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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/15/2021 03/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Economics, International Management, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Unpack the Slow Food movement’s motto of “good, clean, and fair” in its Italian birthplace. Explore how the business of food affects the health and wealth of farmers, workers, families, and communities.

Ancora del Chianti in Greve.
 

Description

In much of the world, industrial food systems provide plentiful and relatively cheap food, a convenience that comes with steep environmental and social costs. HECUA’s exploration of culinary culture and food production in Italy offers an alternative, taking students behind the scenes in the Chianti region, an area known for its innovative organic farming and organic wine production. Students see how Italian and European agricultural policy, business practices, and financial structures affect workers and their communities. Students live and study in Greve in Chianti, a town located 31 kilometers south of Florence, in Tuscany. Students observe how Tuscans define sustainability and are working toward it. Students gain direct experience with food systems, rural Italian culture, and policy through an internship at a nearby farm, school, or other local organization. Students live together in shared apartment-style housing and receive a food stipend to prepare their own meals. In addition to the immersive coursework and concurrent internship, students complete a guided individual study project. Italian language instruction each week can accommodate all levels of proficiency. Students also have the option to participate in the “Cucina for English” program, a language and cooking exchange opportunity with local Italian families. Read more about the Italy program here!

Highlights/ Good to Know

 

Housing: Students live in shared apartment-style homes. The accommodations are operated by Italian families in Greve. Orientation to food shopping in Greve in Chianti and cooking instruction helps students manage the stipends they receive. Students will have access to kitchen space for preparing meals.

Italian Language: Italian language fluency is not necessary. All students are enrolled in an Italian language course upon arrival, and all levels of proficiency can be accommodated.

Partner Institution: The program is offered in partnership with Università per Stranieri di Siena, which sponsors students’ visa applications, hosts the program for a field experience, staffs the Italian language instruction, and collaborates on curriculum.

Field Study: The program is based in the olive and grape-growing region of Tuscany. Students live and study on a working farm with active cultivation and processing of olives and grapes, and land in farro (spelt, an ancient wheat). There are also chickens and bees on the farm. Field trips will include visits to other farms, agricultural coops, food processing plants, and grassroots organizations. Historically, settlement and farming have been quite different in northern and southern Italy; the program will include comparative study with at least one other location in Italy.


Stomping grapes

 

Courses
  • Agriculture and Sustainability in Tuscany (4 credits)
  • Economics of Sustainable Food Production in Contemporary Europe (4 credits)
  • Sustainable Italy Internship (4 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Total: 4 course credits / 16 credit hours
The courses are taken as an integrated whole and provide the equivalent of a semester's worth of credit, i.e. 4 course credits, 16 semester credits or 27 trimester credits. This program is full-time, five days a week, with classes scheduled for two days a week, and two or three days a week in an internship.

Subject Areas

Agriculture
Environmental Studies/ Science
Government
History
Humanities
International Relations
Political Science/Politics
Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
Social Policy
Social Sciences
Sociology
Sustainability

Program Fees:

Please contact HECUA for current pricing, or check the website, here. Program fees include group transportation to field sites, planned
group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.


Experience Required

None. No course or language prerequisites. Instruction is in English. At the beginning of the program, students will receive intensive instruction in basic Italian language (or at other levels for those with previous study).

This Program is open to

Undergraduate students enrolled in a U.S. college or university who have completed their first year.

Typical Living Arrangements

Shared apartments.

Scholarships are Available

HECUA provides Scholarships for Community Engagement, Scholarships for Social Justice (for first generation students and/or students from low-income backgrounds) and Scholarships for Racial Justice (for students of color) for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application 
  • Transcript
  • Essays
  • Letters of Reference