Summer 2014: Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Florence, Italy

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Department: School of Family & Consumer Sciences - Dietetics

Faculty leader: Carla Honselman

: Dietetics

  Terms/Timeframe: May 18 - June 7, 2014

Language: English

  Credits: 3

Budget: Summer 2014


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
February 7, 2014
  Application Materials:

Customized Program Application

Academic Program

You've heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet - fresh food, simple cooking, healthy living. Why not experience it for yourself, and earn credits for "The Mediterranean Diet: A Guide to Health Living" led by Italian faculty at long term partner, Apicius International School of Hospitality.

Led by Dr. Carla Honselman, students will enjoy lectures both in and out of the classroom, reviewing typical Italian products that make the Mediterranean diet the symbol of healthy living: olive oil, pasta, rice, polenta, and more. 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 and hands-on preparation of typical dishes.

Activities / Itinerary

Tentative Summer 2014 Itinerary:

  • May 17: Depart for Florence
  • May 18: Arrive Florence
  • May 19: Orientation
  • May 20 - June 6: Classes held
  • June 7: Depart for Chicago

Excursions include:
Tuscany & its Vineyards: A day trip to the Tuscan countryside. Tour the wine cellars in Montepulciano and enjoy a wine tasting with lunch.

* Parma & Modena: A Tour of Flavors: A day trip dedicated to three important Italian products: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.

* Hilltop walk to Piazzale Michelangelo

* Tour of San Lorenzo Market

* Walking tour of Florence


Undergraduate option: STA3970 (3 cr) - Study Abroad

Graduate option: STA5970 (3 cr) - Study Abroad

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Shared bedroom in multiple occupancy apartment in Florence. Cost also includes a 15 unit meal plan at Ganzo, the creative leaerning lab of Apicius International School of Hospitality.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Modern medical facilities are available in Florence and there are several excellent hospitals within just a few minutes of the school.  There are a number of American doctors in the area. 

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **