Get a true taste of Italy by studying its sustainable food systems and the ethical and environmental considerations for food production and consumption.
|Location||Taormina & Florence, Italy|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No language prerequisite|
Food is a powerful teacher. Everyone must eat to survive no matter where they are on the planet. However, many of today’s most serious environmental problems are linked to food production activities, and some conclude that many of the world’s most productive agricultural systems cannot be sustained indefinitely as they are managed today. This course will introduce you to past and present Italian culture through the foods, their cultural importance, and the concepts of sustainability. Study aspects of sustainability and ethics in the context of cultural, social, economic, and environmental considerations in which food is produced, prepared, and eaten. We will discuss cultural myths and realities surrounding food, Italian culture, and rituals. You will also examine Italian attitudes toward food in relation to your own values and will be challenged to think about your own assumptions about food and the American relationship with food and its production systems.
This course will enable you to experience and understand globally important, sustainable systems and will encourage local, regional, and world citizenship. An enhanced understanding of how individual choices can impact the environment, the economy, and society will broaden your liberal education and arm you with experiences and skills to address difficult local and global issues. The experiential learning approach to this course is designed to profoundly educate you about ecological, economic, cultural, and ethical concerns involving sustainable food production and link your personal life to local and global issues of importance. Immersing into the food culture and unique "place" of Italy and its various regions will make the concepts of food, ethics, culture, sustainability and citizenship come alive in ways not otherwise possible. There you can observe the culture, taste the food, and speak to those who are deeply committed philosophically and morally to producing the world’s best foods in ways that respect the land, animals, the environment, and consumers.
Students will live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, as well as some additional meals are included in the program fee.
While on the program, you will learn about and experience a variety of aspects in relation to food systems. Excursions/activities may include:
All program participants are required to and responsible for booking their own round-trip flight through Village Travel, a local travel agency that the Learning Abroad Center works with. The flight is listed as a cost that you will incur prior to departure and the Learning Abroad Center will notify confirmed participants of flight options to book through the travel agency.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
On-site support, orientation, information regarding cultural activities, and 24-hour emergency support is provided by ACCENT International Programs and BABILONIA – Center for Italian language and culture in Taormina, Sicily.
This program is led by Mike White, Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs. Professor White has led similar programs to Italy focusing on food sustainability since 2007 and is proficient in Italian.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
You will be assessed on pre-departure and in-country assignments. These will include papers, journals/reflections, and quizzes, as well as group assignments and presentations.
Receive credit for: CFAN 3516 Draft Syllabus
Liberal Education Fulfillments: The Environment and Global Perspectives themes
Fulfills: Major electives for ASNC and FSN majors
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 14, 2021 – Jun 6, 2021||Mar 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|May Session 2021||TBD|
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for the international flight, passport and passport photos, additional meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
The Learning Abroad Center has worked with Village Travel to identify a coordinated flight that program participants will travel on together. You can view your coordinated flight itinerary here. You will be responsible for booking this flight for the program through Village Travel mid-March. The program contact will let you know when you should book the flight. The Cost of Participation lists the estimated flight cost in the Estimated Additional Expenses box. Please note that the flight cost is subject to change.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily & Florence|
|Track Name||Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily & Florence|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.
Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, emailAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.