Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Bologna, Italy; Munich, Germany; Parma, Italy; Turin, Italy
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded, Summer-Embedded
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
This course examines European food production norms. This is an embedded study tour of food processing facilities abroad.
It is designed to give upper level food science students an appreciation of how food is produced and processed abroad. Students will experience behind the scenes tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
A major point of emphasis for the course is comparing and contrasting food production norms in the U.S. and in Europe. The course consists of pre-trip classes/meetings. This course aims to demonstrate basic food science concepts (e.g., food chemistry, food microbiology); therefore, prior coursework in food chemistry (FD SC 400 or equivalent) and food microbiology (FD SC 408 or equivalent) are important prerequisites.
Our students will be exposed to food production systems that are both similar and different from the ones they know from their industry internships and coursework at Penn State. They will draw from their existing knowledge in food chemistry, food microbiology and safety, food engineering and production, and food nutrition and flavor, and apply this information to examine the food production systems in Europe.
Besides applying and expanding their scientific and professional knowledge, this course also furthers their personal development. Many of the students that participated in the past have never traveled outside of the US. Our department and the College of Agricultural Sciences recognize the importance of international experiences, as food production is already a global endeavor. Our students' success depends on this intercultural competency and thorough understanding of global agricultural and food production practices.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight accommodations in a hotel/hostel.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, eligible student applicants (i.e., those meeting the pre-reqs) will be ranked based on semester standing, GPA, and the strength of an application.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2020||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer-Embedded||2020||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||05/10/2020||05/20/2020|
|NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader, Ryan Elias, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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