Study in Genoa: Food, Economy and Society on the Italian Rivera


Program Description:

Italy is famous for many things, but in particular, it is famed for the quality and diversity of its food. This program offers you the opportunity to explore first-hand what makes it special. Through site visits along the Riviera coast to producers of cheeses, sausage, olive oil, wine, and basil (the key ingredient in Genoa’s famed pesto sauce); explorations of museums and collections; and classes in history and language from Italian professors in FIU’s Genoa center (housed in a 1,000 year-old convent!), you will gain fundamental insights into Italian history, economy, society and culture. You will explore scenic towns such as Cinque Terre, Camoglia, and Portofino, as well as beaches and mountain trails a short distance from the city. Meanwhile you will reside in modern apartments located in or near Genoa’s sprawling medieval quarter, giving you a daily encounter with a way of life that goes back many centuries. All in five weeks—it will be the educational experience of a lifetime!

Though open to all students, the program is aimed at social science and history majors, and should be of interest to art history students as well. In addition, by completing the program you will qualify for up to 60% of the required credits for a Certificate in European Studies.

Location Description:

Perched between the Apennine Mountains and the sea, Genoa has been a Mediterranean port city for more than 2,500 years. Today, with a population of about 600,000, it is Italy’s most important port as well as a sister port of Miami. From the 14th through the 16th century Genoese bankers were the medieval equivalent of Wall Street, supporting the Spanish and Portuguese voyages of conquest, and their magnificent palazzos still dominate the city center. At its core Genoa has Europe’s largest preserved medieval city center, which remains a vibrant maze of shops, restaurants, and residences.


Program participants will live in fully furnished, shared apartments in the city and within walking distance of classes, shopping, and the train station.


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Program Overview:


  • Summer A 2023


  • Abroad: May 26 - July 1, 2023
    (depending on the travel restrictions amid COVID-19 - check with the Program Director)


(Students must take the 3 courses for a total of 6 credits)

  • ANT 3467 - Food and Culture (3 credits)
  • FOL 3955 - Italian Language and Culture (3 credits)- (Professor Alessandro Cavalieri, Genoa)


  • 6 credits total


The program fee is $2,995.00 and includes housing, textbooks, train and bus fares, and some meals for field trips, museum and fair admissions, some local transportation in Genoa, and mandatory health insurance.

The program fee does not include airfare, meals, most local transportation in Genoa, FIU tuition ($205.57/credit, 6 credits total), and the $195 OEA fee.


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For more Information:

  • European & Eurasian Studies Program
    Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 513
    T: 305-348-5949
  • Prof. A. Douglas Kincaid
    Program Director
    T: 305 348-6172
  • Office of Education Abroad
    T: 305-348-1913