- Language Requirement: None
- Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
- GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
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Inside the Program
This program will introduce students to the food of Italy's Marche region— its history, production and linkages to society, geography, art and the environment. The program is open to students of all majors and is ideal for students minoring in food studies.
The location of Macerata allows students to experience life in an Italian city that is lesser known and not as commonly chosen by North American travelers.
The program offers a combination of courses taught in English by UO faculty and local Italian professors. The program begins with an introductory Food Studies course to introduce key concepts within the context of Italy. Additional required courses will cover ethics and environmental aspects of agriculture, social geography as it relates to food, and food in art and literature.
Credit Explanation / Academic Details
All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
The program will include opportunities for classroom, field-based and service learning. Students will learn firsthand from everyday people: farmers, fishers and truffle hunters, family cooks and professional chefs, and creative entrepreneurs who are building internationally recognized sustainable food businesses that preserve and celebrate regional heritage. All majors are welcome; courses may be suitable for students in food studies, business, environmental studies, sociology, international studies, geography, humanities and anthropology. In addition, several of the program courses will apply to general-education requirements in Group 1: Arts & Letters and Group 2: Social Sciences.
Students will have the opportunity to experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other students throughout the town of Macerata. Each apartment is within walking distance of the AHA Center and classrooms, as well as near small local grocers, restaurants and cafés unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks, kitchen tables and chairs, a television and a mobile telephone. You will share a bedroom with one other student, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, an electric oven and a gas stove. You will also receive two sets of linens (bedding and towels), and each apartment has a washing machine and drying rack.