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Spain: Global Food Cultures: Food Heritage in Spain

Graduate Study Abroad

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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:

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:

  • 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.

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 and choose one of the following two courses for a total of 3 credits:

  • FOOD-GE 2251, Section 099 (Class #TBC) - 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 advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

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) - TBC
  • Steinhardt Graduate Registration and Services Fees - TBC
  • Housing & Activity Fee - TBC
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBC

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

Out-of-Pocket Costs

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: KayakGoogle 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 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.

Housing Accommodations

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 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.


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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