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IAGE Illinois in Italy: Rome - Study and Intern on Food (Fall)
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Fall Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
Gustolab Institute Center for Food and Culture and the?Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.
Program Description:

Rome F&C
- An Illinois Center for Global Learning and Engagement
Program Overview
The Food Studies in Rome program in the fall semester focuses on the critical study of culture, systems and politics of food in Italy.  The courses offered in each semester will have unique elements, providing memorable experiences for the cohort of students.

During the fall semester, students will engage in an interdisciplinary study of  food in Italy from multiple academic lenses:  history, economics, psychology, food science, nutrition, business and marketing.  Course subjects will encompass critical review of the marketing of Italian food and tourism industry; the sustainability of Italian food systems; and analysis of the Mediterranean diet. Lectures and studies will be supplemented with hands-on experiences in regional farms, wineries, and travels to locations in northern and southern Italian regions.

If you are interested in studying at our Rome Center during another term, you may find the following brochures helpful:
Spring Term: IAGE Illinois in Italy: Food and Culture
Summer Term: IAGE Illinois in Italy: Study and Intern on Food in Italy

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Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Application Process
Resources and Contact Information
rogram Dates

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
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Academic Environment
Where you will study

For this program, the University of Illinois has partnered with the Gustolab Institute Center for Food and Culture and the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.

Students take most of their courses at the Gustolab Institute Center for Food and Culture. Gustolab Institute is an academic institution located in the historical center of Rome, mere steps away from the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci and other major points of interest. Gustolab designs programs of study on Food Studies and Italian culture. Gustolab has established a concrete network of experts and professionals in the field of Italian Food Studies, communication, nutrition, architecture and culture.

Participants attend Scuola Leonardo da Vinci for the Italian language classes. Located in the historical center of Rome, Scuola Leonardo da Vinci has welcomed students from all over the world since 1977 (98 nationalities were represented in 2006). Since Scuola Leonardo da Vinci hosts programs for schools worldwide, University of Illinois participants will have the opportunity to meet students from other American and international universities.

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci is dedicated to educating students about Italian language and culture. In addition to language classes, Scuola Leonardo da Vinci offers many cultural opportunities outside of the classroom. 

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Class size

Classes are formed of 30 students. During the cooking classes and video sessions, classes are divided into smaller groups (maximum of 12 people) to allow for interactive collaboration among students.


Courses will be taught in English but all students are required to enroll in an Italian language course. 


Students studying during the fall semester will experience a challenging and fulfilling course load.  The following table lists courses offered and the UIUC equivalency for each course. To learn more about course decriptions, select the pdf listed below the table.

Fall Courses UIUC Equivalency
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems ACE 200-level or 300-level (confirmed) (for ACE 300-level, additional projects/assignments are required)

ECON 200-level or ECON 300-level (confirmed) (for ECON 300-level, ECON 302 must have been completed and additional projects/assignments are required)
Psychology, Science and Politics of 
Mediterranean Diet
FSHN 120 (confirmed)
Olive Oil and Wine Production: Nutrition,
Culture, & Communication
FSHN 100 level (confirmed)
Food Marketing and Business: Italian Food, Hospitality and Tourism BADM 3-- (confirmed)
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies ITAL 199 (confirmed)

For more information on courses offered during the Fall Program in Rome: UIUC 2017 - FALL -Academic Program.pdf.

  • An internship option has been added to the fall semester program. For more information: GLI 1-Month Internship Progams.pdf 
  • *INTERNSHIP (CREDIT HOURS WILL VARY BY STUDENT'S ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE): During this one- month internship, students will have the opportunity to work at a farm, shop, institute, association headquarter, vineyard, cheese factory, etc. and will assist in the management of its operations. The internship will help students to gain invaluable insight into the many aspects of agriculture, food business, food habits and policy issues in Italy. Students will also acquire knowledge about the organizational, cultural and social dynamics of organizations present in the food and wine field in Italy. The intercultural nature of the internship will give students the opportunity to understand Italian culture, and business practices. Students will learn how to identify solutions, create communication plans, and propose innovative products and services. Students will also design and complete their personal research project. 


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Students will have the opportunity to live and study for 4 months in Rome, the capital city of Italy.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit other regions in Italy, work with and learn from Italian professionals in the field of food, and to see and experience different aspects of the food supply chain and food production.  Through excursions throughout Rome and Italy, students will observe typical productions, practices and traditions of the Mediterranean diet.

In additional, major international organizations focused on food issues are based in Rome, such as:  the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), and WFP (World Food Programme). 

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Onsite Support
Each Illinois Center has an onsite resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad.
Pier Alberto MerliPier Alberto Merli

Pier Alberto graduated in Philosophy from the University of Florence and received his doctorate in Economics at the European University of Florence. He dedicates his life’s work to the Italian language and culture. Since the early 1990s, he has collaborated with study abroad programs for various American universities and colleges.


Sonia Massari

Sonia Massari

Sonia holds a BA and an MA in Communication Studies from Siena University. She received her Ph.D. in Food Systems and Interaction Design, from the Electronic Engineering Department of the University of Florence. Sonia loves to teach and design unique and unforgettable experiences for her students. 

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Illinois participants will stay in apartments in Rome in partnership with our housing provider - Your Place in Rome.

The Program offers the housing option of shared rooms in self-catering apartments to share with other Illinois students. They will vary in terms of their locations, as well of the number of bedrooms and amenities they contain. The number of roommates in an apartment may also vary (three, four or six). The apartments are all located in a central part of the city. You can expect a maximum commute time of 20-25 minutes to get from your apartment to school.   

The apartments are equipped with washing machines, and an internet connection will be available. Dryers are not available since they are not commonly used in Italy (we use the drying rack - STENDINO in Italian). Blankets and pillows are provided, and the kitchens in the apartments are furnished with pots, pans, dishes and cutlery.

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Application Process

To participate in the program you must be an undergraduate with sophomore, junior, or senior standing and have an overall GPA of at least 2.8. 

Language requirements: None. However, you are encouraged to take ITAL 101 on campus before you leave, as even a small knowledge of the Italian language will greatly enhance your experience abroad. For information on Italian on campus, you can contact Prof. Eleonora Stoppino in the Italian Department.

Priority will be given to applicants with high academic standing who have a recommendation in which particular emphasis is placed on scholastic achievements, and in whose essays the relevance of the program to specific academic and professional goals is demonstrated. This is an academically-focused program and strong essays will focus specifically on this theme. 


Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  

Summer deadline: March 15
Fall deadline: April 15

How to Apply

Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

The Food Studies in Rome application requires:
  • Official transcript
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay in English
  • Online questionnaires 
Additional information and supplemental requirements will follow once you are accepted to the program.
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Advisor
Stacy Billman
Location and Mailing Address:
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820


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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 04/15/2017
04/17/2017 09/01/2017 12/16/2017

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This program is currently not accepting applications.