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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Program Description:

Gustolab's application deadline is extended to March 25th for UMass students!


This summer term program is designed, promoted and managed by GLi and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.


DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion Summer Program
WHEN: Monday, May 20 – Saturday, June 22, 2019

Detailed course descriptions

Critical Studies on Food (3 credits)
Food media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
Food Waste in Italy (3 credits)
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (Italian Language for Food and Business) (3 credits)
Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits)
Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits)

6 or 9 credit options.

The program is open to all majors and all students.

6 credits/ 2 courses: $6,083.00 USD
9 credits/ 3 courses: $6,850.00 USD

Professor Roberto Ludovico (Italian Studies Program Director, UMass Amherst) – Critical Studies on Food in Italy Program Supervisor at UMASS
Dr. Sonia Massari (GLi Director) – Critical Studies on Food in Italy Program Coordinator in Rome
Dr. Elena Carbone (Department of Nutrition Graduate Program Director, UMASS Amherst) Food & Nutrition Course – Professor and Advisor

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For additonal information see brochure below or visit: UMASS International Programs Office (IPO)

What alumni of the programs say about their experience at Gustolab International:

Gustolab was truly such an amazingly unique program than from what I have heard about other summer abroad programs. I loved how intensive and hands on the classes were, taking us out into the city to experience the culture firsthand. All of our food visits and field trips were not the typical tourist attractions and they gave us an opportunity to really see the true culture of Italy as opposed to the Americanized touristy perspectives. My favorite trip was absolutely down to Cilento. I have never seen such a beautiful place in my life and every visit was just so interesting and valuable for my learning. As I have reflected on my experience with Gustolab, I realized how much I have learned in terms of Italian culture and food and it has expanded my interest in different sides of nutrition that I never would have imagined. Food truly is the basis of so many aspects of culture and should be addressed in every major’s curriculum. As a nutrition major, I really don’t learn a lot of about the sustainability side of food, it’s really just the science behind our body’s functions and how food impacts our health. In nutrition class, our professor touched upon an important idea pertaining to obesity that I had never thought about which really has changed the way I think about nutrition; basically, those who are obese or carrying extra unhealthy weight are technically contributing to food waste just simply by overeating in excess. We have learned about obesity in great depth and the detrimental factors it has on our personal health/ wellbeing, but we never learn how the epidemic also hugely impacts our food systems and environment as a whole. Simple philosophies like this one were introduced throughout the entire trip and they have really shifted my perspectives on the topic of nutrition and allowed me to gain valuable knowledge on the importance of food system and sustainability.