August 2015

43 Students Gain International Perspectives in Italy by Utilizing Polytechnic Education


The Collins College sent 43 students to the Apicius International School of Hospitality this summer to learn about the regions of Italy first-hand.


The group, led by Professor Marjorie Feree Jones and Administrative Analyst Rachel Duenas, landed in Florence in late June. During their time abroad, students embraced their polytechnic training and cultivated an appreciation for Italian cooking while also learning about the culture, history, and language of Italy. Italian culture was brought to life through trips to wineries, restaurants, and museums.


An eight-day cultural tour, from Rome to Florence, served as an introduction class. Students then lived in Florence, the birth place of the Renaissance, while studying at the Apicius campus for three weeks.


They had their choice of five courses from which to choose from at Apicius, including Tuscany and Its Wines; Grow Green, Learn Italian; Food, Culture and Society in Italy; and Tradition of Italian Food I and II. Classes were taught in English by experienced faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, located in Villa Brilli Peri, a historic palazzi in the center of Florence.


Students in Rome
Apicius study abroad trip 2015