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The programs at Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability (GLI) aim to operate in the food ecosystem within a territorial context (e.g. city, rural setting, farm, region) integrating diverse stakeholders such as researchers, employees in the sector, producers, consumers, as well as partnerships involving the community, public sector, industry, business and academia to promote the exchange of expertise and knowledge. Courses use engaging and collaborative novel approaches and strategies based on concurrent research and innovative learning approaches such as experiential learning and critical thinking. GLi’s aim is to foster the analysis, creative, intercultural communication capacity of students so that they can understand the world of food from production to commercialization and are enabled to apply these skills to their future study, research or profession endeavors.


Students enthusiastically say that being at Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability is more than study abroad. It is an unparalleled experience. One of the best decisions they ever made. Not just academically, but personally. Participating in daily Italian life, visiting various neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, and markets, immerses them in a unique environment of constant investigation and discovery. Courses are richly supplemented by field work, special projects, workshops, excursions, and activities. They share that the process of stepping outside of the familiar “comfort zone” of home, adapting to a new international context, allows them to gain valuable skill sets. It is a time of growth, broadening perspectives, and building future professional opportunities. Beyond examining the role of food in the culture at large, while in Rome, they also find themselves evaluating individual choices in regards to how the quality of food reflects on their quality of life. Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability gives students everything: guidance, structure, support, knowledge, and fun.



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