This summer spend four weeks studying the fundamentals of Italian language and food and sustainability, all while also experiencing the culture and history of Italy and the Trentino region. The courses are highly interactive and include outdoor educational activities, cultural visits, and food tastings all while tackling issues of global concern from the perspective of the Italian Alps.
On this program you will take:
- Everyday Italian Language and Italian Culture (1 credit)
During your first week in Trentino you will receive 15 hours of instruction covering the fundamentals of the Italian language, as well as basic knowledge on your host country, including habits, culture, history and geography. The notions learned in class will come to life through observation and practice during our short guided excursions in the Lake Garda area, as well as informal social events organized with locals. The main goal of the course is to put students at ease in the new setting, and to help them to make the most out of their education abroad experience.
- Sustainability, Food and Landscapes in the Italian Alps (3 credits)
In this course we take an exciting journey across time and space, from the traces of prehistoric peoples to the challenges of our globalized world. Food is our key to explore the complex interaction between humans and their environments, and its impact on culture, economy, identity, and landscapes. Issues of global concern such as sustainable practices, climate change, and resource management are tackled from the unique perspective of the Italian Alps, a place renowned for its distinctive environment, rich agriculture and food production heritage. A course on food cannot be complete without tastings and firsthand experiences of productions: a number of visits to local businesses and laboratories in an Alpine setting are an integral part of the course. Download the syllabus.
- Business: Economics
- Humanities: European Studies, Italian Studies
- Italian language
- Pre-professional studies: Food Studies, Environmental Studies
- Social Sciences: Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Sustainability
- All majors welcome
You do not need any prior Italian study to participate on this program.
You should expect a highly intensive course and cultural immersion program. The course is organized into eight lecture days, five single-day visits, and a three-day residential lab in a mountain guesthouse.
In courses, you will be assessed through classroom participation, written reports, group work and a final exam.
Credits/Number of Courses
All students take two courses during the program. The language course involves 15 hours of language instruction over one week for one (1) U.S. credits.
In addition to learning survival Italian, you will take the three (3)-credit course, Sustainability, Food and Landscapes.