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Program Description

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Travel to the Amalfi Coast to experience a regional subculture of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle in Sorrento, Italy. Visit food producers, farms, local markets, and a traditional pizzeria, learn to make mozzarella cheese and Neapolitan pizza and hear a lecture from a local nutritionist. Experience tours of Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast and immerse yourself in the stunning culture of southwestern Italy!

Quick Facts

  • Travel March 4 - March 11, 2018

  • Experience the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle of Southern Italy at the Gateway of the Amalfi Coast: Sorrento

  • Trips to farms, food producers, markets, and a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria

  • Cooking class and dinner

  • Tours of Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the region's highlights: to the south is the best of the peninsula’s fertile countryside, to the east is the Amalfi Coast, to the north lie the city of Naples and archaeological sites like Pompeii, and offshore is the fabled island of Capri.  This is the perfect base to experience both the rural and urban Mediterranean lifestyle of southern Italy.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Sophomore in Spring 2018
  • GPA of 2.0


Students will register during the spring registration period for one of the following courses for 1 or 3 credits:  
  • ITA 394/SLC 394/NTR 394: Food and Culture: The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy (3 credits) (fulfills CLAS Science and Society requirement)

  • ITA 494/NTR 494: The Mediterranean Lifestyle of Southern Italy (1 credit)

Course Description:
In 2013 the Mediterranean Diet of several countries, including Italy, was added to the list of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mediterranean Diet is described by UNESCO as “ a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.” According to the United Nations, Italy also has one of the longest life expectancies in the world due in part to the health benefits of these same eating practices. This course analyzes the Mediterranean lifestyle (food and eating practices) in Italy from a historical/cultural, scientific, and sociological perspective with the goal of adapting it to our own lives and communities in the U.S.


Course Format

There are three ways to participate in this Global Intensive Experience (GIE) over Spring Break 2018 (March 4-11 2018)
  • Students can do a one-credit practicum of ITA 494/NTR 494 The Mediterranean Lifestyle of Southern Italy (March 4-March 11, 2018).  Preference will be given to students who have already taken ITA 394/NTR 394:  Food and Culture:  The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy

  • Students can take Professor Vitullo's in-person section of the three-credit ITA 394/NTR 394 Food and Culture:  The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy in Spring Session A. The GIE will be embedded in this course, and the course will meet twice a week for 50 minutes.  This course fulfills the Science and Society requirement.

  • Students can take Professor Vitullo's icourse/ocourse of the three-credit ITA 394/NTR 394 Food and Culture:  The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy in Spring Session A.  The GIE will be embedded in this course.  This course fulfills the Science and Society requirement.

Pizza Making


Faculty Directors

Dr. Juliann Vitullo
Juliann Vitullo is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies whose research focuses on different aspects of Italian material culture, including food.  Professor Vitullo is particularly interested in how we can adapt the Mediterranean lifestyle of Southern Italy to our lives in the U.S.  She has years of experience directing study abroad programs in Italy.  She also loves to grow, cook, and eat healthy and flavorful food!
Phone: 480.965.4624

Tina Shepard
Tina Shepard is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition.  She also serves as the Dietetic Internship Director of the ASU Nutrition Program Education.  Professor Shepard has a particular interest in nutrition education and has directed several study abroad programs on the Mediterranean diet in Italy.  She also is a Master Gardener who enjoys using what she grows in the kitchen, especially fresh herbs!
Phone: 602.496.1855

Dr. Juliann Vitullo

Tina Shepard


Residence Hall

Program Housing

Students will be residing in the Sant’Anna Institute Residence Hall, which has been newly renovated.  The double/triple rooms are fully furnished and include a mini fridge, bed linens, pillows, wireless and cable internet connection, and air conditioning. Sea-view rooms feature a window; some garden-view rooms feature a balcony. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, and hot water. Towels will be provided (a set of 3 towels per person). There are laundry facilities in the building. The washing machine and dryer are coin-operated.  There is also a common kitchen and living room.


Accessibility Information


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one or more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. The program will rely on walking, buses and trains, and the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Making Mozzarella


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2018 is $2,495.

Program Fee includes: Housing, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.