Study Food, Sustainability, and Environment in Italy
Experience the Real Italy: Perugia is the capital of the Italian region of Umbria, a big college town in a medium-sized Italian city. Perugia is halfway between Florence and Rome on a hilltop surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. Since 2011, The Umbra Institute has offered the Food & Sustainability Studies Program, for the study of food systems, sustainability, and the environment.
Sustainable Food, Sustainable Environment. This special Fall 2020 program is a combination of two courses into which are integrated a series of food practica and co-curricular field trips. Students will debate appropriate definitions of “sustainability”; learn about the echoes of Italy’s peasant past in its contemporary cuisine; assess the impact of immigrants and changing gender roles on Italy’s food systems. At the same time, outside of the classroom, they will taste pizza while considering the biochemistry of yeast and the thermal geography of a pizza oven; hunt for truffles before considering climate change’s impact on the Italian agricultural economy; and learn about how Tuscany’s landscape of olives and grapes is anything but historical, and far less sustainable than it used to be.
Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with low-density shared apartments within a 5-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.
Coronavirus precautions. The Institute is taking extra-ordinary precautions to make studying in Perugia safe but still as enjoyable as always. See more information on our reopening page.
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“Italy is wonderful and Perugia is a unique city, but the real reason I love Umbra is the people I met here. Whether it was Professor Antonella telling us about Italian culture or learning the strange history of saints from Professor Hoch or bothering the staff with stupid travel questions, the people are truly the best part of Umbra.”
Here you can see the main square in Perugia. The beautiful fountain and the entrance of Umbra Institute.
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