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February 9, 2024 12:01 PM

Global summer school explores North American food and culture

International post-secondary students can get a taste of North American culinary culture in the new global summer school hosted by Conestoga’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts.

During the two-week summer school, students will learn about topics such as North America’s history of food and culture, beverages, food service trends and restaurant service management. Participants will explore the region with day trips to Toronto, Niagara Falls and the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.

Students stay in Conestoga residence house during the program, which runs from June 24 to July 5.

The summer school is a great chance for students to immerse themselves not only in another institution, but also the country’s culture, said Keith Müller, dean of the School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts and Food Processing Technology.

“Summer schools programs allow students to experience firsthand what an international institution has to offer. It is a fun, theory and practical way of learning, not only the sights but also the culture of a country under the supervision of expert faculty,” Müller said.

The students earn three Canadian credits through the course’s 42 hours. The fee includes course tuition, accommodation, excursions and most meals.

The experience can be life-changing for the students.

“Summer schools exchange programs are an excellent way for students to explore other countries and institutions. Conestoga hopes to provide an exceptional experience to students through this summer program on North American Food and Culture,” said Mariam Raza, manager of Global Initiatives and Partnership Development. “These opportunities don’t just provide educational and cross-cultural knowledge, but serve as a pivotal life experience for students who participate.”

Information sessions will provide information on how to apply, costs, itinerary and more. Sessions are scheduled for March 1 and April 2. Registration is required for a session. For more information, contact

The School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts is a leader in culinary and hospitality programming that prepares students for successful careers in Canada’s tourism industry. The Waterloo campus is home to the school’s state-of-the-art culinary skills labs and student-run Bloom restaurant.