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UMD-Summer: Italy: Food Writing (ENGL)

Rome, Italy
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Italy ENGL

Have you ever had an authentic Italian pizza? On this program you will have a chance to do so while exploring and writing about food and food cultures in central Italy. The program is based in Rome, with optional excursions elsewhere on the Italian peninsula. You will get a taste of the ancient traditions and modern trends governing food in Italy; examine the cultural, ethical, dietary 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 not only the University's Fundamental Studies requirement in Professional Writing but also your heart's desire to visit first-hand one of the world's most famous food destinations.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

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.

English 101 is a required prerequisite for this course. If you have taken courses with comparable content, you may contact the department for consideration. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (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 (3)

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.

Student apartments in Rome.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $43
Tuition $2,967
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $850
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $500
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $400
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

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

Peter Grybauskas, Program Director, teaches in the English department. Before joining the faculty at Maryland, he lived and taught for several years in Rome, where he also collaborated with the Roman Association of Tolkien Studies. Peter credits UMD Education Abroad with his first taste of Italy, which came during a semester abroad in Rome as an undergraduate. He is delighted to share his passion for Italian culture and gastronomy with a new generation of students.

Co-Instructor: Kannan Mahadevan earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in fiction-writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and he has taught Creative Writing and Composition at the college level. Food culture is one of his chief interests as a writer; a recipe of his is forthcoming from the Los Angeles Times food section.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. 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 to make iconic dishes in hands-on cooking classes.
  • Trace and document the history of legendary ingredients and dishes.
  • Launch a collaborative food blogging venture. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/01/2019 03/11/2019 05/25/2019 06/15/2019