The Mediterranean Diet and Food Science Program comprises classes and lab sessions that are offered continuously across both cities. Students spend five weeks in Florence and five weeks in Madrid. All courses are taught in English at the upper-division level.
All students take four courses on this program:
- Food Properties
cross-listed as Biochemistry and Health Science, 5.0 UC quarter units
Designed to give students an understanding of the chemical aspects of food composition, the course emphasizes the functional properties and chemical reactions of the major components of foods: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and water.
- Food Properties Lab
listed as Biochemistry, 2.0 UC quarter units
Demonstrates and amplifies the Food Properties course, providing laboratory experience and applications in food systems.
- Mediterranean Diet
listed as Health Science, 4.5 UC quarter units
Provides students with a hands-on understanding of one of the world's most well-known diets, including its history, nutritional profile and health benefits.
- Food Sensory Analysis
cross-listed as Health Science and European Studies, 4.5 UC quarter units
Offers an investigation of local food cultures and food production with particular attention to olive oil and wine production in both Spain and Italy, supplemented by investigations of other typical foods such as cheese and ham.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 16 quarter/10.7 semester UC units are required; four courses.
Opportunities for internships and independent research for academic credit are not available on this program.
UC Centers in Florence and Madrid
This program is specially designed for UC students and taught by faculty from local universities at each location. The UCEAP Study Centers in Florence and Madrid oversee the academic aspects of this program. ACCENT, the International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad, arranges classroom space at each program location and coordinates all logistical services of the Mediterranean Diet and Food Science program.
The UC Center in Florence is located on the second floor of Palazzo Guadagni, situated in the Piazza Santo Spritio of the Oltramo neighborhood. The neighborhood, just five minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, is very much at the heart of Florence.
The UC Center in Madrid shares space with ACCENT International in the friendly and centrally located neighborhood of Chamberrí. The Center features modern classrooms and a computer lab with both broadband and wireless internet access.