EcoGastronomy at the UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad Program
EcoGastronomy Program Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics 10 Garrison Avenue University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 603-862-3327 Ecog.firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.unh.edu/ecoGastronomy UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad Program College of Liberal Arts • University of New Hampshire 210L Murkland Hall • 15 Library Way • Durham, NH 03824 Phone (603) 862-4005 www.unhinitaly.unh.edu/
2013 Fall E c o G a s t r o n o m y a t U N H - i n - I t a l y P r o g r a m
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Program Information Program Costs Application Process Preparation Field Studies and Academic Programs Student Life Information Health Insurance and Medical Costs Courtesy Discipline, Health and Safety Departure
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Program Dates: Arrive in Venice - Sept. 9 Orientation - Sept. 9-11 Arrive in Ascoli Piceno: Sept. 11 Mid-semester break Oct. 21-25. Program ends /Departure date Dec. 6 SLOW FOOD CHEESE FESTIVAL, Bra, Italy Thursday, September 19 to 23, 2013
Eligibility In order to participate in the EGIP students must:
Have standing as sophomores,
Have a 2.5 GPA,
Be free of major disciplinary infractions in accordance with SRRR §2.4, Have declared, or be prepared to declare a disciplinary major, Completed or enrolled in the Introduction to EcoGastronomy course with a grade of C or better. . Page 3
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Course Number and Cost ITAL 685: UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad Projected Fall Semester Fees and Expenses (based on 2012/2013 tuition) The UNH-in-Italy Program reserves the right to adjust fees at any time. Tuition covers courses up to 20 credits, and there is a special fee of approximately $1,800.00 that covers housing, text books and course-related excursions. Application fee $40 (non-refundable) Room damage deposit $200 (any unused portion will be refunded after the students return to the United States) Not Included : Meals, personal travel, miscellaneous living costs, and transportation to and from Italy 2013 Fall EcoGastronomy in Italy / UNH-in-Italy Program Estimated Costs Tuition for NH Residents Tuition for Out-of-State Residents Projected Mandatory Fees UNH technology fee Application Fee Study Abroad Admin Fee UNH International Travel Insur Fee Est. Additional Expenses Est. Airfare Total Est. Costs for NH Residents Total Est. Costs for Out-of-State Residents
$6,835 $13,670 $1,800 $88.50 $40 $200 $150 $4,360* $1200 $14,673.50 $21,508.50
On-site Costs* In addition to the fee and tuition, you will need funds in Italy for food, all personal and incidental expenses, and vacation travel. These costs vary significantly from student to student because they are based on individual spending habits and lifestyle, but in general, costs in Italy are high. The dollarâ€™s changing value will also affect costs. One-time variable cost (based on individual student reporting) Estimated variable monthly costs: Groceries and meals: Incidentals & personal expenses: Vacation travel: Total estimated variable cost per month:
min. max. $250 - 360 $260 - 450 $150 - 560 $660 - 1,370
Purchase of Cell Phone Room Damage Deposit Total Estimated Variable Costs for semester:
$50 $200 $2,230- 4,360*
Application Process Below are the steps a student needs to take in order to plan his or her study abroad experience. 1. All students seeking admission to the EGIP shall complete a UNH-in-ITALY APPLICATION http:// www.unhinitaly.unh.edu/media/pdfs/ application.pdf The application deadline is April 3. There is a $40 application fee. 2. Apply for your passport. If you have a passport, check the expiration date to confirm that it will not expire until 6 months after your return. 3. Complete the Study Away Eligibility form and return the form to the Conduct and Mediation office located in 4 Hitchcock Hall by March 1st.
Prior Disciplinary and Criminal Incidents The EGIP adheres to a policy adopted by the Center for International Education that students seeking to study abroad must be free of disciplinary incidents and criminal convictions. Under some circumstances the Academic Standards Committee will grant waivers to students who have successfully fulfilled the terms of disciplinary sanctions imposed by the UNH Judicial Program for isolated misconduct. 1. In completing the UNH in Italy application form, please type or print in ink. 2. If you are under 18, have your parent or guardian also sign. It is not necessary to have a faculty member write a recommendation for you 3. The application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable $40 application fee. 4. Mail or drop off the completed application by April 3 (for Fall) to:
Lisa Mulvey, COLA Center for Study Abroad, 116 Murkland Hall, 15 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 UNH-in-ITALY GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS APPLICATION http://www.unhinitaly.unh.edu/media/pdfs/ application.pdf ACCEPTANCE and DEPOSIT for the UNH in Italy Program 1. Applications are considered on a “rolling basis.” Applicants are usually notified of the admission committee’s decision within two or three weeks after an application is completed. 2. Students who accept our invitation to join the program should respond within 2 weeks and include a $400 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied toward the total program fee. Since the number of spaces is limited, it may not be possible to hold an offered place beyond this date. Your response is needed within two weeks of the invitation: $400 non-refundable deposit to “UNH-inItaly”, which will be applied toward the program fee Copy of passport Forms from acceptance packet [All payments for the application fee, deposit, and program fee should be made in U.S. dollars payable to “UNH-in-Italy” and sent to Lisa Mulvey, COLA Center for Study Abroad, 116 Murkland Hall, 15 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824]
THE FINAL SEMESTER TUITION BILL WILL BE ISSUED BY THE UNIVERSITY
Preparation Attend Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
Initial pre-departure meeting , March 19, 370N Paul Second pre-departure meeting Tuesday, May 7 , 203 PAUL Center for International Education pre-departure meeting Saturday, May 4, 2012 in the MUB. You will receive an invitation for this. P a s s p o r t s Students who do not already possess a valid passport at the time that they apply to the EGIP are encouraged to apply for passports upon applying to the EGIP and shall apply for a passport immediately upon acceptance to the program, if they have not previously applied. Students whose passports are due to expire not less than 6 months from the date of the end of the program in Italy shall contact the United States Department of State to determine if they are required to reapply for a passport. Visas The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., announced that as of September 1, 2010, U.S. students will no longer need to apply for a study visa for short-term programs up to 90 days. The dates of the UNH-in-Italy program are exactly 90 days. If you plan on staying longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a visa. Students are responsible for submitting their visa application to the Italian Consulate in Boston. Students will need their Visa Information form, photographs, passport, and other documents to apply not earlier than 90 days prior to departure.
The EcoGastronomy and UNH-in-Italy program will provide the proof of insurance and acceptance letters needed for students’ visa appointments. New International SOS Global Assistance Services, sickness, accident and emergency evacuation insurance program I encourage you to visit the Center for International Education for a summary of benefits. unh.edu/cie/ international-travel-assistance-insurance-program. The cost of the insurance is $150 and is a mandatory study abroad fee, which is included on your tuition bill. Page 6
Highlights: All UNH students, faculty, scholars, and staff engaged in UNH-related activities outside the United States are eligible for this plan and are automatically covered. Emergency medical, security, legal and personal services will be provided by International SOS, a premier international services provider. International SOS provides free pre-trip travel, medical and security advice prior to departure through their online portal and toll free alarm center. Emergency sickness and accident medical expenses are covered up to $1,000,000 through University Health Plans (UHP) with no deductible and no exclusions for pre-existing conditions. UHP insures medical evacuations and repatriations and political / natural disaster evacuations organized by International SOS. The insurance covers advanced payment to a hospital if needed to secure admission and provides reunion benefits for a family member or friend to visit a hospitalized UNH-travel. UNH travelers on university-related activities will be able to purchase the same coverage from UHP and International SOS for accompanying spouses and dependents, leisure travel that may coincide with UNH-related travel, and trip cancellation / trip interruption insurance. Extended Stay Insurance: If you arrive before or stay after the program dates you can purchase extended coverage for $1.18/day. For example, if the program dates are 1/ 14 – 5/31, and you arrive a week early, you can buy the extended coverage online for the extra week.
Contact International SOS: 1-215-942-8226, to arrange health care. Www.internationalsos.com University of New Hampshire Scholastic Comprehensive Membership 11BCAS000009
The Center for International Education (CIE) will cover the details of the international SOS program with you at the study abroad orientation on Saturday, May 4.
