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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Study the relationship between Italy and the Mediterranean Sea on this four week summer program in Procida. As the result of the program, you will be able to explain how the Mediterranean influenced the history of southern Italy, from ancient times to present. Additionally, you will be able to discuss sea-bound rather than land-bound views of nation-state and national identity formation. Courses feature many field trips in and around the island of Procida as well as on the Italian mainland.

Unique study opportunities

  • Go on site visits to historic and culturally significant places like Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Naples.
  • Travel with the class to your professor’s current archaeological excavations at Cumae.
  • Explore local archeological museums, bringing back reports and images to share.
  • Attend small classes taught in English with students from across the UC system.


Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program: 

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two consecutive courses for a total of 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units.
  • One course may be taken as pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

On this program, you will take two upper-division courses each worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.

First course: The Archaeology of Interaction and Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean

Taught by Professor D’Acunto from the University of Naples "L’Orientale," this course focuses on the key role of Mare Nostrum and the Mediterranean environment in antiquity and explores the exchange of goods, ideas, and people. Instruction goes beyond the classroom and incorporates visits to local archaeology museums and archaeological sites, including Paestum, Herculaneum, and Pompeii. You will also have an opportunity to have hands-on experience at Professor D’Acunto’s current excavations at Cumae.

Second course: The View from the Mediterranean

Taught by Professor Fogu from UCSB's Department of French and Italian, this course starts at the Middle Ages and continues through to the modern era. Multiple aspects of the course are highlighted in a tour of Naples, which includes symbols of nineteenth-century modernization, such as the elegant Galleria Umberto—a late nineteenth-century iron and glass shopping center—the fascist-era exhibition complex of the Mostra delle Terre d'Oltremare (Exhibition of the Italian Colonies), and the industrial and immigrant quarters of eastern Naples.

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • Course Descriptions​: Read full descriptions of the two program courses available.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

You’ll be in the classroom with other UC students and have direct interaction with the professors on this program. Classes are small and designed for UC students.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the summer quarter are usually ready by mid-August.