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CofC in Sorrento, Italy 2017: Italian Language & Culture

Term To Study: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2017
Program Starts: Jun 06, 2017
Program Ends: Jun 30, 2017
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,485
Program Locations: Sorrento
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Airport transfers
- Lodging
- 3 group dinners
- Excursion costs
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for six credits and associated fees
- Round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Naples, Italy
- Most meals
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged for tuition as follows:

* 2016-17 in-state tuition rate for six credits is $2,844 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees)
* 2016-17 out-of-state tuition rate for six credits is $3,696 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees). The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.
Program Description


Students choose six credits from the following:
ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian - 3 credits
ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian - 3 credits


ITAL 328: Foreign Language Study Abroad - 3 credits
ITAL 329: Current Issues Abroad - 3 credits


Sorrento is a real haven of peace for study and creativity, and it is not by chance that it has been, for more than three centuries, the destination of international artists, poets and musicians. The town, Torquato Tasso's birthplace, was also the residence for some time of Wolfgang Goethe, who found here the muse inspiring the composition of his famous "Parsifal," Ibsen who wrote "Ghosts" in Sorrento, Lord Byron, F. Cooper, I. Taine, Giacomo Leopardi, Albert Dumas, Giuseppe Verdi, Oscar Wilde and Friedrik Nietzsche who lived here finding inspiration for extraordinary works.

Students will study and reside at the Sant'Anna Institute (SASL) in Sorrento, in the Campania region. The institute overlooks Marina Grande, just a short walk from the center of Sorrento and enjoys commanding views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The town of Sorrento is small in size yet international and cosmopolitan in feeling. The town is known for its hospitality and is safe and easily walkable. Students will be able to visit important historical and archaeological sites. They will also participate in different cultural activities in Sorrento and in the nearby areas. The program will also provide three guided tours: Archaeological Museum of Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, and Capri.

The students will have the option of being immersed for four weeks in an intensive language program studying two Intermediate Italian courses, ITAL 201 and ITAL 202, or Italian cinema and an independent study, ITAL 328 and ITAL 329. The seminar format will enable students to participate actively in the analysis of the films, and consider the contemporary cultural context in which they are presented. Throughout the independent course of study, students will have the opportunity to explore and study topics of Italian culture that are particularly interesting for them. This program will also provide four excursions with private bus, private guide, and entrance tickets when necessary to Pompeii, Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast as well as a weekend in Rome.

Students will leave Charleston on June 5, 2017, and arrive in Naples June 6. They will be picked up by a bus provided by the Sant'Anna Institute that will take them directly to Sorrento. A pick-up from Sorrento and drop-off at the Naples airport will also be arranged for their return on June 30.


Dr. Giovanna De Luca
Department of Francophone and Italian Studies

Dr. De Luca is Associate Professor of Italian at CofC. Her research interests are Italian Cinema, 20th and 21st century Italian literature, comparative literature, literary and film theory and cultural studies. She won the Best Essay Fellowship from the Grand Marnier-New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center competition in 1999. Her articles have appeared in Filmcritica, Film Comment, Quaderni d'Italianistica, Journal of Italian Media and Film Studies and Forum Italicum. She is the author of the book Il punto di vista dell'infanzia nel cinema italiano e francese: rivisioni, which was published by Liguori Editore in 2009, and is currently writing a book on the representations of Mafia in American and Italian cinema. Dr. De Luca also led the CofC program to Sorrento in 2013 and 2015.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Dr. De Luca. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

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