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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Italy - Ecogastronomy and Food Cultures of Italy
Bellingham, Washington, United States; Florence, Italy; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/13/2016 07/10/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study:
Agriculture, Agronomy, Sustainability
Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
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Global Learning

Florence, Italy: Ecogastronomy and Food Cultures of Italy 

ENVS 437L: Ecogastronomy and Food Cultures of Italy (8 credits)

Syllabus: 2016 Syllabus.pdf

Pre-departure session dates: June 13-17, 2016
Travel dates: June 19–July 10, 2016

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Program Details

This food studies program begins with culinary intensives in Bellingham, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study the Italian Slow Food movement and sustainable, heritage food cultures. Students also study in the prestigious University of Florence sensory taste sciences department, with the renowned gastronomy scientists, Caterina Dinella and Erminio Monteleone.  Italian family home stays, countryside excursions, cultural tours, and hikes.

Additional credits are available through independent study.

Enrollment is limited to 16. 

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Photos from Florence Trip

Program highlights:

  • Experience Italian farm- and home-cooking with Italian families and in hands-on culinary intensives in Italy, the home of the “Slow Food” movement.
  • Visit Fiesole (with its Etruscan sites) and picturesque, hilltop settings.
  • Study sensory taste science with European experts at the University of Florence.
  • Participate in carbon-offsetting at "Inspiration Farm" in Whatcom County (optional).
  • The cost of this program provides most meals in Italy, including country and palazzo-dining in the Tuscan countryside, as well as conversational Italian and introductory art history as part of the food culture experience.

Itinerary: Global Learning Program Florence Itinerary.pdf

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Gigi Berardi, Huxley professor, received her B.A. in Biology from John Muir College, University of California San Diego and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources, Policy, and Planning from Cornell University. She holds an M.A. in dance from UCLA.

Gigi has held four tenure-track positions and has taught at over a dozen colleges and universities – but she has saved the best for last: Western Washington University. Gigi’s research focus is on community vulnerabilities and food. In addition, she is an avid cook, gardener, student-of-languages, and fitness/dance enthusiast!

Gigi co-founded and served as interim director of the Resilience Institute at Huxley and currently serves as Resilient Farms Project co-director. Her current book projects are entitled Food! and A Cultivated Life.

Visit Gigi's departmental profile page for more about Gigi and Read more about past adventures.

Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.
Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Phone: (360) 650-2106
Office: AH 204


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The living experience was amazing. It could not imagine living in a dorm or hotel while we where there. I think it was one of my highlights of the trip to live with an actual Italian family.
     — Nicholas Holen, Summer 2015
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