Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies
Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies Programs
If you’re a certified ‘foodie’, you will love to enroll in any of our programs and courses at Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies (GLi). We are Italy’s...
Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies Reviews
Vegan foodie studies sustainability and stays full in Rome!
Submitted by Marguerite Horton - The University of Vermont | October 01, 2017
While abroad, I learned that there are amazing people doing amazing work to combat the social and environmental issues that I am passionate about. I got a first hand experience in regards to how important it is to get worldly views of these issues and to compare and contrast how effectively they are being dealt with in one place versus another. My favorite part about Gustolab was how hands on the entire learning experience was. I think that inside the class room, what was asked from us was incredibly fair. I don't think I would been able to get the full experience of Rome if I had taken another course or had more work to do. However, I do believe that one of the responsibilities of being accepted to a program that encourages constant critical thinking and the immersion of yourself into the culture, is being constantly active and engaged during your stay. How Salem, Margherita, and Maria Palos can handle so many students at one time I will never know. Together, they are always there for anyone who needs anything literally ever. I greatly appreciated them throughout my stay in Rome in addition to my professors and Sonia Massari. Rome has UNREAL vegan food. I was so surprised and so thankful for the amount of restaurants I found that had no issue accommodating to me. It gave me so much hope to find and eat at all vegan/vegetarian establishments while studying sustainable food systems abroad. I highly highly highly recommend either knowing Italian before you go or taking a class while you are there. I found social interactions to be so incredibly beautiful and was bummed I could not engage myself because I did not know any Italian myself.
A phenomenal experience
Submitted by Anita - - | September 26, 2017
The staff were amazing and really helped make our transition into 'life in Rome' really easy. We had excellent support from the staff and our professors. As a pre-med, the classes were very very veryyy relaxed compared to what I was used to at my home institution, which I loved. The classes we took were chosen for us, which I didn't like, but they were interesting. The food was the best part. When we were out with Gustolab, we ate like kings. I was always overful, but somehow lost weight (from all of the walking?) during the trip. I learned a lot about olive oil and wine, which guides the way I approach foods provided here in the USA. I am very picky with my food now because I have experienced what delicious food is, and I am forever grateful to this experience for that. I would definitely recommend this program if you're looking to learn about how deeply intertwined food and the Italian culture actually are. OR, if you just want to have amazing life-changing experiences and eat fantastic food, THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU!
Great to learn about sustainability and food culture in Italy
Submitted by Angie Mapura - - | September 26, 2017
I would definitely choose the same program again. It was a perfect combination of time spent inside the classroom and time spent outside of it. As a psychology major I was exposed to a completely different field that I came to appreciate. My favorite part of the whole semester abroad was spending two whole weeks learning about the production of Olive Oil and Wine, where as a result we got to stay in a beautiful organic farm for a whole week, visited vineyards in Tuscany and Umbria, and olive tree orchards in Campania. Overall, the Food and Culture program at GustoLab was definitely a great immersion to the Italian food culture.
A great cultural experience
Submitted by Gina Giamalva - - | September 26, 2017
Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see and do. The food studies program took advantage of this by integrating field trips to meet with local food professionals into our studies. Exploring Rome through the eyes of our professors was a great way to see a different side of the city that we otherwise wouldn't have. I learned so much about wine, sustainability, and Italian culture as a whole and would definitely recommend this program!
The only way to experience Rome!
Submitted by Emma Eichelman - - | September 26, 2017
My time abroad was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We all learned a lot about Italian culture, specifically through field trips and classroom work. Our program focused on food systems so we also got to taste the most amazing Italian cuisine. This program is a perfect blend of traditional classroom time and time to really experience Rome with local people. This was the best semester I had during my time in college and I highly recommend it to anyone!