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

Spain • France • Italy

December 29, 2020 - January 15, 2021



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 they impact the environment, and will begin to recognize how our consumption choices may be a potential solution or hazard to the global environmental crisis. In this multi-country traveling seminar, students will have the opportunity to taste Spanish, French, and Italian wines, speak directly with winemakers and industry experts, and visit cultural sites in Spain, France, and Italy.

Academics

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
The 2021 syllabus will be posted soon! View the 2020 syllabus here. Details are subject to change.

Itinerary

IAU is sensitive to the ever-changing landscape of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to continue to run our J-Term programs and have created alternative options for each program so that we are ready to pivot should travel restrictions and health guidelines not allow for the original program itineraries to run. Below, you will see the Itinerary A (original itinerary) and Itinerary B (modified itinerary) plans for this J-Term seminar. Students should keep in mind that these two possibilities exist for this J-Term program. We aim to decide on one itinerary no later than October 15. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Itinerary A

  • Spain: Barcelona
  • France: Aix-en-Provence and Cassis
  • Italy: Rome
View details of Itinerary A here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Itinerary B

  • France: Aix-en-Provence and Cassis
  • Spain: Barcelona
Details of Itinerary B will be available soon!

About the Professor

Professor Anthony Triolo is a Visiting Professor of Mediterranean Studies and Eco-gastronomy 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 2021: $5,845

Please note, the program fee is the same for Itinerary A and Itinerary B.


Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, intra-program transportation between each city and for all program-related excursions, daily breakfast and some group meals.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona 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 hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French or Spanish language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.