Perhaps New York University finally felt that it owned enough New York real estate, because now it's thinking about buying up parts of Paris, France. The American University of Paris is building new facilities on an island in the Seine in a partnership with NYU, and hopes to one day become absorbed into the New York school's system. 90% of the Paris school's students hail from outside of France and the American University of Paris has a year-old reciprocity agreement with NYU that allow enrollees to earn degrees from either school.
The New York Sun describes the plans for the new facility, which include two glass-clad buildings designed by Jean-Paul Viguier that are scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2010 school year. The facility would be located on Seguin Island in the Seine, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. The school is considering running a water taxi service for students.
(NYC in Paris, by rion at flickr)