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HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

GLi is the legalized center for Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges in Rome. HWS programs in Rome are typically faculty-led and are co-designed with GLi to create tailored programs every semester. Italian language courses are provided through GLi’s partner school, Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci.

Students live in shared apartments in the middle of the city experiencing daily Roman life like the majority of Italian university students, a very useful approach, which allows them to pass from the status of foreign tourist/student to the more conscious and knowledge “resident” in Rome.

FALL PROGRAM IN ROME

The fall term program is designed, promoted and managed by GLi and HWS. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.

DURATION: Full Immersion Program
WHEN: September 7 – December 16, 2017 (2018 dates TBA)
WHERE: Rome, Italy

COURSES OFFERED:
Faculty-led course(s)
Food related course offered by GLi
Design related course offered by GLi
Detailed course descriptions

CREDITS
Credits determined by HWS.

ELIGIBILITY
The program is open only to students from HWS.

COST
Costs are available by contacting the HWS Center for Global Education office.

PROGRAM SUPERVISORS AND STAFF
Dr. Pier Alberto Merli (GLi CEO) – Resident director in Rome
Dr. Sonia Massari (GLi Director) – Academic Director and Coordinator of the Food-related courses in Rome
Professor Jeff Anderson – HWS faculty leading the program in the current semester. Past faculty include Professor Walter Bowyer, Professor Jack Harris, Professors Ted Aub, Professor Gabriella D’Angelo, Professor Cheryl Forbes, Professors Patricia and Stan Matthews, Professors Kristen Welsh, Professor Liliana Leopaldi, Professor Kirin Makker, Professor Jeffrey Blankenship, Professor Christine Chin, Professor Michael Tinkler, Professor Nick Ruth.

HOW TO APPLY
HWS students should apply directly through the HWS Global Education Office

What alumni of the programs say about their experience at Gustolab Internationalalex-lamonte-n

“Thanks to the Gustolab, while I was studying in Rome in Fall 2015, I had two incredible opportunities to explore issues related to food waste and access in Italy. First, I was able to attend a panel presentation sponsored by Banco Alimentare, the national food bank. The event introduced a new app, BeeApp, that a
ims minimize food waste by improving communication between food stores and their local food bank. I was so fortunate to have Margherita accompany me to translate what was said! The next opportunity I had was to visit SIAF, a catering company in Bagno a Ripoli, a town outside of Florence, that is affiliated with the school next door to it. SIAF educates children about nutrition and engages them in making healthy meals so they and their families can make healthier food choices. SIAF also prepares and sells healthy dinners to parents who do not have the time or resources to make these meals themselves. The director, Antonio Ciappi, talked to me about this work that SIAF does and their larger mission, and he gave me a tour of the facilities. The Gustolab arranged the entire visit; I couldn’t have done it without them! These opportunities I had to explore food access in Italy contribute to ongoing food justice research and work that I am doing in the United States. I’m very fortunate to have seized the chance to take my research international. Thanks, Gustolab!” – Alex Lamonte, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Students making cheese

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

GLi is the Rome Center for the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC). The program gives students the opportunity to learn and experience the Italian Culture through their Food Studies program. Topics range from food history to the critical analysis on food systems, from the sustainable agriculture to architecture, from nutrition to the use of media and/or design to communicate food products. An onsite facilitator is always available to support students in their new life studying abroad and to provide cross-cultural education and mediation.

Students live in shared apartments in the middle of the city experiencing daily Roman life like the majority of Italian university students, a very useful approach, which allows them to pass from the status of Foreign tourist student to the more conscious and knowledge “resident” in Rome.

FOOD STUDIES IN ROME FALL PROGRAM

The fall term is designed, promoted and managed by GLi and UIUC. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.

The fall term is dedicated to the study of sustainable Italian food systems, hands-on learning about the production of olive oil, wine and cheese, a critical review of the Italian food marketing and the tourism industry; and the nutritional aspect of the Mediterranean diet. Excursions in regional farms and wineries throughout Italy give students the opportunity to learn more about food through direct contact with local people, farmers and entrepreneurs.

DURATION: Full Immersion Program
WHEN: September 1, 2017 – December 16, 2017 (2018: September 7 – December 15, 2018)
WHERE: Rome, Italy

COURSES OFFERED
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Psychology, Science and Politics of Mediterranean Diet
Olive Oil and Wine Production: Nutrition,Culture, & Communication
Food Marketing and Business: Italian Food, Hospitality and Tourism
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies
Detailed course descriptions

CREDITS
Credits determined by UIUC.

ELIGIBILITY
The program is open only to students from UIUC

COST
Costs are available by contacting the UIUC Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange office.

PROGRAM SUPERVISORS
Dr. Pier Alberto Merli (GLi CEO) – Resident Director in Rome
Dr. Sonia Massari (GLi Director) – Programs and Academic Director in Rome

HOW TO APPLY
UIUC students should apply directly through the UIUC Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange office.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY FOR UIUC STUDENTS FOR SPRING AND FALL PROGRAMS:
The withdrawal fee immediately after commitment and up to 60 days before the beginning of a semester program is $1500.
Refunds after the commitment to a semester program:
A 50% refund will be made if students withdraw 30-60 days before the beginning of the semester program.
No refunds will be made if withdrawal is made within 30 days of the beginning of a semester program.
Upon arrival in Italy, no refund will be made for any reason whatsoever in case the student decides to withdraw from the program, or change the number of courses or cancel, change or vacate the assigned housing.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM
“This program was the best decision I ever made. Gustolab International is a great school that helped immerse me into the Italian culture while also teaching me about nutrition and sustainability” – Student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“As cliché as it sounds, studying abroad really does change your life. For me, Gustolab has opened my eyes to the world of incredible wine, olive oil and food production in general. Sustainability is definitely something I want to implement in my life and in my diet. Come with an open mind and allow yourself to be flown away by the Italian language,food and vital environmental issues.” – Student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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At the vineyard