Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Programs: Rome

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Italy
Sunday, May 10, 2020 to Saturday, June 6, 2020
Department: 
GLOBE
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Semester: 
Summer
Year: 
2020
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Interested in understanding the causes and dynamics of world hunger?

Do you ever wonder what is happening to improve the lives of the world's 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty?

This integrated production and policy program will allow students to gain valuable knowledge, skills and abilities with respect to global agricultural production, resources and food issues.

Students will combine coursework conducted at ISU and on-site work with professional teams in Rome to explore real-world projects focused on global food and agriculture issues. Students will work with professionals at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Students will present their findings to FAO at the end of the program.

Students will, at the end of the program, enhance their own thinking while working in a high-functioning team environment to evaluate complex issues associated with global agriculture and food issues like biodiversity, foreign food aid, food security, food safety, environmental/resource conservation, global economy and the role of the US and the UN in these issues.

Informational Meetings

Thursday, September 25, 2019
5:10 - 6:00 p.m.
13 Curtiss Hall

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
9 Curtiss Hall

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
5:10 - 6:00 p.m.
13 Curtiss Hall

Participant Selection Criteria

  • A diverse group of students junior standing or above preferred.
  • All majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who are in good academic standing, are welcome to apply.
  • Students must demonstrate a sincere willingness and interest in experiential learning and agriculture, resources and food.
  • Students must take both an on-campus course and the travel component to complete the program.
  • Students must attend the pre-departure course(Globe 495) and the international course (GLOBE 497) to complete the program. 
  • GLOBE 495 spring course will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.10-5.00 pm. All students must pass this course to participate in the GLOBE 497 course for summer.
  • Answers to the application questions will be considered by the selection committee not only for the quality of the answers but as a sample of your writing ability.  Interviews may be required.
  • Must be in good academic standing

For more information contact Shelley Taylor, sztaylor@iastate.edu or 0018 Curtiss Hall.

Note: Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office

Course Information

You will earn a total of 5 credits for Globe 495 (2 credits) Spring 2020 Semester; GLOBE 497 (3 credits) Summer Session. Globe 495 - This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.

  • For pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.10-5.00 pm at a location TBD. This course will

    • Set the tone for the program

    • Discuss academic portion 

    • Lay out expectations and procedures 

    • Answer your questions and concerns

    • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.

Globe 497 Travel portion of the course will take place in May.

Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.  

Program Fee*
$4,163 (includes housing, group meals, program coordination, weekend excursion to Tuscany)

Other ISU Fees*
$969 summer tuition
$252 summer fees
105 Study Abroad administrative fee
$37 CISI health insurance and travel assist

*Billed to U-bill

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
$1,700 airfare
$500 meals
$400 personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, vaccines and preventative medications, etc.)
$175 passport and mailing*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed (up to $145)

Budget Sheets for CALS Rome Program 2020

Scholarship Information
There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2019

Summer tuition for 3 credits of summer Globe 497 course will be reimbursed to students through Summer Global Tuition Scholarship. Students in Collge of Agriculture and Life Sciences will receive 100% reimbursement. Students from other colleges will receive 75% reimbursement. Only ISU tuition (fees not included) for Globe 497 will be reimbursed.

Other Scholarship Resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of December 1, 2019.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision

  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation

  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary
Students will spend four weeks in Rome working on projects with professional teams from The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Students will spend 20 to 30 hours per week on their projects, utilizing the classroom and meeting space in the ISU College of Design's facility and meeting with the FAO professional teams as needed. Professional team meetings will be determined according to their schedules upon meeting with the students in Rome. Students will have several field trips that will be organized around the FAO meetings and will be relevant to the project content. Examples of field trips include meetings with the US Mission to the UN Agencies, conferences in Rome with agricultural topics, and visits to local farms or food/agribusinesses.

Week 1 

Day 1
Introduction to Roma, College of Design facilities, orientation meeting, walking tour of neighborhood

Day 2
FAO visits

Day 3
Field Trip

Day 4
Project work

Weekend
Roma area, students on own, or optional organized tour

Week 2

Day 1
Project Work

Day 2
Student update reports to professional teams

Day 3
Field Trip

Day 4
Digest, reflect, mini-sessions

Day 5
Leave for Chianti region or livestock bio-diversity focused tour

Weekend
Pre-organized Food Systems of Italy tour to Chianti region

Week 3

Day 1
Teams work on Project

Day 2
Teams work on Project
Student update reports to professional teams

Day 3
Teams work on Project

Day 4
Field Trip

Day 5
Digest, reflect, mini-sessions

Weekend
Free, students on own

Week 4

Day 1
Teams work on Project

Day 2
Teams work on Project

Day 3
Team Presentations to professional teams

Day 4
Team Presentations to professional teams

Day 5
Reflection, course review, evaluation

Weekend
Program ends
Leave for USA (ISU Saturday/Sunday or travel on own)