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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Camden Spring 2018 01/16/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/19/2018 05/27/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Description:

France Learning Abroad
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.

Belgium and France are obvious destinations to pursue an understanding of the cultural influences on eating behaviors because both cultures focus on food so heavily.  However, the rates of obesity are much lower abroad than in the U.S.  It is believed that this is due to the different approach to eating adopted by most European countries.  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 most Tuesday afternoons 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 Abroad!  Further, class time will be used to prepare for the logistics involved with our travels!

Highlights of our trip abroad will include a visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Louve in Paris, a cooking class, a food tour, a tour of chocolate factory in Belgium, a tour of Monet’s home (Giverney), walking tours of open food markets, and the Luxemburg Garden in Paris. 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 France and Belgium on their own. Our time abroad will teach us about the Psychology of Eating, but will be a fabulous international adventure in and of itself. 

Program Location(s)
Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium

Faculty Director: Dr. Charlotte Markey, Psychology and Health Sciences
Course Number: 50:830:434
Course Meeting Dates and Times: Thursdays from 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Program Dates
May 19-27, 2018

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD (Approximately $3,200)

Program Cost Includes
Some meals
Travel Health Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (if applicable)
Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Office of International Students & Global Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Office of International Students & 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.