Amalfi Coast - Italian language and culture

ITAL101 | 3 credits

About the program

This course is led by UBC faculty member Dr. Luisa Canuto.  

Date: 10-12 hours of online classes in early May 2022 + 2 weeks in Salerno, Italy in early June 2022. 

Topic: The Study in Italy Program features an intensive course on Italian language and culture, and includes excursions, meals and other events which allow participants to experience the richness and beauty of the Amalfi Coast.  

Locations visited: Main highlights in Salerno (i.e., Arechi Castle; the Medieval Centre; Botanical garden), Amalfi and Ravello, Pompei; Naples

Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award

About the course 

Based on the Common European Framework for Languages, the Italian 101 immersive course is for beginners or Level A1. By the end of the course, you are expected to have acquired a good understanding of familiar words and basic phrases concerning yourself, family and immediate concrete surroundings in the Italian language and be able to interact in a simple way in a variety of survival situations, such as asking for directions, buying food, talking about yourself, your family, interests and your daily routine, express likes and dislikes and talk about the present and make polite requests. The course includes a variety of evaluation techniques from the more standard methods such as exam and quizzes, to blogs and short presentations on Italian and Southern Italian cultural themes, task-based activities and structured interactions with native Italian speakers. Field trips and excursions and the development of group maps and journal of highlights in Salerno, the archeological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum and the Amalfi Coast will also complement the course. 

The course will be offered in Salerno (approximately 50 km Naples). It will be a full 'immersion' program and includes longer class periods, a number of cultural visits, and other social events. 

Experience in the field

Undergraduate student Thao Atkinson shares about embracing vulnerability, adapting the Italian mindset, and supporting her career goals through the Go Global ITAL 101 Global Seminar which took place in Venice, Italy in 2019.  

A typical day in Salerno might include:

  • Classes will be held in the historical building of the Accademia Italiana from 9 am to 12:30 pm; there will be 3 seminar presentations on relevant cultural topics from 4 to 5 pm 
  • Visits to different sites mostly by foot or coach bus

Notable environmental conditions:

  • City environment in summer in Italy - average temperatures between 27-33C
  • In-class time or walking around
  • Lots of physical activity including walking
  • The Salerno Global Seminar program is packed with cultural and immersion activities.  See below for a snapshot of what you can expect.  
Salerno Infographic


Students will stay in shared apartments with double rooms with air conditioning. 

Eligibility requirements

General Global Seminar requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 

  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 

  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 

  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 

  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 

  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 

  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 

  • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2022, you are eligible to apply.

Program-specific requirements

This course requires no pre-requisites and is open to all students interested in a language program.

Science students need to have third year standing by the time they participate in this course. Commerce students need to have third year standing by the time they participate in this course, or obtain special permission from their Faculty prior to applying.

How to apply

Application deadline 

January 27, 2022

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program 
  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs 
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below 

*Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars*

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $2,600- $2,900 

Students are responsible for covering the cost of 3 credits of UBC tuition.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Global seminars refund policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Pre-departure policy

Safety abroad

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:


You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please email and provide an overview of the questions you have. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Virtual drop-in advising is available on Tues, Dec 21 and Wed, Dec 22 from 1 to 3 pm PST through Zoom.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Go Global offers in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

January Hours

Go Global will hold virtual reception hours on Tues, Jan 4 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am PST and 1 pm to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.