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Food, Culture and Society in Italy

Conducted in English

This course is targeted toward students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as “made in Italy” culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore, and contemporary Italian society, drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism, and the economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large-scale context in which food is featured as either a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropological lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. Course activities include tours and cooking and tasting lessons.        

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Location: Florence, Italy

NY departure and return dates: January 2-23, 2014

Arrive in Florence morning of January 3rd

Course: 3 credits, FNES

Faculty: APICIUS

Housing: Shared housing in apartments

Program Costs:

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $2750

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduate): $735

Queens College program fee: $400

Travel insurance: $37

Consolidated fee (includes Tuition differential, Housing, Student and Lab Fees): $1578

Total cost with airfare: $3750

Airfare: $1000 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $600)


Application Deadline: November 4, 2013

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.


Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College - CUNY
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  

Email: Education Abroad


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