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
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 determined by UIUC.
The program is open only to students from UIUC
Costs are available by contacting the UIUC Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange office.
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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