Rome Study Tour on Italian Food Culture and Sustainability

Study Tour
Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

Pairing the cornerstone of Italian culture—food—with an exploration of the traditional and new sustainable approaches to gastronomy and agriculture, this study tour goes right to the heart of Italian life. In the classroom, you explore the history of Italian food, types of cooking, regional dishes and produce, and the richness of Italy’s food culture. Food tours, farm and market visits, and cooking classes take you deeper into the culinary experience. Organizations that champion sustainability and social justice guide you in understanding new methods and approaches of agriculture and food production. With fulltime support from local experts, your gastro-adventure in Rome journeys you through the city’s finest historic sites as you digest all you’ve eaten and learned.

Visit Rome’s ancient sites and see its dramatic architecture

Learn in IES Abroad Rome Center on the banks of the great River Tiber

Explore Italy’s food culture, its history, cooking, and eating habits

Take cooking lessons and learn about the slow-food movement

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Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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About the University

About IES Abroad Rome Center

The IES Abroad Rome Center will be your meeting point for all things study abroad. Meet with the full-time on-site staff who will support you throughout your time abroad. Attend classes with IES Abroad Rome faculty. Relax with new friends on the patio overlooking city rooftops. The IES Abroad Rome Center is situated along the Tiber River and centrally located within the city.


By the end of your study tour, you can confidently explain the main Italian cooking methods, using appropriate terminology of food and food preparations. Your understanding of Italian regional geography reflects on each region’s origins, its typical foods, and those generational recipes handed down through families. You discuss organic farming, the importance of local markets, and the relationship between the seasons and the food on your plate. As you meander the cobbled Roman streets, you share conversations about slow food, Italian policy and legislation on food and wine, and the importance of wine, cheese, and olive oil to the Italian identity.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements of the program—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by the program, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You will need to supply additional information throughout the process, and our helpful team will alert you via email or your MyIESAbroad Student Portal whenever this is necessary.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Cambridge Eiken: 150 
  • Duolingo English Proficiency Test: 65 
  • GTEC: 960 
  • GTEC Academic: L/R 240, L/R/W/S 550 
  • IELTS: 4.5 
  • iTEP Academic: 3.0 
  • STEP EIKEN: Level 2 
  • TEAP: 280 
  • TOEFL iTP: 450 
  • TOEFL iBT: 45 
  • TOEIC: 450 

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information

As academic study tours are typically a short, intense period of exploration and discovery, with a narrow lens on a specific theme, they usually last a few weeks—shorter than the normal study abroad experience—and sometimes travel to multiple destinations.

For this reason, SAF arranges the best short-term student accommodation, which usually means the cohort stays in hotels or hostels during term time and, for summer programs, in university campus or off campus, private residence halls. Each program has different accommodation requirements, so SAF plans for each diligently. Program advisors can share more detailed information and field additional questions.

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Why Rome

Rome is famous as the hub of the Roman Empire and its far-reaching international development of civilization. Now, the capital of Italy is an incredibly popular tourist destination, with visitors flooding there to see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, and the Pantheon. Industrially, it holds an important role in high-tech services—think IT, aerospace, defense—and banking. 

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Get Acclimated

The SAF Staff on the ground will introduce you to the details of your itinerary and explain where and when you eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch. They have all the answers, just ask!

Learn by Doing

Academic experts guide you through a learning by doing experience, blending culture with best pedagogic practice to support your coursework and development and to help you retain knowledge.

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your tour group will share in the arranged social and cultural events as well as hands-on learning, so you have many opportunities to collaborate with other international SAF Scholars, experience the destination you’re in, and build friendships for life.

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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