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A Taste of Italy: Food, Culture, and Health

Dates: 26 June–17 July 2023 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 1 February 2023

Taste Italy’s delicious cuisine. Participate in cooking classes. Experience Italy’s vibrant culture. Discover the diversity of Italy’s foods as you cook authentic Italian meals from scratch using fresh ingredients from original family recipes. Reflect on how the “Mediterranean diet” sustains Italians and how you can incorporate it into your lifetime eating habits and personal wellness plan. We will sit together like a large Italian family and as you enjoy delicious meals, you will learn and practice the art of conviviality. Experience home-cooked meals prepared by locals. Buon Appetito!

During the program, we will frequently be on the go and be physically active, but while doing so, we will take enough time to stop and smell the basil. Enjoy walking through beautiful landscapes including Sentiero degli Dei (“Walk of the Gods”) along the magnificent Amalfi coast. Learn a little Italian language in order to enhance your overall travel and culinary experience. Take courses focusing on the Mediterranean diet or mind/body health, or take a readings course focusing on learning skills in the areas of culinary and lifestyle medicine.

This program is perfect for students preparing for careers in medicine, nursing, allied health, nutrition, psychology, and public health. Those interested in doing health or wellness coaching, health promotion, lifestyle medicine, health teaching, patient education, or health/nutrition counseling in their future will develop skills that will enhance their professional skillset. Students must be prepared/able to walk/hike 4–10 miles a day, navigate and ride public transportation, and pack light as we will be on the go during the entire program.

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Contact Us

Randy Page
2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131
randy_page@byu.edu

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
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Courses

Students in the program during summer term are required to take a minimum of 6 credits from this list of courses: HLTH 403, HLTH 383, HLTH 492, HLTH 491R or IAS 380.

Students may be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380 Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Cost

$5,900–6,400

Includes undergraduate tuition for six credits, international health insurance coverage, housing, program-related transportation throughout the duration of the program, some meals, and program-related cultural, learning and recreational activities (e.g., cooking classes).

Does not include international airfare, preparation course tuition, passport, visa(s), personal expenses, extra meals and snacks, cell phones/international data, or personal excursions. Students will be responsible for paying for and getting themselves from the airport where they land to the first night’s accommodation on their own. Transportation will be provided for getting to the airport at the completion of the program.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/scholarships).
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Preparation

Students from many majors are encouraged to apply, particularly those with interests in healthy eating and wellness.

Accepted students are required to participate in an international preparation course (IAS 369R, 1 credit hour). This second-block evening course will be held during winter semester.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program; they will need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Housing

Housing will include hotels, hostels, and possibly some nights in a homestay.
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Travel

Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
travel@byu.edu
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Priority Deadline: 1 December 2022
Application Deadline: 1 February 2023

Applications will remain open until program is filled. If spots remain open, the final deadline is anticipated to be 1 February 2023.
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Faculty

Randy M Page, Director of the Global Health Internship Program and Professor of Public Health, is the faculty director for the program.

2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131
randy_page@byu.edu

Tana Page, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Public Health, will be the assistant director.

2148 LSB
(801) 422-3386
tana_page@byu.edu
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
isp@byu.edu
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.