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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Milan, Italy; Parma, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • 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 Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Italian
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: FSHN 496 A
Program Description:

For Love of Italy and Food

Follow Along with the Summer 2018 Group on Instagram with #FSHNinItaly

Connect with Italian food at home and abroad with this study abroad program. You will directly connect the Barilla factory here in Ames to its original location in Parma, Italy. Along the way, enhance your love for food by exploring the old foodie neighborhood, Testaccio, in Rome, agroturismos and farms in Tuscania, and making gelato in Florence all while checking out the well known sites and embracing the Italian way of life. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous destinations in Italy, known for their unique cuisine and food products along with their historical sites. 

The program goals are to provide students with the opportunity to work with Italian chefs, be immersed in the culture and cuisine of Italy, and develop a global network in preparation for a career in the food industry.
At the end of the program, students will:
  • be able to identify and discuss traditional ingredients commonly used in Italian cuisine
  • be able to identify and discuss commercial pasta and olive oil production in Italy
  • experience instruction and hands on preparation of Italian dishes from local chefs
  • experience culture and cuisine of Italy through dining and tour activities
Students will earn 2 credits for the course FSHN 496 in summer 2018, and the course fulfills the International Perspectives requirement for graduation.

2018 Program Highlights
  • Exploring the different food cultures in Rome, the capital of Italy. Students will visit the markets and unique neighborhoods of Rome, like Trastevere, Testaccio, and the Jewish Ghetto
  • Visiting the countryside town of Tuscania to visit local olive farms, olive oil producers, vineyards, and a winery
  • Traveling to Florence, where students will have cooking lessons from Florentine professors and go on a gelato tour in the city
  • Visiting Modena, famous for balsamic vinegar
  • Learning about the pasta industry with a visit to Barilla in Parma, a city well known for its rich food culture which includes Parmesan cheese and Parma ham

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 or higher for undergraduate students
  • Preference given to upperclassmen in the following majors: culinary science, food science, nutritional science, dietetics, hospitality management, event management
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
  • Two electronic letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • 500-word essay describing how the experience abroad will enhance their knowledge and skill
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
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs.  Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary.  However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.

For the Love of Italy and Food Budget Sheet

Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships - Scholarships for Summer 2018 will open in January 2018
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ

If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program. 
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


Deadline and Withdrawal Information
The application deadline for summer 2018 is December 1, 2017. You will be notified by December 15 if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.

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Contact and Additional Information
Questions about For Love of Food and Italy program should be directed to Program Directors Erica Beirman at and Linda Svendsen at Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at You can also read two past students' experiences, from Mariah Long and Kenzie Besch.


This program is currently not accepting applications.