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  • Locations: Heidelberg, Germany; Paris, France; Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview

German market

Travel Dates: June 6 - June 19, 2017

Food and Travel Writing in France and Germany is a multi-country program that will introduce students to the popular genres of culinary and travel writing for publication. The courses are designed for students with little or no background in either discipline. This program will sharpen students' written communication skills about culinary and travel experiences.

Students will be based in Heidelberg (Germany), Strasbourg (France), and Paris and from each city venture out daily on culinary and travel experiences. We will visit farms, chocolatiers, cheesemakers, butchers, restaurants, open air food markets plus tour some of the most iconic sites in each area. Bi-lingual tour guides and coordinators will be available throughout the program to help students gain a more in-depth understanding of local cultures.

Through daily lectures and journaling, students will learn to translate experiences into the written word for the benefit of other readers while honing writing skills on specific topics in an immersion setting.

Study Abroad Grants

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Heidelberg cityscape
Heidelberg is a mid-sized city on the Neckar River in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The city is best known for its University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in contemporary Germany. The city also attracts many tourists visiting the centuries old Heidelberg Castle, the Baroque era Old Town, and the Philosopher's Walk nature trail circling the Heiligenberg, or Saints' Mountain, overlooking the city.

Cath├ędrale de Strasbourg

 is a picturesque village located in Alsace, a cultural and historic region in eastern France. As a border town between France and Germany throughout the centuries, Strasbourg has a unique history as well as close historic and cultural ties to both nations. The local cuisine, architecture, and even dialects reflect a distinct blend of both French and German culture. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, Council of Europe, and European Court of Human Rights making it an important center for politics, culture, business, and government within the multi-nation European Union. While in Strasbourg, students will take day trips to local vineyards and the famed Black Forest of Germany.

Eiffel Tower
Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the Seine River in northern France at the heart of the Île-de-France region and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe as well as one of the most well-known cities worldwide. Considered by many to be the center of quintessential French culture, Paris is also a hub of global culture attracting millions of tourists each year. The city has a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions along with world-famous institutions, museums, architecture, and parks. While in Paris, students will visit popular sites like the Eiffel Tower and experience firsthand the different attitudes towards food and cuisine the French have.

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Host Institution

 CEPA Europe Logo
Customized Educational Programs Abroad (CEPA) Europe is a German-based company specializing in organizing logistics for university level study abroad programs. USFSP has contracted with CEPA to provide engaging group activities, excursions, and tour guides as well as logistics for the program.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Chocolatier visit

Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process. Click here for the form.

Available Courses:*

MMC 4936 Special Topics: Food Writing in France and Germany, 3 credits
MMC 4936 Special Topics: Travel Writing in France and Germany, 3 credits


MMC 6936 Special Topics: Food Writing in France and Germany, 3 credits
MMC 6936 Special Topics: Travel Writing in France and Germany, 3 credits

Students will be enrolled for a total of 6 credits.

*All courses include one mandatory class meeting (date and location TBA) outside the travel dates as well as pre and post travel online coursework 

Credit Type: direct USFSP credit.

***In order to receive full credit for the program courses, students must attend any class meetings listed and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.*** 

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Prof. Keeler

Janet Keeler is the recently retired Food and Travel Editor of the Tampa Bay Times, where she continues to be a food columnist. She has traveled in and written about Europe extensively. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP. Summer 2017 will be her third time leading the Food and Travel Writing program.

Janet Keeler
Visiting Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate
Phone: 727-873-4294

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Program Costs

butcher visit

Program Charge: $4,650.00


  • Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USFSP instructor
  • Accommodations with breakfast daily and listed meals (see below)
  • Local, bi-lingual guides arranged exclusively for the group to provide guided tours of each city
  • Accompaniment by CEPA coordinator to all program visits and excursions 
  • All program related in-country transportation
  • Airport transfer from Frankfurt Airport to hotel in Heidelberg at the start of the program on June 6
  • Airport transfer from hotel in Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport at the end of the program on June 19
  • Public transportation passes for Heidelberg and Paris (zones 1-3) 
  • Health insurance for duration of program
  • Group excursions (see below)
  • Tuition--up to 6 credit hours (program courses)

Included Meals:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Special welcome dinner at a traditional German restaurant in Heidelberg
  • Two group dinners in Strasbourg
  • Group dinner in Paris
  • Group lunch in Paris 
  • Farewell group dinner in Paris
Included Activities and Excursions:*
  • Guided walking tour of Heidelberg
  • Admission to Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit to Brauerei zum Klosterhof in Heidelberg, a brewery in a converted 11th Century monastery 
  • Visit to 4-star hotel Traube Tonbach in the Black Forest for a baking class on local speciality “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte,” or Black Forest Cake
  • Guided walking tour of Strasbourg
  • Visit to cheesemaker L'Epicier Grand Cru in Strasbourg to learn about the history and production of Alsatian cheeses
  • Private guided bus tour of the famous "Route du Vin" or Alsatian wine route 
  • Visit to NaturOparC nature park in Hunawihr, France
  • Guided tour and tasting at Nusbaumer brewery in Steige, France
  • Visit to a traditional French “Pâtisserie," or pastry shop
  • Visit to Cave des Hospices in Strasbourg, containing some of the oldest wine barrels in the world, for an Alsatian wine tasting 
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris
  • Cooking class at the famous Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris focusing on preparing a traditional three-course French menu
  • Private guided tour of Rungis Market in Paris, the largest wholesale and fresh produce market in the world spanning 232 acres
  • Meeting with journalists from Parisian culinary magazines “Fou de Patisserie” and “Fou de Cuisine”
  • Visit to Marché aux Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen market, the largest antiques market in the world covering seven hectares
*Subject to change.

