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  • Locations: Valladolid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin
Program Director:
Bierman, Erica, Svendsen, Linda
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish
Iowa State
ISU Course:
FSHN 496
Program Description:

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Spanish Cuisine: From the Old World to the New Cuisine


Spain is known as the hottest country in culinary arts.  This program will capture the traditional old recipes as well as modern techniques. This is will be an introduction to the diversity of traditional Spanish cuisine and new trends in gastronomy.  Students will work in a new kitchen facility with renowned chef instructors from a variety of culinary backgrounds; all are experts in traditional foods of Spain.   Emphasis will be placed on the historical importance of foods produced in the area.  Students will visit several food production facilities and learn the importance of geographic location in marketing traditional foods.  

The program includes 40 hours of hands-on experience in the kitchen working with local chefs who are using molecular gastronomy techniques in food preparation including liquid nitrogen, flavor foams, alginates and sponges.  Previous program participants have said:  “Once in a lifetime experience,” “I love Spain,” and “I can’t wait to go back.”

Program Goals:  To provide students with the opportunity to work with renowned Spanish chefs, be immersed in the language, culture and cuisine of Spain; experience cultural exchanges; and develop a global network in preparation for a career in the food industry.

Learning Outcomes:  Be able to identify and discuss traditional ingredients commonly used in Spanish cuisine. Experience instruction and hands on preparation and plating of Spanish dishes from local chefs.  Experience innovative techniques of molecular gastronomy from instruction, dining and tour activities.

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Accepted participants will be enrolled in a required 1-credit pre-departure orientation course, during spring 2018 and a 2-credit travel course, during summer 2018.


2018 Program Highlights

  • Round-trip travel to Madrid, Spain
  • Homestays with Spanish families
  • Attend classes with chefs at the famous Escuela Internacional de Cocina
  • Segovia city tour
  • Valladolid city tour
  • Learn basic Spanish
  • Work with children and share basic culinary skills and nutritional information
  • Weekend trips to other Spanish cities
  • Food production and factory tours
  • Cultural activities


Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FSHN 115 or FSHN 215 or equivalent

Preference given to upperclassmen and to the following majors:  culinary food science, food science, nutritional science, dietetics, hospitality management, and event management.

Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:

  • One electronic letter of recommendation from an ISU faculty member
  • Essay describing goals and objectives for the study abroad program
  • Unofficial transcript

The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Budget information for this program is available by clicking here. Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ
Study Abroad Center - Affording to Go

CALS students interested in this program can find additional scholarship information here:




All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Withdrawal Penalties

The extended application deadline for the Summer 2017 program is January 13, 2017. Accepted participants will be notified on or before January 18, 2017. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than January 25, 2017. Those students who commit to their offers are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If a participant withdraws, they will be responsible for a $200 withdrawal penalty and all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on their behalf. Charges will be applied to the student’s U-bill.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about the Spanish Cuisine: From the Old World to the New Cuisine should be directed to Program Directors Erica Beirman and Linda Svendsen. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office.


This program is currently not accepting applications.