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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Study the relationship between Italy and the Mediterranean Sea on this three-week intensive summer program in Castellammare di Stabia, on the Bay of Naples. As a result of the program, you'll be able to explain how the Mediterranean influenced the history of southern Italy from ancient times to present. You'll also be able to discuss sea-bound rather than land-bound perspectives of nation-state and national identity formation. Courses feature many field trips in and around Naples as well as to Amalfi and the island of Procida.

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 9 quarter/6 semester UC units.
  • One course may be taken pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

On this program, you'll take two upper-division courses each worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each.

First course: The Archaeology of Interaction and Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean. (Dates and times listed on the sample syllabus are subject to change. Final syllabi are available on site. Don't plan personal travel or events during this program.) Taught by Professor Matteo D’Acunto from the University of Naples "L’Orientale," this course explores the exchange of goods, ideas, and people in the Mediterranean region in antiquity and focuses on the key role the southern regions of the Italian peninsula played as the geographical center of a proper liquid continent. Instruction goes beyond the classroom and incorporates visits to local archaeology museums and archaeological sites, including Paestum, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.

Second course: The View from the Mediterranean(Dates and times listed on the sample syllabus are subject to change. Final syllabi are available on site. Don't plan personal travel or events during this program.) Taught by Professor Claudio Fogu from UC Santa Barbara's Department of French and Italian, this course takes the story of the Mediterranean liquid continent from the Middle Ages through to the modern era. Multiple aspects of the course are highlighted in field trips that include the "maritime republic" of Amalfi, the island of Procida, and, naturally, Naples. Lectures invite students to reconsider the history of the Italian nation-state from the perspective of its belonging to a Mediterranean liquid continent.

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

Catalogs and resources

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. 
  • 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. 

Attendance to all lectures, field trips, and seminars is mandatory.


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