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A Guide to Studying Food Science Abroad

Every person's individual food standards are developed based on their home country's beliefs and practices, studying food science abroad will change your beliefs and understanding of the field immensely. Food sciencce courses abroad will expose you to a completely new set of cultural beliefs and customs, when it comes to eating and health, which will take your education to the next level and prepare you for a well-rounded career in the field.

Why Study Food Science Abroad

The great thing about studying food science abroad is that you will have direct access to a foreign cuisine. Different countries have different standards for what is acceptable to eat and each has their own idea of what basic nutrition is necessary to keep a person healthy. Experiencing these unique dishes and ways of preparing food or approaching the culinary arts will help students develop a more well-rounded perspective of food science as a whole. You will no longer be confined to the nutritional standards and food ideas of your own culture!


As a nation fixed on family values, the legacy of certain dishes and recipes allows the health and diet of past generations in Italy to be inherited as well. With a framework for what has worked in the past, Italian food is often simple yet healthy and delicious. Health and food in Italy is more centered on the quality of the ingredients, rather than the intricacy and variety of flavors. By studying food science in Italy, you will learn to truly appreciate every aspect and ingredient of a meal, allowing you to become more knowledgeable and health conscientious. Florence University of the Arts is a popular institution to study food science in Italy, and offers a variety of courses on food and wine specifically.

As a leading model for modern health, and home to many top research-driven colleges and universities, England is an excellent location to study food science abroad. Food in England is very carefully labelled when it comes to the amount of energy and ingredients contained in any given food item, and the public is relatively informed as to how to decipher and follow the food labelling systems. The labeling of food products and the general knowledge and translation of food labels starts with strong national food science, nutrition, and health departments. With a strong, functioning healthcare system, not only is every English citizen guaranteed health care, but jobs in health and food science are readily available in England. Studying food science in England is an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door in the health and nutrition industry of the UK.

With a very health conscious population, research within food science and nutrition is very important in New Zealand. By studying food science in New Zealand, you will be engulfed in a culture that finds an ideal balance between play and nutrition. Most of the food you will eat in New Zealand is local, because of the small population and land mass area. This gives students the opportunity to witness first hand where their food comes from, and experience the many benefits of eating locally.

Courses & Programs

Studying food science abroad will provide students with the chance to explore a range of subjects related to the field, such as those in chemistry, microbiology, and food processing. Students will also have the chance to complete degree requirements that are necessary to earn a food science degree almost anywhere in the world.

Many food science courses abroad offer relevant coursework outside of the classroom too, such as trips to food factories, labs, and farms to provide further insight into the food manufacturing and distribution process of the host country. You can then apply what you learn inside the classroom to your experience with the local food, dining, and lifestyle of your study abroad destination. Many programs will also provide students with the opportunity to conduct volunteer work or internships to help expand learning and professional experience while studying abroad.

In addition to having the chance to study the modern health practices of different countries, some food science study abroad programs and courses will provide the opportunity to study the contemporary medicinal practices of indigenous communities through nature. This gives students the opportunity to learn about the natural healing remedies of the nation while also exploring the less inhabited areas. The opportunity to compare the nutritional practices of your own culture to another is a valuable opportunity that is uniquely available through food science study abroad.

Students can study food science abroad during almost any semester, depending on the country they select. Some food science study abroad programs will require students to have a minimum number of courses or credits completed before applying, however, most only require that you are enrolled as a full-time student.


Studying food science abroad will broaden your perspective on the subject, which will open up a wide range of possibilities. By learning your field of expertise in a different environment you will challenge yourself to see the subject in a different light. Whether that perspective is drastically different from your own or barely differs, you will have developed a unique quality to your education. With this acquired perspective, you can ultimately shape the way you see health and nutrition in your home country.

By studying food science abroad, you will stand out to employers as having a worldly perspective on food and nutrition. You will be able to prove that there is not just one way to live a healthy and nutritious life, and that the integration of different practices is what ultimately progresses modern food science.

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