Experiential Learning Opportunities in Italian

We offer many different opportunities for experiential learning, including UTM Abroad, Summer Abroad in Siena, the Italian Play, field trips, and more!

UTM Abroad - Cucina Italiana

Travel to ITALY with ITA235 this fall!

Colosseum in Rome

Travel to Italy this fall! On this all-inclusive, interactive trip through Rome, Bologna, and Florence, you will cook, eat, and learn about the history and cultural traditions of Italian food. Spend 8 amazing days traveling through Italy savoring its world-renowned dishes, alongside your classmates and Professor Teresa Lobalsamo.

  • 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.

Apply now!

Applications Due Sunday, August 13, 2023


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UTM Abroad Italy 2017

Other courses which have been offered with UTM Abroad include ITA233 Made in Italy: Italian Fashion, from the Theatre to the Runway.

We also participate in the Summer Abroad in Siena program. 

Field Trips

Students apply in-class learning to real-world settings when they embark on several local and/or international field trips—e.g. secret food tours, tours of film studios and fashion houses—offered in various Italian Studies courses, such as ITA233H5 Italian Culture through Fashion, ITA235H5 Italian Culture through Food, ITA242H5 Italian Award-Winners, Box-Office Hits.


Students in ITA400Y5 Italian Studies Internship and ITA388H5 Italian Studies Education Internship have the opportunity, through work placement, to apply the knowledge and expertise gained throughout their studies and/or interests in Italian. The work placement will take place in schools, school boards, corporations, local media, or community organizations. Applicants enrolled in an ITA program must meet the minimum criteria (must be in 3rd or 4th year of studies, number of courses completed in ITA and CGPA) to be selected for an interview. Applicants who are not enrolled in an ITA program and, therefore, do not have the criteria listed above, are still encouraged to apply. Final decisions will be based on a combination of academic qualifications, experience, and the interview. Another opportunity is the Italian-Canadian FOODWAYS Project

 Past placements have included:

  • Italian Chambers of Commerce of Ontario
  • Italian Contemporary Film Festival
  • Villa Forum Long Term Residence 
  • Aurora Importing and Distributing
  • Peel District School Board
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Print and Online Media

Course-Specific Opportunities

Collaborative Research Project

Theatre Productions

Students in ITA315Y5 and ITA415Y5 have the opportunity to participate in the staging of a full Italian play production.

Learn more about Maschere Duemondi, the name of the theatre group, and the productions that have been put on. The production of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Pinocchio (ITA315Y5Y) was held in 2023.


Research Opportunity Project (ROP) Courses

Current Projects:

  • ITA499H5 F (Fall 2023): Mapping Italian-Canadian FOODWAYS (Supervisor: Prof. Teresa Lobalsamo)  

Past Projects:

  • ITA399Y5: Italian Sociolinguistics in Toronto (Supervisor: Prof. Simone Casini) 

Student Group Involvement

The University of Toronto Mississauga Italian Student Association (UTM ISA) organizes several events throughout the year during which students come together with peers to, for example, practice Italian in informal settings, watch films, interact with other student groups—at UTM and on other campuses. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Italian-Canadian Foodways Volunteer Partnership Coordinator/Research Assistant (apply on CLNX by August 23, 2023, Job ID: 226094)