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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Nutrition in Florence, Italy 


June 24 - July 13, 2018
*Dates Subject to Change

Program Description: Students will travel to Palazzi-Florence University of Arts to complete coursework focusing on food and culture in Italian society. During this program students will reside in one of Europe's most breathtaking cities renown for the Renaissance movement. Just two hours by train from Rome and 3 hours from Milan, Florence is located in the heart of the Tuscan region that is home also to the Italian gems of Siena, Livorno, Lucca and Pisa; an hour train ride provides access to the Tuscan coastline off of the Mediterranean Sea. Palazzi facilities are all located in the historic city center which can be entirely explored on foot and is pulsing with local food markets, museums, the headquarters of famous Italian brands many of which are Florentine, Tuscan dining and the myriad of other cultural activities that the city has to offer.

U of M Faculty Leader: Professor Schallert will accompany the group and be onsite during the program dates. However, students will be enrolled in classes taught by Palazzi professors.

Deadline to Apply: Please note that it is recommended to submit a completed application by Feb. 1 to assist you in receiving your first choice class. Applications will be accepted through March 1.

Passports: All students must submit the complete application for their passport no later than March 10.

Program Calendar
June 24 - Students Arrive into FLR (Florence) airport
June 25 - Arrival Orientation
June 26 - Classes Start
July 12 - Classes End
July 13 - Housing Check-out: Students must be out of the housing by 10 am

Program Cost: $3,000
     *Students may opt to take a 2nd course for a total of 6 credits for an additional cost of $1,110 + course fees. Course fees are 100 Euros to be paid upon arrival.

The cost includes the following:
  • $350 application fee
  • Tuition & Course fees for 1 course from the options below
  • Arrival Orientation
  • Student service fee
  • Housing in a shared apartment (Single room supplement cost of $210 - depends on availability and not guaranteed)
  • Airport greeting on arrival (does not include cost of metro ticket or taxi fare from airport to check-in point)
  • On-site advisor
  • Access campus amenities such as gym, library access, campus wifi (wifi not guaranteed in housing) 
This cost does not include the following:
  • Refundable housing security deposit (250 Euros - approx. $300, paid upon arrival)
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses including your meals
  • International medical insurance
  • Airfare
  • Optional Airport Pick Up: 60 Euros cash paid on arrival - students must sign up for this in their Palazzi FUA online portal (see application)
  • transportation to and from the airport

Course Options: Students can select from the course options below. One course is included in the program cost. Students selecting a second course will be charged an additional $1,110 to their program price and will pay any additional course fees upon arrival (Course fees typically are 100 Euros or less).  Students must meet with their academic advisor to determine how the course taken abroad will transfer back to Memphis. *Course options and details subject to change.
Food, Culture and Society in Italy FWFCFC340; Monday - Thursday 9 am - 11:30 am to 2:30 pm with mandatory field learning on June 30 
This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as "made in Italy" culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism, and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and/or tastings.

The Florence Food and Culture Experience FWFCFF347; Monday - Thursday 3 pm to 5:30 pm (This course may not have field learning, but does have cooking labs, tastings, and visits)

The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and cultural scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities; encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence's thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.

Food, Health, and Wellness in Italy FWFCHW345; Monday - Thursday 3 pm to 5:30 pm am with mandatory field learning on July 1 

Recent decades have represented a dramatic change in the way we approach food. Food facts and information that are constantly updated and the ethics of sustainability have deeply influenced the worldwide awareness of food as the primary source of a healthy lifestyle. Italy has always stood out for its genuine cuisine characterized by fresh seasonal ingredients, an abundance of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and a distinct respect for food. This course will provide students with a complete overview of how food can be the basis of wellness, along with the practice of a positive lifestyle. Particular emphasis will be placed on seasonality, whole foods, and freshness, and contemporary innovations and traditional customs will be analyzed for the production of dishes and snacks that are both tasty and healthy. Course topics will also introduce students to the fundamentals of nutrition in order to better understand the aphorism "We are what we eat" and how this motto aligns with the Italian culinary tradition. Students will also complete a survey of the different dietary recommendations that have been researched and developed to examine how the field of dietetics is directly affected by social implications. Through hands-on experiences and on-site activities, students will experience the fundamentals of wellness-oriented cuisine and lifestyles. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.

Health and Fitness in the Mediterranean FWDNHN150; Monday - Thursday 9 am to 11:30 am with mandatory field learning on June 30

Studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, especially when combined with exercise. This course includes lectures on various forms of physical and lifestyle activities and an overview of their respective health benefits. Lectures will also include visits to athletic centers within the local community and the nutritional aspects of the Mediterranean diet, and particularly the Italian culinary tradition. Cooking labs, wine tastings, and physical activity are integral components of the course and will result in the creation of a customized exercise and nutritional program by the student. This course also features a field learning component in relevant Italian locations to supplement and enrich academic topics.

For more information regarding planning your trip please visit the Palazzi Summer Program Wiki Page.

Contact: Prof. Schallert can be reached at  To speak with a study abroad advisor about the application process, program, and scholarship options, attend a walk-in advising appointment. Hours of walk-in advising and additional contact information can be found here.

*Program details subject to change.