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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
6 semester / 9 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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05/26/2015 - 07/21/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
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6 semester / 9 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Try some real Mediterranean flavor.

Spend this summer exploring the social, cultural, and economic role of food in the Mediterranean. You’ll begin in Alicante, exploring the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life, the country’s history of food and wine, and the agricultural implications of Spain’s integration into the EU. Next, you’ll head to Naples where you’ll study the cuisine and ways in which the exportation of Italian food culture has shaped the global perception of the country.

Study abroad in Spain and Italy and you will:

  • Develop a greater appreciation of Mediterranean gastronomy
  • Gain insight into industrial, political, and topographical factors and their impact on local food and food culture
  • Analyze food as a fundamental component of social practice and marker of cultural identity
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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
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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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
    Program
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    Start Date
    End Date
    Costs
    Summer 2014 (8 wks)
    Extended to: 04/15/2014
    05/26/2014
    07/21/2014
    $6,930

    Program Date Notes

    Program Fees

    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 *
    $300
    Educational Costs **
    $5,203
    Housing ***
    $1,325
    Insurance
    $102

    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.

    * non-refundable

    ** 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 *
    $850
    International Airfare **
    $1,350
    Local Transportation
    $230
    Books & Supplies
    $150
    Personal expenses
    $1,175
    Round trip airfare between locations
    $300

    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

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    Summer 2015 (8 wks)
    04/01/2015
    05/26/2015
    07/21/2015

    Program Date Notes

    Program Fees

    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.

    Estimated Additional Costs

    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.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • For CIEE content courses in Spanish, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

In both Alicante and Naples, contact hours for all courses are 45 and recommended credit for the program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course during each session. In Alicante Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture. In Naples: Italian and Neapolitan Cuisine: Local Food, Global Implications

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About the City

About The City

About Alicante

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.

About Naples

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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Serena Fusco

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.

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Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Alicante

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.

Naples

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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. In Alicante, 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.

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.

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Internet

Internet

Students have internet access on campus, in their residences, and homestays. All students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

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, 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.

Grading System

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.

In Naples, assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations and essays.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Description

All Courses

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.

Alicante

Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture
(in English) This course covers a complete analysis of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students will understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students will cover important aspects such as industry breakdown, the integration of Spain in the EU and its repercussions on agriculture and fisheries, the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, an overview of Spanish gastronomy, and wine production.

Naples

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.

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