Where better to make your degree count than to study abroad in Naples, Italy? With its rich history, architecture, and culture dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C, it is no wonder that Naples is a popular destination for international students. After all — who wouldn’t find it difficult to say no to visiting the birthplace of pizza. Yes, it is said that the first known pizza shop originated in Naples in the late 1800’s. So grab your books and leave that frozen pizza at home as you begin your study abroad in Naples!
Popular Ways to Study in Naples
Many students look to Rome first when considering study abroad in Italy; however, Naples has sites and history that even the capital can’t top (here’s to you, Pompeii).
Popular subjects to study. Students interested in delving into the history of the Roman Empire and architecture will feel right at home in Naples. With ancient buildings such as the Castel Nuovo, Castel dell’Ovo, or Castel Sant’Elmo, students can learn about history first-hand. Pompeii is a vast archaeological site located near the Bay of Naples. The town was destroyed and buried with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and features the excavated ruins where students and tourists alike can explore. Lastly, studying Latin is a popular option for students who wish to develop their knowledge of the language. After all, it is estimated that over 60 percent of English words originate from Latin!
Short term and summer programs vs. long term programs. Students looking to study a specific subject (for example, if you have a strong interest in Naples’s architecture), a short term or summer program might be beneficial for you. However, if you are looking to take in a larger breadth of Naples, a long term program might be the right fit. You can chose a program that focuses on the rise of Roman Civilization or you might find a semester worth of Latin more worthwhile. Don’t be afraid to do your homework, you will be surprised at all the programs you can find!
Attending universities vs. other program types. There are plenty of programs to be found through international institutions, however, it is important to first consider any programs offered through your own university. If you are looking to get the full experience of Naples, consider researching local universities and directly applying to them. You might even look into the University of Naples Federico II; it was founded in 1224 and is the oldest public, non-religious university in the world. Neat, huh?
Student Life in Naples
As Italy’s third largest city, Naples is an old city with so much to explore. For the history buffs, the options are endless. Take in Naples historic plazas, castles, cathedrals, and museums. You can even tour Naples’ underground tunnel system to travel back in time to see a Greek-Roman theater; more recently, the tunnels were used during WWII as air raid shelters.
If you’re more of a foodie than a history buff, your tastebuds are in luck! Besides the Neapolitan Margherita pizza, Naples is known for fresh and classic Italian dishes and pastries, like Sfogliatella, a popular shell-shaped pastry filled with cream and pasta is often paired with seafood to enhance the dish. Naples is also known for their moderate climate, which provides some of the best produce for healthy pasta and veggie dishes. Just think of all the food emojis you’ll get to use!!
When you are ready to put down the books, make sure to check out the shopping and food on streets like Via Toledo and Spaccanapoli. Via Toledo is ideal for when you need to pick up some gifts for the family, while Spaccanapoli can get you up close and personal with the styles Italians rock.
GoAbroad Insider Tips
Naples could also be a perfect destination to take an environmental studies class. You may have heard that Naples has trash. A lot of it. And you’re right - for the last few decades Naples has been struggling to handle an influx of toxic waste in nearby landfills. But it’s cleaning up its image and making strides towards a more healthy, fun and CLEAN atmosphere. Witness a city bouncing back when you study in Naples!
While Naples is not as economically well off as Rome, consider this an opportunity to get involved as a volunteer. As a volunteer, not only will you be studying in Naples, you will also be able to interact with locals in order to better understand what their daily lives are like and increase your understanding of Italy. Perhaps working with an environmental organization would be a great place to start!
As a student in Naples, there is so much to learn beyond the books. With unforgettable history, language, architecture, and food, Naples is sure to be a worthwhile experience. However, if that is not enough to convince you, don’t forget about the pizza!
Craving that pasta? We get it! Read even more tips in our comprehensive guide on studying in Italy.