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Italy: Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

This multidisciplinary course will explore the complexity of a wide range of issues related to food, nutrition, culture, health, and agriculture in Italy. The course draws from the knowledge of academic and professional experts, food producers and locals to investigate these interrelationships through field trips, site visits, interviews, and lectures.

Lisa Sasson

Associate Dean for Global Affairs; Clinical Professor, Nutrition; Director, Dietetic Internship


Florence and Rome, Italy

Program Dates:

June 15 - July 2, 2020

Application Deadlines
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Regular Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020*
    *Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.
Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduates
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
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 Summer 2020 course number listed below:

  • NUTR-GE.2208.098 (Class # TBD) International Study in Food and Nutrition (4 credits)

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.

A draft course syllabus and itinerary for this program are available upon request to


Lisa Sasson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Director, Dietetic Internship

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (4 credits) - $7,180     
  • Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $722
  • Housing Fee - $1,200
  • Activity Fee - $1,000
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $10,102

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation and airfare to/from 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 engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs using available online resources. Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2020.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities.



Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

The cost of your accommodation is 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 from New York to Florence typically depart 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: No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting.  All other passport holders should check 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.

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