This upcoming summer, Central offers the possibility of studying Italian language and culture in Salerno, Italy, a charming coastal city situated in the Campania region on the gulf of Salerno, and a neighbor of the world-famous Amalfi Coast.

Students experience this coastal region of southern Italy through its history, art, music, ceramics, and cuisine while also enjoying the beautiful beaches and harbors of the Amalfi and Cilento Coasts in a traditional and real-life setting. 

Participants are placed in open study groups at the Accademia Italian Salerno and attend an intensive Italian course that helps them learn the everyday language needed to interact with locals and adapt to Italian culture outside the classroom. The language course is enhanced by a series of high-impact, leisure activities including excursions, tours, museum visits, and recreational meetings throughout the three-week trip. 

Students enjoy guided tours of Salerno’s quaint historic district and Naples’ bustling quarters; travel by ferry to the beautiful seaside towns of the Amalfi Coast such as Amalfi, Positano, and Vietri; explore the archaeological sites of ancient cities Pompeii (city ruins) and Paestum (Greek temples); and visit a number of Campania’s invaluable historic locales including the Cathedral of San Gennaro, the Duomo of Salerno, the Arechi Castle, Amalfi’s medieval Paper Museum and more. Students will also be provided with leisure time for beach days and fun in the sun! 

This course offers students to opportunity to intimately experience Italy through Salerno, the Amalfi Coast, and the surrounding Campania region, learn and practice the language, reach some of the region’s world-famous sites, and taste its delicious local food (mozzarella, pizza, pasta, seafood etc.) in many of its excellent trattorias and pizzerias. The course promises to be an unforgettable adventure that is both culturally enriching and instructive, exciting and enjoyable! 

Students are required to arrange the airline tickets and US airport transportation by themselves. Professor Puleo will provide the guidance about this.

  • This program requires a minimum of 10 students enrolled to proceed. 

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July 5 - July 28, 2024 

Registration Deadline

March 21, 2024


WL 300: Topics in Modern Language Culture Study, 3 Credits (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)  

COST: $3,095 without Airfare

Program Director

Prof. Simone M. Puleo 
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 


A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships will be a minimum of $1,000 based on the available funds. A minimum GPA requirement is 3.0! Scholarships are awarded on a first-first come first-served basis.Additional scholarships from Italian Studies Endowment Fund are available. The registration portal has a limited timeframe, we suggest you prepare your scholarship essay before starting the application! They are due together. Click here to see the scholarship prompts.

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Contact Information

Zongxiang Mei
International Education Coordinator
Center for International Education
Clarence Carroll Hall
Christine Chaihyung Park
University Assistant, Courses Abroad
Center for International Education