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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Paris, France; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Academic Courses: CEM, CEM w/ LAB, HON, MUS, WEL Minimum GPA: 2.50
Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009 Program Fee: $7500
Program Description:

Belmont in France & Italy



Belmont students in FranceThe Art of Living Well:  Culture, Cooking and Cardio in France and Italy 

“The Art of Living Well: Culture, Cooking, and Cardio in Italy and France” is an interdisciplinary Maymester initiative that brings together opportunities to chemistry (with a lab), music, and wellness. This trip will provide students with multiple opportunities to complete courses within the BELL Core as well as provide options for satisfying ILC and Honors Analytics requirements. Following two on-campus class days, students and faculty will depart Nashville for Italy on Tuesday, May 5. We will arrive in Rome and immediately coach to Sorrento for three days of classes and activities, such as pizza-making, a fishing excursion, and touring the Isle of Capri and an open day to perhaps tour the ancient city of Pompeii. From Sorrento we return to Rome for two days, touring St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, and then see other sites in Rome by way of a Fat Tire Bike Tour. From Rome we travel to Siena for a pasta-making class, and we’ll have an open day to perhaps enjoy Florence. From Siena we travel to La Spezia, where we’ll walk the Cinque Terre and enjoy some time on the beach. We next depart Italy, driving along a coastal route to Grasse, France, where we’ll tour this lovely, historic city, making our own fragrance at the famous Fragonard Parfumer, and have an open day to perhaps enjoy Nice, Cannes, or Monaco. Our final destination is Paris, where we’ll be introduced to this amazing city on an evening Fat Tire Bike Tour and Siene River Cruise. We’ll also experience two cooking classes at La Cuisine, located on the Siene near Notre Dame Cathedral, a museum day, a day trip to Giverny, and an open day to enjoy Versailles, a day in Paris, or perhaps Disney Paris. This program is physically intense with highly scheduled days that include class time, walking/hiking (often upwards of 35,000 steps per day), tours, museum visits, eating, and singing. Two open days in Italy and two open days in France allow students to choose among a variety of added tours, sightseeing, and other activities of their choosing (costs not covered by program fee).

Please review program dates (this program will have classes in Nashville prior to departure). Please make necessary arrangements for your time in Nashville.

  • Fishing off the coast of Sorrento
  • Isle of Capri
  • St Peter’s Basilica, The Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museum
  • City of Rome Fat Tire Bike Tour—the Roman Forum, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps.
  • Hiking the Cinque Terre
  • City of Paris Evening Fat Tire Bike Tour and Seine River Cruise
  • Day in Giverny—Claude Monet’s Home and Garden
  • Four Open Days Independent Tours/Travel
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in France and Italy. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
MUH 2950: The Musical Experience: Singing Our Way Through Italy and France (3 hours credit)
MUH 1950: Introduction to Music History, Style and Culture (3 credit hours) 
MUH 3950: History of Western Music: Ancient to 1700  (3 hours) 
CEM 1950: From Pasta and Pizza to Creme Brulee: Exploring the Chemistry of Food and Cooking in Italy and France (4 hours credits, Lab Science, counts toward BELL Core)
CEM 1950: Exploring the Chemistry of Food and Cooking in Italy and France (4 hours credits, Lab Science, counts toward BELL Core, ILC with WEL) 
HON 2950: Exploring the Chemistry of Food and Cooking in Italy and France (4 hours credit, Analytics: Science Models: Lab Science)
WEL 1950: The Practice of Living Well: Wellness in Italy and France (2 hours credit, equivalent to WEL 1600)
WEL 1950: The Practice of Living Well: Wellness and Cardio in Italy and France (3 credit hours, equivalent to WEL 1700)
WEL 1950: The Practice of Living Well: Wellness and Cardio in Italy and France (3 credit hours, equivalent to WEL 1700; ILC with CEM)
WEL 2950: The Practice of Living Well: Cardio in Italy and France (1 hour credit, equivalent to WEL 2001)
ILC Available (CHEM 1950 and WEL 1950) ILC available ( CHEM 1950 and WEL 1950 or PSY 1950 and WEL 1950)
Photo of FranceONLINE OPTIONS:
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)


1. Program Fee: $7,500: 
 This fee will include travel, housing, museum entrances and guided tours, excursions, and about half of the meals.

Costs not covered by the program fee include: Additional meals, course texts, personal spending.

2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.  

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance 


Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Break Programs: November 15
  • Maymester Programs: February 1
  • Summer Programs: February 15 
How to Apply
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply. 
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in. 
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application. 


Dr. Kimberlee Entsminger • JAAC 4004

Dr. Marnie Vanden Noven • SPORT SCIENCE BUILDING 1A

Dr. Deen Entsminger • WILSON MUSIC BUILDING 207

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