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Summer in Italy: Science-based Health & Wellness

Salerno Beach

Program Overview:

Travel this summer to Ischia, Italy to gain cultural, historical, and global insight into the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology through the dimensions of science-based health and wellness: Physical, Emotional, Social, Disease Prevention, & Community. Using secondary data analysis and practical application based learning, explore how each can positively and negatively contribute and influence health from an evidence-based approach.

In just over two weeks, Dr. Devan Romero will lead this course and visits to significant cultural and historical sites to explore science-based health and wellness.  With a base in Ischia, best known for its ancient thermal baths, students will explore the healing properties of water in the human body and gain a cultural introduction to Italy’s Southern region. From there, students will embark on excrusions to explore the region's ancient medicine, healing discoveries and practice. 

Program Excursions:  

    • Appetizers at Castello Aragonese 
    • Negombo thermal baths, Sorgeto Hot Springs & Nitrodi natural springs
    • Hiking & Yoga with local guides
    • Agritourism visits to local farmers
    • Day trips to Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, & Pompei & Vesuvius
    • Visit to University of Naples and University of Salerno (UNISA), the oldest academic instiution in the continent with some student networking opportunities
    • Visit to Maronti Beach and Roman Baths
    • Cooking Class
    • Gelato & Pizza Making Scavenger Hunt
    • Farm to Table Experience
    • Community outreach opportunities with Public Health departments

Academic Calendar: 

May 30 - June 14, 2023

Academic Focus:  

KINE 497:  Study Abroad (3 units) for CSUSM NON-KINE majors!  Students, work with your department chairs to determine how this health course could be substituted.

Non-CSUSM students can earn Kinesiology credits--KINE 497 (3 units)

Language of Instruction:



  • Open to all majors
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing to departure
  • Proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (at least the initial vaccination(s) plus at least one booster if eligible) is required to participate in any of CSUSM’s international travel programs.  Due to the increased risk of contracting COVID while travelling, as well as the increased likelihood of having serious complications from COVID if you are not vaccinated, exemptions (religious or medical) are not currently accepted for our travel abroad programs; COVID vaccination is a required pre-requisite.  Units:  

3 units, KINE 497:  Field Research in Study Abroad


Double or triple occupancy 3 star hotel in Ischia, offering daily breakfast and within a short walk of the city center.  

Estimated Cost*:

$2,795 + Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $609 for 3 units

All fees include welcome/farewell dinners + 4 additional group meals (Castello Aragonese, cooking class, lunch after Amalfi hike, and Pizza class), 4 excursions (Pompei & Vesuvius, Almafi & Positano, Sorrento & Capri), on ground transportation on site visits and excursions, including airport pickup and ferry to Ischia; 13  nights shared accommodation in Ischia at a 3-star hotel inclusive of daily breakfast, 1 nights shared accommodation in double/triple occupancy hotel in Naples; and medical insurance.  Airfare, meals not listed, and personal expenditures NOT included in the program cost, estimated at $1,750-$2,000.

*Final program price is contingent upon enrollment and currency fluctuation. Global Education will finalize the final payment with registered participants before the due date to hopefully offer a reduced fee.

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Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airlineDo NOT book flights until Global Education has given you the authorization to do so.

Faculty Led Cancellation Policy


An adult passport book with at least 6 months validity until expiration is necessary for overseas travel.  First-time passport book applicants can expect processing times up to 4 months.  Plan to submit your passport applications early if you enroll in this program as withdrawals due to passport delays will not be refunded.  Non-US travelers are responsible for researching entry requirements and possible visas through their country's consular pages.

To Apply:

  1. Attend a required information session led by the Program Leader running your course: Dr. Devan Romero:  
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be completed by Monday, February 24 along with your non-refundable $500 deposit.  Online payment preferred through TransAct.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted via the Cashier's Office in Cougar Central, but must include this deposit form to track the payment.
  3. Second payment of $500 is due on Friday, March 24, following the payment guidelines outlined above.  Payment of tuition related expenses (estimated at $597 + $12 transcript fee) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer Session.
  4. Final payment of program fees will be due by Friday, April 15.  Please await an email from Global Education noting final payment due as we hope to offer a small discount if currency remains favorable.
  5. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  6. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation with your Program Leader & Global Education to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course(s).  Some course requirements/sessions may take place prior to leaving, beginning in early May.

Summer in Italy:  Science-based Health & Wellness Application

(as of 2/24/23, program is now waitlisted.  New applicants should NOT pay any program fees until space can be assured)

Summer in Italy Application

Attend an Info Session!

Day  Time Location
Thursday, February 24 5:00 PM