This summer, the Mediterranean is your laboratory. Begin in Naples, building a archaeological background through a variety of coursework, museum tours and site visits. Next, travel to Alicante, where you’ll apply that knowledge at a Spanish archaeological site. Study excavation techniques, applied methodology, field work, and laboratory analysis with local university students and well-known archaeologists.
Study Archaeology abroad in the Mediterranean and you will:
- Acquire a broad understanding of theoretical concerns and methodologies employed by archaeologists
- Gain a general appreciation of the archaeology of Italy and Spain
- Acquire practical experience in the identification and interpretation of past material culture
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2014 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals in Alicante only; no meals are included while in Naples
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
Round trip airfare between locations
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for meals while in Naples
** Multi destination ticket based on East Coast departure; note students will require three one way tickets for this program
- Overall GPA 2.75
- For CIEE content courses in Spanish, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for the program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.
Students take one course each session: Naples and the Ancient Mediterranean: Archaeology in Campania, followed by an Archeological Field Survey in Alicante.
About the City
About The City
Located an hour on the high speed train from Rome, with the ancient Greco-Roman city still visible in its layout, Naples is part of a well-preserved ancient cultural area including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cumae, and Paestum. Its history and position at the heart of the Mediterranean have made Naples a city with many different layers of civilization, one that has absorbed different cultures and peoples. The central historical district, where students live and study, has been renovated and revitalized in recent years.
With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante is an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. In recent times, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture alongside historic buildings, and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets. Although fast becoming a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Alicante retains a distinct Spanish flavor.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Dr. Serena Fusco earned her Ph.D. from L’Orientale in Comparative Literature. In 2006 she was awarded a Research Fellowship and spent a year at the University of California at Berkeley where she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Chinese Studies, researching the literatures of the Chinese Diaspora. She worked as an American Literature and English language instructor at L’Orientale for several years; from 2000 to 2009 she also worked at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. She currently teaches Comparative Literature at L’Orientale. Her past and present research interests include modernity, post-modernity, and cultural translation; Asian American and Chinese American literature; feminist and queer theory and criticism; American literature and culture of the late 19th century and of the 1990s; photography; and the cultural representations that shape academic internationalization. In addition to Italian, Dr. Fusco speaks English, French, Chinese, German, and Spanish.
Manuel Sánchez received his B.A. in English Studies from the Universidad de Alicante. His professional and academic experience involves research on technology applied to literature and digital libraries, and teaching. Manuel also works as an assistant professor in the Universidad de Alicante’s Education Department. Manuel speaks several languages and has published articles on digital humanities and sociolinguistics. He began working for the CIEE Study Center in Alicante as its Resident Coordinator in 2005. In 2009, he was promoted to Resident Director of the summer study abroad program.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Founded in 1732 by a missionary returned from China, the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (University of Naples “L’Orientale," or just“the Orientale”) is based in historic central Naples. The CIEE Study Center and classes are located in a University building in central Naples.
The Universidad de Alicante is one of Spain’s newest universities and is located three miles outside the city of Alicante. Established to serve the higher education needs of the province of Alicante, the Universidad de Alicante offers its 35,000 students the benefits of a modern campus with an international atmosphere. The CIEE Study Center is located next to the Faculty of Education and one of the residence halls on the northwest extension of the main campus in San Vicente; this location provides students direct access to University facilities.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. In Naples, students live in furnished apartments with CIEE and Italian roommates. The furnished apartments are within walking distance to the historic center. Students have their own room with a shared living, kitchen, bathroom, and dining areas. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Numerous stores for buying food and other items are within walking distance from the apartments. The historic center is also scattered with eateries of many kinds.
In Alicante, study abroad students live in homestays where meal are provided. Homestays are located throughout the Alicante downtown metropolitan area, within a maximum 30 minute commute to the CIEE Study Center via public transport.
Students have internet access on campus, in their residences, and homestays. All students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
In Naples, all courses include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings.
In Alicante, CIEE courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday. Students can expect daily homework assignments. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect the final grade.
In Naples, assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations and essays.
In Alicante, grades are generally based on class participation, papers or projects, oral presentations, and a final exam. CIEE Resident Staff determine the exact breakdown of grades.
Language of Instruction
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Naples and the Ancient Mediterranean: Archaeology in Campania
Naples and the wider Campania Region have been home to a wide spectrum of cultures that left highly important archaeological traces stretching over a long time span. Taking advantage of this situation, the course focuses on issues related to the prehistoric, archaic, and classical periods in various Campanian sites. Visits to well-known sites and museums in the region offer study abroad students a firsthand knowledge of the archaeological evidence. The course will contain an excavation component.
Archeological Field Survey in Alicante
Practical course on Archaeology in Spain: excavation techniques, applied methodology, field work, and laboratory analysis at an Archaeological site in Alicante. On successful completion of this module, study abroad students should be able to acquire a broad understanding of the theoretical concerns and methodologies employed by archaeologists, have a general appreciation of the archaeology of Spain, and acquire practical experience in the identification and interpretation of past material culture (artifacts, monuments, and archaeological landscapes). This course offers a combination of class lessons and extensive on‐site work at an important Archaeological site with University of Alicante students and well‐known Archaeologists.