Office of International Programs

Travel-Tourism-New York

Culinary Tourism & Food Heritage: New York Experience

May 12-18, 2014

TAH 299 (3 credits), TAH 407 (capstone requirement; enroll with instructor permission), or GYA 215 (3 credits)

This travel program fulfills the USM Diversity Core requirement!

This one-week course will introduce students to the prehistoric, historic, and modern cultures of New York State using food as the primary medium. Food and tourism form the basis of investigation into the historical, cultural, and political conceptual frameworks of these culture groups, from Native Americans in upstate New York to the historic immigrant communities in New York City. We will look at the "origins of difference" in the culture groups we will meet and how that manifests in modern-day tourism.

By participating in food-related activities throughout the week, students will develop an appreciation for food heritage and the culinary tourism industry in New York State. Activities include museums, living history centers, restaurants, wineries/breweries, and food-related tours. In New York City, the group will visit Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Jewish tenements.

Students will also gain writing and reporting skills including how to analyze topics, write critical reviews, blog, and write for tourism publications.Guest lectures and tours will be conducted by expert instructors and culinary tourism experts such as the editor of Bon Appetit online.


Dr. Tracy Michaud Stutzman of the Tourism and Hospitality department is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since returning to Maine in 2002, Tracy has dedicated her life to bringing culture and the arts into economic and community development, preserving and promoting “sense of place” while developing Maine tourism based on authentic cultural experiences. Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons, M.S., is a travel writer, as well as a culinary tourism and new media consultant.


The application deadline is March 17, 2014. The deadline for the first $100 deposit (applied to the program cost) is February 14, 2014.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • Second $100 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member(s) leading the program)
  • Official copies of all academic transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

* If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated program fee is $1,890. The cost of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee.The program fee includes accommodation, airfare, scheduled in-country travel, site visits, field trips and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan. Three credits of tuition and fees are an additional cost.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, some meals, or other personal expenses. Three credits of undergraduate tuition and fees is $917. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The two $100 deposits will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April 5, 2014

Remaining balance due May 5, 2014

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. In order to receive the benefit of financial aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits during the summer for a summer travel course. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

Include the costs of this course in your FAFSA application. If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.

USM's Office of International Programs offers small scholarships for students enrolled in summer travel courses. Scholarships are competitive and awards are up to $500. The application deadline is March 17, 2014. Students applying for the International Summer Scholarship must apply to a travel course before or at the same time as submitting a scholarship application.