Food and Sustainability Studies Programs + Internship Abroad - extension March 15

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Dear Colleagues,

Apologies for the cross-posting. 
Due to a large number of requests, the deadline for applying to our Italy summer program has been extended to March 15, 2017
We kindly ask you to forward to students and faculty that could potentially be interested. 



(Academic internship program is available!!!)

This program was designed and created in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. Since 2015, it was also promoted by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Quick facts

  • GLi has hosted students from 25 different universities (from four different countries) in its open Summer Program entitled ‘Critical Studies on Food in Italy’
  • In 2015, the program was selected as one of the top five nominees in the GoAbroad Innovation Award category: Innovative New Program - Study Abroad
  • In 2015, the Universal Exhibition in Milan gave us its patronage as an educational project for the program
  • Two students in the 2014 summer program were announced as Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s YES! Competition finalists (as part of the 10 international finalists) and were flown into Milan from the U.S. to present the idea that they developed during the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer Program at the International Forum of Food and Nutrition
  • Our students can work and collaborate with Italian students thanks to an academic collaboration with niversità di Roma Tre, Università La Sapienza and ISIA Design School
  • Most of our professors and instructors are renowned and awarded (starred chefs, awarded journalists, best rated scientist in nutrition, awarded sommelier, etc.). In 2014, Dr. Sonia Massari won NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community’s Innovative Research in International Education Award.

DURATION: 5-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 22, 2017 – June 24, 2017


  • Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
  • Food Media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
  • Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
  • Food Waste in Italy (3 credits) *
  • Italian Language for Food and Business (Italian Lexicon for Food Studies) (3 credits)
  • Elementary Italian Language (3 credits)
  • Intensive Elementary Italian Language (6 credits, minimum of 8 participants)

* NEW! Food Waste in Italy Course

A new course ‘Food waste in Italy’ has been added to the 2017 Critical Studies on Food in Italy program. This course will be taught in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
This year, we are also expanding this program to Vietnam and Japan.


DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: July 2 – July 30, 2017
WHERE: Osaka, Japan


  • Critical Studies on Japanese Food Culture (3 credits)
  • Food Choice and Politics in Japan (3 credits) 


DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 21 – June 18, 2017
WHERE: Vietnam


  • Food Systems in Vietnam (3 credits)
  • Vietnam, Conflict, Contradiction and Change (3 credits)
  • Vietnamese Language for Food and Business (up to 3 credits)

Applications open for Gustolab International programs in Italy (Rome, South and North Italy)

Our open enrollment programs are available to students from all universities.
Applications and information at