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France: Global Food Cultures

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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 idea 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?

Global Food Cultures: Paris will explore the Performance of French Identity through the lens of food, juxtaposing the 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 ideas of identity and ultimately will discover the limits and possibilities implicit in our own ideals.

Jennifer Berg

Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Graduate Food Studies Program

Paris, France

Program Dates:


Application Deadline



Students register for the following summer course number listed below for a total of 4 points:

  • FOOD-GE 2253 Section 099 (#XXXX) - Global Food Cultures: Paris  (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

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
  • 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.


Jennifer Berg, Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Graduate Food Studies Program


Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBD

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are responsible for their own accommodations 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: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs using available online resources. Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for the summer term..

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities.


Housing will be arranged by the Office of Global Affairs

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students will be notified when to purchase flights. When notified, students will purchase a round-trip ticket to Europe 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.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide Paris

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.