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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Study Abroad

Critical Studies on Food in Italy

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.

This summer's program runs from May 19 to June 21, 2014.
For more information, contact Roberto Ludovico or Sonia Massari.

Find out more now.


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.