Globalization of Education

June 15 – 30, 2016


This two-week immersion program focuses on sustainable agriculture and food studies in Naples, Italy, where students will explore the Campania region that includes the Amalfi Coast and Islands, the rich agricultural areas of Benevento and Caserta, and the archaeological site of Pompeii. Naples is the 3rd largest city in Italy and the most important port city in Southern Italy. Within its ancient facades, endless alleyways, and distinct neighborhoods, Naples offers a blend of frenetic, nonsensical goings-on that overwhelm the senses. To view the video from Naples 2013, please click here.


The Program will be based in the city of Naples from where students will venture out to the fertile areas of the Campania region. Applying comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, students will examine models of sustainable agriculture and the evolution of food cultures. Students will have opportunities for experiential learning through a farm-stay, cooking classes, and other hands-on learning activities.

Students will earn 3 credits for SOC/APG/GWS 308: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Cultures, APG 308H: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Cultures (Honors section), SOC 497: Field Studies in Sociology; or APG 470: Problems in Anthropology.

Assignments include keeping a journal during the 2-weeks, summary essay, and/or action project proposal. Italian language not required.

Housing and Dining:

Students will stay in The House of Clerics Regular Teatini, located in the convent of the Basilica of San Paolo Maggiore, in the heart of Naples; a place of history and faith, art and culture. Students will also do a farm-stay with a sustainable agriculture project incorporating hands-on learning. Program costs include lodging, all meals, excursions and entry fees.

Cultural Activities:

Students will tour Naples’ many distinct neighborhoods, open-air markets, coffee bars, gelaterias, and eateries and visit several museums. In the evenings, students can partake in the many cultural offerings from film, art exhibits, music, and dance performances. Local experts and practitioners will provide in-the-field lectures and demonstrations on Slow Food, food markets, and the fishing industry. Students will visit the farmlands of the Amalfi Coast and the countryside of Campania to learn about the history, preservation, and production of local products.

Program Fee: $3500

  • 3 URI Credits
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and activities

NOTE: All fees subject to change

Program Deadlines

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

Final Payment Due: May 9, 2016

Important Requirement: Students are required to meet with Professor Rosaria Pisa for a pre-screening interview. Interested applicants should complete the Naples Questionnaire and contact Professor Pisa for an interview,, prior to submitting a formal application.


Note: Selecting “Apply Now” will bring you to the URIAbroad application management system. Please log in using your e-Campus username and password (URI students) or create an account (non-URI students). Then select “Apply Now” on the URIAbroad program page to begin your application.


If you are having difficulties with the online application, you may submit a paper application to the URI Office of International Education at 37 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. The paper application can be found here:

Paper Application


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Rosaria Pisa
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

URI Faculty-Led Programs
37 Lower College Road
International Center

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