Global Affairs

Italy: Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

Investigate food and nutrition in Italy in comparison to the United States, to gain a deeper understanding of the role food plays in family, health, and national identity. Through classroom instruction, hands-on workshops, guest lectures, and a wide variety of field trips, you’ll become fully immersed in Italian food culture.


Florence, Italy

Program Dates:

May 25 - June 11, 2016

Application Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications. 


Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who:
    • 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:

  • European Studies
  • Food Studies
  • Food & Culture
  • Health
  • Nutrition

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


NUTR-GE 2208 Section 099 (Class #1787) -  International Study in Nutrition and Food (4 points).

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

2015 Draft Syllabus


Lisa Sasson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies


2016 Graduate Tuition: $1,538 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

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2016 Housing Fees: $1100

2016 Activity Fees: $900

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 shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

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: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Italy of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check  with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: In Florence, June temperatures tend to be similar to New York, usually in the low 80°s (Fahrenheit).

Helpful Links: BBC Weather