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Italy: Sorrento - Language Program (Summer)
Ferrara, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/02/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/02/2016 07/29/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 2 semesters GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Loredana Di Martino Disciplines offered: Italian
Prerequisite(s): ITAL 102 Program Advisor: Ali Droster -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

ITALY: Sorrento

Summer Program

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Dr. Loredana Di Martino



Located on the Amalfi Coast, facing the Bay of Napels, Sorrento is a picturesque coastal town in southwestern Italy. Known for its stunning views and seaside cliffs, Sorrento holds many treasures including Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. In addition, Sorrento is very close to many heritage sites and natural attractions, which are all easily reachable via public transportation.


Students will be instructed by University of San Diego's professor Dr. Loredana Di Martino. More information on the specific location of instruction in Sorrento will be announced. USD partners with Sant'Anna Insititute to provide students with classroom facilities suited with WIFI and academic services.


All students enrolled in this program will take three units of USD credit for ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian. This four-week summer program in Italy is taught by a USD faculty member, and covers the same content as Italian 201 while blending language and culture with experiential learning. Students will be fully immersed in Italian daily life and will live with Italian families. The academic component will be supplemented with community engagement activities and field trips that will enhance students’ learning and understanding of Italy while allowing them to interact with the local community.  Located nearby Naples, Sorrento is the ideal location for students to be familiarized with Italian culture, and experience Southern Italian warmth, while having easy access to some of Italy’s most famous heritage sites. The town is only a short bus or train ride away from important cultural sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis and Herculaneum, from the eclectic city of Naples, home of one of the best archeological museums in the world and of world-famous examples of baroque architecture, and from other UNESCO heritage sites such as the Amalfi coast. Students will be guided by their instructor to make the most of their experience in Italy.

Click here to visit the University of San Diego Languages and Literature - Italian Department website.



In order to enrich the student course work and solidify a true immersion experience, students will be housed with Italian host families located throughout the city of Sorrento. This options gives students the unique opportunity to practice their Italian with locals as well as compliments their study by exposing students to everyday Italian living. Typically students will be housed in pairs with host families. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy daily breakfast as well as dinners Monday through Friday in the home.



For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 


Students will explore their new region by traveling together to visit the ruins of Pompeii and engage with the community through a variety of community engagement activities. These activities may include beach clean up, art projects & recreational activities with local disabled persons, and youth sports programs.

Additional optional trips will allow students to enjoy the south of Italy, from quaint towns along the Amalfi coast to the large city of Naples.