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Italy is a country of excellence. Other than it’s cultural, artistic and food and wine heritage, Italy is also known for its manufacturing and producing power. According to a 2013 publication by the Global Agricultural Information Network, Italy is a net exporter of organic food (mainly processed) with most of its €900 million production shipped to other EU Member States, the United States and Japan. Italy is also a top exporter of wines to the U.S. and the number one producer of various products such as artichokes and kiwis.

Furthermore, Italy is a founding and leading member of some of the most important international organizations committed to peace, democracy, and the rule of law: European Union, the Council of Europe, NATO, and OSCE.

Why are we headquartered in Rome?
Rome has a historical role in Food. It went from being papal city to a national symbol as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy to the capital of a new republic to global reference point for the central theme proposed by the EXPO 2015: Food. It is headquarters to the major UN organizations dealing with Food Security, Agriculture and Sustainable Development: FAO, WFP, IFAD and is the largest district in the agro-food research in Italy: CRA, CNR, ENEA. It is the headquarters for Bioversity International, an international organization that promotes the protection of biodiversity as well as for the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF).
The historical city center of Rome with the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the complex of the Imperial Forums constitute the world’s largest archaeological site and is listed as a World Heritage by Unesco.
Located in the Region of Lazio, Rome is in close proximity to sea, nature, hills, lakes, rivers and vineyards as well as important historical and cultural landmarks in surrounding towns and villages.

Why do I want to study abroad in Italy?

Being immersed in a country and culture filled with new perspectives is the best way to diversify your academic life. Not only will you learn about Italian culture, history and the food and wine industry, but you will also learn how to survive in a new environment and culture, adapt quickly to it, and be successful in doing so.

Not being an Italian native speaker might be a challenge but that is where the real value in studying abroad is. You will be able to adapt outside of your comfort zone and expose yourself to a completely new world that you might have otherwise not known. You will learn Italian and immerse yourself in Italian culture.

You can find out about Italy’s culture through its food and discover why food in Italy is unique and different from Italian food in any other country.

Reading or watching documentaries is not the same as experiencing Italy in real life and connecting the dots between culture, nutrition, environment, society, economics and politics.

The opportunity is tremendously exciting. Although it may seem scary and challenging, it will help you to grow and thrive personally and professionally.