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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Study Abroad

Critical Studies on Food in Italy

Info session for 2015!

Thursday, October 9 at 5:30pm in Herter 301

This year's information session will be held by:

  • Roberto Ludovico, Associate Professor/Italian Program Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst and CSFI Program Supervisor at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Elena Carbone, Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director Department of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts Amherst and CSFI Program Advisor at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Professor at CSFI in Rome
  • The International Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sonia Massari, Academic and Program Director at Gustolab Institute in Rome, Italy
  • Pier Alberto Merli, Gustolab Institute President.

DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion Summer Program
WHEN: MAY 18, 2015 - JUNE 20, 2015

The program is open to all majors. No prior knowledge of Italian is needed

COURSES OFFERED: Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits); Food media, communication and trends (3 credits); Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits); Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits); and Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASSITAL 126 (6 credits); Upper level language courses also available upon request; Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits).

For more information about the program and a Pre-Application Selection form 2015, please write to Learn more about the program from experiences of students in previous years by visiting their facebook page.

The Italian Studies Program, in conjunction with Gustolab and the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, is proud to introduce the new six-week intensive program combining language courses with a dynamic, fun and innovative course on Critical Studies on Food in Italy.


Students enrolling in the program can take courses towards UMass' language requirement (ITAL 126 or ITAL 246) or their Italian major (ITAL 372 and Food & Culture) for a total of up to 9 transfer credits. The program is hosted by the Leonardo da Vinci Language School and the Gustolab Institute, which is located in the Piazza dell'Orologio, between Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona, in the very heart of Rome's historic center.

A snapshot from a course lecture on coffee roasting and production

Available course combinations

This year, there are six different combinations to choose from. Please visit Gustolab's site for details.

What is included in the program fee?

The Language Course provides 70 contact hours for Options A and B, and 35 contact hours for Option C. The Food & Culture Course provides another 35 contact hours and the following co-curricular activities:

  • 3-day excursion to the Cilento;
  • 1-day excursion to an Agriturismo/EDUfarm (with 2 labs and lunch included);
  • 1-day excursion to a vineyard (with 1 lab and dinner included);
  • 1 educational dinner (workshop with chef and dinner included);
  • 1 tasting: Food & Wine pairing.

Additional services include:
  • Accomodation in shared apartments (double-occupancy rooms);
  • Transfers between airport and apartments upon arrival and departure;
  • Orientation (with a walking tour of Rome to help you get your bearings);
  • 24-hr access to an emergency contact and facilitator;
  • A Rome transportation card, good for 1 month and 1 week;
  • Welcome and farewell dinners;
  • The program fee also covers one prepaid mobile phone with Italian SIM card and private number. The phone is unlocked and remains the property of the student for future use in Europe or the US.

The program fee does not include:
  • Airfare to and from Italy;
  • Meals not indicated as part of the co-curricular activities and additional services listed above.

Financial Aid

Student loans for summer programs are available to qualifying UMass students through the University Bursars Office. Students regularly enrolled in other institutions should inquire on their home campuses about financial aid possibilities.