7-Day Italian Cultural & Culinary Immersion Program 

By Central Arizona College 

A once in a lifetime chance to explore, cook and eat in the Italian village of Castro dei Volsci. Professor Kolette Draegan leads a week-long an expedition in Italy that includes hands-on cooking instruction, authentic Italian meals, and excursions in the Italian countryside and seaside. 

Students can earn 3 college credits by enrolling in English 101 while reading and writing about food culture and/or 1 college credit by enrolling in Culinary Arts 112/Italian Cuisine while participating in this travel study program. Participants may also enroll as a non-credit student via our Community Education program. 

Below are some frequently asked questions but feel free to contact Professor Draegan to reserve your spot or ask questions: 520-494-5316 or kolette.draegan@centralaz.edu. 

How do I sign up for the Program? 

Contact Professor Kolette Draegan at 520-494-5316 or kolette.draegan@centralaz.edu 

To reserve a spot in the Program, participants need to determine which way they want to participate (English 101 and/or Culinary Arts 112, or Community Education), complete the Participant Profile, and provide a $300 non-refundable deposit. 

Is there a deadline to sign up? 

Signups are on a first-come-first-served basis by following the process described above. There are limited numbers of spots for each of the three ways to participate. Once those spots are taken, signups will close. If they do not fill, the final date to sign up and submit a deposit is August 1st, 2019. 

How do I pay for the Program? 

  • Program Cost $1700: 
  • $300 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the program and is applied toward the Program cost. 
  • $700 is due no later than May 1st, 2019. 
  • $700 is due no later than August 1st, 2019. 


Participants will purchase airfare on their own once notified by Program coordinator. This is paid directly to the airline or travel agent. 

What is included in the Program cost? 

  • Transportation to and from Casa Gregorio and FCO International Airport in Rome 
  • Accommodations during the program 
  • All meals and beverages during program (except off-hours beverages) 
  • Daily culinary tours 
  • Daily cooking classes 
  • Gratuities 
  • Travel insurance for program dates. 

Upcoming Travel Study Info Session
MONDAY, NOV 26th – 9AM-10:15AM 

Attend at Any of These Campus Locations: 

  • Aravaipa E116 
  • Maricopa B112 
  • San Tan C124 
  • Signal Peak O208A 
  • Superstition Mtn C103