Faculty Leaders: Charlotte Markey, Department of Psychology

Travel Dates: May 19-27, 2018

Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Course Number: 50:830:434

Program Cost: TBD (Approximately $3,200)*

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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. 





International health insurance

Some meals




Visa (if applicable)


Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

Airport Exit Fees (if applicable)

*Program Cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.