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Washington, D.C.: Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy

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.

There is little dispute that federal policy enabled the development of a food system that produces inexpensive food and created a host of external costs. Concern about our food system gave rise to ‘the food movement,’ which has a goal of ameliorating many of the external costs.  Many of these concerns have been reflected in federal policy, which has evolved to improve the agro-ecosystem through sustainable farming, organic agriculture, and local food systems. From the seat of federal policy, Washington DC, we will undertake a deep study of sustainable and organic agricultural policy, by examining relevant research, advocacy and policymaking. Relying on the expertise of locally based scholars, researchers, and advocates, the course will consist of lectures, panel discussions, other sessions with experts, and site visits to better understand how these three key components interact. This course is influenced by Professor Dimitri and Dr. Effland’s recent publication, From farming to food systems: the evolution of US agricultural production and policy into the 21st century, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 2018.


Washington, D.C. (USA)

Program Dates:

March 13-19, 2022

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: November 1, 2021*

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
Related Areas of Study:
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Studies
  • Global Public Health

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions to apply.


Students are required to self-register for the below course per the NYU Academic Calendar for the Spring 2022 term:

FOOD-GE 2022, Section 095 (Class #21142) - Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy (3 credits)

Sample Syllabus Forthcoming

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.


Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor; Director, Food Studies Ph.D. Program

  • Steinhardt Overseas* Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $5,826
  • Graduate Overseas* Registration and Services Fees - $674
  • Housing Fee - $350
  • Activity Fee - $400

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $7,250

*Tuition and Services Fees for all Global Affairs programs are listed as "Overseas" fees on participants' Bursar bills regardless of the program's location.

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 Spring 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 are responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates. 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 enginesKayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such aNumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.


Housing will be arranged by the Office of Global Affairs

Travel 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.

Travel: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

Documentation: Students must travel with a valid government-issued I.D. (e.g., NYS Driver's License) to board their flight, enter local buildings and facilities, and their school ID to enter local NYU Facilities. Students may opt to travel with their passports as an alternative.

Helpful links: Center for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Washington, DC), NYU Washington (D.C.)

Weather: In Washington D.C., March temperatures tend to be similar to New York, with temperatures usually ranging between the mid 30's and 50's (Fahrenheit). 

Student 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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