Global Affairs

India: Global Food Cultures

A two week intensive course that explores “City Food and Sustainability” in India. Integrating the study of food systems and culture, the course seeks to unpack a range of topics, from the politics of street food vending and cosmopolitan cultures of consumption to waste and water management, organic farming and biodiversity, among other topics. You will be fully immersed in India’s urban food cultures through conversations with local experts and a variety of field trips to sites such as markets, farms, temples and restaurants.


New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and other locations in India 

Program Dates:

January 3 - 17, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Round 2: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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 adviser

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

Related Areas of Study:

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

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 Spring 2017 course for a total of 4 points. Students should consult with their academic adviser for approval.

FOOD-GE 2255 Section 095 (Class #19212)- Global Food Cultures: India (4 Points)


Krishnendu Ray, Associate Professor of Nutrition and 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.

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2017 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2017.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing Fees: $700

2017 Activity Fees: $700

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar Spring 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.  Participants must arrive in New Delhi and arrange for departure from Bhubaneshwar.  

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 hotel accommodations.

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.  Students should arrange travel to arrive in New Delhi on January 3 and depart Bhubaneshwar on January 17.  Please note that arrival and departure locations are not the same.  There are frequent domestic flights from Bhubaneshwar to most major cities in India.  

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 valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose.  All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlIndia Visa CenterLonely Planet Guide

Weather:  Participants should be prepared for great variations in weather.  The average high is 95°F in South India, while temperatures in the North can drop to 45°F.

Helpful links: Indian Meteorological Department

Admitted Student Resources: click here