In 2013 the Mediterranean Diet of several countries, including Italy, was added to the list of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mediterranean Diet is described by UNESCO as “a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.” According to the United Nations, Italy also has one of the longest life expectancies in the world due in part to the health benefits of these same eating practices.
In this course, you will analyze the Mediterranean lifestyle (food and eating practices) in southern Italy, specifically Sicily, from a historical/cultural, scientific, and sociological perspective. In Siracusa, you will experience a regional subculture of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle in Italy through visits to food producers, farms, local markets, a traditional pizzeria, a cooking lesson, a dining experience with a family, and lectures/discussions with two food historians and nutritionists.
May 13 - May 20, 2020
Experience the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle of Southern Italy in the UNESCO heritage site of Siracusa in Sicily.
Experience the local food system through farms, food producers, and markets.
Cooking class and dinner with local families.
Tours of Greek and Roman ruins, the Baroque architecture of Noto, the famous chocolate production of Modica, Mount Etna’s fertile landscape, and the breathtaking Sicilian coast.
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Syracuse was an important centre in the Grecian period, and Roman writer Cicero described it as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." Master mathematician Archimedes lived and worked here, but was killed during the Roman conquest. There are many places of interest, most of them in two areas: the island of Ortigia (Ortygia) reflects the early modern or baroque period. Neapolis, the "new town", is older by about 2000 years. Syracuse is also a good base for exploring south-east Sicily, including the Baroque towns of Ragusa and Noto, several archaeological sites, and the lively city of Catania. "Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica" have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
Students will register during the spring registration period for ONE of the following courses:
ITA 350: Food and Culture: The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy (3 credits) (fulfills CLAS Science and Society requirement)
ITA 394: The Mediterranean Food and Culture in Sicily (1 credit) (only available to students who have already completed ITA 350 prior to Spring semester 2020)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.
The course will be taught via Canvas (ocourse/icourse) in Spring Session B leading up to the abroad portion at the end of the Spring semester 2020.
Students who have already taken ITA 350 may participate in the study abroad portion of the course by enrolling in one credit of ITA 394: The Mediterranean Food and Culture in Sicily.
Chiara Dal Martello
Principal Lecturer, School of International Letters and Cultures
Office: LL 541B
Students will be in shared rooms in hotels or apartments.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is TBD.
Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, some meals academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 or 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program. The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.
The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered through the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC), consists of grants of $500 to $1000 awarded to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students participating in ASU Study Abroad faculty-directed summer programs sponsored by (SILC) or ASU Study Abroad GIE Programs (Global Intensive Programs) sponsored by SILC. Application details for AY 2019-2020 will be announced soon and application form is accessible here:https://clas-forms.asu.edu/silc/dorothy-govekar-endowed-scholarship