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Study Abroad - Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability of the Mediterranean Traveling Seminar

France • Spain

December 28, 2018 - January 14, 2019



The Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability of the Mediterranean J-Term Seminar focuses on the appreciation of gastronomy and wine while exploring regional and local delicacies. Students will learn to appreciate how these products are produced, understand how it impacts the environment, and will begin to recognize how our consumption choices may be a potential solution or hazard to the global environmental crisis.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Business/Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry 
  • Geography/Marketing/Wine Studies 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics 
  • Hospitality Management/Wine Studies 317: Wine and Food Pairing 
  • Marketing/Wine Studies 312: Wine Marketing and Analysis 
  • Environmental Studies 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 
  • International Relations 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 
  • Geography 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin

Sites visited include:

  • France: Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Rhône Valley, Cassis, and Bordeaux 
  • Spain: Barcelona, Cava, and Penedès

View the 2019 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 



About the Professors

Amy Mumma

Amy Mumma has directed the IAU Global Wine Studies program since 2013, a program that focuses on the international business of wine. As a professor, she teaches courses in economics, marketing, and branding, and directs the social media team. She has worked and taught in the international wine industry for more than fifteen years in education, import/export, marketing, wines as an alternative investment, and consulting.

Amy served for over a decade as the Director of the Institute of Wine, Beverages, and Gastronomy, and founded the Central Washington University Wine Program, a four-year accredited Bachelor of Science in International Business. In France, Amy won the Professional Wine Woman award in Paris in 2005 and 2006 and continues to serve as a judge for the International Wine Woman Awards and judges wine competitions around the world. In the U.S. Amy has been commended in the US Congressional Record by Honorable Doc Hastings for her service to the wine industry and was named a Western Innovator by the Capital Press. Amy has a Master’s of Business Administration in Wine Industry from the University of Bordeaux Business School, a Diploma of Tasting and Wine Studies from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, and the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. Her undergraduate degrees from the University of Puget Sound include Language, International Affairs, and Biochemistry. She has published numerous articles for the wine industry and written five books on wine ranging from viticulture and enology, wine regions, marketing, sensory analysis, and wine faults.

Anthony Triolo

Professor Anthony Triolo is a long-time Professor of International Relations and Environmental Politics at IAU. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies (Histoire Militaire, Securite et Defense) from IEP, Aix-en-Provence, France in conjunction with Universite Paul Valery III, Montpellier, France. Professor Triolo is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has several years of hands-on experience managing sustainable and organic vineyards. His scholarly interests are centered around the relationships between international security and global environmental crisis with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture, which he sees as a possible panacea, playing a significant role in mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food insecurity.

Program Fees

January 2019: $5,650

All program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, medical insurance, entrance fees to guest lecture venues, transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.