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Faculty-led semester programs (HWS)


Gustolab International partners with Hobart and William Smith Colleges to provide customized faculty-led study abroad programs specific to Food Culture, History, Architecture and Art. Below is the list of programs developed from our collaboration.

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 Rome city center experiencing daily Roman life like the majority of Italian university students, which allows them to pass from the status of foreign tourist/student to the more conscious and knowledge “resident” in Rome.


Sept – Dec 2022


See HWS website


Rome, Italy


The program is open only to students from HWS


The HWS faculty-led program includes a faculty-led component, which offers one or more courses on art, architecture, sculpture, anthropology, tourism, imaging or travel-writing. The courses vary every semester based on the faculty that leads the program.  GLi offers the food related and design oriented experiential learning courses where students examine the connection between food, identities, design and communities through specific projects. Students also take an Italian language and culture course which build upon the foundation of Italian language study completed at HWS prior to the program. A variety of visits to local sites complement in-class instruction and a series of “labs” introduce students to various aspects of Italian culture and society. Students with more advanced Italian skills are placed in an upper-level class. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.


  • COURSES OFFERED:  One or more course(s) led by HWS faculty, a food and sustainability course offered by GLi.
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by HWS.
  • COST:  Contact the HWS Center for Global Education office.
  • PROGRAM SUPERVISORS AND STAFF: Dr. Pier Alberto Merli, Resident director in Rome; Tom Rankin, Director in Rome, & one or more faculty from HWS. Past faculty include Professor Jim Capreedy, Professor Walter Bowyer, Professor Jack Harris, Professor Ted Aub, Professor Gabriella D’Angelo, Professor Cheryl Forbes, Professors Patricia and Stan Matthews, Professor Kristen Welsh, Professor Liliana Leopaldi, Professor Kirin Makker, Professor Jeffrey Blankenship, Professor Christine Chin, Professor Michael Tinkler, and Professor Nick Ruth.
  • HOW TO APPLY: HWS students should apply directly through the HWS Global Education Office

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