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Italy Short Term Study Abroad

International and Regional Foods (FSS 2242C)
3 credits and 5 Lab Hours

  •  March 7 - 18, 2024
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Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE. All information is subject to change. Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

Program Overview

Students will have the opportunity to learn about various Italy cooking techniques and Hospitality at the University of Florence. Explore traditional Italian menu items and the effect of tradition in the European diet. Emphasis is placed on the importance of balance of nutrients including but not limited to carbohydrates. We will be visiting food halls and several markets in central Florence. The class will take walking tours of Florence, Pienza and Pasa visiting cheese factories, museums in history and art. There will be three day trips to various towns emphasizing their particular foods and hospitality. The Day trips include Parma, Pienza and Pasa. Classes taught by The University of Firenze will include geography and history, modern student life, and Italian Cuisine. By the end of the class student will be able to synthesis their global experience into their personal life

Course Description

INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL FOODS (Prerequisites: FOS 2201, FSS 1203C, FSS 1246C) Emphasis is placed on learning to use various condiments and seasonings that are indigenous to different parts of the world in food preparation. Topics may include Far East cuisine, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, North African cuisine, and Continental cuisine. Lectures, demonstrations and preparations will also cover American regional cooking. Student must successfully pass written and practical examination covering a variety of cooking techniques.

Applications Closed

Spring Application & Payment Deadlines

  •  August 2023 – Applications Open
  •  10/6/2023 - Applications Close
  •  10/13/2023 - Application Payment Deadline
  •  10/27/2023 - Passport Deadline & Orientation
  •  11/3/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •  12/1/2023 - Final Payment Deadline

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
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Things to Consider Before You Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with the Italy’s travel risk outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels.  Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only.  Please see GPA requirements.
  • This program has prerequisites required - FOS 2201, FSS 1203C, FSS 1246C.
  • Students are required to attend all pre-departure and re-entry class meetings.
  • Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces.  Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, train, or bus.  Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program.  Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions.
  • If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals will be included in the price.  All other snacks, meals, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must acquire passports.  Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  • Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with bathrooms shared.
  • During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  • Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  • It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts. Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites if applicable.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by the time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Requirements

  • Culinary, Pastry, Hospitality students

  • FOS 2201, FSS 1203C, & FSS 1246C or Departmental Approval

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.

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Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip airfare
  •  Daily Continental Breakfasts and a few additional lunches/dinners.
  •  Accommodations
  •  Cultural and Professional Visits
  •  Most Ground Transportation
  •  On-site Director & Support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Most meals apart from breakfasts and a few included lunches/dinners
  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  •  Immunizations
  •  Spending money
  •  Tips


Pre-Departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  10/27/2023 SAGE Orientation
     1:00 - 4:00pm
     Downtown Campus
     DPAC East, room 255, bldg. 2, 2nd. floor
  •  11/20/2023 Meeting 1
     2:00pm - 5:00pm
     Downtown Campus
  •  12/4/2023 Meeting 2
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  01/22/2024 Meeting 3
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  02/06/2024 Meeting 4
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  03/01/2024 Meeting 5
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Downtown Campus
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  03/27/2024 Re-Entry Meeting 1
    8:00am - 2:00pm
    Downtown Campus
    Union West 5-530
  •  03/27/2024 Re-entry Meeting 2
    8:00am - 3:00pm
    Downtown Campus
    Union West 5-530

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.