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An Italian Food Experience: Production, Preparation, Marketing

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Multiple Locations, Italy
Course # SA 21254
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/06/19 to 05/16/19

Program Leader
Purdue University
Room 26 Agriculture Administration Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613

Program Description

This a 10-day faculty-led student trip through the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria, & Liguria. This is a unique opportunity for a select group of Purdue University students to experience Italy in an authentic and immersive way. The primary academic purpose of this program is to educate students on Italian artisanal food products through in-field experiences and workshops. Topics of study include local agriculture practices, small-scale sustainable food production, food-marketing, and international competition. Throughout the trip, students will meet with various local producers and companies to learn about the production, marketing, and distribution of select local and international products. Of special note, students will visit producers of Pecorino Toscana cheese, Brunello di Montalcino & Martelli pasta. There will also be a handful of hands-on activities including a cooking lesson, a cheese production workshop, and a lesson on making authentic Italian pizza. By the end of the trip, students will have a strong understanding of the numerous artisanal producers operating and their place in the international food value chain. Although the trip’s primary goals are academic, a wide array of cultural activities will be included throughout the trip to give students a wider appreciation of the food, history and culture of Italy.

For more information:
Dr. Michael Gunderson, AGEC,  


Academic Credit

3 credits AGEC 49800.


Students must remain in good academic standing with the college.

Program Cost

Approximately $4,000 plus $304.70 study abroad fee and airfare.

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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