Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet
Location: Florence, Italy
Dates: May 28 - June 13, 2014
The Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health invites you to spend three weeks studying food and nutrition in the beautiful region of Tuscany at NYU’s La Pietra. An historic Florentine residence on a 57 acre estate, La Pietra is located on one of the foothills surrounding Florence, approached by Via Bolognese just one Roman mile from the city gate of San Gallo (today Piazza della Liberta.) It is surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy, created by the Acton family who left the estate to NYU. The La Pietra estate serves as our home base as participants are immersed in a full experience of Italian food, diet, culture, and history. Through classroom instruction, field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on workshops, students explore food and nutrition in Italy from production to consumption—from farm to table—particularly as they compare with that of the United States. We examine food and nutrition on a variety of levels: from the small olive oil producers and winemakers to Italian public health philosophies, nutritional practices, and agriculture under the European Union. Throughout our journey, we take full advantage of the rich Mediterranean cuisine of Italy and examine firsthand the profound role food plays in community, family, ethnicity, nutrition, health, and national identity.
4 Points. Offered through Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
NYU Graduate Students: Students from all NYU schools are encouraged to apply.
NYU Undergraduates: Qualified upper-level undergraduates (seniors with 96+ earned creditsonly) with related course work may be considered and will requireapproval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
Non-NYU Students: Qualified graduate students from other Universities are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the directions for "Non-NYU Students" on the "How To Apply" page.
*Note to All Applicants: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.
NUTR-GE 2208 International Study in Nutrition and Food (4 points)
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion
Course Syllabus: 2013 Draft Syllabus
Lisa Sasson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; Registered Dietician
As part of our experience, we take several field trips. Not only do we learn about agriculture by touring local vineyards, farms, and olive groves, but we also examine the artisanal production of such regional specialties as olive oil, wine, breads, Parma cheeses and hams, and balsamic vinegar. In addition to explorations of culturally rich Florence and the picturesque Tuscan countryside, there is a required trip to Rome.
2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees
2014 Housing Fee: $1,250 (Students are housed in double, triple and quad rooms on the La Pietra estate.)
2014 Activity Fee: $800
Total 2014 Housing and Activity Fee: $2,050
Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates.
Passport: Valid passport required for U.S. citizens. Please note that passport must have at least six months validation beyond the day of the intended entry into the country of travel.
Visa: A student visa is required for this program. Note that the visa process is time-consuming and requires advance planning. The Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs will communicate with participants about visa application procedures.
Participants are strongly advised to fly direct from the U.S. to Italy at the start of the program. Students who make pre-program stops and layovers in other Schengen countries will be required to visit the Police Immigration office for additional immigration procedures. You may find a list of Schengen countries at http://www.europe.org/passports.html . Students who wish to travel to other countries in the region are advised to do so after the program is finished.
For More Information
Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003; (t) 1-212-992-9380; (f) 1-212-995-4923; email@example.com
Academic Content: Lisa Sasson, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 35 West Fourth Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10003-1172; (t) 1-212-998-5585; firstname.lastname@example.org