BU’s Padua programs take place in a lively town that’s home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The Padua Mediterranean Diet: Food, Culture and Health program will immerse students in the food, agriculture, culture, cuisine, and lifestyle of the Mediterranean region while studying the evidence-based research on the Mediterranean diet and health outcomes. Students will participate in hands-on activities, learn from expert guest lecturers, and take field trips to vineyards, farms, and marketplaces. The course will be taught in English at the BU Padua Academic Center.

  • SAR HS 408 Mediterranean Diet: Food, Culture and Health (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: Must have completed an introductory nutrition course, either HS 201 or HS 251 (or equivalent) prior to participation.
    • The course will immerse students in the food, agriculture, culture, cuisine, and lifestyle of the Mediterranean region while studying the evidence-based research on the Mediterranean diet and health outcomes. This course will provide students with an understanding of the central role that food plays in culture, community, and personal behaviors affecting nutritional well-being and health promotion. The course is enriched by guest speakers, on-site classes and visits in town and in the Veneto region.
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Local Homestay

  • 1 - 2 students per household
  • Students will have a private bedroom with shared bathroom, kitchen, and living spaces
  • Kitchen available for occasional use with permission from host family
  • Partial board included - four dinners with host family per week, breakfasts included. All other meals are paid for by the student, out of pocket.
  • All students apply for a student ID that allows them access to University of Padua, including their cafeterias
  • No dining hall at BU Padua Center
  • Laundry facilities available in host homes
  • Study facilities available at BU Padua Center and libraries around University of Padua
  • Athletic facilities available for an extra charge locally
  • Summer Term: June
  • Summer Term: March 1