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  • Locations: Parma, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Hotel GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, BC Resident Director
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: International Studies
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Political Science major elective; History major/minor elective; International Studies major/minor el Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: INTL 2251, HIST 2505, SOCY 3351, POLI 2251 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

This course will seek to provide an intellectual and analytical-driven framework around the question of food as an integral part of any human experience, but particularly our experience with food through across cultures. We each have a unique opportunity to understand better the role of food in each of our lives as we move through this summer program by examining our own cultural and political assumptions and those of others from a new point of view. We can appreciate the lenses brought by other individuals, cultures and places to the acts of eating and producing food. Finally, we can express the human experience of food in ways that represent our understandings, experiences and vision for a healthy, just and pleasurable relationship to food in ways that can be shared and appreciated by others. In eating and producing food, we exist simultaneously in a deeply personal and communal place, a place of the present, past and future in which we are never more and less than human.

This seminar is suitable for students majoring in History, Political Science, Sociology, and International Studies. 

Program Dates 

Arrival in Parma: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Departure from Parma: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Faculty Leader

Dr. Hiroshi Nakazato


This course examines the connections between food and power and looks at how the acquisition of food affects relations within and across societies. As a rich agricultural center for the European Union, the Parma region serves as an ideal location to study these issues.

Draft Syllabus:
Food, Power & Politics Syllabus, Version 2015.pdf


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Three separate costs are billed to Agora:
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition is $2412)
  • HTH international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2500)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed with another BC student in a shared hotel room. Five group dinners each week at a local restaurant are included in the program cost. Students should budget for additional meal costs. 

Cultural Activities

The following trips and activities are included in the program cost:
  • Wine Tour (Castell’Arquato Vineyard)
  • Visit Academia Barilla, use Gastronomic Library archives for research
  • Visit to Food Museums: Tomato-Prosciutto-Salame-Parmigiano Museums
  • Visit to ALMA cooking school
  • Trip to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Trip to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in Rome
  • Tour of Parma’s main monuments (Cathedral, Baptistry, Palazzo della Pilotta, etc.)
Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Parma. It is strongly recommended that students fly into Milan's Malpensa Airport on the morning of May 21. Group transportation will be provided from Malpensa Airport to Parma on the arrival day. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.


This program is currently not accepting applications.