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UMD-Summer: Italy: Food Writing (ENGL)

Rome, Italy
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Italy ENGL
Calling all adventurous eaters and aspiring cooks!

If food is language, what stories can it tell? What did ancient Romans eat? How and when did our ideas of "Italian" food become a fixed tradition?  And what makes a pizza "authentic," anyway? This program allows students to explore such questions while steeped in the food culture of Rome and its surroundings. Taste of both Italian food's ancient traditions and modern trends; examine the cultural, historical, ethical, and environmental issues attendant to food consumption and production; and craft argumentative and expository food writing for real audiences across a number of genres. The course satisfies the University's Fundamental Studies requirement in Professional Writing and the heart's desire to visit first-hand one of the world's most famous food destinations.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. *ENGL101 is a required prerequisite to participate in this program. Students must have completed 60 credits before taking a professional writing course.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • ENGL391: Advanced Composition

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

The course is approved to fulfill the University's Fundamental Studies requirement in Professional Writing (English, ARHU) and Social and Human Dimensions in Sustainability Studies minor.

Students will live in shared apartments and/or hotel rooms with their peers.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
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*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International ScholarshipOnline applications will open mid-January and close on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Summer 2023 costs reflected.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
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Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
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This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
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Course materials
Incidental Expenses
Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional) 

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Peter Grybauskas (Program Leader) teaches courses on fantasy and food on campus and abroad for the English department.  He is the author of A Sense of Tales Untold: Exploring the Edges of Tolkien's Literary Canvas and editor of Tolkien's The Battle of Maldon.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leaders. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Discover, dine at, and review restaurants in Italy. 
  • Learn from real pasta grannies in hands-on cooking classes.
  • Trace the history of legendary dishes and ingredients.
  • Launch a collaborative food writing venture. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023 06/10/2023 06/28/2023