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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:


For Love of Food and Italy
**Planned to be offered in Summer 2018, check back in August for Application**
Program Information
Program 2018 Highlights
Program and Application Requirements
Costs and Financial Assistance
Withdrawal Policies
Contact and Additional Info


Set your goals high this summer by taking on the food of Italy. You will directly connect the Barilla Factory here in Ames to its original location in Parma, Italy on this two week study abroad program. Along the way, enhance your love for food by exploring the old foodie neighborhood, Testaccio, in Rome, agro-tourisms 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, and the course fulfills the International Perspectives requirement for graduation.

2018 Program Highlights
  • Explore 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 history and balsamic vinegar
  • Learn 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, hotel restaurant 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 skills
The application deadline is December 8, 2017.
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.  If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program. 

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
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 application deadline for the Summer 2018 is will be in December 2017. Applications will open in August.  All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system on given date to be decided later. 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.

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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.