Studies and Academic Program Arrive in Venice - Sept. 9 Orientation - Sept. 9-11 Arrive in Ascoli Piceno: Sept. 11 Mid-semester break Oct. 21-25. Program ends /Departure date Dec. 6 SLOW FOOD CHEESE FESTIVAL, Bra, Italy Thursday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 23, 2013 ITAL 685: UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad This is an administrative course # that enrolls the student in the UNH-in-Italy program and carries no credit or grade. It satisfies the UNH Discovery World Cultures. Language Courses If a student has already taken 401 (or more Italian), then they would take the next course in the sequence (e.g., 402-503 or 503-504, etc.). ITAL 401/ITAL 402: Elementary Italian ITAL 401/402 is for students without previous training in Italian. The course is designed to help students achieve proficiency in basic grammar and conversational Italian and emphasizes aural comprehension, speaking, writing, reading. The course is conducted in Italian. ITAL 401/402 satisfy UNH foreign language requirement. 4 to 8 credits ITAL 503/ITAL 504: Intermediate Italian ITAL 503/504 provides a complete review of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax. The course includes selected readings as a general introduction to Italian civilization and culture. The course is conducted in Italian and is Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ITAL 402 or equivalent, 4 to 8 credits ITAL 635 Food Aesthetics in Italy Philosophy Course: The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the principal aspects of aesthetics as it pertains to our understanding of and relationship to food. An integral aspect of the course is sensory evaluation techniques, which will be introduced through labs. Each lab will focus on measures of gustation and olfaction through a variety of food products. Each class period will be devoted to a particular question such as: What kind of knowledge is realized through the senses? Why has taste generally been conPage 7
sidered a "lower" bodily sense? Can a meal be "beautiful"? Is a food experience comparable to reading a poem or viewing a work of art? Is pleasure in eating morally acceptable? How is food related to personal and collective identity? What ethics are implied in food production and consumption? ITAL 645 Food Technology Processes in Italy The aim of the course is to introduce students to the technological processes used in food manufacturing. Students will study the production line of four products through the production models of four companies in Ascoli Piceno. On-site observation and participation is an integral aspect of the course. Cross-Cultural Courses (Choose One) ITAL 525: Italian Cinema Through a close reading of numerous films from the origins of cinema to the present, the course analyzes the history of the film industry in Italy. Particular emphasis is placed on filmic language and critical analysis. ITAL 525 satisfies the Discovery category for the Fine and Performing Arts. Course is in English. ITAL 675: The Making of Modern Italy Students are introduced to the history and politics of modern Italy. The course will emphasize cross-cultural comparisons between Italy and the United States and the relationship between the two nations. The course is conducted in English. ITAL 682: Interdisciplinary Seminar: Modern and Contemporary Italy This course explores the city of Ascoli Piceno as a living history artifact. While concentrating on the cityâ€™s modern life, the course introduces students to the social and cultural history of Italy. In addition, ITAL 682 emphasizes the challenges that modern society confronts when attempting to preserve the past. UNH students must specify if they want this course to satisfy the Discovery category for either Historical Perspectives or Humanities. The course is conducted in English.
Student Life Information O n - S i t e O r i e n t a ti o n Your first week in Ascoli Piceno will be filled with activities designed to help you get acquainted with each other and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. These will include a walking tour of Ascoli Piceno; selection of apartments and roommates; getting acquainted with UNH-inItaly academic procedures; and other practical information. Housing Participants are housed in comfortable apartments located within the historic center of Ascoli Piceno. Maintenance and Safety Issues Students shall report maintenance and safety issues with their housing directly to their apartment landlords. Although the UNH in Italy inspects apartments before renting them for students, there may be safety defects or conditions that are not apparent upon visual inspection, please report these immediately. Certain landlords have specific requests to tenantsâ€” please respect their wishes. Computers and Internet Access The Program Center has a computer lab with internet for student academic use. It is also equipped with free wireless service which allows you to use your own laptop to connect to the internet. Before obtaining internet access a software certification must be installed on your laptop by the technician at the UNH-in-Italy Center. A printer is available though individuals must purchase a printing card. Internet is available in the apartments and elsewhere with the purchase of monthly internet sticks. They are sold by a local company for about $70/month. Roommates The EGIP shall assign students to apartments. Students may express a preference for roommate(s) but the final decision for assigning roommates shall remain with the EGIP in consultation with the Logistics Office. Students concerned by their housing assignment or by issues that arise with their roommates shall confer with the Director.
Cellular Phones All students who do not possess a cell phone that works in Italy are required to purchase one. Apartments are not equipped with a telephone. Phone cards of various denominations may be purchased at tabaccherie and newsstands. The most economic way to call the U.S. is to purchase an International phone card. For those purchasing phones in Italy, the cost of a phone is approximately $50. Practical information: the phone company with which students generally contract is â€œWIND.â€? National calls cost 17 cents per minute and international calls cost 70 cents per minute--each with no connection fee. You do not pay for incoming calls; to check your credit dial: *123#. For safety and security reasons, students are required to maintain an active balance on their phones. 6.6 Accessing Money While Abroad In general, students in Italy made smaller purchases with cash and used a credit card for larger purchases (hotels, clothing, etc.) ATM machines are fairly accessible. Cash American dollars can be exchanged at local banks nearly everywhere in the world for a commission. Students should always carry some emergency cash with them, both in dollars and the local currency. ATM/Debit Card ATM Kiosks are widely available in most places. VISA or MasterCard ATM/debit cards have good networks overseas. Find out from your bank exactly how your debit or ATM card works overseas: transaction fees, daily limits, etc. You can always ask if your bank if they would consider waiving the transaction fee while you are studying abroad. Credit Card A growing number of businesses worldwide will accept major U.S. credit cards. They can be handy for emergencies, large purchases or getting cash advances. With few exceptions, all major credit card companies charge international transaction fees that range from 2-5%. You will need to notify your credit card company of the dates you will be using the card overseas and let them know you will be travelling as well.
Bank Account in Host Country Regarding bank accounts in Italy, it is possible to set up one, but it will require a social security code and an apartment lease agreement to do so. So, the process could take a number of weeks to sort out. Academic Advising The Resident Director has responsibility for all academic matters. Check carefully with academic advisors on your home campus prior to departure to determine which courses or types of courses will meet your degree requirements. The Resident Director cannot be expected to be familiar with the academic requirements of different institutions, so you are responsible for knowing as much as possible about your own degree requirements. Informing Program about Travel Plans Students are required to inform the on-site director, Cristian Muscelli, and the administrative assistant, Diana Piotti, in writing of their travel itineraries with appropriate contact information whenever they leave the city. Disciplinary Authority and Process If it is determined that the student has failed to conform to a reasonable standard of conduct, the student will receive notice from the UNH-in-Italy Program Administration of termination of his/her participation in the program. Packages and Mail You may provide the program office as your mailing address: University of New Hampshire in Italy, Attn: Your name, Via Emidio Pacifici Mazzoni, 2, 63100 Ascoli Piceno (AP), ITALY Mailing packages to the U.S. is quite expensive. You can explore the rates at http://www.poste.it/online/ paccocelerein/application/privati/index.html. Parcel post packages from the U.S. to Italy can be sent air mail (from 7 to 10 days) or regular mail (about 6 weeks). C o m m u n i c a ti o n Emergency Communications with Parents Subject to regulations of the United States Secretary of Education (see 34 CFR ยง 99.36), EGIP staff may, in conPage 9
nection with an emergency, release information contained in educational records to appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. Communications with Participants and UNH in Italy Staff The EGIP will work to maintain continuous and open communications between Durham administrators and the UNH in Italy staff. Students shall address their concerns and questions to the UNH in Italy staff in the first instance, and may contact EGIP administrators in Durham. Students shall provide the UNH in Italy staff and EGIP administrators with a current e-mail address and cell phone number.
Health and Medical Costs Health Insurance Emergency sickness and accident medical expenses are covered up to $1,000,000 through University Health Plans (UHP) with no deductible and no exclusions for preexisting conditions. Medical Care while you are in Italy For routine healthcare needs, students should contact the UNH-in-Italy Program medical doctor, directly. Speak slowly and clearly when describing your symptoms. Her office is located in Via Pretoriana, 49 (close to Piazza del Popolo). Students can walk in and wait for their turn in the waiting room. Office hours are MWF 9:30-11:30 and TR 17:00-19:00. The cost of the visit at the doctor's office is 20 euros. In case of a medical emergency contact the Director and Program Assistant immediately. They are available to accompany you to medical facilities whenever necessary. Pharmacies take turns being open on Sundays and during the night. You can find out which ones are open in the Sunday newspaper or by telephoning 192. The information is also posted outside each pharmacy. Procedures for Medical Problems and Emergencies Contact International SOS: 1-215-942-8226, to arrange health care. Www.internationalsos.com
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Heal th and Medical Costs If you have a medical problem or emergency, we urge you to please follow these guidelines: Call the Director, Professor Christian Muscelli immediately. He will help you organize your care. Contact International SOS: 1-215-942-8226, to arrange health care as well. If you require emergency assistance, you may call 118 (Guardia Medica) for an ambulance or you may take a taxi to the Emergency Room (Pronto Soccorso) at Ospedale Mazzoni, which is in the Monticelli quarter of Ascoli Piceno. If you pay cash at the emergency room, ask for a receipt (ricevuta) for your insurance company. You can call a taxi at 330.214500. If your problem does not require emergency room attention, there is a general practitioner who has agreed to see UNH students. She can also refer you to specialists, if this is needed. Her phone number will be provided during the orientation week. Please note that while the Doctor does speak English, it is important for you to speak slowly and clearly. In the event that you purchase medicines, your insurance company will want a receipt for those as well.
