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Palazzi Nutrition in Florence - Summer II
Florence, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/01/2015 04/01/2015 TBA TBA
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 04/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
 Field of Study:
Exercise & Sport Science, Food & Culture, Food Sustainability, Nutrition
 Class Eligibility:
 GPA Requirement:
 Housing Type:
Shared apartment
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 Number of Credits Offered:
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Program Description:

Nutrition in Florence, Italy - Summer II (3-Week)


June 8-28, 2014

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 Dates: Students have the option of choosing either the Summer II or Summer VI session. Note that this application is for the Summer II session. If you are interested in applying for the Summer VI session, find the program named Palazzi Nutrition in Florence - Session VI.

Summer II : (Arrive in Florence) June 8-28, 2014

Summer VI: (Arrive in Rome) June 1-28, 2014

Program Cost: 

Summer II - 2014: $2,850* for 3 credits ($1,000 extra for each additional 3 credit class)

Summer VI - 2014: $3,950* for 3 credits to include one week cultural Introduction to Italy ($1,000 extra for each additional 3 credit class)

The cost includes the following:
  • $350 application fee
  • Tuition for 3 credit hours
  • Student service fee
  • Housing in a shared apartment
  • Meal plan (does not include all meals)
  • Airport greeting on arrival (may not include cost of metro ticket or taxi)
  • On-site advisor
  • Access campus amenities such as gym, library access, campus wifi (wifi not guarenteed in housing) 
This cost does not include the following:
  • Housing security deposit ($300)
  • Book/lab fees & additional course costs
  • Personal expenses
  • International medical insurance
  • International travel. 

Summer II
Sunday, June 8 - Students arrive in Florence
Monday, June 9 - Orienation/Final Registration
Tuesday, June 10 - Classes start
Friday, June 27 - Classes end
Saturday, June 28 - Housing check out (by 10AM)


Course Options: Students chose 1-2 courses. Please note that one course is included in the program cost. Another course may be added for an additional $1,000 fee.

Food, culture and Society in Italy - FW FC FC 340 - 3 Credits - M-F 9am-11:30am
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.

Nutrition in the Sports Industry - FW DN NS 350 - 3 Credits - M-F 12pm-2:30pm
In this course is a study of the importance of nutrition in sports and exercise in order to maximize athletic potential and performance. Covered topics include food nutrients, role of water, and bioenergetics in exercise and training, heat and fluid regulation during physical activity, weight, and eating behaviors. Encourages students to form educated and strategic regimens (exercise and dietary plans) from a scientific point of view grounded on both the molecular and holistic for serious/professional athletes and physically active individuals. 

The Mediterranean Diet: A Guide to Healthy Living - FWFCMD325 - 3 Credits - M-Thurs 12pm-2:30 & Sat 8am- 8pm
The course includes lectures on typical Italian products that make the Mediterranean diet the symbol of healthy living: olive oil, pasta, rice, polenta, etc. The food pyramid will be analyzed and compared with the everyday home food in Italy. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and/or tastings. Hands-on preparation of the most typical dishes of the Mediterranean diet.

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

For more information about this program, please email to contact the study abroad office or go here and click "Schedule Advising Appointment" to set up a meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor.

*Program cost is subject to change.