Italy Field School: Gateway to the Mediterranean


This five-week Field School gives U of Guelph students an opportunity to live and study in Sorrento, Italy at the Sant'Anna Institute on the beautiful Amalfi coast. While living in the heart of the Mediterranean, students will take an Italian language course appropriate to their knowledge of Italian (beginner, intermediate or advanced), and learn about the role of Italian food and the Mediterranean diet on culinary and cultural practices in Italy and around the world.

Students from all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply to the Italy Field School.

Field School Details

Instructor: Alessia Ursella, Italian Studies, School of Languages and Literatures

Offered: Summer 2019

Prerequisite: 5.0 credits completed by the end of 2018/19 academic year or permission of the instructor, 70% cumulative average

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Alessia Ursella or Allison Broadbent, Study Abroad Manager.


Students will live in shared flats with kitchens in Sorrento that are located close to the Sant'Anna Institute or in newly renovated shared residence rooms with a common kitchen for cooking.

Field Trips

Group field trips include Pompeii, Capri, Naples and the Amalfi coast.

Program Dates

May 26 - June 28, 2019


Italian Language (ITAL XXXX, 1.0 credits)

Students will take an Italian language course at the Sant'Anna Institute at a level appropriate to their Italian language skills.

Italian Food and the Construction of Authenticity (HUMN 3620, 0.5 credits)

This course focuses on Italian food and its representation in literature and film, with a particular focus on the notion of "authenticity." Using Sorrento and Italy as a rich resource, the course will move back and forth between mondern and contemporary Italy and the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance to arrive at an understanding of how Italian ways of thinking about food have their roots in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Students will come to appreciate how these ways of thinking about food have been exported to Canada.


Students should budget for the following:

  • Round-trip airfare to Italy
  • University of Guelph tuition and fees for 1.5 course credits 
  • The Italy Field School Fee: Aproximately $3700. This fee includes 5 weeks shared accommodation in Sorrento, Italy, field trips in Italy, and other group activities/excursions. (Please note that this amount is subject to change due to fluctuating exchange rates, and as costs are finalized for the program.)
  • Mandatory travel health and emergency insurance through the company Guard Me ($1.65 / day)
  • Personal expenses in Italy (transportation, personal exursions, food, etc)


Students applying for the program must have completed a total of 5.0 undergraduate credits by the time the program begins in May 2019, or have permission from the instructor.  Applicants must have a 70% cumulative average. (Students with a 67 - 69% cumulative average may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that affected their marks which are described on their application.)

The program is open to students from all disciplines at the University of Guelph.

Apply to the Italy Field School

Students interested in applying to the Italy Field School must apply using an online application. To receive access to the online application, you must first attend a Study Abroad Information Session with the Centre for International Programs.  You will then receive access to the online application.

Application deadline: January 25, 2019