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Amalfi Coast - Italian language and culture

ITAL101 | 3 credits

About the program

About the course 

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

The course is more intense than a standard Italian 101 course, with longer class periods and a number of visits around and outside Salerno. The intensity of our Italian 101 course is meant to help you familiarize with the language and the city in a relatively short amount of time, and to provide you with the advantages of the ‘immersion’ experience while in Italy.

This is a highly participatory class and you will, therefore, be asked to do many activities and exercises in pairs and in groups. We will:

  • meet and get to know Italian native speakers
  • make short presentations
  • read dialogues and short readings
  • review and practice fundamental grammar concepts
  • discuss cultural aspects of Italian life
  • practice real-life situations and visit Italian sites, using Italian as much as possible

During this course, you will substantially increase your comprehension and reading skills and develop your overall literacy and confidence in Italian to explore and get to know the city and Italian people on your own.

The schedule includes topics and learning activities per each class and the list of the different visits. Please note that times and other details may need to change depending on your learning process and also to accommodate possible scheduling conflicts.

Evaluation techniques will include a number of different methods such as:

  • online assignments such as blogs and ePortfolio
  • in-class practice exercises, exams, and quizzes
  • preparation to field trips to explore the local Italian community
  • short presentations
  • structured face-to-face or online interactions with native speakers
  • drama techniques

About the experience

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:

  • Class with different activities in small groups
  • 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 or home-stay. 

Home-stay accommodation is also available for those students who are particularly keen to make the most of the full immersion experience and enjoy ample opportunities to practice Italian.  Host families are responsible for providing students with breakfast and dinner.  Students who select the home-stay option will pay $300-$400 in addition to program fees. 

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

Program-specific requirements

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

Science students specifically need to be in third-year as of 2020W to take this course.  Commerce students need to be in third-year as of 2020W, or obtain special permission from their Faculty, in order to take this course.

General timelines

The program will take place in Salerno and the surrounding area, Italy for 3 weeks, sometime between June and July 2021.  Exact dates TBD.  Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Program dates: 3 weeks, sometime between June – July 2021  

Application deadline

Monday, February 22, 2021

How to apply

Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are encouraged.  

  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

Program fees and costs

CAD 2,500-$2,800 + tuition and flight

The program fee includes accommodation, in-country travel, and excursions, entry fees and the Go Global fee.  Participants are responsible for tuition, Flights, visas, and incidentals. 

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 is built into the Program Fee and is payable after acceptance into the program.  Students will not be charged any fees until programs have been confirmed. 

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

UBC understands the value and impact, that international programs can have on a students’ academic experience. The university also acknowledges the unpredictable nature of planning international programs during a global pandemic.  To learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Go Global Programs, please visit the Go Global student FAQ during COVID-19


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:

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:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

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


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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