Global Affairs

New Orleans: Food, Identity & Culture

In few places in the world is food more defining than in New Orleans. Like its music and architecture, New Orleans’ cuisine – a rich pastiche of Creole, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, French, Spanish, and other influences – is nearly synonymous with the soul and culture of the city. Through firsthand immersion in the foodways of New Orleans, you’ll spend a week exploring the ways in which culture, ethnicity, race, class, geography, and history mesh – and clash – to forge cultural meaning and identity. You’ll also examine the serious challenges still faced by the people of New Orleans since the devastation of Katrina in 2005, and the economic, ecological, and cultural impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on the Gulf fisheries and seafood industry.


New Orleans, LA

Program Dates:

Tentative dates: March 11 - 19, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: September 27, 2016
Round 2: October 25, 2016

Who Can Participate:

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

Related Areas of Study:

  • Food Studies
  • Media, Culture, and Communications
  • Nutrition and Dietetics 
  • Sociology 

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


FOOD-GE 2271 Section 095 (Class #19211). Food & Culture: Intensive Graduate Seminar in New Orleans (3 points)

Draft 2014 Course Syllabus


To be announced


2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2016 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2016.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing and Activity fees will be similar to those charged in 2016:

2016 Housing Fees: $500

2016 Activity Fees: $300

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

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.


Housing will be arranged by the Office of Global Affairs in a centrally-located hotel in New Orleans.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should expect to arrive by mid afternoon on Sunday, March 13th with a departure in the afternoon on Saturday March 19th. 

Airport transfers: Students arrange their own transportation to/from the airport. Information on shuttles from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) will be provided prior to the trip.