Italian Language and Culture on the Amalfi Coast

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Sorrento, Italy

Date: Arrival Date: July 27, 2020 End Date: August 28, 2020

Program Overview

Learn Italian while exploring the small town of Sorrento on the majetic Amalfi Coast. The program will be hosted by Sant'Anna Institute, where you will take Italian language and culture courses, learn about food production in Italy, and discover how the locals live through cultural excursions, cooking courses and tastings, and a full immersion experience. 

The experience to study in Italy with a UC Santa Cruz faculty member is unique. Compared to classroom-learning only, studying in Italy will facilitate your ability to learn the language while giving you the opportunity to experience Italian culture through a variety of activities. Living in the country offers you the chance to continually test your language comprehension and acquisition. It will also help you develop cultural understanding, which is often missed by studying in a classroom. You will have the opportunity to experience Italian language and culture as you shop, eat, and mingle with locals. 

This program is limited capacity.

Max Enrollment: 25

Language of Instruction: English and Italian

Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Ashley Bayman

Faculty Leader: Tonia Prencipe


  • ITAL 1 (Beginning Italian) - 5 units
  • ITAL  101 - Italian Culture through Food - 5 units 

Students receive lower-division credit for ITAL 1 and will satisfy the first quarter of the Italian first-year sequence. Through the ITAL 101 course, students can satisfy an upper-division ITAL course or a GenEd requirement: Cross Cultural Analysis (CC).

Program Highlights

  • Choose from living in an Italian homestay or a private apartment at Sant’Anna Institute.
  • Explore the Amalfi Coast for an entire day with a specialized guide. The tour includes the visit of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and the famous “Amalfi Drive" that is said to be one of the most spectacular roads in Europe.
  • Visit Fattoria Terranova and prepare an authentic Mediterranean 3-course meal! At Fattoria Terranova, you will learn the story of the farm, its activities and productions, pick your own products to make a farm to table meal, and learn the secrets of traditional Italian products, including handmade pasta.
  • Go to a limoncello factory and enjoy a tasting. Limoncello is the product of excellence of Surrentine tradition. Here, you will visit a lemon grove and assist in the entire process of making limoncello, from the peeling of the lemons to the production of the liqueur and its bottling, and finally to its shipping to countries around the world.
  • Indulge in all things cheese-related at the Mozzarella cheese factory. Undergo a mozzarella cheese making course and tasting and see why the cheeses produced here are some of the best cheeses Sorrento has to offer including mozzarella, caciocavallo, provolone del monaco and caciotta.
  • Discover how to make authentic Italian pizza through a pizza culinary course. 
  • No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to a coffee factory! Here, you will learn the art of the real Neapolitan coffee by assisting throughout the whole production process. 

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