New York University’s Center for French Civilization and Culture, incorporating the University’s four significant spheres of activity in French Studies—the Department of French, the post-graduate Institute of French Studies, the cultural center La Maison Française, and NYU in France—is the most comprehensive American academic complex devoted to the culture of France, past and present.
In fulfilling its principal mission of training graduate and undergraduate students of French language, literature, and civilization, as well as of Francophone studies, the Center boasts a nationally and internationally renowned faculty and a sizable corps of superior students who receive substantial fellowship support in pursuing their degrees. The faculty’s widely respected research and scholarship places it in the forefront of the profession. Through the wide range of public activities it regularly organizes in New York and in Paris, the Center plays a preeminent role in the cultural exchange between France and the United States.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States helps bring the best in French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary. It also supports a high-level cultural exchange between French and American artists, writers, thinkers, educators, and students.
The Book Department of the Cultural Services promotes US lecture tours for French and Francophone writers and encourages translation and research projects through grants and residency programs. It also co-sponsors special events organized by American cultural institutions in the fields of literature and the social sciences.
Institut Français is in charge of international cultural exchanges for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. It collaborates with major cultural institutions in 140 countries in all fields of artistic and cultural creation in order to foster international dialogue and diversity.