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  • Locations: Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: UNCW IN Field of Study: History, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Italian, Italian Language & Literature
Minimum GPA: 2.5 High Impact Experiences: Internship, Service Learning
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Advisor: Natalie Palmer
Program Description:
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Program Description

The University
The UNCW in Italy program is located on the Mediterranean coast in Sorrento, Italy. Students can explore Italian food, history,and culture while taking classes toward their UNCW degrees. The campus for the UNCW in Italy program is perched atop cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and the lively fishing village of Marina Grande, filled with boats, restaurants, and beaches.

The Surrounding Area
UNCW in Italy is located in Sorrento, a charming, walkable city nestled between the mountains and the stunning Mediterranean coast. Students can easily walk to the city center, marinas, beaches, or go hiking in the nearby mountains. Local trains and buses provide convenient opportunities for travel to Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Rome, and sites beyond. Ferries also depart Sorrento’s marina several times each day to the stunning islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

Student Life
UNCW in Italy offers students opportunities for hiking, kayaking, sailing, sunbathing, shopping, great nightlife, and amazing sunsets over the Bay of Naples. The UNCW in Italy program includes optional cultural activities and excursions like: hands-on pizza and gelato making; visits to olive oil, mozzarella cheese, and pasta factories; a hike to peer into Mt. Vesuvius; explorations of ancient ruins in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum; a visit to the Royal Palace at Caserta; and more. With so much history and breath-taking beauty, students will never run out of things to do.


  • Degree-seeking student
  • At least sophomore standing at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.5+ GPA at time of application

Academic Details

UNCW in Italy engages students in hands-on learning in a variety of academic areas. Students can study archaeology while visiting Pompeii, examine tourism through the lens of Italian food and geography, learn about volcanoes while visiting Mt. Vesuvius, and learn about Italian art by viewing the work of Italian masters.  Coursework is available in anthropology, archaeology, art & art history, business, creative writing, environmental studies, film, geology, history, Italian language & literature, international relations, marine biology, tourism, and volcanology. All courses are taught in English (except for the Italian language and literature courses) and UNCW in Italy even offers customized internship opportunities!

Internship Option
Internships are available for Fall, Spring or Summer academic terms for students of junior or senior standing at the time of their internship. Internships offer the possibility to earn 3 credits (120-150 hours) or 6 credits (240 hours) in the student's major or minor field of study. Internship placements can be made in a variety of fields depending on the student's background, field of study and interests. Students complete the internship alongside 1-4 other academic courses including Italian language (all levels available). Most internships can be conducted in English, without a prior knowledge of the Italian language, however some placements have language specifications. NOTE: internships have an additional course fee of $400 US.


UNCW in Italy’s student residence hall offers shared bedrooms with air conditioning, wifi, an en suite bathroom, and beautiful views of both the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The residence hall also features a large, well-furnished kitchen and dining area, complete with a large terrace overlooking the bay of Naples! Students who prefer to live with either a host family or in an apartment rather than in the residence hall can do so for an additional fee.

Program Dates

Academic Year Dates
Late August-Mid May

Fall Semester Dates
Late August-Mid December

Spring Semester Dates
Mid January-Mid May

Summer Dates
Late-May to Late-June (Summer I)
Early-July to Early-August (Summer II)
Late-May to Early-August (Summer III)

Financial Details

Estimated Program Fee Semester: $12,800 

Estimated Program Fee Summer I or II: $5,500


  • Tuition and study materials for 12-18 academic credits for a semester and 3-6 academic credits for a summer term.
  • Housing in student residence halls
  • On-site 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Excursions to places like: Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius
  • Cultural Activities
  • Welcome lunch/dinner
  • Farewell lunch/dinner
  • Program orientation
  • Admin fee/tech fee

Additional Costs:
(not included in program fee)

  • International airfare
  • Most meals
  • Passport and visa
  • Airport pick-up (can be arranged by UNCW in Italy from Naples airport)
  • Internship fee (for students who opt to participate in an internship
  • Housing supplement (only for students who opt to live in an apartment or with a host family)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

More Information 

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