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Study abroad in Italy

Gustolab International offers study abroad programs in Italy during the spring, summer, and fall. They are particularly suitable to those interested in food studies, food systems, sustainability, environmental studies, cultural tourism, gastronomic studies, food heritage, sustainable hospitality, agribusiness, communication, nutrition and food science.

Courses

Courses take place in Rome and include short and overnight field studies to the countryside outside of Rome and other parts of Italy. Through them, you can explore Italy’s food cultures & systems as well as sustainable practices through interdisciplinary and multisensory learning experiences. Additionally, our courses include co-curricular experiential activities which will give you the opportunity of meeting with experts & professionals in the field, and participating in hands-on projects focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Each semester has a unique focus. For example, in the spring and summer, our course catalog focuses on the critical study of culture, systems and politics of food in Italy and in the fall, it focuses on sustainability, food businesses, wine and olive oil production and food marketing. Our course catalog also includes academic internships in Rome or other cities or towns in Italy. In addition, we offer Italian language courses in collaboration with the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.

Academic Internship

Our academic internship is unique and designed to help students gain an international working experience while learning Italian as well as specific topics such as intercultural communication. Learn more.

Eligibility

We accept applications from university students (both undergraduate and graduate) from all fields of study. Scholars, researchers & professionals interested in food studies, food systems, sustainability & related fields are also encouraged to inquire. Moreover, individualized courses of study can be arranged for those with special curricular interests or needs.

Spring 2022 Open for applications

The Spring 2022 Food Culture and Food Media in Italy program is unique interdisciplinary program. Courses focus on the critical study of culture, systems and politics of food in Italy. Specifically, you will study the food culture of Italy, food media and communications, architecture of ancient Rome, art history, social dynamics, economy, and the language and culture of Italy. Learn more about our courses.

WHEN

Jan 13 – May 6, 2022

APPLY BY

Oct 30

TUITION FEES

 $15,059

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Possibility to choose among various course configurations, including an academic internship
  • Experiential activities, practicums, overnight field studies, meetings with specialists and experts
  • Shared housing in furnished apartments in the Rome city center
  • Group airport pickup and transfer, check-in support, housing orientation

 

  • A learning facilitator to support students in their new life studying abroad and to provide cross-cultural education and mediation.
  • Safety and Wellness support
  • An interdisciplinary program that fosters dialogue among students from different fields of study and backgrounds.

The Gustolab experience is unique and unlike other study abroad experiences I learned the value of Italian culture and being immersed into a new environment I’ve come more independent and stronger.

Siobhan C., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications for the Spring 2022 semester are open

The recommended deadline is October 30, 2021

Click on the button below to fill out a short form and indicate your interest to apply

Frequently asked questions

Learn about our summer and fall programs.

WHEN

May – June, exact dates TBA

WHERE

Rome, Italy

APPLY BY

Feb 15

TUITION FEES

$ TBA

OVERVIEW

This 4-week program gives students the opportunity to learn and experience the Italian culture through courses that focus on food systems and sustainability. For example, topics range from the critical analysis on food systems and sustainable agriculture, to how culture and ethnicity affect dietary practices and nutrition, to the use of media and storytelling to communicate food and sustainable practices, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to developing literacy and understand policies related to food waste.

 

The courses offer unique co-curricular opportunities that include a 3-day overnight field school to the south of Italy, visits to farms and food businesses, meeting with food producers, and tastings..Go to all courses page

 

You have the opportunity to add a 4-week summer academic internship in various locations throughout Italy.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Choose up to 3 courses.
  • Experiential activities, practicums, overnight field studies, meetings with specialists and experts
  • Shared housing in furnished apartments in the city center
  • Group airport pickup and transfer, check-in support, housing orientation
  • A learning facilitator to support students in their new life studying abroad and to provide cross-cultural education and mediation.
  • Safety and Wellness support
  • An interdisciplinary program that fosters dialogue among students from different fields of study and backgrounds.

WHEN

Sept – Dec, exact dates TBA

WHERE

Rome, Italy

APPLY BY

March 15

TUITION FEES

$  TBA

OVERVIEW

The study of food is a new and interdisciplinary field linking ecology with the biological, social, and cultural sciences. It is best augmented by extended sojourns in rich and different learning environments – settings where students can observe and reflect upon differences in ecology and culture between their homes and this new place they have entered. GLi has pioneered use of the Italian peninsula as a natural laboratory for providing students with such a learning environment. In GLi’s programs, the integration of coursework, fieldwork, and projects affords participants a unique perspective for engaging Italy. This engagement is driven by personal experience in markets, neighborhoods, and rural areas as well as reflection on important and timely academic issues. For our fall program, these focus on issues of sustainability. This study program will assist students in understanding sustainable food supply chains in Italy through the study of its markets, products and processes. Go to all courses page


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Possibility to choose among various course configurations, including an academic internship
  • Experiential activities, practicums, overnight field studies, meetings with specialists and experts
  • Shared housing in furnished apartments in the city center
  • Group airport pickup and transfer, check-in support, housing orientation
  • A learning facilitator to support students in their new life studying abroad and to provide cross-cultural education and mediation.
  • Safety and Wellness support
  • An interdisciplinary program that fosters dialogue among students from different fields of study and backgrounds.
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