Location: Sorrento, Italy

Date: June 19 - July 23, 2022

Program Overview

*Upcoming In-Person Info Session: Feb 8th at 1:30 in Stevenson Academy 175

Investigate Italian culture while exploring the small town of Sorrento on the majestic Amalfi Coast. The program will be hosted by Sant'Anna Institute, where you will take Italian language and culture courses, learn about food production in Italy, and discover how the locals live through cultural excursions, cooking courses and tastings, and a full immersion experience. 

The experience of studying in Italy with a UC Santa Cruz faculty member is unique. Compared to classroom learning only, studying in Italy will facilitate your ability to learn the language while giving you the opportunity to experience Italian culture through a variety of activities. Living in the country offers you the chance to continually test your language comprehension and acquisition. It will also help you develop cultural understanding, which is often missed by studying in a classroom. You will have the opportunity to experience the Italian language and culture as you shop, eat, and mingle with locals.

Language of Instruction: English and Italian


  • ITAL 1: Beginning Italian (5 units)
  • ITAL 101 - Italian Culture through Food (5 units)

Max Enrollment: 25

Faculty Leader: Tonia Prencipe

Contact: globallearning@ucsc.edu 

Program Highlights

  • Explore the Amalfi Coast for an entire day with a specialized guide. The tour includes the visit of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and the famous “Amalfi Drive" that is said to be one of the most spectacular roads in Europe.
  • Visit Fattoria Terranova and prepare an authentic Mediterranean 3-course meal! At Fattoria Terranova, you will learn the story of the farm, its activities, and productions, pick your own products to make a farm-to-table meal and learn the secrets of traditional Italian products, including handmade pasta. 
  • Go to a limoncello factory and enjoy a tasting. Limoncello is the product of excellence of Surrentine tradition. Here, you will visit a lemon grove and assist in the entire process of making limoncello, from the peeling of the lemons to the production of the liqueur and its bottling, and finally to its shipping to countries around the world.
  • Indulge in all things cheese-related at the Mozzarella cheese factory. Undergo a mozzarella cheese-making course and tasting and see why the cheeses produced here are some of the best cheeses Sorrento has to offer including mozzarella, caciocavallo, provolone del monaco, and caciotta.
  • Discover how to make authentic Italian pizza through a pizza-making class! It starts with the most important part: making the dough. Next up is a lesson in rolling out the pizza and creating a vast variety of pizzas complete with different delicious toppings. Your pizzas will be put in the oven and, when ready, you will taste the pizza delights you have created with your cohort. 
  • No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to a Coffee Factory! Here, you will learn the art of real Neapolitan coffee by assisting throughout the whole production process.


“Great food, amazing friends, and incredible lessons were eaten, made, and shared during my study abroad in Sorrento Italy. I chose this program to fulfill a language requirement and get some traveling done, but in the end, gained so much more than I could have ever expected. The language barrier was difficult, but my professor was a master in Italian language and culture; all while being a familiar face from UCSC! During my time in Italy, as cliche as it sounds, I truly made lifelong friends and gained a newfound appreciation for other cultures and myself, all while eating pizza off the Amalfi Coast. It was molto bene, ciao!” - Seymour Hendrik, Summer 2019 Alumni

“I chose this program because I wanted to experience a new culture and Sorrento is exceptionally beautiful. I was eager to learn the Italian language and embark on an exciting adventure. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I made. I learned so much being away in a new place. Each day I woke up surrounded by the beautiful sea and amazing food. I gained a larger understanding of Italian culture and met amazing people. I recommend studying abroad because you learn so much about yourself and gain exciting experiences.” - Rain Ramierez, Summer 2019 Alumni

How to Apply

  1. Review the below eligibility criteria, prerequisites, and specific requirements for this program
  2. Apply in the Global Learning Portal

All applications will be processed first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited capacity.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • Be at least 18 years old by the program start date
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing by the time of departure (45 units completed at time of depart.)

Program Specific Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • No previous university-level Italian language.  However, if you have taken Italian 1 and are interested in enrolling in this program, contact Tonia Prencipe to determine if you are eligible: prencipe@ucsc.edu