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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Modena, Italy; Pisa, Italy; San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy; Talamone, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring - Short Term
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Open to Visiting Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Admissions GPA Requirement:: 2.5
Program Description:

NSD 452/652: Mediterranean Food and Culture: an Italian Experience (3 credits)

Italy Horacek market
What You Need to Know
Application, Selection & Payment Procedures


What You Need to Know

Taught in Syracuse during the Spring 2019 semester (Tuesday 5:15-8:00 p.m. or online) and in Italy, May 15-May 28, 2019
This course will provide you with an opportunity to experience one of the most renowned cuisines in the world. What is the Mediterranean diet and why do people eat this way? How many ways can we really define the Mediterranean diet, based upon regional and cultural differences? We will investigate the historic, geographic, and socio-economic underpinnings of the Mediterranean diet. We will critique the health benefits and implications of following a Mediterranean diet. We will discuss the current dietary habits of people surrounding the Mediterranean to determine just how closely the Mediterranean diet is being followed. Once in Italy, we will experience the current Mediterranean diet from farm to table by exploring small artisan producers for cheese, olive oil, wine, and pasta. We explore the significance of local/regional production not only from a food system but also from a legislative and labeling perspective. We will work in the fields, shop for the freshest ingredients and cook authentic Italian meals.
This course is open to any SU student who has interest in the interaction between Mediterranean foods, wine, health and culture. For NSD majors or minors, this course can be taken as an alternative to the required NSD 555: Food, Culture and Environment Class offered on campus.
Class size is limited to 16 students. Any graduate student or advanced undergraduate student is eligible to apply. Students who enroll in this course must participate in both the Syracuse and Italy portion of the program. This is not an introductory course; taking NSD 225, Nutrition in Health, or equivalent course first is suggested. The Tuscany/Florence portion of the class requires a lot of walking and vineyard field work.

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Tentative Itinerary


 Tuesday, May 14th  Travel to Pisa, Italy, on recommended flight or on your own.
 Wednesday, May 15th     Arrive in Pisa and explore. La Ginestra in Tuscany
 Thursday, May 16th  Travel to agriturismo in Maremma Visit La Franci Olive Press visit and tasting 
 Friday, May 17th  Visit to LaSelva organic farm. Lunch at La Dogana slow food restaurant. Visit town of   Pitigliano.
 Saturday, May 18th  Tour and taste Buffalo Mozzarella cheese 
 Bike ride to Maremma Regional Natural park/beach. Travel to La Ginestra.
 Sunday, May 19th  Stay at La Ginestra, Truffle hunting. Making pizza and or bread with Matteo. All meals   provided. 
 Monday, May 20th  Work on farm. All meals provided.
 Tuesday, May 21st  Visit to Cheese and wine tour Work on farm. 
 Wednesday, May 22nd  Tour pasta factory & Modena Balsamic Vinegar. Travel to agriturismo in Modena  
 Thursday, May 23rd  Tours in Parma.
 Friday, May 24th  Tour Bologna Mercato Centrale. Travel to Florence. Walking tour of Florence.
 Saturday, May 25th  Guided tour of Uffizi Museum & La Davina Pizza
 Sunday, May 26th  Tour Mercato Centrale & Gelato tasting
 Monday, May 27th  Cook lunch as group with Jacopo at Villa Rosa. Free time
 Tuesday, May 28th  Students depart for U.S. or independent travel.



Tanya Horacek, Ph.D., R.D. Dr. Horacek is a Professor in the department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition. She teaches upper level/graduate applied dietetics classes (nutrition counseling). Her current research involves the development and validation of a healthy campus environmental audit and randomized treatment control trials using a non-diet approach to weight management. She has a variety of other research projects include eating competence, green eating, participatory program planning, and the effectiveness of lifestyles-oriented nutrition counseling/education. She is passionate about helping students fit a study abroad experience into their program of study. She has broadened her area of study/teaching to include sustainability and a global cultural experience via the Mediterranean Food Culture class. She spent fall 2009 semester living and teaching in Florence and continues to study Italian.


Students register for this 3-credit class during the spring semester. This means that SU undergraduates pay no additional tuition charge for the overseas program, as long as they have not exceeded the 19-credit limit for the semester. Graduate students pay the per-credit tuition charge for this three credit class.

All students will pay a program fee (estimated at approximately $2,420) for the travel portion of the course, which includes housing, some group meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees. It also includes all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once expenses have been confirmed. Please note: The fee does not include airfare. Students should budget between $1100-1300 for roundtrip airfare from the US to Italy. Syracuse Abroad will provide information on a recommended flight after students have been accepted.

*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.

A limited number of $1,000 grants are available to undergraduate students who are eligible for need-based financial aid as determined by the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. These grants are given out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Application, Selection & Payment Procedures

A completed online application and a $70 non-refundable application fee are due to Syracuse Abroad by October 15, 2018. An admissions committee made up of Professor Horacek and an Syracuse Abroad representative will review all applications. Students will be notified of their acceptance shortly after the due date. Upon acceptance, a $575 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation in the program. The full program fee will be posted to accepted students' bursar accounts in December 2018, and billed alongside Spring 2019 semester charges.

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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.