Antoine Vial graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2021 and is from Sète, France. He majored in Political Science in his undergraduate studies at University of New Mexico before coming to NYU.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the NYU IR masters program because it allowed a fairly open curriculum along with important core classes. Among the many other programs from other schools, NYU's program also allows concentration in many areas which I thought was unique and made it even more attractive. In addition, the relatively small size of our program allows every student to meet and create personal relationships with fellow students as well as professors. Furthermore, the many resources offered by the program, such as the diverse web of Alumni network represented a really good opportunity.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
So far, my favorite class has been International Organization: Law and Diplomacy. I was allowed to follow this course at NYU Law school as it was one of the cross-listed classes with the Law concentration of our program. Even though it was challenging, I got the chance to learn many important things about the UN and other international organizations' way of functioning. Because this class was taught by two professors with different backgrounds, diplomacy and international law, different perspectives were constantly offered and made the class very interesting and greater reflection.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Try to get involved as much as possible within your program. First, because before you know it your two years will be gone, and second because it is such a great opportunity to meet incredible people and create lifelong relationships. Enjoy NYC as well, it is amazing!
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
Washington Square Park is my favorite place. There is always something going on there. I think it is a central point where the multiple aspects of NYU student life are illustrated.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
The best thing about living in NYC is that it is the most incredible and diverse place you will ever live in. You can find anything you are interested in here. Whether it is art, music, theater, opera, food, sports, and many more, NYC offers an infinite variety of it.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
After graduation, I hope to find a job here in NYC and stay for a few more years. As an international student, I know opportunities might be reduced but are still available. As far as long term goals, I will probably try to go back to Europe but for now, I doubt I can find a more attractive city to start my professional career.
Last Updated March 18, 2020