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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/10/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2019 06/02/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Hospitality & Rest Adm (HSP)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CNAS
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


Travel to Tuscany and immerse yourself in the rich historical and culinary traditions of central Italy. Experience the production of quintessential Italian foods; pasta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Chianti wines, balsamic vinegar and more. In addition we will focus upon the agri-tourism movement by visiting markets, local food cooperatives and farms. The art, gardens, foods and wines of the Medici’s will inspire you for a lifetime.

Program Fee: $5,160

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • HSP 497 (1)
Maximum Credit Hours: 1-3

Abbe Ehlers
Department of Hospitality Leadership


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD • Basic information about international travels in general and travels to Florence & Siena Italy specifically. Traveling safely: awareness, actions and the buddy system.
• Packing for success- less is more.  How to not look like a tourist.
• Geography- physical setting of Tuscany including basic geology, topography, climate and vegetation and how environmental conditions impact the agriculture of Italy.
• Cultural cuisine: Foods, their production and preparation as part of a region’s cuisine as well as their importance to the cultural norms and lifestyles.
• Sustainable practices of agriculture and tourism (agriturismo) in the Tuscan region location.
• Student project assignment topics selected.
Program Itinerary   
May 23 Travel to Florence, Italy. Arrival pick-up and transport to hotel 
•Hotel check-in and SAI Orientation 
•Florence walking tour 
•Welcome dinner 
May 24 •Breakfast at hotel 
•Market Tour and Cooking Class at Colle Bereto 
• Winery Cellar Tour 
• Cooking Class 
May 25 Breakfast at hotel 
•Guided tour of Uffizi Museum 
•Group lunch at S. Lorenzo market 
•Lecture and Cooking Class on Mediterranean Cuisine - includes dinner 
May 26 Breakfast at the Hotel
Free Day in Florence
May 27 Breakfast at Hotel
Day trip-Hike the Tuscan Hill:
• Fiesole walking guided tour
• Archeological Museum and Area guided visit
• Guided hike
• Wine tasting
May 28 Breakfast at the Hotel
Day trip to Emilia Romagna for food tour of Parmigiana-Reggiano Cheese producer and true Parma Ham producer.  Lunch
May 29 Breakfast at the hotel
Hotel check-out departure to Siena
Pasta Factory on way to Siena
Arrival in Siena and hotel check-in
Siena walking guided tour
Visit to Vegetable garden/herbarium Cooperative Dinner at Coop
May 30 Breakfast at the Hotel
Contrada Museum guided tour with lecture on “Palio and Tourism in Siena”
Day trip to local pig farm: Cinta Senese Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese tastings
May 31 Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Agriturismo
*Vineyard visit and wine tasting
June 1 Breakfast at hotel
Free Day in Siena
Farewell dinner
June 2 Breakfast at Hotel
Hotel Check out and transport to airport
Post-Program Meetings Topic

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.