The program is focused on service learning. Students will be divided into groups to work on the nature reserve on the island of Vivara, 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 with stops in Capri and Ischia, kayaking around the island, and a visit to the Phlegraean Fields on bike.
Weekends are free for personal activities or optional trips to nearby sites 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.
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 Flagrean Fields.
The island has a centuries-old history of maritime activities. Famous for its ship builders, sailors, and fleets, Procida is still home to one of the most important nautical institutes in southern Italy, with which we will offer important exchange opportunities. Moreover, it is home of an important nature reserve called Vivara, where students will have the opportunity of working towards the protection of local plant and animal life.
No previous Italian language study is required.
The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund helps defray costs for Rochester undergraduates studying language abroad in the summer. All students are considered for aid through the Burton Fund unless they request otherwise on their application.
The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is February 3, 2017, 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 ($3,300) includes:
Tuition (four credits)
Residence accommodation in Procida
All local transportation and museum fees
Daily breakfasts, weekday lunches, and three dinners
Some additional meals
Procida Italy Student Budget Worksheet 2-21.xls
Transatlantic airfare, incidentals, and most dinners are not included in the program fee.
Starting in Summer 2017, tuition and program costs will be added to your official tuition bill. For information on payments and deadlines, please refer to you official billing statement from the Office of the Bursar.
Interested in studying in Italy? Apply here
The deadline to apply is March 3. This is a small program, and may fill prior to the application deadline.
NEW Scholarship for Summer 2017!
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For more information, contact:
Professor Donna Logan
Procida Program Director