Augsburg Short-term: Interfaith Eating, Ethics, and Food Justice in Italy (Spring Break 2024)


March 2024


Augsburg University

Interfaith Eating, Ethics, and Food Justice in Italy

Faculty leader: Mathew Maruggi, Associate Professor of Religion

Travel dates: March 7-17, 2024 (Spring break)

Program Overview

Food is a central human experience, connecting people across the table and across the globe. Food serves as a core component of culture and religious traditions, from sacred meals to dietary laws to feasting and festivals. Food consumption and production also raises questions of ethics and social justice. The central questions of this course are: how do people use food to make sense of themselves, create meaning, and spiritual and human connection? And how do people use religious and spiritual commitments to think about food sustainability and justice?

Class schedule:  This class takes place throughout spring 2024 semester, with travel during spring break. Attendance at all class sessions is required to pass the course.

  • Pre-Trip: Sunday nights: 6-9PM Hagfors 108A (Food Lab)
    • January 21, 28
    • February 4, 11, 25
  • Travel Seminar to Italy: March 7-17
  • Post-Trip:
    • March 24
    • April 7


The course for this program is:

    • fulfills a Search for Meaning II requirement, OR
    • fulfills a Humanities requirement. 

All students will fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement upon completion of the program/course. 

Prerequisite requirements:

  • Religion Requirement – 1 of
    • RLN100 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning I
    • RLN300 – Religion and Vocation in the Public Sphere
    • HON100 – Christian Vocation & Search for Meaning I


This program is open to all Augsburg students in good standing who meet the prerequisite requirements.


Program Fee: $5,425

The  program fee includes: international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities. 


  • A passport is required for this program: $135-$195 for US Passports, depending on processing options. 
  • ETIAS Europe Travel Authorization – Cost is 7 Euros – approximately $8, depending on exchange rate
    • The ETIAS travel authorization will be processed online, a few weeks before travel. Additional information will be provided to participants in spring semester.
  • Personal spending money: amount varies by student.
    • Consider what you might spend on free-time activities, extra snacks/meals/cafes, and/or souvenirs, etc. For some help estimating costs, start by checking a cost estimater for [country]. Link to country cost estimater (lonely planet, Italy: 


This program takes place during spring semester, and the program fee will be charged to your student account at the start of spring semester, in addition to your usual tuition and fees. For information about your financial aid award, please contact the Student Financial Services office.


  • Gilman Scholarship: Applications due Oct 5. 
    • ​​​​​​​Students who are US Citizens or US Nationals, and who are also eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, are eligilbe to apply for this scholarship. 
  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship Applications due Oct 5. 
    • ​​​​​​​Students who are US Citizens or US Nationals, receive federal funding to attend college, and who are also a dependent (child or spouse) of active or activated United States military personnel, are eliglbe to apply for this scholarship. 
  • Fund for Education Abroad Applications due September 20​​
    • Students must be a U.S. citizen, DACA recipient, or permanent resident to be eligible. Additional application info here:
  • Other Scholarships to explore:


This program is limited to 20 students. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should apply as soon as they are able.

Accepting applications through November 27, 2023, or until spots fill, whichever comes first. 

Questions about this program or the application? Email us at for more information

You are also welcome to make an appointment with an advisor through Navigate. 

This program is not currently accepting applications.