Why choose GLi


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.



As cliché as it sounds, studying abroad really does change your life. For me, Gustolab has opened my eyes to the world of incredible wine, olive oil and food production in general. Sustainability is definitely something I want to implement in my life and in my diet. Come with an open mind and allow yourself to be flown away by the Italian language,food and vital environmental issues.
Student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I think the strength of the Gustolab lies in its ability to introduce students to some of the most prominent players in the field of food entrepreneurship, critical food studies, and historical preservation of food culture. Nowhere else do students have the opportunity to discuss the cultural politics of food with the very people who are shaping the field of study on this topic in Rome.
Ashley Young, Phd Student
Ashley Young, Phd Student

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