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This program is an unique opportunity for first-year students to have an immersive experience in another country alongside their First-Year Seminar. The First-Year Seminar is an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty to explore important and challenging issues, with a focus on the Greater Good. Click here for more information about the program. 


First-Year Seminar - International Study Program

The First-Year Seminar is an opportunity for you to work closely with faculty to explore important and challenging issues, with a focus on the Greater Good. 

One course is a FYS International course. As part of a semester-long course, students will have the opportunity for an immersive experience to Italy over Spring Break. 

This program is running for its second year and has been made possible by a donation from a Xavier graduate whose transformative experience abroad during his first year at Xavier shaped his character and leadership skills, independence, and the ability to engage with others in a non-native setting.

Spring 2017

Slow Food: We Are What We Eat     Kelly Blank 

Slow Food is an international movement that began in Italy in 1986, emphasizing Good, Clean, and Fair food. In this course, we will discuss the history, philosophy, and influence of the Slow Food movement worldwide while examining the problems with the modern agricultural machine both in a local and in a global context. Topics of discussion will include the importance of local and seasonal produce, the inherent connections between plate and planet, the water footprint of food, labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), biodiversity, and the ethics of meat production and consumption. Click here for program flier. 

2017 Program Details 

First-Year Seminar during Spring semester 

International Program Dates: March 3-12, 2017

Instructor: Kelly Blank 

Program Cost: $4,250 (includes international airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, program insurance, and most meals)

 Need-based financial assistance available.


How to Apply 

  • Register for THEO 111 for Fall semester, 
  • Pre-register for the FYS course through Studio Abroad, our study abroad application service, 
  • Complete optional financial assistance questionnaire within the Studio Abroad application, 
  • And pay the $50 application fee to reserve your spot. 
Register for the FYS: International Study Program by Friday, June 17, 2016.  

We cannot guarantee acceptance into the program. Professor Blank will contact student applicants for interviews for acceptance into program. If not selected, students will be refunded the $50 application fee. Final approval is dependent upon a successful first semester (e.g. good academic standing and disciplinary record). 

Student Experience in 2016 

If any other FYS gets the opportunity to do something similar next year, I really hope that they can because it was a life-changing memory for me.  -- FYS Italy Student 2016 

Click here to hear from the students and Professor Kelly Blank about their experiences in Italy during their FYS International Study Program to Italy! 

Check out the students' Instagram account: xavierfysslowfood