If your class cannot explore the world, bring the world to your class !

If your program was cancelled, or you are looking for new, exciting, and cost effective offerings for your students, our virtual Faculty-led programs are the way to go.

These are not intended to be mere replacements for traditional study abroad, but an enhancement, a way to actually further promote faculty-led programs. Understanding the value and impact of global learning, our mission is to ensure all students and faculty have access to international education opportunities through an innovative and in-depth format. We tailor each program to university requirements so academic credit is easily obtained for your students and to meet faculty learning outcomes.


  • Affordable
  • Low risk
  • Sustainable and environment friendly
  • No limits on locations and travel restrictions
  • Accessible also by students affected by physical conditions and lack of financial resources
  • Time flexibility
  • Fully customizable



Program designs can vary significantly and could include:

  • Virtual Tour of Sorrento
  • Online orientation
  • Classes for credit. See full list of options here
  • Guest lectures in a variety of fields. See list below
  • Conversation partner program and cultural conversations with locals
  • Experiential education (learning by doing) including research, field trips or seminars, laboratory works, fieldworks or observation
  • Cultural activities (such as cooking classes, visit to Mozzarella factory, meeting with coffee roaster owner etc)
  • Cultural classes and seminars (such as Italian gestures, Italian cinema, Italian dialects etc)
  • Live Sessions and interviews
  • Variable length and flexible dates
  • No minimum number of participants required


LIST FOR POSSIBLE GUEST LECTURES (for additional needs, please contact us):


  • Lecture: The origin of Mafia
  • Lecture: Facing local mafia: how it is possible to fight organized crime?
  • Virtual Meeting with local NGOs managing goods and lands, taken back from mafias


International Politics/Geography/ Human Rights

  • Lecture: Facing the humanitarian crisis: the Italian and European policies towards migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean
  • Virtual Meeting with local NGOs working with migrants and refugees


Geography/History of the Mediterranean

  • Lecture: The Sorrento Coast between myth and history
  • Lecture: The ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi


Classics – The Greek and Roman heritage of the Campania region

  • Virtual tours: Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples and Stabia


History/Food Studies/Anthropology

  • Lecture: History and culture of Italian food: from the Roman age to MasterChef
  • Lecture: Between God and Men – Religion and Food
  • Virtual cooking classes in Sorrento, gelato making class, pizza making class.


Tourism and Hospitality 

  • Lecture: The local tourism system


Business Studies

  • Lecture: Doing business in the EU
  • Lecture: The role of small medium enterprises in Italy
  • Virtual Lab: the Italian Startup Eco-system


Cultural Studies

  • Lecture: Italian – US cultural relations


Italian Studies

  • Virtual Labs: Italian culture labs (tba)



  • Lecture: Cities of Fire – Pompeii and Herculaneum facing the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD
  • Virtual visit to the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Virtual Visit to Mt. Vesuvius Volcano


Health Sciences 

  • Lecture: The Italian public health system


Marine Biology 

  • Lecture: Exploring the fauna of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Lecture: Management Strategies to Conserve Marine Biodiversity in Sorrento Peninsula
  • Virtual Visit to the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella
  • Virtual visit to the Turtle Research Centre
  • Virtual meeting with the staff at the zoological station Anton Dorn


Nutrition Studies

  • Lecture: Healthy eating: the Mediterranean Diet and its aims
  • Lecture: Fast Food and Slow Food
  • Virtual Cooking classes in Sorrento, gelato making class, pizza making class.


Communication Studies and Journalism 

  • Lecture: The Italian media system


Gender Studies

  • Lecture: Gendered Communication in Southern Italy


School of Law: 

  • Lecture: The Italian legal system




Slow Food Virtual program

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Virtual Project orientation and virtual tour of Sorrento Guest Lecture on Mediterranean Diet Virtual Visit to Olive oil Factory and interview Virtual Cooking class 1 Virtual tour of Pompeii Free Free
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Virtual Tour of Coffee Roaster and interview Guest Lecture on Slow Food Virtual Visit to Mozzarella Factory and interview Virtual Cooking class 2 Final project presentation Free Free


For costs and additional information, please contact Study Abroad Coordinator Serena Vacca.