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Israel: Food, Culture and Nutrition

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The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diet patterns in the world. In this course, participants will examine food and nutrition from a cultural, health, historical, political, agricultural, sustainability, and culinary perspective while exploring the city of Tel Aviv. Participants will also investigate Israel's agriculture, cuisine, and health system through site visits in Jerusalem, Galilee, and the deserts of Southern Israel.

We will read and discuss a range of the best food writing on the topic and learn from expert guest speakers, such as renowned archeologists, food writers, journalists, cookbook authors, chefs, farmers, restaurant reviewers, olive oil experts, sommeliers, food historians, and other leaders in food, nutrition, and health. Participants will also visit local farms, markets, wineries, cheese producers, and more.

The goal is to use the host country as a case study for cultural analysis and to provide a window of understanding into our own food and culture.

Lisa Sasson

Associate Dean for Global Affairs and Experiential Learning; Clinical Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies


To be announced.

Program Dates:

To be announced.

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 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:

  • Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography
  • Food Studies
  • International Education
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Tourism and Hospitality

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 for a total of 4 credits:

  • NUTR-GE 2208, Section 098 (Class #TBA) - International Study in Nutrition and Food (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 toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus Forthcoming


Lisa Sasson, Associate Dean for Global Affairs and Experiential Learning and Clinical Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies


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.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing 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:

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 book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Florence typically depart New York typically depart 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 Italy of less than three months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements. To explore visa requirements and application instructions for other nationalities please visit the Consulate General of Italy.

Helpful linksUS State Department,  Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide.

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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