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  • Locations: Various Cities, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel, Other
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Prior Language Study: N/A
Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term
Program Description:
TourProgram Dates: September 21- October 2, 2016. This program typically runs every other year. The program will not run in 2017, but is expected to run again in 2018.

Program Overview

This program combines a number of learning opportunities for culinary students and community members. With the guidance of Madison College staff, students will attend the Salone del Gusto and Terre Madre world meeting held biannually in Torino, Italy. Terre Madre is an international conference that gathers sustainable food producers, farmers, cooks, educators, and activists from around the world to connect and share their stories and traditions, as well as their innovative solutions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well. Delegates from over 150 countries attend. The Salone del Gusto is the world’s largest artisanal food marketplace and is held concurrently.

Students will also visit outdoor markets, participate in an “Iron Chef” type contest, and meet intimately with private farmers and growers while exploring many aspects of food culture in Italy.

Course Information
Students- tour

Students will enroll in a three credit Madison College course. This 3-credit course includes the study abroad portion in Italy plus on campus instruction during the fall semester. The course is titled "Global Studies in Biodiversity and Sustainability."

The course will meet the following dates in additional to the program travel dates:

September 1, 2016 from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm
September 8, 2016 from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm
September 15, 2016 from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm
An additional orientation session will also be required.
September 21,2016- Departure for Italy
October 1, 2016, return to Chicago

Accommodations and Meals

Students will be housed in double occupancy accommodations in local hotels. For a portion of the program, the group will be staying at a farmhouse in double occupancy rooms.

Students will be responsible for three lunches and three dinners out of a total of thirty meals during the trip. Other meals will be included in the Program fee. Students will be responsible for cooking some meals. 

Italy Culinary

As part of the program cost, students will participate in a number of excursions and cultural activities.

Possible excursions may include:
  • Visits to local food markets
  • All day visits to Florence
  • All day visits to Sienna
  • Cultural visits to local towns and villages
  • Local Hog farm and processing plant
  • Reggiano-Parmigiana facility in Reggio-Emilia
  • The grand estate of the Monsanto family vineyard
Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Italy. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

All students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing, trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.

Students are accompanied by a U.S. faculty member who provides oversight for the program and assistance to students as needed.

Group tourCost

The program fee for Fall 2016 is still being determined, but will likely be between $2900-3400.

Fees typically include:
  • Round- trip airfare from Chicago to Italy
  • Chauffeured transportation while in Italy
  • Double-occupancy accommodations including four nights in two different agriturismo and hotels in Torino and Tuscany
  • Breakfast daily
  • Seven  lunches and seven dinners
  • Shopping at Europe’s largest outdoor food market with the chefs
  • All day pass to Salone del Gusto, the most comprehensive food show in the world
  • Mandatory Health Insurance
  • Course-related field trips including:
    • The grand estate of the Mondanto family vineyard
    • Reggiano-Parmigiana facility in Reggio-Emilia
    • Hog farm and processing plant
    • Local vineyards, and possible culinary school visit
Additional Costs Include:
  • Madison College tuition (3 credits)
  • Three lunches and three dinners
  • Course packet
  • Spending money
  • Passport (if you do not already have one)
For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

This program is currently not accepting applications.