Summer session in August
The first segment of the E.C.Co. experience consists of a full-immersion language and culture program offered in Lecce during the month of August. The Lecce session is mandatory for students with fewer than four semesters of Italian, and optional (but highly recommended) for those with four semesters or more. The three weeks in Lecce offer the perfect balance between intensive Italian language study and travel throughout the Salento region of Puglia.
Students are housed in a historical palazzo in the dazzling Baroque city center, which features a vibrant cultural life encompassing theatre, dance, and popular music. Besides experiencing the past and present treasures of Lecce, students and the Resident Director travel on afternoons and weekends to enjoy the breathtaking sites and beaches of the Salento. Some of the cultural destinations are: the sea grottoes of Leuca at the tip of the heel of Italy, the mysterious octagonal Castel del Monte, the cultural heritage town of Matera. These tours are organised by Domus Aurea.