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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, bakeries, 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 Professor; Department Chair


To be announced.

Program Dates:

To be announced.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • 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:

  • Food Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Media
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Cultural analysis

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 course number listed below for a total of 4 credits:

  • FOOD-GE 2253, Section 099 (Class #TBA) - Global Food Cultures: Paris  (4 credits)

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.


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


Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBA

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

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: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

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.

Learn about scholarships and funding opportunities.


Housing in shared accommodations will be arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will provide information to participants on pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. Vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

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. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Paris typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

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 France of less than three months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

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

Weather: The weather in Paris in the summer tends to be a bit cooler than New York, usually between 65° and 85° Fahrenheit. Visit AccuWeather to learn more about local weather condition in France.

Pre-Departure 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.

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