Ohio Wesleyan University Summer Program in Italy
Study food in Central Italy — Summer 2018
This summer OWU Professor Christopher Fink will returning to Perugia to teach a course called “Italy and the Mediterranean Diet – Myths and Realities.” The class will be taught in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required, and students can earn upper level OWU credit. The classes are held in Perugia, in central Italy, at the Umbra Institute. Class is twice a week with several field trips to nearby cities, with no classes on Friday. The Summer Session runs from the last week in May to the end of June. Students can take just this class or choose another course from the elective courses offered at Umbra.
A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. OWU students will take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy, to complete courses that count toward their majors, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses will be engaging, students will also have ample time on the weekend to travel elsewhere in Europe because no classes are held on Fridays. Thus, students have a three-day weekend.
Located in the “Green Heart of Italy”, Perugia hosts the biannual International Food Conference and provides an ideal location for food studies abroad. Students may either 1) take just this class, or 2) take another class from the elective courses (all in English) offered at Umbra. See a list of standard summer courses here: Summer 2018 course offering
Student Life. Each summer, the Umbra Institute hosts between 80 and 100 American and Italian college students from colleges and universities across the United States and in Perugia. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens and have WiFi access. Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.
To learn more about the fees for Summer ’18, fill out the contact form below and Professor Fink will send you more information about the course.
“This experience has been one of a kind and I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity. Come to Italy… if you’re hesitant, the summer session may be perfect for you. Five weeks is not too short but not too long either.”
| Megan Ryan
“I truly believe studying abroad in Perugia was perhaps the single greatest decision of my life. I have always viewed study abroad as a personal challenge but the Umbra Institute has taught me there is more to the world than America, more to Italy than the Coliseum, and more to life than a daily routine. This program taught me the key to successful life and traveling in Italy, and to me this experience was more than a vacation but a home to which I long to return.”
| Tucker Fontanella
“Living in Perugia gives each student their own unique experience while in Italy. Because it is a smaller city, you get to have more interactions with locals whether you can speak the same language or not. And since Perugia is so central within Italy, it makes it really easy to travel. I loved Perugia so much over the summer, I came back for a full semester.”