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Study Abroad in Italy

3 week session: Jul. 14, 2019 – Aug. 2, 2019
6 week session: Jun. 23, 2019 – Aug. 2, 2019

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Explore and Experience Italy: Investigating Food, Wellness, Fitness and Culture

This study abroad course offers several options to explore, experience and investigate food, health, fitness and culture and be immersed in the lush atmosphere of Florence, Italy. Students will also experience the Tuscan region and its rich food culture and daily lifestyle that encourages sustainability, health and fitness. Students will be educated and guided by the accomplished faculty at Apicius International School of Hospitality and facilitated by MU Nutrition and Exercise Physiology faculty.

church in Florence

Students will be housed in apartments in historic Florence, the capital city of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Students will gather weekly to cook and share both a meal and fellowship in these living spaces just like the residents of Italy. If a student wishes to have a private room, they will be billed an additional $450.

view of city from cupola of the duomo

View of the city center as seen from the cupola of the duomo.

Arno river

The Arno River

view of piazza de Michelangelo

Florentine skyline from San Miniato al Monte.

church in Florence

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Students may enroll in one of seven courses that extend either over three weeks or six weeks. These courses cover different topics, experiences and opportunities for service learning. Please refer to this document to navigate your choices.

Missouri Residents: Non-Missouri Residents:
3 credits; 3 week option (PDF) 3 credits; 3 week option (PDF)
4 credit; 6 week option (PDF) 4 credit; 6 week option (PDF)

* Based on fees for the Fall 2018 semester. Summer 2019 fees may vary. Non-Missouri residents pay an additional $569 per credit hour.

For questions, contact:

Laura Franklin, Business Support Specialist II
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
204 Gwynn Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-8550
Fax: (573) 884-4885

The financial aid that is typically available for regular classes at MU should apply to the cost of the program. Additional grants, loans or scholarships may be available to offset the extra costs incurred in this program. Please see the advisor for study abroad financing at the MU Financial Aid Office for more complete information.

Apply Yourself - International Center

Non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a place in the program. The deposit money will be billed to your student account once you submit your online application.

Attend the informational meetings on Nov. 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm in 226 Gwynn Hall and on Jan. 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm (location to be announced).

Pre-departure Meetings, attendance at these meetings are for students who have submitted an application and are attending the study abroad:

  • Feb. 20, 2019, 4-5 pm (location to be announced)
  • Mar. 20, 2019, 4-5 pm (location to be announced) *THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY ATTENDANCE* (if you don’t participate in this meeting, you are not allowed to go on the trip and will be billed accordingly to the bill schedule posted in the program confirmation)
  • Apr. 17, 2019, 4-5 pm (location to be announced)
  • Jun. 12, 2019, 4-5 pm (location to be announced)

Course instructor:

Jennifer Bean, MS, RDN, LD
MU Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
(573) 882-1929