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Spain: Global Food Cultures: Food Heritage in Spain

Graduate Study Abroad

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

From tapas to the modernist cuisine of the Rocas brothers, Spain now looms large on the global culinary culture. Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has single-handedly changed the way we think and experience food, and has put Spain on the map not only for food lovers but also for food professionals and chefs. After the end of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s, Spain has become a place for innovation and experimentation. At the same time, it boasts an amazing landscape in terms of traditional and artisanal food and wine production that is extremely successful for some products like jamón ibérico and Rioja wines, renowned all over the world, while other products struggle to acquire visibility.

Global Food Cultures: Madrid will explore how food traditions and heritage are being identified, supported, and promoted at the national and global levels, while examining their role and functions in Spaniards’ everyday life. Through visits to markets, bakeries, wholesale and retail outlets, tapas and wine bars, restaurants, and menu del día eateries we will examine how tradition and heritage are being brought into the twenty-first century in public spaces that are also symbolic for local and national identities. We will also meet food professionals and experts, food designers, and scholars that will help us better understand the dynamics of this unique country.


Madrid, Spain

Program Dates:

June 4 - 17, 2023

Application Deadline:

  • Priority Deadline: February 9, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: March 9, 2023*

*Rolling admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

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:

  • 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 a total of 3 credits and take the following course:

  • FOOD-GE 2251, Section 099 (Class #4539) - Global Food Cultures: Madrid (3 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.


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.


Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,447

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2023 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 graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students purchase their own international travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in Spain typically depart New York a day in advance.

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: U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain.

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

Helpful links: U.S. State Department, Center for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Madrid), NYU Madrid.

Weather: In the summer, temperatures in Madrid typically range from 66°F to 89°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Spain.

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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