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Nutrition and Dietetics Study Abroad 2020

Notice: Due to COVID-19, UNF has canceled all Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 study abroad programs. For more information, see UNF's coronavirus web page or contact the UNF International Center.  

Umbria and Tuscany, Italy 

Summer C, May 12th-May 20th, 2020  

landscape of Umbria with old building and tall italy trees


Students participating in this 16-day program experience an authentic immersion into the social, historical, and cultural factors that impact food, nutrition, and society…while living in a beautiful country villa! You’ll learn about the Italian food system and how the local Mediterranean diet and customs affect societal health. You’ll also learn about the nutritional benefits of the Mediterranean diet and study differences in the food culture which influence health. Class structure includes lectures from prominent experts, language classes, and hands-on cooking classes. Each day offers a new and exciting adventure as we travel to hilltop towns where students visit local markets and the producers of olive oil, wine, fruits and vegetables, bread, sausage, prosciutto, pecorino cheese, gelato, and artisanal legumes.


During the eight evening cooking classes, you’ll learn to prepare dishes from classic Umbrian cuisine, and we always eat the food we cooked for dinner! 


pasta making class view of the Sagrantino di Montefalco


Course Name

DIE4931: Italy Food, Culture and Society (for undergraduate students)

HUN6123: Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition (for graduate students)

HUN7991: Nutrition in Global Health(for doctoral students)


Faculty Leaders 


Students must complete an application for the study abroad and if accepted, they must make all payments in a timely manner. Students will register for the 3-credit class during the regular registration period for summer classes and will pay the usual course fee.


Students are expected to attend the pre-trip mandatory meetings unless other arrangements are made with the class leaders. All required pre-trip paperwork must be completed as well.