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Offered through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), this Classical Studies program is co-sponsored by UW-Madison. This program is designed for students of the classics who, along with coursework in English on the classics, want to have easy access to Roman and Greek ruins as well as the archeological treasures of Naples.
By studying in Naples you will have firsthand experience of several layers of ancient civilizations, visiting some of the richest museums and classic art collections in Italy, not to mention the opportunity to explore the abundant, and extremely diverse, archaeological sites both in the city and in the region. Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Cumae are just a few minutes away while Paestum and Rome are an hour or less by train.
Founded in 1732 by a missionary returned from China, the Universita degli studi di Napoli L' Orientale (University of Naples "L' Orientale," or Orientale) is based in historic central Naples. The Orientale is a center for the study of foreign languages and cultures, not only Asian but Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean, and even North American, that is unique in Italy and has few rivals in Europe. There are approximately 10,500 students and 300 faculty. CIEE students have access to the University's libraries, computer center, student canteen, and sports facilities.
Located an hour on the high speed train from Rome, with the ancient Greco-Roman city still visible in its layout, Naples is part of a well-preserved, cultural area including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cumae, and Paestum. Its history and position at the heart of the Mediterranean have made Naples a city with many different layers of civilization, one that has absorbed different cultures and peoples. The central historical district where students live and study, has been renovated and revitalized in recent years.
Getting to Your Program
You arrange your own flights, but are given dates
and arrival guidelines.
Participants must have a passport valid for six months after the end of the program. A student visa is required for U.S. citizens studying in Italy for a semester or longer. You will need to apply for this visa prior to departure. IAP will provide detailed instructions on the visa application process. Applications will be submitted to IAP to be sent to the Chicago consulate. If you are not a US citizen, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You also participate in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation
. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask any questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program, so that you arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward your goals.
Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE resident staff. It includes an academic orientation, an introduction to local customs and culture, information on personal safety, practical advice on daily life in the new surroundings, and cultural activities in Naples. During orientation, you are hosted in a hotel and meals are provided. You are paired with Orientale students during the first weeks of the program to serve as cultural and practical guides. Immediately after the initial orientation session, you begin your intensive Italian language instruction. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You live in furnished apartments
with CIEE and Italian roommates. The apartments are within walking distance of the historic center. You have their own room and small bathroom with shared living, kitchen, and dining areas. Meals are not included in the program fee and are your responsibility. Numerous stores for buying food and other items are within walking distance from the apartments. The historic center is also scattered with eateries of many kinds.
Excursions and Activities
The academic program is supplemented with excursions and cultural activities
including visits to museums such as the world-renowned Naples Archeological Museum
and the Archeological Museum of Baiae; day trips to a variety of archeological sites in the area, from world-famous ones such as Pompeii to less known but equally significant ones such as Elea/Velia, Benevento
, and Stabiae
; and visits to the underground areas of ancient Greco-Roman Naples. CIEE also organizes weekend and overnight trips to main cultural ancient Greek and Roman areas within traveling distance, such as Rome
, and Apulia
In order to provide you with the opportunity for a broader understanding of the cultural and historical development of the area, the program is enriched by visits to art museums and sites in the city such as the Capodimonte Museum
, the Bourbon Royal Palace
, and historical churches, as well as local festivals and seasonal cultural events. Group dinners with local and international Orientale students provide opportunities for sharing cross-cultural experiences.
CIEE students have access to the sports center, Centro Universitario Sportivo (C.U.S), which is located a short subway ride from the center of the city. C.U.S is a recently-built University sports center, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools; gyms; professional fields for soccer, rugby, tennis, and track-and-field; basketball and volleyball courts; yoga rooms; and more.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
CIEE Resident Director
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
The CIEE Study Center at the University of Naples "L' Orientale" (Orientale) opened in 2010. The Classical Studies program is designed for students focusing on the Classics to deepen their knowledge at an important Classical learning center. You will be provided with the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the language, literature, and civilization of the ancient Greeks and Romans through English-taught courses and visits to important ancient cultural sites in Naples and the Campania region, an area that presents a unique blending of ancient Greek and Roman cultural elements. Content courses are taught in English, and are complemented by an extensive program of local site visits and Italian language study. You are required to start the program with an intensive language class based on your individual Italian language abilities.
Students with five semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent may also enroll directly in Orientale's courses in the Classics or other fields, or in the CIEE Liberal Arts program courses. Students who wish to stay for the academic year, with sufficient Italian, may supplement the CIEE Classics courses with courses from the Liberal Arts program along with Orientale courses.
Program Web Page(s)
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