Italy - ITA235H5F: Italian History and Culture Through Food

Course banner. Travel dates October 4 to October 14

The Trip

Taste the food and visit the places you learn about in Cucina Italiana (ITA235). You will cook, eat, and learn in an all-inclusive trip through Rome, Bologna, and Florence as you become ever more familiar with the history and cultural traditions of Italy. 

Spend 8 amazing days traveling through Italy savoring its world-renowned dishes and learning how to make pasta alongside your classmates and Professor Teresa Lobalsamo.

Activities Include:

  • An historical food tour through the centre of Rome;
  • Learning about the Slow Food Movement on site, at several authenticated food factories;
  • Pasta-making classes in Bologna - the culinary capital of Italy;
  • Tasting Italy's famous cuisine in Florence and meeting the families that have traditionally served these treasures over the years;
  • Learning the history of food and how to make pasta on a farm outside of Bologna.

Click here for a detailed itinerary.

Why participate?

  • Experience, first-hand, the rich history of Italian food;
  • Engage in an active learning environment that will be educational, practical, and unforgettable;
  • Add international experience to your resume.

Important Details

Dates: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (depart) - Saturday, October 14th, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$3900-4100 

*Funding available for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

*The cost of this trip is posted pending approval based on the University’s Policy on Ancillary Fees. Updates will be posted as needed.

Selection criteria: The international component of this course is open to students enrolled in an Italian course at the University of Toronto. Interested students will be required to abide by the application requirements and deadlines. Applicants will be selected based on their application. 

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, July 10, 2017. 

Important Dates

Date Description
Friday, May 19, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, July 10, 2017 Applications Close
Monday, July 24, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Monday, August 7, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Monday, August 28, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Monday, September 11, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
September 2017 *exact date to be determined Pre-Departure Session
September 2017 *exact dates to be determined Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop

Need to know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to  change;
  • Students must be enrolled in an Italian course and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience; 
  • Payments can be made over five installments. Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September;
  • Participants in ITA235 will engage in discussions and complete short term reflections ("One Minute Paper") while abroad as a requirement of the course. Students in other Italian courses can complete the same reflections for Co-Curricular Record recognition.

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and will close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, July 10, 2017.