Rome & florence, italy

Food, Health & Lifestyle in Italy



Program Description

Food, Health & Lifestyle in Italy is an immersive, eight-day experience taking students from Rome to Florence to give them first-hand knowledge of Italian food and culture, and how that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Stops will be made at historical sites such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum, while taking food tours in Florence and Rome. To enhance the already enriching experience, two nights will be spent at an Agriturismo in Tuscany to give the students an appreciation for the production, quality, and traditions of Italian foods. Educational activities such as cooking classes and guest lectures will complete the experience.

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 1, 2024 June 3, 2024 June 11, 2024

Program fee payment deadline:
See details below in program cost section. Program fees cannot be deffered. Plan accordingly. 

Information Sheet

Open to Undergraduate and Graduate students. Undergraduate students need a minimum of 30 credit hours completed prior to the program.
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate & Graduate 
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Sponsoring College College of Science


Program Course Offerings:

  • PET 4930: Food, Health & Lifestyle in Italy (3 credits) - required for undergraduate students 
  • PET 5930: Food, Health & Lifestyle in Italy (3 credits) - required for graduate students 

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

  • All students participating on the program must take one of the appropriate course offerings listed above for 3 credits. 
  • Undergraduate students need a minimum of 30 credit hours completed prior to the program to be eligible for the program. Exception may be made on case-by-case basis with program leader approval. 
  • Online course participation will be required before and after the in-country program dates. This will take place during the summer term. More information regarding the online course participation will be provided by the Primary Faculty Leader. 

Program Eligibility & Requirement

  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 overall GPA at the time of application and 30 credit hours earned before program starts. Exception may be made on case-by-case basis with program leader approval. 
  • Graduate students must have a 3.0 overall GPA at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information

Contact a program leader for information on the academic course offerings and program itinerary. The individual(s) listed below will be leading the program.

For information on the study abroad application, contact the Education Abroad Advisor listed below. 

Primary Faculty Leader: Christopher Boerum,  Brendan Richardson, Associate Director, Education Abroad

Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Phone number: 561-297-3227




Travel Documentation

Important notice! Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S.


Italy is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and is one of Western Europe's youngest countries.The capital city, Rome, offers 2,500 years of history from from the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Roman Pantheon, to Vatican City, with the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums. The treasured city of Florence is frequently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world for it's Renaissance art and architecture. 


Program participants will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in 3-star hotels in the city center of Rome and Florence.


Money Matters

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid.
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$2,998 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s). FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply. 

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:       $1,700 due by Thursday, February 15, 2024
2ND PAYMENT:      $1,298 due by Sunday, March 3, 2024

Detailed payment instructions will be provided prior to payment deadlines. 

Note: program fee payments cannot be deferred. Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email prior to each payment deadline. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • International medical insurance
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Ground transportation on arrival day from the Fiumicino International Airport to Rome city center between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on June 3, 2024.
  • Group shuttle transportation on departure day from Florence city center to Amerigo Vespucci Airport. Pick-up location TBD. 
  • Guided visit: Rome’s historical center and Florence city center 
  • Guest lecture: Food, health and longevity in Italy 
  • Cooking class
  • Visits include, a local pasta producer, food market tours, tastings, vinyard visit & wine tasting, pig farm & guest lecture
  • Hike to Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Local transportation to required excursions & activities

Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. All efforts would be made to provide a replacement activity or excursion.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Some personal meals
  • Personal spending money

Health & Safety

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


    1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
    2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
    3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
    4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
    5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
    6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
    7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
    8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
    9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
    10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.