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Cuba: International Issues in Nutrition and Food

Graduate Study Abroad

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Examine the main factors affecting food, nutrition, and health practices in Cuba through hands-on experiences and meetings with local experts. Students will learn about traditional nutrition and health practices, nutrition programs, and the Cuban nutrition and healthcare systems through a combination of lectures, seminars, field trips, fieldwork, and research. Participants will develop an understanding of how Cuban history, culture, and governmental policies impact diet and nutrition, and they will think critically about the delivery of health services and policies in different contexts.


Havana, Cuba

Travel Dates:

January 3-17, 2024


Domingo Pinero, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Clinical Associate Professor, Nutrition; Director, Undergraduate Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Deadline: September 19, 2023 (admissions may continue thereafter on a space-available basis)

Find the application link and instructions on the "How to Apply" page

PLEASE NOTE: Interested applicants must already be in possession of a passport with at least 6 months of validity beyond the program start date and two blank pages. Admitted students will be instructed further by Steinhardt Global Affairs to submit their passport bio-data information and to begin the Cuban visa application process.

Who can participate:

  • NYU graduate students

  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who both:
    • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States

Related areas of study:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Studies
  • Environmental Conservation

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.

How to apply:

The application link and instructions, as well as the deadlines and notification timelines, can be found on the "How to Apply" page

This is a credit-bearing graduate Global course. Students self-register in Albert for the following course for a total of 3 credits:

  • NUTR-GE 2111, Section 095 (Class # 1439) - International Issues in Nutrition and Food: Cuba (3 credits)

This program is offered through the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.

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

Sample Syllabus

Direct Costs Billed by NYU

Participants will be billed for the cost of the graduate course following the standard per-credit rate for NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees. In addition, study abroad courses have a supplemental Housing & Activity Fee that covers the cost of housing abroad, program activities and visits, group transportation in-country, and international health insurance. Students can expect to be billed:

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition (3 credits) - $6,303
  • Steinhardt Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $0 (these standard NYU fees are not charged for January term courses)
  • Housing & Activity Fee - $2,500**
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,803

**PLEASE NOTE: Roundtrip airfare is included in the Housing & Activity Fee for this program. All participants in the program fly together on one group flight. Students are responsible for transportation to/from the designated New York City area airport. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Tuition, Registration, and Housing & Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the January term.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Participants should budget for: daily meals (except for included welcome and farewell meals); transportation to and from the airport; passport and/or visa fees (if applicable); vaccination costs (if applicable); and other personal incidentals.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.


NYU Steinhardt offers several graduate study abroad scholarships and maintains a list of additional external funding opportunities.

Study Abroad Budget Worksheet

Download and use this Study Abroad Budget Worksheet to estimate the cost of your study abroad experience. 

PLEASE NOTE: This spreadsheet lists possible expenses and may not be all-inclusive of program costs. In addition, your costs may fluctuate based on changes in currency exchange rates, airfare, varying personal lifestyles, etc. While this is a good tool for reviewing study abroad expenses, the results should be considered to be an estimate of the total cost of participation.

Housing Accommodations

Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by the Office of Global Affairs. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees. Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students must travel, enter, and leave Cuba with the faculty director. Group travel to Cuba and within the country will be prearranged and covered by housing/activity fees. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program's end date.

Visa: All participants will require visas, arranged by Steinhardt Global Affairs.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide: Cuba

Weather: In January the average high is 79°F and the average low is 61°F. Visit Cuba Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Cuba.

Pre-Departure Resources

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


All applicants should review the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page prior to applying to study abroad.

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