Italy Short Term Study Abroad

Special Topics in Nutrition – Intro to the Mediterranean Diet (HUN 2930)
1 credit

  •  May 20 - May 29, 2023
Estimated Fees
Program Fee:
$ 4,170.00
$ 103.06
Endowed Chair Award:
$ 2,580.00
SAGE Credit:
SAGE Scholarship:
Estimated Cost:

Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE.  All information is subject to change.  Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

Students will have an opportunity to explore the Mediterranean culture by visiting Italy, and its positive impact on food production, nutrition, and agriculture. To understand the numerous health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, students will explore the beautiful Lazo, Tuscany, and Emilio-Romagna regions of Italy, and will stay in the cultural cities of Rome, Florence, and Bologna. Students will visit local food markets and cultural food related sites such as an olive grove, Parmigiana Reggiano cheese factory, balsamic vinegar making factory, FICO Eataly World, and will participate in cooking classes. In addition to learning about food and nutrition, students will also be able to experience many cultural and historical sites and museums.

Course Description

HUN 2930 is a nutrition special topics in nutrition course.  Please see program overview above for course details.

Applications closed!

Early Summer Application & Payment Deadlines

  •  August 2022 – Applications Open
  •  12/09/2022 - Applications Close
  •  12/16/2022 - Application Payment Deadline
  •  02/03/2023 - Passport Deadline & Orientation
  •  02/09/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •  03/17/2023 - Final Payment Deadline

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
Email and Phone
Social Media

Things to Consider Before You Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with Italy’s travel risk outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels. Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  • Although this is a summer course, some of the course work, assignments, and travel preparation will take place during the spring semester. If you have questions about this, please contact the professors for more information.
  • Attendance at face-to-face pre-departure and re-entry class meetings is required.
  • Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, train, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program.  Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions.
  • If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  • Daily breakfast and some dinners will be included in the price. All other meals, snacks, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  • Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with en-suite bathrooms shared.
  • During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  • Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  • Valencia College requires a nightly curfew for students.
  • It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts.  Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites if applicable.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by the time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Prerequisites

  • NONE

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.


Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip Airfare
  •  8 Nights of Accommodations
  •  Daily Continental Breakfast
  •  Daily Group Dinners
  •  All Ground and River Transportation
  •  Historical and Cultural Walking Tours
  •  Full Time Local Guide
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Snacks and Lunches
  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  •  Immunizations
  •  Tips
  •  Spending Money and Extra Activities

Travel Information


Pre-Departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  02/03/2023 - SAGE Orientation
     1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
     West Campus
  •  05/09/2023 - Meeting #1
     10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
     West Campus
  •  05/11/2023 - Meeting #2
    10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    West Campus
  •  05/16/2023 - Meeting #3
    10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    West Campus
  •  05/18/2023 - Meeting #4
    10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    West Campus
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  06/06/2023 - Meeting #1
    10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    West Campus

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.