Why Should Dietitians “Study Abroad”?

Take your nutrition career to the next level through travel! At Oldways, we often say that by honoring cultural differences in eating, the healthier, happier, and more connected we will be.

Study abroad programs for dietitians, like the week-long culinary tours offered by Oldways, allow dietitians to:

  • Participate in cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes 
  • Speak with and learn from local chefs, farmers, and culinary experts
  • Shop in traditional marketplaces and stores, and visit farms, wineries, and small traditional food producers
  • Learn a cuisine’s historical and cultural context
  • Earn 12+ CPEU credits

When they return home, these dietitans:

  • Have a richer understanding of cultural foods
  • Practice cultural humility
  • Build a stronger rapport with patients of all cultural backgrounds
  • Feel energized and inspired to create diverse menus and diet suggestions 

“By traveling to other countries and immersing myself in their culinary landscapes, I feel better equipped to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds in a way that is respectful of their dietary preferences. Not only can learning about different cultural foods help improve dietitians’ menu and diet suggestions, it can also help dietitians build rapport and trust.”
—Kelly Toups MLA, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition at Oldways

Watch Dietitians Talk About their Study Abroad Experiences

Watch as Oldways President Sara Baer-Sinnott, and dietitians Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RD, and Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, discuss their favorite memories from culinary tours abroad, and how these experiences helped them advance their careers. 

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Find Your Next Study Abroad Trip and Earn CPEU Credit

Immerse yourself in delicious and nutritious global diets! Oldways’ weeklong culinary tours are led with acclaimed chefs and experts, and include cooking demonstrations, tours of farms and marketplaces, and other outside-the-guidebook food experiences. The CPEU hours vary from trip to trip, and most are eligible for more than a dozen hours.

Find your dream study abroad experience below! Registration is open for most of our 2022 tours.

Click on a 2022 Study Abroad Destination to Learn More:

Turkey | Portugal Low Country (USA) | Hudson Valley (USA) Umbria (Italy) | Naples & Amalfi (Italy) 

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Ramirez Cate Monica
Consider non- social media avenues in addition to Instagram. I do not participate in social media.
Hi there, the recording will be available to watch on this page!
JJ Hall
The opportunity to travel and study food in different parts of the world is exciting! I would love to learn more about food plans and cuisines and menu planning
Awesome! Check out for more details.
Patricia Wilkes
I would like to travel to Naples Italy, to learn more about the food. Thank You, Pat Wilkes , MS, RD, LDN
Hi Patricia, we are so excited to hear that! We would love to have you join us in Naples. To download the registration form, click on the words 'Naples and Amalfi' above or email for more assistance.

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