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Europe
  • Personal spending expenses
  • Meals other than those listed
  • Passport or visa expenses--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of The European Union for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.

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Living Arrangements*

Leonardo Hotel City Center
Leonardo Hotel City Center
63 Bergheimer Strasse 
Heidelberg, Germany 69115 

Ibis Hotel Strasbourg
Hotel Ibis Strasbourg Centre Petite France
18 Rue du Faubourg National
Strasbourg, France 67000 

Alliance Hotel Paris Place d'I
Timhotel Hotel Paris Place d’Italie
178 Boulevard Vincent Auriol 
Paris, France 75013

*Rooms will be double or triple occupancy. Hotels subject to change.

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Who Can Participate?

USFSP Harborlawn Bull

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the USF system. There are no prerequisites for the program, but students must be in good academic standing with the university.

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How and When to Pay

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Payment Schedule:

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days after committing to the program or application deadline, whichever is first. Confirmation Payment is non-refundable.
#1 $1,037.50 March 6, 2017
#2 $2,075.00 April 6, 2017
#3 $1,037.50 May 6, 2017
Total $4,650.00  

Payment Instructions (only after you have completed you have been accepted to the program and commit in the study abroad system):

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

To make the payment:

(Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

You are liable for $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for up to 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*

Students must email to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

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Getting There

Once the minimum enrollment has been met, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will release the flight schedule the Program Director will travel on (do not purchase your flight prior to this). Students are strongly encouraged to travel outbound on the same flight as the Director or to coordinate their independent flight to arrive at the same time so that they will have airport transfers provided.  Those who do not choose to fly on the group flight must be prepared to make their own way to the program site in case of cancellation or flight delay.  You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to and from Europe.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation


USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter France. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for France. Non-US citizens should also check-in with the USF International Services Office to ensure reentry to the US.

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Safety & Health


Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

Paris: Political violence in Paris and throughout France is relatively uncommon, although there are occasional instances of extremely large demonstrations simultaneously occurring in many French cities. Large demonstrations in Paris are generally managed by a strong police presence, but even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. We recommend that U.S. citizens avoid demonstrations if possible, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. The congestion caused by large demonstrations can cause serious inconveniences for a visitor on a tight schedule. Some sporting events, such as soccer matches, have occasionally degenerated into violence that continued into the streets.

Political unrest has developed in some Francophone countries, primarily in North Africa and West Africa, with historic ties to France. Some French citizens and residents with ties to such countries have protested in front of those countries’ embassies or consulates in France in response to the unrest. Although these protests are infrequent and do not target U.S. citizens, visitors should avoid such demonstrations.

The Government of France maintains a threat rating system, known locally as “Vigipirate,” similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory System. Under this system, the government routinely augments police with armed forces and increases visibility at airports, train and metro stations, and other high-profile locations such as schools, major tourist attractions, and government installations. Over the last few years, there have been arrests of suspected militant extremists allegedly involved in terrorist plots. French authorities have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions for terrorist attacks in Europe. The United States and France routinely share information in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen defenses against potential threats.

Although U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted in terrorist attacks in France in recent history, travelers should remain vigilant. Immediately report unattended packages observed in public places, or any other suspicious activities, to French law enforcement authorities. French authorities are proactive and will respond immediately. If there is a security incident or suspicious package, do not linger in the area to observe.

Public safety and security in France are maintained by three different forces: Municipal Police; National Police; and the military Gendarmerie. These services are professional, competent, and proactive in fighting crime and violence and maintaining overall state security.

Strasbourg: Strasbourg's historic center enjoys a fairly low rate of violent crime. Pickpockets and snatch-and-grab thieves tend to concentrate their efforts in the Petite France historic district popular with visitors.

Germany: German authorities are vigilant in combating terrorism and other threats to security.  Authorities have uncovered and disrupted several extremist plots including some targeting U.S. interests.  The most recent deadly attack occurred in March 2011, when two U.S.  Airmen were killed and two others wounded when a lone Islamic extremist opened fire on them at the Frankfurt International Airport.  Like other countries in the Schengen area, Germany’s open borders with its European neighbors limit its ability to track suspect individuals entering and exiting the country with anonymity.

Large, public demonstrations on a variety of political and economic issues are common in Germany. Such demonstrations usually occur on politically significant holidays, such as German Labor Day on May 1, and during international summits hosted in Germany. In order to stage a demonstration, groups must obtain prior police approval, and police routinely oversee participants. Although the majority of demonstrations are peaceful, occasionally some attract counter-demonstrations which can create the potential for violence. . Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and check local media for updates on the situation and traffic advisories.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution when congregating in areas known as expatriate hangouts such as restaurants, bars, and discos frequented by high numbers of resident U.S. citizens and/or U.S. citizen tourists. In addition, hooligans, most often drunken “skinheads,” have been known to harass or even attack people whom they believe to be foreigners or members of rival groups. On occasion, German police reported assaults which appeared to have been motivated by racial reasons, and U.S. citizens have reported that they were assaulted for racial reasons or because they appeared “foreign.”

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

Please note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 15, 2017. However, applicants must be accepted and committed to the program as well as have paid the $500 Confirmation Payment in order to be considered for scholarships. This takes processing time. Therefore, we strongly advise applicants submit all parts of the scholarship application by February 1, 2017.

Study Abroad Grants

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Special Terms

Cheesemaker Lepicier
(Visit to cheesemaker L'Epicier Grand Cru to learn about the history and production of Alsatian cheeses)  

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payments:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Janet Keeler
Visiting Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate
Phone: 727-873-4294

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This program is currently not accepting applications.