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2018 Verona Summer Program

Aerial view of Verona, Italy 
Photo courtesy of Rachel Wood '10

Verona 2018 boasts an exciting offer of two STEM courses from which students can choose to satisfy an HAF/SMT/GD requirement, or perhaps an elective for the Chemistry minor. As part of this years' program, both courses offer delicious excursions to a winery, olive oil & cheese making factories, and all the gelato and Italian culture one can only find in beautiful Italy. Included in the program fee is an Italian cooking class and dinner in an established culinary school in Verona, as well. Both courses also feature day excursions to Venice & Lake Garda, and an overnight excursion to Florence as part of the program fee. You will find this program to be a very affordable option, especially when you consider the generous grants and scholarships brought to Fitchburg State students from the Center for Italian Culture. If you will be participating in this program, be sure to apply for one of the scholarships available to you. 

**Applications are no longer accepted at this time.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact Tracey Sarefield for more information. 

Chemistry of Verona: Basic Nutrition & Chemistry of Winemaking, Cheese Making and Olive Oil

CHEM 2500

Portrait of Professor Meledath Govindan
Professor Meledath Govindan, no pre-requisites

This course will provide an introduction to nutrition and relate it to the Mediterranean diet by examining the chemistry of wine, cheese and olive oil. Chemistry and biology of wine making will be examined together with visits to wineries located around Verona to gain firsthand knowledge of the process. The science of cheese making will be considered and augmented by a visit to a cheese factory. The chemistry of olive oil and its nutritional benefits will be examined along with a visit to a nearby olive oil production facility. SMT, GDC

Health & Fitness Across Cultures

EXSS1000 (PDF)

Portrait of Monica Maldari
Professor Monica Maldari, no pre-requisites

Experience life like an Italian! Health & Fitness Across Cultures will evaluate lifestyle habits between the American and Italian cultures. Students will learn about common nutritional and physical activity guidelines while approaching these behaviors from the European perspective. Field trips will include travel to the iconic cities of Florence and Venice as well as trips to wine making, cheese making and olive oil making facilities. Physical activity will include walks that explore the Veneto area. SMTHAF, GDC

Program dates: (*dates are approximate until tickets are purchased*)

Depart from Boston – May 22, 2018

Arrive Verona – May 23, 2018

Return to Boston – June 19, 2018

Program Fees:


Program fee includes...

Roundtrip airfare, housing, in-country transportation to all excursions, medical insurance, $100 security deposit* (refunded at the completion of program if no damages are found)

...but does not include

Fitchburg State University GCE tuition per class, meals

Payment Schedule: (all payments are made through Student Accounts

January 19, 2018: $1,500

March 16, 2018: $2,400

Refund Policy

After January 19, 2018 all money paid is non-refundable.

Students in the 2015 Verona Summer Program
2015 Verona Summer Program