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Gustolab International is the headquarters of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as well as of University of Massachusetts Amherst summer program. 

Below is the list of programs developed from our collaboration and customized for our partners’ needs.

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.

WHEN

9/6/2019-12/14/2019

APPLY BY

3/15/2019

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open only to students from HWS

 

OVERVIEW

The HWS Faculty-led program includes a faculty-led course component, which offer one or two courses
on art, architecture, sculpture, anthropology, tourism, imaging or travel-writing. The courses vary every semester based on the faculty that leads the program.
Another component of the program are the food related and design oriented courses provided by GLi, such as the Foodways and Foodscapes course where the students examine the connection between food and identities, design and communities. Students work on projects, and they research and design sustainable urban landscapes.
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 inclass instruction and a series of “labs” introduces students to various aspects of Italian culture and society. Students with more advanced Italian skills are placed in an upper-level class.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED:  Faculty-led course(s), Food related course offered by GLi, Design related course offered by GLi.
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by 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 Past faculty include Professor Jim Capreedy, 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

WHEN

TBA

APPLY BY

TBA

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open only to students from HWS

 

OVERVIEW

The HWS Faculty-led program includes a faculty-led course component, which offer one or two courses
on art, architecture, sculpture, anthropology, tourism, imaging or travel-writing. The courses vary every semester based on the faculty that leads the program.
Another component of the program are the food related and design oriented courses provided by GLi, such as the Foodways and Foodscapes course where the students examine the connection between food and identities, design and communities. Students work on projects, and they research and design sustainable urban landscapes.
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 inclass instruction and a series of “labs” introduces students to various aspects of Italian culture and society. Students with more advanced Italian skills are placed in an upper-level class.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED:  Faculty-led course(s), Food related course offered by GLi, Design related course offered by GLi.
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by 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 Past faculty include Professor Jim Capreedy, 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

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.

WHEN

9/6/2019-12/14/2019

APPLY BY

3/15/2019

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open only to students from UIUC

 

OVERVIEW

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.

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


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED: Course descriptions page ›
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by 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 OUR CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS (SPRING AND FALL SEMESTERS): 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.

WHEN

Jan 17- May 9, 2020

APPLY BY

October 1, 2019

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open only to students from UIUC

OVERVIEW

The Food and Culture in Rome program focuses on the critical study of culture, systems and politics of food in Italy. Students 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. In-class learning is complemented with visits to specific sites and locations, meetings with producers and experts, the production of a short documentary, cooking lessons, and group work with other students from Italian universities in Rome.  Designed, promoted and managed by Gustolab International and UIUC. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED: Course descriptions page ›
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by 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 OUR CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS (SPRING AND FALL SEMESTERS): 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.

 

 

WHEN

May 25 – June 20, 2020

Internship: June 20 – July 20, 2020

 

APPLY BY

February 1, 2020

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open only to students from UIUC

 

OVERVIEW

STUDY AND INTERN PROGRAM IN ROME SUMMER 2019

During the summer program, students learn to analyze Italian food and wine, study nutrition, explore local and global food communication trends and work on a video project, and learn the Italian language. An important part of the program is intercultural and experiential learning, which allows students to learn about the cultural aspects of the food system through visits, excursions and meetings with professionals, Italian students and community members. After the program, students have the option to continue on to do a 4-week internship in various locations throughout Italy.

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


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED: Course descriptions page ›
  • CREDITS: Credits determined by UIUC.
  • COST: Costs are available by contacting the UIUC Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange office.
  • PROGRAM SUPERVISORS AND STAFF: 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 OUR SUMMER TERM PROGRAMS (SUMMER COURSES AND ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS) Withdrawal Charges and Dates of Withdrawal: $1,000 regardless of individual student’s program costs – Time of commitment up to 60 days prior to program start date, 50% of individual student program costs- 60-30 days prior to program start date, 100% of individual student program costs – 30 days prior to program start date.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Our partnership with UMASS dates back to 2010, when their summer program was launched. The project was started through our collaboration with the Italian and Nutrition departments and the program is now open to students from all majors. We  provide courses as well as internships for UMASS students.

 

WHEN

May 18 – June 20, 2020

APPLY BY

February 1, 2020

WHERE

Rome, Italy

OPEN TO

The program is open to all majors and all students

OVERVIEW

CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD IN ITALY SUMMER 2019 PROGRAM.

This summer term program is designed, promoted and managed by GLi and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • COURSES OFFERED: Course descriptions page ›
  • CREDITS: 6 or 9 credit options.
  • COST:  Please contact gustolaboffice@gustolab.com
  • PROGRAM SUPERVISORS: Professor Roberto Ludovico (Italian Studies Program Director, UMass Amherst) – Critical Studies on Food in Italy Program Supervisor at UMASS, Dr. Sonia Massari (GLi Director) – Critical Studies on Food in Italy Program Coordinator in Rome, Dr. Elena Carbone (Department of Nutrition Graduate Program Director, UMASS Amherst) Food & Nutrition Course – Professor and Advisor.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Apply Now ›

UMass students: For additonal information see brochure below or visit: UMASS International Programs Office (IPO)

Non-UMass students: Please refer to our open enrollment programs page.

   

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