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Study Abroad Seminar in Italy

June 9-June 30, 2018

Discover a unique ITALIAN experience!

Spend three weeks exploring Italy studying and reporting on its rich history and contemporary culture at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento. You’ll immerse yourself in the local culture, including guided tours of the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the Pompeii Ruins, lessons about the Italian food and wine industry, and visits to other historical and cultural sites. Complete 6 credits (2 courses) plus earn LBC credit. Visit WNE Sorrento Italy on Facebook to learn more.

Students interested in participating should contact Brenda Garton-Sjoberg, Professional Educator, at bgarton@wne.edu or 413-782-1260.

Courses Offered

CUL 224: Italian Culture

Since the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, historical and political events manifested a wide range of cultural phenomena and transformations leading up to the Unification of Italy in 1861. The demographic, economic, and sociological differences and complexities leave Italians still attempting to establish a national identity. This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of ancient and modern Italy, Italian culture, and the Italians.

ILP 290: Covering Italy


This course focuses on the process and techniques of becoming better writers and speakers through the perspective of a journalist, while reporting on the Italian culture and its people. Students will experiment with various types of writing, including blog, commentary, creative, travel, and journalism formats; they will also create and deliver two presentations about their experiences.

Start Packing: Here’s What You Need To Know

What will the trip cost?

The estimated cost is $5,000, which includes airfare, transportation in Italy, lodging (apartment-style), site visits in Italy, and several meals. Travel dates and costs are subject to change.

Space is limited. A $500 deposit is due December 1, 2017. For more information, contact: Professor Brenda Garton-Sjoberg at bgarton@wne.edu or Dr. Rocco Mesiti at rocco.mesiti@wne.edu.

What will I see in Italy?

Excursions in Italy include:

  • Amalfi Coast
  • Naples and Sorrento
  • Olive Oil Factory tour
  • Gelato Laboratory
  • Pompeii ruins
  • Capri
  • Rome
  • Positano
  • Colosseum
  • Italian Cooking class

How can I participate?

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in study abroad opportunities. Students participating in year-long or semester-long study abroad programs must satisfy the specific grade point average required by the foreign university they will be attending.

Want to Learn More?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1279

Email: jbrownro@wne.edu

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1218

Email: sghahram@wne.edu

Got Your Passport? Don’t forget to apply now for your passport to be ready to take advantage of this unique educational/travel opportunity.