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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Human Sciences Department: Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management
Click here for a definition of this term AU Program Director(s): Michael W. Greene, Click here for a definition of this term Restricted to the Following Student Level(s): G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Restricted to the Following Majors: Nutrition & Food Science Majors Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.8, 3.0 (Graduates)
Applicant Requirement: Only AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Mediterranean Diet Tour


Students will learn about the health benefits associated with consumption of the Mediterranean Diet and be provided an opportunity to participate in a field based learning experience on the Mediterranean Diet in Italy. The course is a collaborative effort between Auburn University and the Gustolab Institute in Rome, Italy.


  • Students must be in good standing at Auburn University
  • Students must have taken BIOL 1030 or equivalent class
  • 2.8 minimum GPA for undergraduate students
  • 3.0 minimum GPA for graduate students


Summer 2020:

  • 08 February 2020: Program Application and Scholarship Deadline
  • 01 March 2020: First Payment Due
  • 05 April 2020: Final Payment DueDiet1
  • 18 May 2020: Depart for Italy
  • 09 June 2020: Depart for USA 


The courses that are offered as part of this program are NTRI 5380 (4 credits)


The cost of this program is estimated at $6300. This cost does not include airfare or the Auburn Abroad Fee ($691). Please see the following link for more detailed information: Mediterranean Diet Tour.Budget.2018.pdf


Housing and arrangements will be made by the Gustolab Institute. Students will be staying in shared apartments in the Prati neighborhood of Rome. The Prati neighborhood is next to the Vatican and is a 15-20 min walk to the Gustolab classrooms. Rome is a walking city, so students should expect to walk everyday while in Rome.


Excursions in and around Rome, Italy (approx. 14 days)

  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Wine tour
  • Olive oil production tour
  • Cheese production
  • Food Markets shopping
  • Food visits: bakery, milk production, Kilometro 0 restaurants and food shops, gelato, Ancient Rome food tour, Wine in Rome ( enoteca regionale Lazio), food traditions, teaching with food, healthy lifestyle and cooking
  • Historical site visits (Roman Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill; Domus Romane Digital; Galleria Borghese; and Vatican Museum)

Excursions in Sicily (approx. 7 days)

  • Diet2Mediterranean diet museum and Ancel Keys library visit
  • Nuts farm tour
  • Buffalo Mozzarella Farm
  • Regional Experimental Farm in Campania
  • Campania focus cooking class
  • Lunch - seafood lunch
  • Lunch - med diet traditional recipes menu
  • pizza dinner
  • original cilento menu dinner
  • minerva garden in Salerno visit
  • Meeting with the fisherman
  • beach or water park visit


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements.


This program is currently not accepting applications.