logged in to your NYU email account for access. Make sure that you are obtaining a copy of the correct file for the program to which you are applying. When submitting this file, you should use the file name already set up, adding your name as follows: 'StudyAbroadEssayQuestions_Paris_Smith,John'

To begin an application for this course:

  1. Log in to NYU Home
  2. Click on the 'Academics' tab
  3. Click on the 'Albert Login' button
  4. Click on the ‘Other Resources’ tab at the top of the screen
  5. Click on the 'Application Center' link (second column)
  6. Scroll down to where you see 'Silver Global Programs' and click on the 'Apply' link to the right
  7. Follow the application instructions found at the top of the page

Important notes:

  • Application deadline: January 6, 2019
  • Applications cannot be saved and must be completed in one session. Make sure you have all the necessary materials before beginning the application.
  • Applicants will get a confirmation email if submission was successful; please try not to submit more than one application for each program.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis and at the discretion of the faculty member. This means that students who apply or are admitted earlier will receive decisions earlier and that the course may fill up before the application deadline.

Once an application has been reviewed, the applicant will receive a decision email.  The applicant will then be able to accept or decline her/his seat in the program.


Applicants who accept their seats in the program will receive additional next-steps and will be enrolled in the course from the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.  Students do not self-register for global programs.

Paris Scholarship Application

A limited number of $1,000 global program scholarships are available to
NYU Silver students participating in short-term Silver courses abroad
(i.e., non-domestic programs).  These scholarships are intended to
defray the costs of travel and enable students who may not otherwise be
able to participate an opportunity to experience an NYU Silver study
abroad courses.   

To apply, submit an application form:

Application deadline: January 6, 2019


Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning


Judith Siegel, PhD
Professor of Social Work