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Castellammare di Stabia, Italy - Summer Study Abroad

Spend your summer in Italy and still earn college credit! With this study abroad opportunity, you will experience the historical and cultural treasures of the Vesuvian region, including the ruins of Pompeii, and visit famous seaside towns and bluffs, luxurious islands and museums. Of course you will also complete coursework in both World Geography and History of Western Civilizations. This once-in-a-lifetime program maximizes your time abroad while minimizing the cost. Learning in a classroom is great, but exploring Italy in person is priceless!





Alumni Comments
Read what past participants have to say regarding their experiences with this study abroad program.

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Read the Summer 2008 Travel Blog
Professor Buck Buchanan (Geography) and Professor Rob Coyle (History) return to the Vesuvian International Institute of Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy with 12 study abroad students. Find out what it's like to get hands-on experience working on a Roman archeological project.

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Read the Professors' Travel Blogs
In the summer of 2007, professors Buck Buchanan and Rob Coyle traveled to Italy to research study abroad opportunities. They specifically went to visit the Vesuvian Institute in Castellammare di Stabia. Throughout their trip they kept a travel blog to share their experiences with you.

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Program Overview

In cooperation with the Vesuvian International Institute of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation (http://stabiae.org), Lone Star College–CyFair offers a residential summer study program in Italy. During the Summer 2008 program, students will have the opportunity to complete coursework in World Geography and the History of Western Civilizations. Instruction will take place in the Vesuvian Institute in Castellammare di Stabia and through field study in the greater Campania region of Italy. The program will also include a field trip to Rome.
During the course of study, students will have opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites in the Vesuvian region including the Stabian Villas, Pompei, Herculaneum, Poseidonia/Paestum, Mount Vesuvius, Monte Faito, and other historic and cultural sites.

This program is designed to maximize the amount of time that students spend in Italy while minimizing the cost. To this extent, most of the activities planned in the instruction will utilize public transportation. Students enrolling in this program should be prepared for substantial walking.

Course Descriptions:

GEOG 1303 World Geography
HIST 2311 History of Western Civilization I

Fees & Costs

The price for the Summer 2009 program is $3,950. This amount includes all program activities, roundtrip air travel to Italy, ground transportation, lodgings and meals, field trips and instructional costs.

Students will also be required to pay Lonestar College tuition and fees for the two courses. As of October 2008, the total for six credit hours enrollment is $288 in district, $648 out of district and $738 out of state.
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Students should budget appropriately for incidental spending money.

Registration Process

Students planning to attend this program should complete the "Study Abroad Program Application" and submit it with their deposit to either Rob Coyle or Buck Buchanan.

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Students planning to attend this program should make a deposit, payable to "Lone Star College–CyFair" in the amount of $500 as soon as possible to reserve their place. Payment in full of the program fee will be required no later than March 1, 2009. Pending available space, students may apply for the course after March 1, 2009, but payment in full of the program fee is required with the application.

During the standard registration period for Summer 2009 classes, students will register for both GEOG 1303 and HIST 2311 as listed in the course schedule. Only students who have submitted a deposit toward the program fee may register for these courses. Payment of college tuition and fees must be done according to the payment terms of the college.

Students who have made application to the program will receive a packet of participant forms to be completed and returned to either Rob Coyle or Buck Buchanan no later than March 1, 2009.

All students must attend one orientation session prior to departure for the program.

Important Dates

The course includes two weeks of classes meeting at Lone Star College–CyFair in addition to the four weeks in Italy.

  • May 11-14 - Classes meet at LSC–CyFair
  • May 16 - Travel to Italy
  • May 18 - June 12 - Classes in Italy
  • June 13 - Departure from Italy
  • June 22-25 - Classes meet at LSC–CyFair.


  • The Vesuvian International Institute is a residential instruction facility operated by the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation. It provides classrooms and other instructional venues, including a small computer lab and wireless internet access. Rooms at the Institute include an en-suite bath and a study desk.
  • Meals are served in a common dining hall.
  • The Vesuvian Institute is located above the town center of Castellammare di Stabia, within walking distance of the CircumVesuviana Railway station.
  • A "send out" laundry service is available at the Institute.

Castellammare di Stabia

Located in the Campania region of Italy, the town of Castellammare di Stabia is located on the southeast corner of the Bay of Naples, about 40 minutes south of central Naples by train. The town occupies the waterfront and a small plateau at the base of Monte Faito. To the west of Castellammare, the Sorrentine Peninsula juts into the Mediteranean, with Sorrento just a few minutes away by train. The famous seaside towns of Amalfi and Postiano are located on the other side of Monte Faito on the south side of the peninsula. The luxurious island of Capri is offshore and reachable by ferry from Castellammare and Sorrento. Mount Vesuvius is to the North and Castellammare is approximately three miles from the town and ruins of Pompei.
Named for the medieval castle on the mountainside above town, Castellammare di Stabia is an ancient town site. During Roman times, it was the location for opulent noble villas which occupied the seaside bluff at the edge of the plateau. The Vesuvian eruption of 79 AD destroyed ancient Stabiae along with the more famous towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Excavations have recovered two of the major Stabian villas, the Villa Ariana and the Villa San Marco.

Modern Castellammare di Stabia is a working class town with a strong Neapolitan character. It is connected to the transit network of Campania by both the Italian national railway ("FS") and the private CircumVesuviana. Limited hydrofoil service provides water transit to Naples and Capri. Within Castellammare, most transit is on foot within the town center. Travelers should be aware that the Vesuvian Institute is on the bluff above town and requires a strenuous walk up hill to reach it. Taxis are available, with a fare of approximately 10 euro each way.

A stay at the Vesuvian Institute positions a traveler to experience the historical and cultural treasures of the Vesuvian region, including Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Contact Us

Buck Buchanan - Professor of Geography
TECH 200A - 281.290.3919 - Buck.J.Buchanan@lonestar.edu

Robert Coyle - Professor of History
Lone Star College–Fairbanks Center 220-E - 832.782.5114 - Robert.A.Coyle@lonestar.edu