Program Overview (May 14-June 9, 2023)
The program is focused on service learning. Students will be divided into groups to work alongside their Italian counterparts in the sustainable social gardens on the island and on the shores of the Mediterranean. Formal Italian instruction and cultural excursions will make up a fundamental part of the cultural competency segment of the program. Watch the video Procida: Cultural Capital of Italy 2022
Afternoons and evenings are usually free for taking a late swim, enjoying all aspects of life on the island. Planned activities include a day's sail around the Bay of Naples, with stops in Capri and Ischia, kayaking around the island, and possibly a visit to the Phlegraean Fields.
Weekends are free for personal activities or optional trips to nearby places of interest, including Naples, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.
Students receive four credits in Italian language and culture and should be enrolled in IT or EHU 107, IT or EHU 157, or IT 207. All work counts towards an Italian minor.
Check out this video here!
(created by student participants in Summer 2018).
Procida 2023 handbook: ProcidaHandbook2023 5.4.23.docx
Procida is the smallest island to be found in the Gulf of Naples. Situated between Capri and Ischia, off the coast of Cape Miseno, its history dates back to the earliest Greek settlements in the area from the 17th century BC. Today it represents an ideal hub with the entire area of the Phlegraean Fields.
The island has a centuries-old history of maritime activities. Famous for its shipbuilders, sailors, and fleets, Procida is still home to one of the most prestigious nautical institutes in southern Italy, with which we will offer important exchange opportunities. Moreover, it is the home of an important nature reserve called Vivara.
No previous Italian language study is required.
The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund, as well as the Lisio Scholarship Award, help defray costs for Rochester undergraduates studying Italian abroad in the summer. All students are considered for aid through these funds by submitting their online application in the Education Abroad Portal.
Students will arrive in Rome, Italy, where they will be met by the program director to travel to Naples to take the ferry to Procida. The first days will be dedicated to orientation on the island and an intensive "survival Italian" course. Excursions will include:
The Palazzo D'Avalos, later famous penitentiary on the island
The fishing village of Corricella
Naples, the Darwin-Dohrn Museum
Pozzuoli, Rione Terra
Ischia, the Aragonese Castle
Program Cost and Application
The program fee is $4,400.
Tuition (four credits)
Residence accommodation in Procida
All local transportation and museum fees
Daily breakfasts, many weekday lunches, and three dinners
Transatlantic airfare, incidentals, and most dinners are not included in the program fee.
Tuition and program costs will be added to your official tuition bill. For information on payments and deadlines, please refer to your official billing statement from the Bursar's Office.