The University of Napoli Federico IIThe University of Napoli Federico II

The combination of Apple hardware and the Italian coast sounds like the ingredients for a luxury vacation. 

And for 600 aspiring programmers, the idyllic package will become reality thanks to the new “iOS Development Center” that Apple is opening up in Naples, Italy. Apple announced the center in January, after it reached a tax deal with the Italian government.

On Friday, Apple and University of Napoli Federico II revealed what the app development center will look like and what its “specialized curriculum” for app developers will offer. 

It’s going to be a nine-month course “supported by Apple,” and administered by the University of Napoli Federico II. Classes start in October.

From the press release:

During the first semester, courses will enhance and improve students’ software development skills on iOS; during the second semester students will attend courses on the creation of startups and app design, and collaborate among themselves on the creation of apps that could eventually make it onto the App Store.

The program is open to students in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, although applicants will be required to apply. The application process consists of an online test and an interview. Applications for the first 600 student class will open in the next few weeks. 

The program will take place in a dedicated facility at a new campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, a suburb of Naples, Italy. That facility will include high tech labs with “the latest Apple hardware and software.” 

Apple plans to open other app development centers in other countries, including Brazil, India, and Indonesia. 

While you look up airfare to Italy and fill out the application, here’s a look at Apple’s Italian developer school: 

This isn’t Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” campus, but the building certainly has a modern design.
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Here’s a birds-eye view of the sprawling campus.
The University of Napoli Federico II
An official told Napoli Today that the campus is suitable for Apple’s needs, and features modular elements.
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