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  • Locations: Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Discover Sorrento: Learning Under Vesuvius Program


LUV It! (Learning Under Vesuvius, Italy) is a multi-disciplinary summer Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy, which introduces students to the many aspects of literature, society, culture, and history of the Italian southern region around Vesuvius. Sorrento is a spectacular historical destination and is situated in the province of Naples. We will study the culture of Southern Italy from many perspectives. The objective will be to re-examine stereotypes as well as to understand the arts, literature, folklore, and colonial history of the region. This course will count as credit toward DIV II.

Summer 2024 Course: ENG 150 (D) / ENG 302: Southern Italy Through Foreign and Native Eyes 
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Overview LUV It! (Learning Under Vesuvius, Italy) introduces students, who will be based in Sorrento, to the many aspects of literature, society, culture, and history of the southern Italian region around Vesuvius. Sorrento is a spectacular historical destination and is situated in the province of Naples, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, before the unification of Italy. The city and region of Naples is in the very center and hub of the Mediterranean Sea, and it is visually, culturally, and geographically dominated by beautiful Mount Vesuvius. At the crossroads of many diverse cultures and civilizations, from ancient times down to the present, students will be exposed to a vibrant space between the Old and the New World, a region which has shifted from a place of emigration to one of immigration. Neapolitan culture has been transported and re-territorialized in other parts of the world, such as in the United States. Naples and the Vesuvian region have attracted people of different backgrounds for centuries and have also contributed to shaping the image of Italian immigrants abroad (this region, including the bay of Naples and Vesuvius, is the most recognized symbol of southern Italian immigration to the United States) as many immigrants departed from its shores. 

LUV is a multi-disciplinary summer Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy, which introduces students to the many aspects of literature, society, culture, and history of the Italian southern region around Vesuvius. Sorrento is a spectacular historical destination and is situated in the province of Naples. We will study the culture of Southern Italy from many perspectives. The objective will be to re-examine stereotypes as well as to understand the arts, literature, folklore, and colonial history of the region. This course will count as credit toward DIV II.

Summer 2024 Course: ENG 150 (D) / ENG 302: Southern Italy Through Foreign and Native Eyes 
(Satisfies Division II Literature Requirement)
Location Sorrento is a spectacular historical destination and is situated in the province of Naples, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, before the unification of Italy. The city and region of Naples is in the very center and hub of the Mediterranean Sea, and it is visually, culturally, and geographically dominated by beautiful Mount Vesuvius. At the crossroads of many diverse cultures and civilizations, from ancient times down to the present, students will be exposed to a vibrant space between the Old and the New World, a region which has shifted from a place of emigration to one of immigration. Neapolitan culture has been transported and re-territorialized in other parts of the world, such as in the United States. Naples and the Vesuvian region have attracted people of different backgrounds for centuries and have also contributed to shaping the image of Italian immigrants abroad (this region, including the bay of Naples and Vesuvius, is the most recognized symbol of southern Italian immigration to the United States) as many immigrants departed from its shores.
Program Summer 2024 Course: ENG 150 (D) / ENG 302: Southern Italy Through Foreign and Native Eyes 
(Satisfies Division II Literature Requirement)

This course will concentrate on the Mezzogiorno (or Southern Italy), that ‘foreign’ part of Italy which challenges the Italians’ sense of their own culture, keeping in mind the prejudiced Italian saying, Sotto Roma é L’Africa (below Rome is Africa, or Africa begins once we go South of Rome).  We shall read the texts of Italians authors, as they endeavor to define themselves, as well as those of visitors, who endeavor to understand the region. We shall start with Norman Douglas’s Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy and we’ll continue with Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli. Levi’s book reminds us that the foreign can appear within one’s own country.  We will then move through writings of different periods, from the 19th-century writer Harriet Beecher Stowe (Agnes of Sorrento) on to the contemporaneous Matilde Serao and Salvatore Di Giacomo who wrote about Naples, down to the writings on Sicily of Sciascia, Lampedusa, and Verga. Through these Sicilian eyes, we’ll endeavor to understand why Goethe considered Sicily “the key to understanding all of Italy” (and perhaps begin to understand why many Italians disown it as the worst of the Mezzogiorno). 
Faculty 2024 Faculty Leader:
Jeff Holdridge 
Professor of English
Email: holdrij@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-3365
Accommodation Host families
Students will share a double room in host family. Most often shared bathroom with the family. Italian style breakfast and dinner with family included daily. Laundry once per week. Access to wifi. Walking distance to Sant’Anna. 

NOTE: All students participating in the WFU Sorrento: Learning Under Vesuvius program are required to live in program-provided housing. Housing accommodations you may have on campus do not automatically transfer to abroad and certain housing accommodations (single rooms and private bathrooms, for example) may not be available.
Excursions Excursions will include any combination of the following:
- a boat excursion to the island of Capri 
- an excursion to the island of Ischia
- a day trip to the Amalfi Coast
- day excursions to Pompeii, Oplontis, and Herculaneum
- an excursion to the Royal Palace in Caserta
- an excursion to the archaeological sites of Paestum and Cumae
- visits to the Archaeological Museum, Capodimonte Museum, and other museums in Naples
Selection - Good academic standing
- Interest in Italian language and culture
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2023 summer rate was $950/per credit hour. Expect a small increase for summer 2024.
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee - $5,243
Tuition (3hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $1,600
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $1,080
Estimated total cost - $10,773
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
 
Visa & Passport Passport Information
Students need to check their passport's expiration date and ensure that it will be valid for at least 6 months after the program's end date.

Students going on a summer program need to make sure their passport is valid through at least mid-February of the following year.

US passport holders who need to renew their passport should visit the U.S. Department of State's passport website for information on this process.

Non-US passport holders who need to renew their passport should refer to their home country's passport office.

Visa Information
If you are a US citizen, you most likely will not require a visa for your summer abroad program. If you do, details will be shared with you by GPS. Non-US passport holders should check with their host country's embassy or consulate to find out if a visa is required for their program or not.
Contact 2024 Faculty Leader:
Jeff Holdridge 
Professor of English
Email: holdrij@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-3365

Tyler Favale 
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
336-758-4072
favalet@wfu.edu

Sorrento Global Ambassador:
McKenzie Murphy
Email: murpma21@wfu.edu
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This program is currently not accepting applications.