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Alumni Study Abroad

Experience one of UNF's in-demand faculty-led study abroad programs as an alum.  Join faculty to explore different economies, cultures, and business practices around the world.  Our faculty coordinate with their colleagues overseas to provide an insightful and educational tour that is uniquely UNF.  


Italian sunset   Umbria and Tuscany, Italy | September 19-29, 2022  
Our inaugural alumni study abroad coincides with the 50th anniversary of the University of North Florida and the Coggin College of Business.  Explore the Italian culture, food, and economy, with UNF veteran study abroad leaders Dr. Catherine Christie (Brooks College of Health) and Dr. Andres Gallo (Coggin College of Business).  This program is open to alumni of the Brooks College of Health or the Coggin College of Business.  For more information, contact Kate Mattingly Learch, Director of Study Abroad, International Business.


Full professors Dr. Catherine Christie (Brooks College of Health) and Dr. Andres Gallo (Coggin College of Business) take alumni on a Mediterranean nutrition and business-focused tour of Umbria and Tuscany, with a home base of a historic Italian villa.  

Each day offers a new and exciting adventure as we travel to hilltop towns where we visit local markets and the producers of olive oil, wine, ancient grains, and specialty cheese.  Learn from the local experts how to prepare dishes from classic Umbrian cuisine as well as other regional favorites, and enjoy the food you made for dinner in the traditional Italian style.  

Explore the city of Siena and the beauty of small-town Tuscany. Gain insight into the olive oil and wine production and export business, and its impact on the local economy.


Alumni and faculty meet in Rome to begin the study abroad, so participants may choose to arrive early or stay for a few extra days after the official program ends to allow for personal travel time.


This program is open to alumni of the Brooks College of Health or the Coggin College of Business.   For more information, contact  Kate Mattingly Learch , Director of Study Abroad, International Business.

Tentative Itinerary

This itinerary is tentative and will be finalized in the spring.


9/19 (Mon)           Arrive in Rome, Italy by 11:30 am and travel as a group by bus to the historic Villa Pieve near Corgiano  
9/20 (Tue) Trip to Camucia market to purchase local fresh ingredients for dinner, Santa Margarita Cathedral, and free time in Cortona  
9/21 (Wed)  Visit to Montefalco region, Sagrantino wine producer, group lunch, Bevagna and medieval tour  
9/22 (Thu) Trip to Spoleto and visit to  Carletti Olive Oil  producer, lecture on wine industry and tasting  
9/23 (Fri) Trip to  Arezzo  for walking tour, group lunch, and Bizzirri ceramic factory  
9/24 (Sat) Trip to  Siena : tour the Gothic-Romanesque Duomo and Piazza del Campo, lunch on your own, free time in Siena  
9/25 (Sun) Travel to Pietralunga for  truffle hunting  and visit to Gubbio, tour of Abbazia di Montelbate and olive oil production  
9/26 (Mon) Trip by bus to Agrisolana for pecorino cheese production, lunch and cheese tasting at the farm, return to villa for free time followed by cooking class  
9/27 (Tue) Trip to Lake Trasimeno and Bittarelli ancient grains producer with group lunch  
9/28 (Wed) Travel to Rome via bus for return to U.S. or further personal travel (do not book return flights before 11:00 a.m.)  



The study abroad cost is approximately $3,000 per person.  This fee includes the following:

  • Lodging (10 nights, double occupancy rooms)
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and entry fees (e.g., visits to a vineyard, cheese producer, ancient grains farm, olive oil producer, city of Siena, tours, and more)
  • Cooking class
  • Expert business and nutrition lectures by Dr. Andres Gallo and Dr. Catherine Christie
  • Tax deductible donation to the Coggin College of Business and the Brooks College of Health

This fee does not include the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Rome, Italy
  • Pre- or post study abroad travel
  • Free time activities, souvenirs, etc.



Registration information will be available in January 2022.