In July, Hannah Nelson, a sophomore dietetics major from Vermillion, will travel with 13 fellow nutrition, dietetics and hotel and foodservice management students for a month's stay in the Alps.
The trip will be led by associate professors Dr. Lee Frantz and Dr. Kendra Kattelmann.
Frantz previewed the trip last summer with Kattelmann, and he made the trip in 1999 while a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska. He hopes the trip will be made every other year at SDSU.
The trip is coordinated with Schiller International University, which has been providing American universities with academic credit programs in Europe for 40 years. What makes the experience particularly attractive for Frantz is that students will prepare some of the meals for guests at the hotel where they will stay.
"The experiences the students bring back will really help them in theory and application classes," said Frantz, a foodservice and restaurant management teacher.
Students will gain an understanding of the European style of service, the roles of nutrition in European services, and the means of food production there. For example, some cheese factories are ma, pa, and a son with the cows tied out back, and wine may be aged in large wooden barrels rather than stainless steel vats, Frantz said.
Most of the July trip will be spent in the heart of the Swiss Alps, but there also will be journeys to Geneva, Baden-Baden, Germany and Strasburg, France.