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Summer Program in Procida, Italy

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

The program dates for the 2019 Summer Program in Procida are June 2 to 28.

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

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About Procida

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. 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.

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Program Overview

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 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 and should be enrolled in IT 107, 157, or 207. All work counts towards an Italian minor.

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No previous Italian language study is required.

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Students will reside in efficiency apartments with full working kitchens. Breakfast is provided daily and lunches during weekdays. A welcome dinner, mid-program dinner, and farewell dinner are also provided. Students enjoy special discounted fixed-price menus at several of the local restaurants.

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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

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

The program fee ($3,640) includes:

  • Tuition (four credits)
  • Residence accommodation in Procida
  • All local transportation and museum fees
  • Daily breakfasts, weekday lunches, and three dinners
  • Instruction
  • Excursions
  • Some additional meals

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, ItalyApply online today!! The deadline for applications with consideration for Lisio and Burton Awards is February 1, 2019, 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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