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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Autumn 2017
October 3 – December 5, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,600
 Credits 12-15 UW credits
 Prerequisites Sophomore status or above. A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred.
 Program      Directors Ann Anagnost
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline April 2, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General The program focuses on three content areas: global debates on food and hunger, Italian food history and culture, and contemporary food change movements in and around the city of Rome.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

The UW Rome Center is located in the historic center of the city on the Campo de' Fiori, which is also the site of a daily fruit and produce market. The market will be the starting point for an examination of the organization, politics, economy, and culture of the local food system. From there, we will further our investigation at increasing scales of analysis: the city of Rome, the nation of Italy, the European Union, and the globe. We will also take advantage of the proximity of the world headquarters of the UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) by attending World Food Day activities on October 16th and learning about how issues such as global hunger are being debated at the center of global food governance.

The program activities will primarily take place in Rome but will also include two field trips:

(1) A farm stay at Suzie’s Yard, an organic farm outside of Cetona in Tuscany where we will be participating in the olive oil harvest.
(2) Five days will be spent at Tenuto di Spannocchia, an ancient agricultural estate now an environmental learning center in Tuscany near the city of Siena. We will be planting and harvesting vegetables and participating in classes on the philosophy and economics of preserving the traditional agricultural landscape through organic farming. The program fees would include membership to WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming) so that we would be in compliance with Italian law for participation in the fields.


Rome, Italy


Tuscany (Cetona and Spannocchia) and Rome


Housing in Rome will be handled by the Rome Center Staff. Housing is provided on site for our two farm stays.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is designed for Anthropology majors and students from other departments with an interest in food studies, but it is certainly not limited to these. The course has been approved for credit that can be applied to the Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH) track in anthropology. It also counts for the new Interdisciplinary Minor in Food Studies. We will be doing a lot of hands-on activities with food that will be integrated with the learning goals of the program. There will be two one-week farm stay in which living conditions may be somewhat rustic.

Sophomore status or above. A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred, but students should not rule out applying on that basis, especially if they are strongly motivated by the program content. These students are welcome to come talk to the program director about their application.

We will be either walking or taking public transportation for most of our activities in Rome, but accommodation can be sought in most instances for students with physical difficulties.


12-15 Credits


ANTH 411 (12 credits)

This course explores the many cultural aspects of food, the ways in which food and eating connect us to the social and natural worlds through the production, preparation, and consuming of food, and how contemporary social movements are changing the way we understand our relation to food. The specific focus is to explore the food culture of Italy as a way of seeing American food culture from a different perspective. Through food we will explore many facets of Italian culture—the ties between city and country, national and regional identities, gender and sexuality, concepts of the body, health and wellbeing, social rituals, exchange and morality, and historical memory. We will examine the debates around Italian efforts to preserve food traditions, as exemplified by the Slow Food Movement, and the role of urban food sovereignty projects in the wake of the European economic crisis, and how these efforts are beginning to connect with global social movements focused on food justice.

Learning Goals: 

Explain the impact of the global food change on environment, human health, and social inequality. Use the concept of “gastronomy” as a critical framework drawn from multiple disciplines to understand the “back story” of food. Develop models for alternative food systems through the study of small-scale sustainable agriculture in the European context. Students will write short papers in response to a prompt, they will prepare reading briefs for class discussion, and they will share the results of their research with their peers in a formal presentation at the end of the program.

ANTH 499 (3 credits)

Students have the option of doing independent research projects in addition to the regular program on some aspect of food culture and politics from the perspective of being in Rome. The first two weeks will be spent on exploring research topics, methods, and feasibility. Each student electing this option will meet with the instructor on a weekly basis to assess progress and determine next steps. The final project will be a research paper, short film, or other form of communicative delivery, as well as a short presentation of their research findings to the rest of the group.

Learning Goals: 

Develop a research project through the development of a proposal, Apply ethnographic methods to investigate the research question, Use methods of qualitative analysis of data. Produce a vehicle for reporting research results, in the form of writing an academic report, producing a short film or photo essay.


Program Directors & Staff

Ann Anagnost, Department of Anthropology, Program Director

Ann has taken students to Rome on this program for 7 of the last 8 years. She teaches courses on various aspects of food politics, the anthropology of the body, and contemporary China. Dafne Chanaz di Saint Amour is a local food activist in Rome who will be a co-instructor for this program. She is the founder of Casa del Cibo (House of Food), which is a center for hands on, experiential learning about various aspects of food.

Program Expenses

Cost: $7,600

Estimated Program Fee of $7,600, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $7,600 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.