Spend two weeks exploring the culturally and historically rich culinary landscape of Shanghai, a city bridging centuries-old tradition with cutting-edge technology. Through guest lectures and field trips to markets, local urban farms, street food vendors, food manufacturers, religious temples, and traditional Chinese gardens, we will examine how immigration, censorship, nationalism, politics, food safety scares and attraction/repulsion towards the West helped shape contemporary Shanghai food culture.


Shanghai, China

Program Dates:

May 30 - June 14, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Effective May 4, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • 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
  • East 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 summer 2018 course number listed below for a total of 4 points:

FOOD-GE.2257 Section 099 (Class #6238) Global Food Cultures: Shanghai (4 points)

Offered through the 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

Sample syllabus and itinerary forthcoming


Jennifer BergClinical Associate Professor; Director, Graduate Food Studies Program


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

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

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

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fees: $700

2018 Activities Fees: $800

Housing and activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Summer 2018 Bursar 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.

Students 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 StudentUniverse.com for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond to the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:                                                    

Flight: Students are responsible for purchasing their own international 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 the UK of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should checkwith their respective visa requirements.

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