Tasting the Roots of Western Civilization: An Environmental-Historic-EnoGastronomic Journey through Italy’s Cilento region

June 4-24 2017

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Course Selection

Students will enroll in ITAL 383 – Short-Term Program Seminar: Italian Culture (4 credits) Requirements Satisfied: Breadth: Interdisciplinary, Breadth: Humanities, Diversity: International, Off-Campus Experience, Italian minor and special major The unique structure of this program offers the possibility to become acquainted with one of the most fascinating areas in Italy, allowing students to discover and explore the “Magna Graecia” using a strong experiential approach. Teaching will be connected to multiple areas of inquiry (literary, historical, geographical, ethno- anthropological, gastronomical, and cultural) aiming to provide students with the tools to evaluate the modern world through the study of Western civilization. Classes will be held at the Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia ONLUS – Ascea, Italy (near Salerno).

Program Director

Dr. Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the French and Italian Department, will supervise and coordinate all educational (teaching, syllabi, tests and final grades) and extracurricular activities. He will always be available on site to ensure students’ general welfare.

On-Site Director

Dott.ssa Vincenzina Esposito, Deputy Director of the Fondazione Alario in Ascea and Coordinator of the English Key Project, will coordinate and supervise all activities. She will always be on site to ensure students’ general welfare.

Program Cost

$ 3250  ALL INCLUDED but airfare, incidentals and personal expenses

  • 4 credits  of tuition
  • Full board, all three daily meals included in the following resort: www.oasidelfauno.com Use of swimming pool, wireless, gym, sport courts (it is also possible to rent bikes and do snorkeling)
  • Rome Airport pick-up, arrival and departure
  • Amalfi coast weekend
  • Trip to Pompeii and Paestum
  • Museums and other entrance fees
  • All cultural activities and workshops


A completed application including an on-line faculty recommendation is required. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing from the time of application until the end of the program. For additional information contact Professor Occhipinti eocchipi@drew.edu



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All applicants are automatically considered for either a need or merit-based scholarship just by submitting an application. There is no other form that they need to complete. The scholarships range from $600 to $1000.