Global Affairs

Puerto Rico: Global Food Cultures

A week-long intensive course that explores the evolution of Puerto Rico’s unique food system and culture. We will examine the legacy of colonialism on Puerto Rican agricultural production and food ways, the challenges of food security and nutrition that confronts the island today, and the entrepreneurial solutions Puerto Ricans are advancing to solve these problems in the future. The course will engage students through conversations with local experts and a variety of field trips to traditional markets, farms and restaurants, among other locations. 


Multiple locations, Puerto Rico

Program Dates:

March 10 - 18, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Round 2: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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:

  • Food Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Nutrition and Dietetics 
  • Public 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 a total of 3 points and take the following course with adviser approval:

FOOD-GE.2254.095 (Class # TBD) - Global Food Cultures: Puerto Rico (3 Points)

Offered through the Program in Food Studies.

Offered through the Department of Media, Culture and Communication.

Draft Syllabus and Draft Schedule - Syllabus


Gustavo Setrini, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies


2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates 

Learn about Scholarship Opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fees: $500

2018 Activity Fees: $300

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 hotel accommodations arranged by Global Affairs. 

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. 

Passport: Passports are not required for US citizens to travel to Puerto Rico from the United States.  All other passport holders should check with their respective travel requirements.

Visa: US citizens do not require a visa for visits to Puerto Rico. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

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

Weather: The annual average temperature in San Juan is to 70° to 80º F, slightly warmer during the day and cooler overnight. Rainy season is from November to April.