Italy and the Mediterranean Diet: Myths and Realities
May 25-June 27, 2020
This summer OWU Professor Christopher Fink will be 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. Through the course, students will have the opportunity to visit farmers markets, food growers, and food producers to learn the role that food plays in contemporary Italian society, and how this role meshes with the key aspects of the Mediterranean Diet.
A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. OWU students take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy (half way between Florence and Rome) to complete courses toward their majors while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses are engaging, they are only offered twice a week, Monday through Thursday, leaving students with multiple three-day weekends to explore other parts of Italy and beyond!
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 2020 course offerings
Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with shared apartments within a 5- to 15-minute walk of the Institute, allowing for innumerable opportunities to enjoy mid-day siestas, eat a panino on the fountain steps, and walk the city center like a native. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens so that you can try to duplicate your favorite new Italian dish. WiFi is provided both within the Institute and in each student apartment.
To learn more about the fees for Summer 2020, fill out the contact form below and Professor Fink will send you more information about the course.
Here you can see the main square in Perugia. The beautiful fountain and the entrance of Umbra Institute.
“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.”
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