Global Affairs

France: Global Food Cultures

For more than a century French culture has been adopted as the global standard of refined taste throughout the world. As French chefs from Carême to Escoffier and Bocuse (and the countless chefs who followed) codified the rules of their national cuisine, they remade the culinary world and developed an ideal for food production and consumption that still reverberates throughout the Western World. To what extent is this performance of French identity simply a myth, a perception perpetuated through movies, songs, cookbooks, and restaurants, and to what extent is this performance a reality?

GFC: Paris will explore the Performance of French Identity through the lens of food, juxtaposing US and French ideals of identity to unpack how issues of gender, race, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity appear when everyday lived reality clashes with espoused national ideals such as the French “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the American “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Food—in its production, distribution, and consumption—allows an especially intimate means of exploring identity. Through visits to markets, restaurants, wholesale and retail outlets, farms, and cooperatives, we explore the material culture that makes possible acquiescence and resistance to these ideals of identity, and ultimately will discover the limits and possibilities implicit in our own ideals.


Paris, France

Program Dates:

June 1 - June 15, 2015

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Round 2: Sunday, February 8, 2015

Round 3: Sunday, March 15, 2015

This program is closed and no longer accepting applications

Who Can Participate:

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

Related Areas of Study:

  • Nutrition
  • European Studies 
  • Health 

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


FOOD-GE 2253 Section 099 (Class Number: 2022) - Global Food Cultures: Paris (4 points).

Sample Course Syllabus and Schedule: Forthcoming

Offered through Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion



Jennifer Berg, PhD,

Clinical Associate Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; Director, Graduate Program in Food Studies


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

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

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Other Costs:

2015 Housing Fees: $700

2015 Activity Fees: $700

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 will stay in hotels while in Paris and Lyon.  Rooms are shared occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates.

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 US citizens. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful Links: Consulate General of France, US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: In June, temperatures in Paris tend to be cooler than in New York, usually in the 60°s (Fahrenheit). 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather