Study Abroad – Italy: Culture, Cuisine & Hospitality

Visit Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Pisa. Tour vineyards, butcher and seafood markets, cheese and gelato, pasta factories. Experience old world markets and medieval villages in the program, students will explore the principles and practices of global travel, tourism, and hotel management, while also writing and conducting research about the cultural, social, and ecological climate of each destination and how they impact local tourism.

Program is full; new applications will be placed on the waiting list


Program Brochure


Information Session Dates:

Thursday, September 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., LAH 205 or Via Zoom

Tuesday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Study Abroad Fair, Student Life Center Lobby

Thursday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Culinary Education Center, Windows Dining Room or Via Zoom

Thursday, November 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Global Opportunities Fair, Student Life Center Lobby

Link if joining via Zoom:


Course Dates Summer I: May 17 – July 1, 2024
Trip Dates: May 21 – 29, 2024

Course (s) Offered:
HOSP 245 Travel & Tourism
HOSP 295 Special Project
CULA 295 Special Project
ENGL 122 English Composition: Writing & Research
ENGL 295 Special Project


  • Florence Visit of major landmarks (from inside)
  • Florence San Lorenzo Market
  • Florence Pasta Cooking Class
  • Technical Introduction to Hotel Management
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Olive Grove, Vineyards and Winery Tour
  • Tuscan Cooking Class
  • Day Trip to Pisa and Livorno
  • Fish Market Visit
  • Pisa Leaning Tower
  • Fortezza Vecchia
  • Cheese Factory and Tasting
  • Visit Traditional Artisian Pasta Factory
  • Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
  • Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Technical Introduction to Restaurant Management
  • Ice Cream Lab Visit & Tasting

Tour Includes:

  • International Flight
  • 7 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Other Group Dinners as Per Itinerary
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • Full Time Local Guide
  • 24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
  • Travelers Health Insurance & Liability Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities

Trip Cost

$4,500 by November 17

$4,650 after November 17

Program cost does not include tuition and fees. Program costs are estimate until airline tickets have been purchased.


Early Bird – November 17, 2023

Final – December 23


To Apply

Complete the Online Application – Italy (Hospitality and Culinary)

You will need to apply using your Brookdale login. If you are not a current student or alumni, you must first apply as a non-degree student ($25.00 app fee). Your Brookdale ID is generated upon acceptance. Follow instructions to set up your Brookdale network credentials, then you can submit your study abroad application.

Submit the following items:

  1. Confirmation Statement and Refund Policy
  2. Risk and Liability Form
  3. Passport Copy (this can be submitted later, if you do not yet have a passport)

To secure your spot, pay

$500 Non-Refundable Deposit

  • Check payable to Brookdale Community College (bring to MAC 114 – Lincroft Campus)
  • Call the International Education Center at 732-224-2799 to pay by credit card

For more information email or call 732-224-2799


Faculty Leaders

Michelle Zuppe,


Kurt Scheffler,