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.
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, kayaking around the island, and possibly a visit to the Phlegraean Fields or other nearby archaeological sites.
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 107, 157, or 207. All work counts towards an Italian minor.
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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 unless they request otherwise on their application.
The deadline for applications with consideration for Lisio and Burton Awards is February 1, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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
The Nautical Institute of Procida
The synergic and social gardens of the island
The Piscina Mirabilis in Baia
Program Cost and Application
The program fee TBD:
Tuition (four credits)
Residence accommodation in Procida
All local transportation and museum fees
Daily breakfasts, many weekday lunches, and three dinners
Procida Italy Student Budget Worksheet 2020.xls
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 Office of the Bursar.
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The deadline to apply is February 1, 2020. This is a small program, and may fill prior to the application deadline.
Scholarships for UR Faculty Education Abroad Programs
University of Rochester students may be eligible to receive a scholarship for this Program. Read the Scholarships document in your Learning Content for details.
There are many scholarships and funding sources, both need and merit-based, for education abroad, and we encourage you to apply. Visit our Scholarships page for more information.
Do not wait until the last minute to research what you may be eligible for, as scholarships are competitive, and will not be awarded for poorly-written applications. Scholarships for short-term and summer programs, and for international students, are limited, so it’s especially important to begin looking for scholarships sooner, rather than later.
Applications may require a copy of your official transcript, essays or personal statement, letters of recommendation, and financial aid information.
Note that RIG and Discover funding may be applicable to education abroad.