Italy has long been seen as one of the cradles of Western culture. This takes on a new meaning and deeper significance when students have the option to experience, in consecutive programs over the same summer or in subsequent ones, Italian food sy...
This was my first time in Europe, so I was able to learn and understand the European and Mediterranean cultures. I also was able to learn from locals about food systems and sustainability within Italy, and understand the differences between both Italy and the USA. I loved everything about my experience with Gustolab and Rome, it...
- University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass
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As a person living in the US there is so much to learn from other cultures especially when it pertains to food and health. The past can teach us so much about how we should be eating and living now. This program gave me a taste of what eating a true Mediterranean diet means.
- Teachers College, Columbia University
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Italy has long been seen as one of the cradles of Western culture. This takes on a new meaning and deeper significance when students have the option to experience, in consecutive programs over the same summer or in subsequent ones, Italian food systems and sustainability in contrast to those of Vietnam or Japan. This program assists students in understanding the role of food in human cultures as well as the range of choices and values implicit in the foods eaten in Italy and elsewhere.Based in the heart of historic Rome — only minutes from the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Pantheon — this five-week program introduces participants to the on-site exploration of the interdisciplinary field of food studies. While staying in nearby apartments, students can take up to three academic courses taught by local professors and instructors. Each course is complemented by regular excursions into Rome or other areas of Italy. Students are encouraged to keep journals and to engage in ethnographic research projects. All courses are conducted in English.This program was designed and created in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It was also promoted by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.