Courtesy, Discipline, Health and Safety
any liability for loss, casualty, injury, death or any other ill that may befall its students while traveling on their own free time. The EGIP requires students to participate in travel safety training and orientations. Extended Stays in Italy and Europe EGIP students may elect to travel in Europe before the beginning of the program or after its conclusion. The program shall not be liable for housing, food, transportation or other costs associated with such travel. Please be aware Non Europeans not subject to a visa requirement may move freely within the 24 Schengen countries for a maximum period of three months during the six months following the date of first entry, provided that they fulfill the entry conditions referred to in Article 5(1)(a), (c), (d) and (e). Page 39 of the Schengen Acquis Article 20 U.S. Department Travel Warning List EGIP students shall not travel to countries or cities listed on the U.S. Department’s “Travel Warning List.” “Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.” Check out http:// travel.state.gov/ for current travel warnings. E a r l y
Free Time – Italy, Europe and Beyond Joint Obligation for Safety A significant benefit of study abroad programs is the chance to “see the world.” Each year thousands of students from many countries participate in the excitement of “discovering” places and experiences new to them. The EGIP is designed and intended to promote students’ exploration of Italy and Europe. Except in the cases of countries with travel warnings, students shall be allowed free choice in their choice of destination, modes of transportation, style and manner of travel and companions. As a consequence and in consideration of this broad freedom, the EGIP cannot and does not assume Page 10
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No Partial Academic Credit Students dismissed or suspended from the EGIP before the completion of the program shall not be entitled to partial academic credit without approval of the Academic Standards and Advising Committee. Refunds Students must withdraw prior to the starting date of the program to qualify for a refund. No refund will be granted once the program has commenced. Students dismissed from the EGIP before the completion
of the program shall not be entitled to full or partial refunds of tuition, fees or other costs charged by the University or the Program. At their sole discretion, the director may award partial refunds to students terminating their participation in the program for medical reasons or under seriously extenuating circumstances. C o u r t e s y , D i s c i p l in e , H e a l t h a n d S a f e t y Please review http://www.unhinitaly.unh.edu/ index.cfm?ID=FC847512-F7EF-F2D3AD81DFEAAC1E5B26 An Orientation on Cultural Differences Please review http://www.unhinitaly.unh.edu/ index.cfm?id=FC84BA34-9672-A9735E401A7A1872DB56
Departure 10.1 On-Campus Housing Before departing for Italy EGIP students shall obtain and execute the required forms to reserve on-campus housing for the spring semester following their return to Durham. 10.2
Once Back Home
Study Abroad Report Study Abroad reports are an invaluable resource for prospective students. They provide an honest and first hand impression of the program in which you participated. This report will become part of your EcoG Portfolio. Reports should be 800 to 1,200 words in length and should be carefully written or typed and submitted via email to the EcoG Director within 30 days of your return to UNH. These reports are available to anyone interested in reading them. Debrief Meeting and Evaluation of the Program On or about February 1 of the Spring semester, 2014 EcoGastronomy in Italy Program will have a mandatory meeting to talk about and evaluate the experience you Page 11
had studying abroad. The evaluation is your chance to have a critical role in improving the EcoGastronomy in Italy program.
Student Emergency Operations Plan 2013 UNH in Italy and EcoGastronomy in Italy Program Students Call in Order Listed 1. Prof. Piero Garofalo, Director 00-1-603-862-3769 On Site in Italy 2. Dr. Christian Muscelli – Resident Director
3. Ms. Diana Piotti - Program Assistant:
Cell: 329 444-6916 Office Phone and Fax: 011 39 073 626 3503 (from the U.S.) 073 626 3503 (within Italy)
Office Phone and Fax: 011 39 073 626 3503 (from the U.S.) 073 626 3503 (within Italy)
Via Luigi Pastori, 3 63100 Ascoli Piceno (AP) ITALY
UNH-in-Italy Via E. Pacifici Mazzoni, 2 63100 Ascoli Piceno (AP) ITALY
UNH Contacts 3. Center for International Education: 001 603 862-2398 Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30 pm E.S.T. 00-1-603 312-3502 24 hours EMERGENCY ONLY
EcoGastronomy Contact: 5. Daniel Winans, EcoGastronomy Director Office: 00-1- 603-862-3327 Cell: 00-1-603-834-5523
4. Lisa Mulvey, COLA Center for Study Abroad 00-1-603-862-3962
U.S. Citizen’s Emergency Center: The US Department of State has a hot line number citizens may call to obtain information on any area of the world. Call (202)647-5225 or log on to http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html. The Center for Disease Control has a site for traveler’s health information http://www.cdc.gov/ travel.html (If applicable) American Embassy (Rome): 06.46741 What Constitutes an Emergency? Are you in imminent danger? By determining this first, you can then methodically assess your options for help. Emergencies such as medical issues (i.e., appendicitis, broken bones), assault, arrest or suicidal thoughts are all cases for activating the 24/7 emergency system immediately. Chances are you will not experience any of these situations, but hopefully this will be informative should you find yourself in the position of trying to determine the best way to get help. Page 12