Summer Program in Procida, Italy

This program is currently pending COVID-19 health and safety review by the Office for Global Engsgement's Travel Review Subcommittee as of October 2021. Information regarding summer international travel will be updated on the Center of Education Abroad website and COVID-19 resource center.

Opening Ceremonies celebrating Procida as Cultural Capital of Italy 2022’

The ceremony, inspired by the myths of the sea, was streamed across Italy. A great number of the islanders and more than 200 performers participated in the day’s events. The University of Rochester ran a summer experiential and service learning study abroad program on Procida for four consecutive years prior to the pandemic."

A group photo in Procida.

Spend your summer doing volunteer work while learning Italian on the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples! Below is information on:

Please note that all information about this program is tentative and subject to change. Check with the program director for the most recent information.

Program Dates and Deadlines

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The program dates for the 2022 Summer Program in Procida are May 15 through June 10.

Enrollment is now open. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once program capacity is reached students will be placed on a wait list.

The deadline for applications with consideration for the Lisio and Burton Awards is February 1, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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About Procida

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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 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.

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Program Overview

A scenic view of Procida from the water.

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 may 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. 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 or environmental humanities. All work counts towards a minor in Italian.

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No previous Italian language study is required.

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A group photo with the ocean in the background.

Students will reside in efficiency apartments with full working kitchens. A welcome dinner, mid-program dinner, and farewell dinner are provided along with lunches on workdays. Students enjoy special discounted fixed-price menus at several of the local restaurants.

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A group of students touring a building.

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

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Fellowship Aid

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The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund, as well as the Lisio Award help 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.

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Program Cost and Application

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The program fee ($4000.00) includes:

  • Tuition (four credits)
  • Residence accommodation in Procida
  • All local transportation and museum fees
  • Some meals
  • Instruction
  • Excursions

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 you official billing statement from the Office of the Bursar.

Interested in studying in Procida, Italy? The deadline for applications with consideration for the Lisio and the Burton Awards is February 1, 2022, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis until.

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For more information, contact:

Donna Logan
Procida program director

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