Explore international food cultures

This unique program looks at food and sustainability issues from many angles – history, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, business, politics, science, agriculture and sustainability. You will explore how we as individuals and as communities relate to issues around food in Italy, America and globally. What are the implications on local and world levels of our approach to food sources and production? How has history, culture and lifestyle influenced how we view food in different cultures? Explore the enviable Italian food culture for yourself.

Your fascinating study will take place at the Umbra Institute in the beautiful, hilltop, medieval city of Perugia: the big university in a small Italian city. A hallmark of the Umbra Institute programs is community engagement so you’ll have many opportunities to get to know the locals and really sample Italian life.

  • You’ll take a core course in food studies, an Italian language course (at your level) and electives of your choice.

  • Each thematic course includes a series of excursions and co-curricular activities that are an integral part of the curriculum including guest lecturers, site visits, and hands-on experience.

  • While this program is great for those with a passion for food it’s particularly well suited to those hoping to enter a career in the wider food industry.

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Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2019 8/22/2019 12/14/2019 14-16 $17,745 4/20/2019 More Info
Spring 2021 1/28/2021 4/24/2021 14-16 $17,745 10/1/2020 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in Italy are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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