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Italy, Culinary Arts and Baking

Italy Culinary Arts 2019

Program Sheet:  Italy Program 

Apply by February 1, 2019 

The Course: GLS-120 Education Experience Abroad

The faculty-led course is designed for Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry students in partnership with Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy.  The 3-credit humanities course includes pre-departure, in-country assignments and a final project. You will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Italy through its history, religion, geography, philosophy, literature, anthropology, culture, fine arts, food, language and other relevant topics. 
When you arrive in Italy, you will participate in theory courses at FUA with hands-on experiential learning at the school’s pastry shop and restaurant. All students take Cultural Introduction to Italy, a course that provides an in-depth introduction to Italian culture including history, art, architecture, food, religion, culture, and basic notions of Italian language and terminology.   In addition, all students select two elective courses which field-learning activities. The Field Learning destinations include: Parma & Modena, Pienza,  Montalcino, Volterra and Bolgheri. You will also select from a list of courses available to you based off your area of study and education level. Keep reading to see the course options for Summer 2019, 
The Location:
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to several masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome and bell tower. The elegant aesthetic of the city has hardly changed since the Renaissance, as its narrow cobbled streets line through stylish century palazzi (palaces), medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches and marble basilicas.  You are encouraged to live each day the way a local (Florentine) would. Imagine stopping for gelato, a caffè, or an aperitivo along the way to or from class!

Estimated Program Fee: $4,500
$1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship available!

  • Airfare       
  • Accommodation in Florence in shared apartments, shared rooms, located in the historical city-center, walking distance to school facilities       
  • Some meals (15 unit meal plan)
  • 2 chef jackets
  • Health Insurance             
  • Cultural excursions with experienced guides and faculty
  • Most In-Country Transit
  • FUA Tuition Costs
Does not include:
  • Kirkwood Tuition: 3 credits, summer 2019
  • Passport Fee
  • Personal Expenses
Elective Course: All 
  • Cultural Introduction to Italy + mandatory field learning 
Culinary Arts students:  (select one)  
  • Tradition of Italian Food II or
  • Physiology of Taste and Flavor Experiential Learning
Baking and Pastry students: (select one)
  • Italian Confectionery Art or
  • Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques Experiential Learning

Program Contacts;
Anthony Green, Professor Culinary Arts
The Kirkwood Center room 180 Q
Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor   
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall