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  • Locations: Siena, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Who can apply: Non-UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Program Category: Study abroad
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Areas of Study: Culture, Italian Studies Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
Program Information: 

This award winning 2-week study abroad program will be a faculty-led experience to one of the most beautiful and culturally significant countries in the world, Italy. The course will be an intensive, full-immersion academic and cultural exploration centered on the theme of Food and Culture in Sorrento, Italy.

No previous knowledge of Italian is required; all that is required is a love for Italian food and culture!

Courses and Credit
This program allows students to earn up to 10 credits while experiencing one of the most alluring cultural destinations of the world. There are no prerequisites for this program.

ITAL 150 Italian Food and Culture (required)
(This course satisfies the World Cultures distribution requirement and the Italian Studies major and minor requirements)

Food represents one of the most attractive features of Italian culture. In this course, students will undertake a rigorous cultural and critical exploration of the role of food in society through the examination of the Italian case. This summer’s course will primarily focus on representations of food in Italian cinema and popular culture. The aim of this interdisciplinary course will be to gain expertise in understanding how questions of personal and collective identity are expressed and regulated through food in all societies.

Classroom assignments will include an exploration of food practices in Siena and other food-based activities in combination with readings, film screenings and field trips. Coursework includes online assignments beginning in May.

CUCINA E CONVERSAZIONE – An important component of ITAL 150 will be “Cucina e Conversazione”, a cooking class with Chef Angelo Guida.

Students will participate in hands-on cooking classes that will allow them to experience and be part of the Italian obsession with food. They will also have the opportunity to practice conversational Italian as they learn to cook. There will be five sessions of three hours each where participants will learn about the cuisine and culture of five different Italian regions. Chef Guida, your chef instructor, has extensive experience as head chef in several top restaurants in Italy and the United Kingdom.

The cooking classes will serve as a cornerstone experience for the program. Each evening class will end with the traditional sit-down dinner as a group where everyone will be able to taste their own gastronomic creations.


Vetri Nathan, Associate Professor of Italian, College of Liberal Arts
Professor Nathan received his PhD from Stanford University. He specializes in Migration Studies, Italian cinema, and Food Studies.

Chef Instructor Angelo Guida
Chef Guida is a native of Naples; he previously worked at award-winning restaurants Gusto in Rome and Bocca di Lupo in London.

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Kevin Kehl

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Vetri Nathan

This program is currently not accepting applications.