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The Borromini Institute is an initiative of Gustolab International, promoting Food Studies and Sustainability since 2005!

Helping students of all disciplines prepare for the challenges of climate change with open minds in the world’s most resilient city: Rome.
You will experience sustainable living and local culture in your daily lives, gain tangible skills and gather life-long memories.

CRITIcal field learning
[in italy]

We have been designing, managing and teaching study-abroad programs in Italy for decades, specialising in food systems and sustainability long before it was popular. We are looking for students that are eager to work towards becoming thoughtful citizens of the world of today and tomorrow.

Friday, May 24 – Saturday, July 20, 2024 (8 weeks)

STUDY IN ROME THIS SUMMER

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Looking for a hands-on learning experience in Italy?

Our Programs May Be for You

You can enroll in our semester, summer or short programs focused on at any point in your studies and regardless of your discipline but all connected by the thread of climate.

You will live in Rome, engage in local and international communities, learn by doing in your daily life and organized travel included in all of our programs.

Thanks to Kat Tan for producing this short video.

All of our programs include:

Course credits towards your degree
Professional experiences to enhance your resume
Housing in central Rome
Student services to help you with all your needs
Experiential learning both classroom and on-site
Organized excursions included in program fees
Customised placements for academic internships
Your work included in publications and exhibitions
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Sustainability

From the outset we have stood by our commitment to sustainability in the way we design and implement our programs and manage our resources.

Research

We promote exhaustive knowledge and passion for Rome and the fields of study for which it serves as a laboratory.

Culture

At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Rome is host to countless diverse cultures and centuries of cultural artefacts to learn from.

Check out one of our recent programs

Spring 2023 Rome Program

We hosted 25 students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in a captivating spring semester experience.

Some of our upcoming programs

SPRING 2024 Sustainability and Food in Rome

January 11 – May 4, 2024

Spend 16 intensive weeks in the Eternal City with travel to Southern Italy, Tuscany, Bologna and the Roman countryside.
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Closed for Applications (deadline September 15, 2023)

SUMMER 2024 Sustainability, Food and Social Justice

May 24 – July 20, 2024

Spend 8 intensive weeks in and around Rome with travel to Southern Italy and the Abruzzo Mountains
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Open for Applications (deadline April 15, 2024)

FALL 2024 Sustainable Cities and Agriculture

Sept. 5 – Dec 14, 2024

Spend 14 intensive weeks in the Eternal City with travel to Southern Italy, Venice and the Abruzzo Mountains
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Closed for Applications

2024 Short Programs

We offer a variety of short programs, symposia and workshops throughout the year.
If you are visiting Rome for a week or a month check with us subscribe to our mailing list to receive invitations to participate in our activities.

Studio Art Workshops
Food and Culture Short Programs
Sustainable Rome Continuing Education Program
Alumni Outreach Weekends

SPRING 2025 Sustainability and Food in Rome

January 9 – May 3, 2025

Spend 16 intensive weeks in the Eternal City with travel to Central and Southern Italy and the Abruzzo Mountains.
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Closed for Applications (deadline September 15, 2023)

SUMMER 2025 Sustainability, Food and Social Justice

May 23 – June 19, 2025

Spend 16 intensive weeks in the Eternal City with travel to Southern Italy, Venice and the Abruzzo Mountains
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Closed for Applications (deadline September 15, 2023)

FALL 2025

Sustainable Cities and Agriculture

January 8 – May 2, 2025

Spend 16 intensive weeks in the Eternal City with travel to Southern Italy, Venice and the Abruzzo Mountains
Instruction, lodging, and excursions included in program fee.
Closed for Applications (deadline September 15, 2023)

2025 Short Programs

We offer a variety of short programs, symposia and workshops throughout the year.
If you are visiting Rome for a week or a month check with us subscribe to our mailing list to receive invitations to participate in our activities.


Explore all of our Programs

We offer Open-Enrollment Programs in Rome in Spring, Summer and Fall as well as occasional special short programs. In addition, we can customize a program catered to your institution’s focus.
All of our programs include extensive site visits, specialized lectures, and activities designed to provide maximum engagement between students, the settings and local citizens.

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Volume 3 of our Student Works publication “L’Orologio” is out now. Download it here.

Ways to Join Borromini Institute

About Us

Why Borromini?

Francesco Borromini (1599-1667) was a builder and an architect, an immigrant to Rome where he spent most of his life. He worked at a time of transition in human thought. Astronomers and physicists such as Kepler and Galileo were rethinking our place in the cosmos and religious leaders were reconsidering our role in communities. A man with religious convictions–but also passionate about science–Borromini embodies the humanist worldview. He embraced ambiguity and diversity and sought through his architecture to create spaces that nurtured human creativity.
At the Borromini Institute we occupy the spaces he built and are surrounded by the buildings he designed. The Borromini Study Center is located in Palazzo Benicelli, conceived by Borromini for the Vatican Bank (though much modified from his original project). The building looks out over one of his greatest works, the clock tower of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. These works inspire us, but we also recognize the challenges bequeathed to us by entire centuries of exploration, development, and growth. Our world is in peril. Only the concentrated efforts of all can save it.

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Our Story

The Borromini Institute is a new academic organization which provides educational opportunities for students both in and outside the classroom and support for institutions and faculty-led programs. It springs from the nearly 20-year history of Gustolab International investigating food systems and sustainability.

Emerging from the experience of the pandemic — and facing the greater challenge of climate crisis — we have been drawn to widen the focus of the organization from food studies to the broader context of human cohabitation within the planetary ecosystem. At present the Borromini Institute is expanding its partnerships with other institutions.

Announcing our New Academic Clusters

Focused historically on food studies, still a central research interest for us, we are now widening our scope to include new disciplines (and Italian Language and Culture)

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Check out our Video Library

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Some of our Partners and clients

Testimonials

For almost 20 years we have been serving students and their institutions. Here is what some have had to say.