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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer A
  • Restrictions: MDC applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
Cape Town, South Africa
Are you interested in learning about the significance of South African cooking and history? Join Chef Casals as he takes you on a South African culinary adventure!

Chef Jose Casals offers a short study abroad program in South Africa for FSS 1100: Food Purchasing and HFT 2949: CO-OP. The program is designed to help students develop an understanding of the significance of South African cooking and history. Students will be exposed to a gastro-economic phenomenon called Cape Malay Cooking.

The program for Miami Culinary Institute students is intended to complement FSS 1100 and HFT 2949 CO-OP that are currently offered by MDC. Students will experience hands-on training, in addition to a meaningful insight to the full spectrum of food, culture and innovation 

In order to apply, you must meet the participant requirements below:
At least 18 years of age
A minimum 2.5 GPA
A minimum of 12 college credits completed
A minimum of one semester of college completed
Not in violation of student code of conduct
Good standing at MDC at the time of application:
Clear of academic probation or other academic holds

Clear of financial default
Clear of disciplinary violations

This program will take you to Cape Town, South Africa. 

Partner Institution:
Le Calabash Cooking School South Africa

Le Calabash Cooking School South Africa is set on the award-winning Wine Estate of Zevenwacht on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and which overlooks the Cape Peninsula as well as Table Mountain. Here Students can enjoy being right at the centre of the vineyards and get a feel and experience how a wine farm operates and be exposed to the wine cellars and how award winning wines are made. The school is close to all the Capes Main Gastronomic and Cultural sites which are shared with all who visit and experience this Culinary Adventure.

Program dates: 
The program will take place during Summer A:
Sessions prior to travel date: May 8-May 11th at Wolfson Campus
Classes Abroad: May 15th-June 1st, 2018
Post travel sessions: June 4th-June 15th, 2018

Estimated price: $4,150.00
The cost includes round- trip airfare, lodging, transportation, on-site tour directors, and most meals. Miami Dade College tuition, passport and visa fees are additional.

For additional information on academics and program-specific information, please contact: Chef Jose Casals:

Professor Profile:
The course will be taught by Professor Jose Casals. Since 2011, Professor Casals has taught in the MDC Culinary Arts program. He is an American Culinary Federation and Certified Executive Chef, and he holds a Masters in Hospitality Management with a concentration in World Cuisines. Chef Casals has led study abroad groups to France, Italy, Spain, China, and Thailand. He has spent a huge amount of his career studying food and culture throughout the world.

For application questions or any other study abroad inquiries, please contact:
Carol Reyes, Director of Global Student Programs: 
Luis Quijano, Program Coordinator:

2016 MDC Students in France

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 07/02/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.