Global Programs

Hong Kong: Global Food Cultures

Spend two weeks in Hong Kong this January examining the global city’s uniquely diverse food cultures within the larger context of the Chinese diaspora.  Examine the social and cultural roles of non-Chinese food cultures and foodways in post-colonial Hong Kong.  Visit restaurants, markets, and various points of food production to experience first hand the confluence of Chinese, British, French, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese/Macanese, and Turkish influences in food.  


Hong Kong, China

Program Dates:

January 2-15, 2015

Application Deadlines:

Applications have closed for Intersession 2015

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:

○       96+ earned credits

○       related course work

○       approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor

  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Studies
  • Public Health
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Urban Studies and Policy
  • Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography
  • East Asian Studies
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 4 points and may choose from the following courses. Students should consult with their academic advisor for approval.

FOOD-GE 2251 Section 095 (Class # 6643)- Global Food Cultures (4 Points)
MCC-GE 2351 Section 095 (Class # 6807) - Global Food Cultures (4 Points)

2014 Sample Syllabus and Sample Schedule.


For further information (e.g., academic requirements, sample syllabus, trip schedule), interested students are strongly encouraged to promptly contact Shima Gorgani, Student Services Advisor,  (212) 992-9493,


2015 Graduate Tuition: $1,479 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2015 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2015.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2015 Housing Fees: $650

2015 Activity Fees: $400

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule. 

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students stay in a safe and comfortable hotel in downtown Kowloon in Hong Kong.

Your double-occupancy accommodation in a downtown international hotel is included in your Housing and Activity Fees, which also covers several group meals, a pre-paid and rechargeable mass transit card, cultural venue group admissions, and a number of guided academic and cultural field trips with at least one bilingual guide. 

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. A set of recommended flight itineraries will be provided early in the orientation process.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: No visa is required of holders of the passport from the U.S. and the British Commonwealth (e.g., Canada, the UK) to enter Hong Kong for this program. To confirm visa requirements and application instructions, visit the "Hong Kong Visitor Visa" link below. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Visiting elsewhere in China: Students who plan to visit anywhere in Mainland China after this program in Hong Kong-SAR must have a valid tourist visa to enter China.  For visa requirements and application instructions, visit the People's Republic of China visa link.

Helpful links: US State Department, Hong Kong Visitor Visa, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide, Discover Hong Kong, China Visitor Visa

Weather: Temperatures during January in Hong Kong range from an average low of 47ºF to an average high of 64ºF. The weather is typically cool with low humidity, and occasional chilly spells make layering important.

Helpful links: BBC Weather, Hong Kong Observatory