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Pozzuoli: Theater of the Earth

Pozzuoli: Theater of the Earth

  • Pozzuoli, ITALY
  • TRAVL-UG 9803| 4 credits | Instructors: Kristin Horton (NYU Gallatin) & Karen Holmberg (NYU Gallatin)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Volcanism, theatre, drama, the arts, and more
  • TRAVEL DATES: June 16 - July 6, 2024
    • Priority Deadline: February 1  | admissions notification by March 1
    • Regular Deadline: March 1  | rolling admissions based on availability

Space is limited and some programs close before the final deadline. Early application is encouraged. Students must confirm participation approximately 2 weeks after the advertised dates.

Campi Flegrei Drone View

This is a transdisciplinary course on volcanism and theater in a site of ancient theaters and future environmental risk. The Earth itself is an actor, capable of putting on spectacle. In this course, we examine the enormous agency that the planet has through volcanic activity. We will be based in the Campania region of the Italian peninsula in Pozzuoli. This is an area that is deeply unique. It is the site of a form of seismic activity called bradyseism that allows the ground surface to move up and down in dramatic ways such as seen at the iconic geological and archaeological site commonly known as the Temple of Serapis. Pozzuoli is also located in the area of the world where ancient theater developed a rich presence. We will visit several of these 2,000-year-old theater sites, some of which are still used today. This area of Campania is also one in which 360,000 people live and work in a highly active caldera, or collapsed volcano, called Campi Flegrei. The nearby and well-known volcano, Vesuvius, is a monumental source of risk.  Campi Flegrei, however, is far more powerful and dangerous, and yet it can be difficult to convey this risk as it is less visible. Physics-based predictive modeling indicates that the volcanic system of Campi Flegrei may be reawakening. How can theater and drama techniques help people better communicate and understand risk? 

The course takes place mainly in Pozzuoli with short trips to Naples and Pompeii.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar, Science, and Pre-Modern requirements.

Note: Students who are enrolled in this course cannot concurrently take another course.


  • Undergraduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2024 term


All advertised fees below will be due according to NYU’s summer billing cycle (typically early May).

  • Tuition & Fees, 4 credits: $7,376
  • Housing and activities fee: $1000

Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Most meals and local transportation


Cancellation Policy

Students who accept an offer of admission to participate in a Gallatin travel course are committed to participating in the program. Should a student withdraw from their program for any reason between the date when they accepted the offer of admission and the 30th day before their course's start date, the student will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee on their Bursar e-bill.

Should a participant withdraw from their Gallatin travel course for any reason within the 30 days preceding the course start date, the Housing and Activity fees will be charged to the participant’s Bursar e-bill in full.


Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.

Important Travel Details

Housing: Students are required to reside in housing arranged by NYU Gallatin. Students who have questions or concerns about accessibility or disability-related accommodations should contact NYU’s Moses Center.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Helpful LinksLonely Planet Bay of NaplesUS State Department: Travel to Italy

Contact Info

NYU Gallatin Office of Global Programs
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New York, NY 10003
1 (212) 998-7133 phone
1 (212) 995-4265 fax

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