Perfect for pairing with other programs.
Study abroad in Naples, Italy this summer and explore Italian and Neapolitan culture through coursework and cultural excursions in a beautiful, ancient city which is also one of the world’s most vibrant.
With no language prerequisite, anyone can examine the origins of the local contemporary culture and reflect on how those ancient roots have developed and continue to inform the present.
Study abroad in Italy and you will:
- Use archeology and food as an introduction to Italian culture
- Enjoy a session on survival Italian during orientation, and be encouraged by staff to use a working knowledge of language skills in everyday settings
- Explore the city and surrounding region through a series of staff-led excursions
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
Explore Italy through archeology and cuisine:
- Visits to well-known sites and museums in the region offer you compelling insight into the wide spectrum of cultures that have left important cultural traces on Naples and the greater Campania Region
- Starting with a focus on Naples, its cuisine, and the role of food in Neapolitan culture, you will subsequently broaden your focus to reflect on the exportation of Neapolitan and more generally Italian food culture, and how this process contributes to the cultural perception of both Naples and Italy by the rest of the world
The study abroad program is supplemented with cultural activities throughout the city and field trips to neighboring regions. Participation is mandatory. One guided walk of the Naples historic center is included in each session.
In each session, you will take part in a day trip and an overnight trip to sites of particular interest. A typical field trip usually includes at least a guided tour as well as other cultural activities that put you in contact with other Italian realities in Naples and the Campania region. Possible day trip destinations include the isles of the bay of Naples (Capri, Ischia, Procida), the Amalfi Coast, and Sant’Agata de’ Goti. Possible overnight excursion destinations are Rome, Florence, Bologna, Matera, and Lecce.
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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All study abroad students take the required course in each session.
About the City
About The City
The largest city in southern Italy and the third largest in the country, superbly positioned in the eponymous bay, framed by the Vesuvius, the sea, and the three islands of Ischia, Procida, and Capri, Naples is one of the most ancient locations in Europe, and, nowadays, one the most lively and vibrant places in the world.
In the 8th century B.C., Greek colonists settled on the promontory of Pizzofalcone. Another group of Greek colonists from Cumae founded a second settlement known as Neapolis (“New Town”) in the 5th century B.C. This ancient urban pattern is still completely visible in the city center.
Naples and the Campania region were key cultural and economic areas for the Romans. From the Middle Ages on, different dynasties of foreign origin (French, Spanish, German) ruled the city and made it into the capital of an independent kingdom. With few interruptions, Naples was capital of this Regno until it became part of the unified kingdom of Italy in 1860.
Conjoining the extreme beauty of its landscape art treasures with the thick urban feeling of a metropolitan center, Naples has been, for a long time, the emblem of southern Italy and its controversial status with relation to the north of the country. While it has a reputation as a tough city, Naples is also known for the friendliness and openness of its inhabitants, its stunning Baroque art and architecture, and its cuisine. At the heart of its large urban area, the central historical district, where students live and study, has been renovated and revitalized in recent years.
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students live in apartments in the historic center of Naples with other program participants and a local L'Orientale student roommate.
The furnished apartments are within walking distance to the historic center. Students have their own room with 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.
All CIEE apartments are within walking distance from then L'Orientale building(s) where classes are held.
A mandatory on-site orientation session introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in Italy, and Naples in particular. Orientation includes a city tour using public transport and a “warm-up” cultural activity. Italian students collaborate with CIEE in these activities, help you familiarize yourself with the new environment, and help with bureaucratic matters.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Both CIEE housing the Study Center provide Internet access.
The three four-week sessions focus on archeology and on food as an introduction to Italian culture. Students may participate in one, two or three sessions.
CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Study Center and are designed to follow the U.S. academic culture. There are no more than 15 students per classroom.
Nature of Classes
All courses are for CIEE study abroad students only.
Although language is not one of the subject areas of this program, and there is no language requirement, resident staff will encourage students with working knowledge of Italian to use their language skills in everyday settings. A brief session on survival Italian skills will be offered during orientation.
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers.
Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans.
Language of Instruction
The course will be coordinated by Irene Bragantini and taught by the Archaeology and Ancient Art professors of L'Orientale University: Irene Bragantini, MatteoD’Acunto, Anna Maria D’Onofrio, and Sveva Savelli.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
ARCH 3001 NCSU
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 students a firsthand knowledge of the archaeological evidence. The course will contain an excavation component.
FSCI 3001 NCSU/ITST 3001 NCSU
Italian and Neapolitan Cuisine: Local Food, Global Implications
This course analyzes food as a fundamental component of the social practices that characterize different cultures. Food is a marker of cultural identity both in its material existence (what products are available and why, what is prepared and consumed, etc.) and in its symbolic and ritualized forms. The course will start with a focus on Naples, its cuisine, and the role of food in Neapolitan culture, and will subsequently broaden this focus to reflect on the exportation of Neapolitan and more generally Italian food culture and how these contribute to shape the cultural perception of both Naples and Italy from the outside.