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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Program Description:
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The Program
The psychology of eating is all about why, when, and how we eat; our health, our perceptions of ourselves and others, and the role of food in our lives.

Italy is an obvious destination to pursue an understanding of the cultural influences on eating behaviors because Italian culture focuses on food so heavily.  However, the rate of obesity is much lower in Italy than in the U.S.  It is believed that this is due to the different approach to eating adopted by Italians.  In particular, a focus on the enjoyment of food, food as ritual and tradition keep food from being a source of angst to the extent that it is in countries such as the U.S. 

The psychology of eating class will meet for 8 times to cover course curriculum including topics such as:  food choice, healthy eating, social influences on eating, body image, dieting, obesity, and eating disorders.  This curriculum will provide a foundation for exploring the Psychology of Eating in Italy!

Highlights of our trip abroad will include a visit to the Colosseum in Rome, the underground catacombs in Rome, a cooking class, a food tour, a tour of an olive grove or vineyard in Tuscany, walking tours of open food markets in Rome and Florence, a visit to the famous Uffizi museum in Florence, and the Boboli gardens in Florence.

Students will engage in planned and organized activities with the instructor and their classmates each day and on most days will also have free time to get to know Italy on their own.

Our time in Italy will teach us about the Psychology of Eating, but will be a fabulous international adventure in and of itself.  We will spend time enjoying and learning about food, but we also will visit important cultural sights such as the Roman Colosseum. 

Program Location(s)
Rome and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Faculty Leader: Charlotte Markey (, Psychology
Course Number: 50:830:434 (psychology) and 50:499:458 (health sciences)
Course Meeting Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 2pm

Program Travel Dates
May 22-May 30, 2022

Financial Information
Program Cost: Approximately $3,500 (subject to change)

Program Cost Includes
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • On Call Travel Health Insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
  • Course Tuition
  • Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
  • Visa Fee (if applicable)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Office of International Students and Global Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Office of International Students and Global Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.