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Crossroads of Culture in the Mediterranean

Study Abroad Program Overview

Located just off the coast of Naples in southern Italy, Procida is famous for its unique natural and architectural treasures and offers an ideal point of view for appreciating the relationship between Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. A small island, measuring less than two square miles, Procida is home to around 10,000 people. Its history stretches back to the 16th and 15th centuries BCE and features Greek and Roman settlements.

Click here to learn more about Procida.
UCEAP’s Crossroads of Culture in the Mediterranean program invites students to discover how the Mediterranean Sea influenced the history of southern Italy. Spanning from antiquity and the Middle Ages through the fascist era and the current migrant crisis, the courses explore how exchange and conflict in the Mediterranean have shaped national identity and what it means to be Italian today. Instruction goes beyond the classroom and incorporates visits to local museums, archaeological sites (including Pompeii), and locations of historical interest. Led by a UC professor, the program will appeal to history, archaeology, anthropology, art history, and classics students as well as anyone who has an interest in the Mediterranean. 

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
mid-June to mid-July

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You will live in shared accommodations at the Le Grand Bleu Residence in Procida. 

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the many field trips and excursions that are part of the academic courses, the program begins with a welcome dinner and wraps up with a Procida cuisine cooking lesson and dinner. There is also a pizza making dinner during the program.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Onsite, a UC professor supervises the academic program and provides assistance with all aspects of living in Procida.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​

Course Opportunities

On this program, you will take two courses each worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.

The first course is The Archaeology of Interaction and Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean, taught by Professor D’Acunto from the University of Naples "L’Orientale." This course focuses on the key role of Mare Nostrum and the Mediterranean environment in antiquity and explores the exchange of goods, ideas, and people. Instruction goes beyond the classroom and incorporates visits to local archaeology museums and archaeological sites, including Paestum, Herculaneum, and Pompeii. Students will also have an opportunity to have hands-on experience at Professor D’Acunto’s current excavations at Cumae.

The second course is The View from the Mediterraneantaught by Professor Fogu from UCSB's Department of French and Italian. It starts at the Middle Ages and continues through to the modern era. Multiple aspects of the course are highlighted in a tour of Naples, which includes symbols of nineteenth-century modernization, such as the elegant Galleria Umberto—a late nineteenth-century iron and glass shopping center—, the fascist-era exhibition complex of the Mostra delle Terre d'Oltremare (Exhibition of the Italian Colonies), and the industrial and immigrant quarters of eastern Naples.

As the result of the program, students will be able to explain how the Mediterranean influenced the history of southern Italy, from ancient times to present. Additionally, students will be able to discuss sea-bound rather than land-bound views of nation-state and national identity formation.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • Course Descriptions​
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional Courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. This is a new program so courses have not been added to the catalog yet. 


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units; two courses. 

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships, research, and independent study are not available in​ this program.​

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and cultural activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Since field trips are a major component of this program, participants must be prepared and able to walk up to several miles a day. Several excursions will also take place on a boat and transportation to and from the island is by ferry.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: