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:

May 31 - June 14, 2017

Application Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications. Students are encouraged to contact to discuss alternative programs.

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.


Students register for the following Summer 2017 course for a total of 4 points:

FOOD-GE 2253 Section 099 (Class # 5458) - Global Food Cultures: Paris 

Sample Course Syllabus and Schedule: Forthcoming

Offered through Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

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



Jennifer Berg, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies; Director, Graduate Program in Food Studies


2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 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:

2017 Housing Fee: $700

2017 Activity Fee: $800

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar Summer 2017 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 shared-occupancy hotel accommodation.

Travel, Visa, and Other 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

Admitted Student Resources: click here.