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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Fall
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: Family and Consumer Sciences
Program Type: Study Abroad Housing Type: Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Number of Credits: 5
Program Description:

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Sustainable Food Production and the Mediterranean Diet 
Florence, Italy

Fall Global Seminar 2020

Program Overview

Have you pondered the relationships between the food you eat and the environment, culture, health, politics, and ethics? How food is produced has profound consequences. Spend a month living in one of Europe’s top cities and immerse yourself in examining the food culture of Mediterranean Italy and the global importance of sustainable food production.
  • Live for a month in one of Europe’s top cities and birthplace of the Renaissance

  • Immerse yourself in the food culture of Mediterranean Italy by visiting markets, participating in cooking workshops and of course, eating!

  • See first-hand how world-renowned products like Parmesan and Pecorino cheese, pasta, olive oil, wine, and gelato are made in small batches following traditional age-old production methods.

  • Examine the global importance, including the health benefits, of sustainable food production 

  • Take the opportunity to explore the surrounding Tuscan hill towns and other Italian cities.

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Course Description:

This course will be co-taught by faculty at Florence University of the Arts and SPU faculty, Dr. Gaile Moe. Students will earn 5 credits upon successful completion of this Global Seminar. The credits earned on this program will be applied to your autumn quarter transcript and are part of regular autumn quarter tuition.

FCS 3100 (5 credits):  Sustainable Food Production
Examines the global importance of sustainable food production using Italy as an example. The concepts of sustainability and food culture will be explored through the study of iconic local foods, their cultural importance, and the ways in which food is traditionally produced, prepared and eaten. Global food and nutrition issues of social, environmental and economic interest and impact will be discussed. Numerous first-hand activities and field trips will complement classroom learning.  
Attributes:  WE: Ways of Engaging

Tentative 2018 Program Dates: 

Tuesday August 28: Depart on independent overnight flight to Florence
Wednesday, August 29:  Program begins  
Thursday Sept 20:  Classes end
Friday Sept 21:  Housing check-out (by 10AM)
Monday Sept 24:  Fall quarter classes begin at SPU

Activities included:
Italian culture and "SOS" language instruction
Day trip to the Renaissance city of Pienza and Montepulcuiano to taste the Pecorino chees and visit a wine producer
Visit to an olive oil producer and pasta maker
Architectural walking tour of Florence with an art historian
Gelato-making workshop

Housing and meals:

Students will live in shared apartments located near Florence University of the Arts, in the city of Florence for the duration of this program. Students will have 15 meal "points" (this equates to about 10 meals) for use at the FUA restaurant, GANZO, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each apartment has a kitchen complete with a small refrigerator, stove top, microwave, pots, pans, dishes, and utensils, so students may can cook meals for themselves. There are a number of  small markets where students can shop for food. Cooking meals will lower the cost of the student's stay in Florence, but there are also many inexpensive restaurants nearby when students wish to eat out. Some group meals will be included.  We recommend students budget $150 per week for meal expenses.


 Estimated Program Fee*:   Credits:
 $4,200 + $300 Confirmation Payment (Administrative Fee)  5

Program fee includes:
  • Lodging in multiple room shared apartments
  • 15 point meal plan to be used at GANZO Florence. This equates to about 10 meals.
  • Some group meals and tastings
  • Transportation for all group activities
  • Airport arrival pick up (if minimum number of students arrive on the same flight. See "Flights" tab)
  • Entrance fees to group cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Free internet access in school facilities in Florence
  • Florence University of the Arts library access
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
Not included in program fee:
  • Study abroad administrative fee:  $300
  • Airfare to Florence:  Approximately $1,200 
  • Some meals -  Students should plan to spend approximately $150 per week for meals and snacks
  • Personal spending money - varies
  • Trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Not required, but highly recommended. - cost varies
  • Books - 0-$75
  • Tuition:  Tuition for 5 credits will be part of your normal Autumn Quarter SPU tuition
  • Airport Transportation*  (see "Flights" tab)
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.

Students on this program will be eligible for financial aid, including SPU scholarships and grants, and state and federal aid. Before applying, check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility.

Booking Flights:

Flight expenses are not included in the program fee to give students the flexibility to travel before or after the program, shop for cheap airfares, or use frequent flier miles. It will be each student's responsibility to book their own flights.

Please do not book your flights to Florence until you have been instructed by the study abroad office to do so. You will be notified after all students have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed.

Airport Transportation:

If five or more students arrive in Florence on the same flight, free transportation will be provided from the airport to your housing.  We will provide you with a 'preferred' flight, but we cannot control how many students will book it. Students arriving independently will be provided with information on the best transportation options from the airport. Return transportation to the airport is not included, but assistance will be given on the best ways to get back to the airport. 

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, 

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.

Here are some helpful sites for finding flights:

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Faculty Leader:
Gaile Moe Dr. Gail Moe 
Director of General Education and Undergraduate Curriculum
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences                                                           
Email: / Phone: 206-281-2238

Office: Marston 247
For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office

This program is currently not accepting applications.