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       Viterbo University: Sports Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet or Interpreting Practicum

Application Deadline



April 1, 2022


PROGRAM DATES:                         May 17 -  June 1, 2022
CREDITS:                                       3 credits 
MINIMUN GPA:                                 2.5
YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY:             Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in 2022


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Study the components of the Mediterranean diet and how this diet is able to reduce the risk of chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer). Students will also study sports nutrition and how it can be applied to the Mediterranean diet. On campus lectures will occur during one night a week during the 2nd half of the spring semester.  




Attendance and participation in NUTR/INTP classes during Spring 2022 semester
Acceptance to Spain 2022 study abroad program. 




Course: NUTR 486/586: Sports Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet (3 credits)
                OR: INTP 481/444: Interpreting Practicum (1 or 3 credits)




Dr. Maria Morgan-Bathke, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Michelle Pinzl, Assistant Professor|Coordinator, Community Interpreting Certificate - English and World Languages
Sean Chipres, Faculty Led Program Coordinator at SAIIE





All students will receive their host family information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Airport pick-up and transfer to the city center are included in the program.  If it is the case that students arrive outside the airport pick-up hours, then host family information will be released via email or phone, and it will be their responsibility to find their home. 

All students will receive their roommate information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Each student will have 1 to 3 roommates. Students can list another student on the program they wish to house with on their accommodation questionnaire. No roommate information is released prior to arrival. Students may be living with other students from other programs.

Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 20 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used. 

The host family will provide breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday.  The remaining meals must be arranged and paid for out-of pocket by the student. Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated by the students. SAIIE does take dietary and other personal restrictions into consideration when assigning students to their host family.

Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE. 

Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family. 


My Spanish family in Sevilla was incredible! They welcomed me (and my roommates) into their home right away, and they always made an effort to talk to me and to get to know me beyond small talk. My host mom made us amazing Spanish cuisine for all 3 meals of the day, and my Spanish speaking and listening skills definitely improved. They told me I am always welcome in their home, and we hope to see each other again, whether it is in Spain or the US. They will always be mi familia and I feel very lucky to have met them!

Lindsey Sharp
Viterbo University, May 2022







The following cultural activities are included in the program. 

María Luisa Park and Plaza España

Most of the grounds that were used for the park were formerly the gardens of the Palace San Telmo. They were donated to the city of Seville in 1893 by the Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, for use as a public park. Starting in 1911, Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier rearranged the gardens into their present shapes. In 1914 the architect Anibal Gonzalez began construction for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, which was held partly within the park. The new buildings of the Plaza de España were used as the office of the fair.

In preparation for the exhibition, the entire southern end of the city was redeveloped into an expanse of gardens and grand boulevards. The centre of it is Parque de María Luisa, a 'Moorish paradisical style' with a half mile of tiled fountains, pavilions, walls, ponds, benches, and exhedras. There are lush plantings of palms, orange trees, Mediterranean pines, and stylized flower beds and with bowers hidden by vines.

The park serves as a botanical garden. Many plant species, native or exotic, are represented, along with educational panels to inform the visitors to the park. Many birds make their home in the park, which is known for its large population of doves (for which a part of the Plaza de América is called the Parque de las Palomas, or Dove Park). There are also many green parrots living in the center of the park and ducks and swans in the fountains and lake.

Barrio de Santa Cruz (Old Jewish Quarter)

Santa Cruz Quarter is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, it will be one of the more memorable experiences of your visit to Seville. It was formerly the Jewish quarter and some of the churches were originally synagogues. Nowadays the narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, where you can wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautiful tiled benches. It is an incredible place full of history and stories, with many old palaces, churches and hidden passageways.

Walking round the small squares lined with orange trees. There are narrow alleys, where the ancient houses lean so far towards each other that they almost seem to touch, and the leafy patios of private mansions through their iron gates.

Alcazar de Sevilla

Originally a Moorish fort, the Alcázar is one of the finest remaining examples of predominantly Mudéjar architecture in the country. This exquisitely designed palace, still an officially designated as royal residence; has in fact been added to continuously over the centuries.

It was at the beginning of the 10th Century that the original building was started, but during the following century the ruling Almohades began to fully develop their royal fortress (on the western side of the current site). Following the reconquest, successive kings augmented the buildings but the predominant figure in this part of the Alcázar’s history was the controversial Pedro I. Who added, amongst other things, the mighty Palacio de Don Pedro. However, the fascinating thing is that, with this profusion of Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles; the Alcázar has such a wonderful feeling of unity and harmony about it.

No reference to the Alcázar would be complete, though, without reference to the delightful gardens. 

Cathedral de Sevilla

The Cathedral of Seville is the third largest in the World just after Saint Peters (Rome) and Saint Paul (London).

The cathedral was completed in just over a century (1402-1506), quite an achievement given its size and Gothic details.

Of the many things you will find inside the Cathedral one of the main attractions is the sarcophagus where Christopher Columbus is buried.

Along with the city's Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

Flamenco Show

Students will enjoy a flamenco show at the "Casa de la Guitarra, located right in the heart of the city in the Jewish quarter (Barrio de Santa Cruz).





As one of the oldest towns in Spain you'll find history around every corner in Ronda. There are traces of Ronda's origins from the Neolithic age, through the era of the Romans, the Arab age and the conquest of the ancient city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485 through to the 19th century when Ronda was best known for the banditry in the surrounding hills and the origins of bullfighting in the Ronda bullring which still stands.

It's a town that you'll need to come back again and again to visit and you'll make new discoveries and friends every time you visit!


Some would argue that the beaches along the 260 kilometres of Cadiz coastline, with their powder white sands and cool blue Atlantic waves, are in fact some of the best to be found in Spain.

The Province of Cádiz is in south Spain. Its capital is Cádiz, an ancient port city on a promontory. It’s home to a gold-domed cathedral and more than 100 watchtowers, like the Torre Tavira. North, Doñana National Park is a major wetland bird habitat.




Granada is situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian Peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.

The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain.

The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicin with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction.

Granada is also well known for the Sierra Nevada Mountains where you can ski. This is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and it is small in comparison to other European resorts.





Viterbo students will work closely with the students of the local school, IES Heliopolis (culinary school), during their stay in Sevilla.

They will work together on a presentation that will be done at the end of their trip to the children of a local high school, CEIP Lora Tamayo.

The Spanish students of IES Heliopolis will decide what to prepare and the students of Viterbo will explain the different nutritional benefits of each plate to the Spanish children.

During their stay Viterbo students will also have the chance to interview Spanish athletes and design them a healthy menu specific to their sport.


Viterbo students working with IES Heliopolis culinary students

  • IES Heliopolis and Viterbo students work together to do presentation to Lora Tamayo students.
  • IES Heliopolis students will decide food that will be prepared for the presentation (easy and quick).
  • Viterbo students will describe the nutritional values of the food


IES Heliopolis culinary students make traditional dishes with Viterbo students

  • Heliopolis students make traditional Spanish meals (gazpacho, tortilla, etc) with the Viterbo students
  • Heliopolis students describe dishes to Viterbo students (spices, flavours, etc).

Interview with Spanish athletes
Presentation to Spanish little kids CEIP Lora Tamayo school

Presentation for CEIP Lora Tamayo school little kids - joint presentation with Lora Tamayo and SAIIE students at Instituto Heliopolis.



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