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IAU, Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability of the Mediterranean Winter J-Term Program

Multi-City, Multi-Country (Multi-Region)

Quick Facts

Winter 2022/23

   December 29, 2022 - January 15, 2023
Application Deadline:  September 25
Costs:    $6,230
Credits: 3 

Winter 2023/24 dates and costs will be similar to Winter 2022/23.  We will post updates when available.

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​*A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within two weeks of acceptance. This deposit is applied towards the program cost and paid to the College of Staten Island. 

*J-Term program scholarship available. Apply HERE*


Program Overview

The Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability of the Mediterranean J-Term Seminar focuses on the appreciation of gastronomy and wine, while exploring regional and local delicacies. Students will learn to appreciate how these products are produced, understand how they impact the environment, and will begin to recognize how our consumption choices may be a potential solution or hazard to the global environmental crisis. In this multi-country traveling seminar, students will have the opportunity to taste Italian, French, and Spanish wines, speak directly with winemakers and industry experts, and visit cultural sites in Italy, France, and Spain.  The Institute for American Universities (IAU) is located in Aix-en-Provence situated on the Mediterranean coast. 


For the safety and well-being of all program participants, IAU-ACM is requiring all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in all IAU-ACM J-Term programs. Students will be required to submit proof of vaccination to IAU-ACM. 


A Note About the Itinerary 

IAU is sensitive to the ever-changing landscape of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to continue to run our J-Term programs and have created a modified itinerary that takes travel restrictions and health and safety guidelines into consideration for 2022/23.


View the 2023 itinerary here!  Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.



View this short video clip to get a sense of this winter intersession traveling seminar!



Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
Stephen Ferst
Executive Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

Academics & Program

Students can choose one of the following courses:

View the 2022 syllabus here. Details are subject to change. 


  • Italy: Rome
  • France: Aix-en-Provence, Cassis
  • Spain: Barcelona

View the 2023 itinerary here! Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

About the Professor

Professor Anthony Triolo also serves as the Coordinator of the Wine Studies Program at IAU. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies (Histoire Militaire, Sécurité et Défense) from IEP, Aix-en-Provence, France in conjunction with Universite Paul Valery III, Montpellier, France. Professor Triolo is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has several years of hands-on experience managing sustainable and organic vineyards. His scholarly interests are centered around the relationships between international security and global environmental crisis with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture, which he sees as a possible panacea, playing a significant role in mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food insecurity.


Student Life & Housing

IAU’s J-Term Traveling Seminars are unique in that the classroom and campus changes based on the location of the program. The J-Terms consist of 17-21 day academic and cultural courses led by IAU faculty and include 24/7 staff support.  The seminars are thematic in nature and involve travel through multiple countries. During the program, students have access to a variety of spaces including partner institutions, hotel conference rooms, lecture halls, and museums in which to conduct coursework and lectures. Students are housed in hotels or residence halls in each city. Breakfast is included.  

Duration & Costs

December 29, 2022 - January 15, 2023


Winter 2023/24 dates and costs will be similar to Winter 2022/23.  We will post updates when available.

Costs included: Tuition and fees for 3 credits, lodging, daily breakfast, some group lunches and/or dinners, intra-program transportation (by plane, train, or bus), entrances/fees for all scheduled cultural activities and academic visits, orientation, and health, liability, and repatriation insurance.

Costs not included: International roundtrip airfare, most lunches/dinners, textbooks, and personal expenses.

​*A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within two weeks of acceptance. This deposit is applied towards the program cost and paid to the College of Staten Island. 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French or Spanish language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.  


Eligibility & Deadlines

Eligibility Requirements
- Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Students must be at least 18 years of age

Applications to Include
- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose

Application Deadline
September 25


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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Great Cities January Term 2017; University of Tampa

“My experience going abroad through IAU has been nothing shy of extraordinary. I went into it not knowing any of my classmates, but the professors immediately made us all feel welcome. We soon began traveling in a foreign country and with every new excursion we all became such close travel companions. Being in that type of environment forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and open yourself up to new cultures and experiences. Having been a part of this program has not only benefited my knowledge of the world, but created unique memories with people I wouldn't have otherwise met, that I will forever cherish. If you're looking for personal growth with a side of adventure, IAU abroad is your next step.”

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