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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Florence, Italy; Nice, France; Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: May 7 - 18, 2018


In this course, we will focus on the European wine industry allowing students to compare/contrast with the US wine industry. Students will tour an Italian winery during this trip and compare the Italian wine industry with a NC winery which we will tour pre-trip. In addition, students will be exposed to the economic systems of three different European countries- Italy, Spain, and France. While in these three countries the students will observe economies at work - seeing a perfume factory in France, a massive open food market in Spain, along with the previously mentioned Italian winery to better understand how goods and products are being produced and traded. 

Les BauxIn addition, our tour will focus on understanding the strengths and challenges that exist among those individuals and families living in Western European societies – particularly Italy France and Spain. Students will use the theoretical framework of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as well as Bronfenbrenner’s Human Ecological theory.  Through these theoretical lenses, students will examine how individuals and children interact with their peers, family members and other community members.  Students will also examine how issues such as poverty, using their resources, and aging impact daily living and well-being among individuals and families in certain regions of Italy France and Spain.  Students will have multiple opportunities to be immersed in these cultures to gain understanding about how individuals and families live. For example, students will interact with children at a school setting as well as visit a family-run winery business.  Finally, students will examine how various community components such as the housing, markets, schools, and/or health facilities within these three countries impact families and then determine how these might be similar or different from their experiences in the U.S. Students will be given ample free time within Rome, Florence, Nice and Barcelona to see and feel what community life is like in each of these cities.  The course fosters personal reflection and critical thinking.   

Cost: $4,925 ($3,375 + flights)

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • airfare
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • excursions
  • most meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

HDFS 4100  An Exploration of Cultures in Human & Natural Environments: Italy, France & Spain (3 credits experience, 3 credits writing)
ECON 3323 – Economics of Wine Industry (3 credits experience, 3 credits writing)

Graduate Courses:

HDFS 6100  An Exploration of Cultures in Human & Natural Environments: Italy, France & Spain (3 credits experience, 3 credits writing)

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms.  The majority of meals are included in the program.


  • Learn about winery operations North Carolina, Italy, France, and Spain
  • Visit popular destinations such as Barcelona, Nice, & Rome

Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.25 GPA
If a student has a GPA between 2.0 and 2.25, faculty leaders will interview the student to determine if they can attend.  
Students from other universities may participate if they contact Dr. Taylor or Dr. Rupp before enrolling and complete the necessary paperwork in order to receive credit from ECU.

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Alan Taylor
  • Dr. Nick Rupp

This program is currently not accepting applications.