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. Participants will also investigate Italy's agriculture, cuisine, and health system through site visits both within Florence and in nearby towns and other regions in Italy.
We will learn from expert guest speakers, food writers, journalists, cookbook authors, chefs, farmers, olive oil experts, sommeliers, food historians, and other leaders in food, nutrition, and health. Participants will also visit 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.
May 27 - June 10, 2024
- Priority Deadline: February 7, 2024
- Regular Deadline: March 7, 2024 (admissions continue thereafter on a space-available basis)
Find the application link and instructions on the "How to Apply" page.
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:
- 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.
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 2208, Section 099 (Class #TBC) International Studies in Foods and Nutrition (3 credits)
This course is 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
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 - $700
- Housing & Activity Fee - $1,700
- GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included
Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,703
Tuition, Registration, and Housing & Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the current term.
Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. 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: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.
In addition to airfare, 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 Numbeo, Expatistan, 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.
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
Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Florence 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 Italy of less than 90 days in duration.
All other passport holders should check their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weather: In June, temperatures in Florence typically range from 78°F to 85°F. There is very little chance of rain. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Italy.