Rome Field School 2019

Italy, Europe Past Program Business Agriculture

Recommended Credits: 6
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Program Details

Experience the uniqueness of the holistic food system of Rome and its urban and rural sites, with the guidance of local agri-business professionals, local food entrepreneurs, food journalists and students of the Italian Institute of Design. The scope of the activities are designed to renew your understanding of the ecological, socio-cultural and business importance of food systems, and its complex connection between local and global parts. You will explore the origins of the Mediterranean diet and organic slow food at local farms and food markets, by visiting traditional producers of such foods as limoncello, gelato, patisserie, buffalo mozzarella and olive oil. Improve your skills by working in diverse teams, and practicing applying design thinking to uncover new sustainable solutions that meet people's, and our planet's needs.


  • Get oriented with a Rome Scavenger hunt
  • Meet a Michelin starred chef
  • Visit a cheese production lab
  • Tour a vineyard and winery
  • Meet with experts in Food Design and Agri-Business Design
  • Drive to the South of Italy - Cliento
  • Explore the olive oil consortium production
  • Take an excursion of Italy's sites


Rome, Italy

Travel dates: April 20 - May 4, 2019

Tentative Itinerary

The proposed itinerary covers the following topics:

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Food Co-ops
  • Food-related businesses
  • Food design
  • Contemporary Italian society and new trends

Classes Offered

Students can choose from DESN 2500, BUSI 2500 or AGRI 2500 (6 credits)

These credits can be applied towards elective credits within the various programs offered at KPU.

To ensure you can apply these credits to your graduation requirements, please book an appointment with an academic advisor to review your program requirements through AdvisorConnect.
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Pre departure classes begin: TBD

Post Travel Date Classes & Debrief: TBD


24 credits of 1100 or higher university degree; or permission from a Faculty Leader Instructor.

To request permission, contact, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2018

Applicants must submit their online application and make their first payment of the $500 deposit by this date.

Application from Outside KPU

Applications from college and university students outside of KPU will be accepted and considered based on the completion of equivalent course pre-requisites.

To arrange your application if you are studying outside of KPU, please contact including where you are studying, your program, your expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Contact Information

KPU International
Richmond Campus: R1400
Surrey Campus: Cedar 1145

Joseph Watson-MacKay - Richmond Campus

Faculty Leaders:
Iryna Karaush
Wilson School of Design

Lyndsay Passmore
School of Business

Rebecca Harbut
Faculty of Science and Horticulture