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Summer: Rutgers- The Microbiology and Culture of Cheese & Wine
Cluny, France (Outgoing Program)
Cluny is a haven for those who appreciate, or hope to discover, la France profonde--the deep, genuine French heartland. A medieval city with a modern population of just under 5,000, Cluny is rich in major historic monuments. These include the ruins of the once imposing Romanesque abbey, and unique town houses dating from the 11th & 12th centuries. Today, Cluny is a charming city with friendly cafés and tiny restaurants, attractive boutiques and galleries, and a bustling Saturday market that's noted throughout the Burgundy region. And of course Cluny has more than its fair share of fabulous wine and cheese shops!
To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
This intensive two-week course, worth 3 credits, is structured through lectures, group projects, wine and cheese tasting and field trips to explore the microbiology as well as the socioeconomic and cultural history of cheese and wine in southern Burgundy. You will discover how bacteria and fungi are central in processing milk into cheese, and savor the complex tastes and aromas of the diverse cheese varieties of the region. You will also learn about the history of viticulture, how yeast ferments sugars to ethanol, and the complexity of the chemical and biological reactions during maturation which give wine their character.
You can earn credit for either 11:680:102 (Science and Culture of Cheese and Wine, a science course for non-majors, no pre-requisites) or 11:680:410 (Microbiology and Culture of Cheese and Wine, an upper-level microbiology elective). Assignments and report requirements will differ.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Field trips and excursions in connection with wine and cheese will include visits to local farms, dairies, vineyards, caves (i.e., wine cellars), weekly markets in Cluny and adjacent towns, the Louis Pasteur house and lab in Arbois, the Roman remains at Vienne, great monasteries and chateaux connected with the wine trade, and Beaune, the historic capital of the Burgundy wine region.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be staying in shared rooms at a hostel that is within walking distance of the center of Cluny and situated close to the Abbey of Cluny and the nationally recognized engineering school, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts and Métiers.
Continental breakfast is provided at the hostel. You will have to provide for your own lunches and dinners. Cluny is a student town with lots of inexpensive restaurants, cafés, snack bars and bakeries for your meals. You can choose from crèpes at Le Cloître, quiche from Madame Germain, pizza at Le Forum (just across a medieval bridge from your hostel), and even burgers at Le Quebec! Cluny also has plenty of beautiful spots for wine and cheese picnics in and around the abbey grounds.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.
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