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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 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Nutrition in Florence, Italy 
Florence Banner Palazzi
May 17 - June 5, 2020
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.
Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(Subject to Change)
  • $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) 
  • 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
*Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.
UofM Faculty Leader: Professor Mary Catherine Schallert will accompany the group and be onsite during the program dates. However, students will be enrolled in classes taught by Palazzi professors. You may contact Dr. Schallert at

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.

Program Calendar (2020):
Sunday May 17 - Students arrive to Florence airport
Monday May 18 - Orientation/Final Registration
Tuesday May 19 - Classes start
Thursday June 4 - Classes end
Friday June 5 - Housing check-out (by 10AM)

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.
Course Title Schedule    Course Descriptions
Food, Culture & Society in Italy - FWFCFC340 Mon - Thu
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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 & Culture Experience -FWFCFF347 Mon - Fri
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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, & Wellness in Italy FWFCHW345 Mon - Thu
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Includes a mandatory field learning. 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 & Fitness in the Mediterranean FWDNHN150 Mon - Thu
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Includes mandatory field learning. 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.
The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table
Mon - Fri
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Considering the renewed global interest in local sourcing the study of sustainable food systems is an essential component in the education of an ethically-minded food industry learner. The course takes its cue from the Italian example based on regionalism and the table as an expression of local territories, and how these factors have influenced the national food industry. It analyzes the industry and the production of food (fish, meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and grains) and focuses on packaging, traceability (labels), and distribution while exploring the social aspect of the food supply chain. Sustainability principles will be analyzed, as well as case studies in Italian food and beverage service and retailing. A strong focus is placed on seasonality, food policies, and food education. The course objective is to provide students with a solid conceptual framework in order to analyze the Italian food industry and the food production system from a sustainable perspective. Through the understanding of the broader concept of sustainability, students will be able to explore the social, economic, and environmental implications of food production and consumption and to identify the global threats in terms of public health. Students will develop critical skills by analyzing sustainability as active citizens, consumers, and entrepreneurs. The analysis and rethinking of economic, social, and agricultural alternatives in the current food production system will also be developed. Lectures will be complemented by visits, food tours, tastings, and cooking labs.
Accommodations: Students are housed in apartments throughout the historic center of Florence, within a 15-20 minute walk to Palazzi and FUA facilities. The standard layout of the apartments consists of multiple bedrooms, multiple bathrooms (variable), kitchen, living/dining room space. The bedrooms range from single bedrooms for one occupant (limited availability) to triple bedrooms, with the occasional quad space. Shared bedrooms can host 2 to 4 occupants. Single bedrooms and studio apartments are available upon request, however have limited availability. Single bedrooms and studio apartments are available by request for an extra fee ($1,120 for the 16 week semester). It is recommended that students request a single bedroom. Please note that the apartments do not include air conditioning. It is the case in Europe that most apartments do not feature air conditioning due to the mild climate.  

Student Life: Palazzi offers an array of experiences that will suit the diverse needs and interests of our student body. SLD offers a series of activities during orientation in order to make the transition to life in Florence as easy as possible, such as the Bare necessities shopping tours and Living in Florence seminars. The Bare Necessities tours help you learn about your neighborhood and how to shop for your basic needs in Florence, as well as discover malls, supermarkets, and other stores near the city center and make Florence your new home. The Living in Florence Seminars help you learn all about your new home and covers topics such as ways to explore the city, leisure-time activities and how to adapt to life in your host country.
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