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The Syracuse Academy is an international school specialized in study abroad programs for college students in Sicily, with a focus on Mediterranean Studies, both ancient and contemporary. With over 30 years experience as an educational center, Syracuse Academy offers the ideal environment for hands on field studies: it is located in the city center of Syracuse, next to the world famous archaeological park and museum.
Students can specialize in liberal arts, humanities, social sciences including immigration studies, and STEM field studies courses such as Marine Biology, Mediterranean Ecosystems, Volcanology. All courses are offered in English.
$7180 for two courses (6-7 credits).
$7880 for three courses (9-10 credits).
Summer 1 (6 weeks):
- Two courses (6-7 credits) = $7180
- Three courses (9-10 credits) = $7880
Summer 2 (4 weeks):
- One course (3-4 credits) = $5380
- Two courses (6-7 credits) = $6380
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Syracuse programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Before the Greeks, before the Romans, before any of the infamous invasions and dominations of this great Island of Sicily, there were the indigenous Siculs (of Siculi) of Sicily. Traces of this Neolithic culture are evident across the island but in no place are they so relevant today, than in the Patalica Reserve. We will visit this area and see the tombs and the traditions of a very ancient civilization, stopping to eat, very well, along the way. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lakes of the Anapo river and taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.
Join us for an adventure to the largest volcano in Europe. We will see the volcano with expert volcanologists who will explain, first hand, both the history/mythology that has been carved into the Mediterranean World, and the scientific phenomenon we see today. This may be the closest thing one can experience to being on the moon, including the best views of Sicily and the surrounding Sea.
Just south of Syracuse, on the coast, lies one of the least inhabited areas of Italy, where sprawling beaches, nature reserves, pristine canyon lakes, and… wine country, dominate the landscape. The Greeks and Romans, because of its fertility, thought this area to be an “El Dorado” of sorts, in fact they called it Eloro meaning place of gold. We will venture there to discover what has been treasured for millennia, and spend time in the prized central Baroque town of Noto, along the beaches and in the countryside. Fun activities include a wine tasting, beach time, and watching one of the oldest European pink flamingo colonies!
The Aeolian Islands are located off the northeastern coast of Sicily and are said to be one of the most stunning places in Italy. The group consists of seven islands and five small islets in the vicinity of Panarea. The Aeolian are all of volcanic origin, separated from the Sicilian coast by waters of 200m deep. It seems that they have never been in contact with the Sicilian Island. The islands have provided two of the types of eruptions (Vulcanian and Strombolian) to vulcanology and geology. While island hopping, you will explore the old citadel on the island Lipari and be able to view regular eruptions on the island Stromboli.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6-10 semester credits
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the many options including internships and service learning in migrant communities.
Syracuse Academy in Sicily specializes in study abroad programs for college students, with a focus on Mediterranean Studies, ancient and contemporary. With over 30 years of experience as an educational center, Syracuse Academy offers the ideal study environment.
The Syracuse Academy is located in a historic villa set in two acres of lush botanical garden filled with citrus trees, century-old palms and Mediterranean flora; the main entrance to the campus is located next to the Catacombs of St. John, one of the first places of Christian worship in the West, where St. Paul is said to have preached. It is in the heart of the city of Syracuse, next to the world-famous archaeological park and museum and at a short walking distance from the island of Ortygia.
The campus premises offer state-of-the-art study facilities, a total of 15 lecture rooms, ranging from small-sized classrooms to large lecture halls with 40+ student capacity. There are two computer labs, kitchen space with cooking demonstration facilities, indoor and outdoor study areas.
Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!
Email - [email protected]
Daniele Sirna will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Students have the opportunity to take courses in the following areas of study: cultural studies, environmental studies, health sciences, Italian language, literature, social sciences, and visual arts.
Students who select the 6-week Summer 1 session will take two or three electives for a total of 6-10 U.S. credits. Students who choose the 4-week Summer 2 session will take one or two electives for a total of 3-7 U.S. credits.
Curricular field trips include: Temples of Apollo and Athena (Ortygia) (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Valley of the Temples in Argentina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Catacombs of St. John.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Curricular field trips include: Archaeological Area of Syracuse & Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum, Necropolis of Pantalica (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Temples of Apollo and Athena (Ortygia) (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Valley of the Temples in Agrigento (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Morgantina and Roman Villa of Casale (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Catacombs of St. John.
Throughout history, migration has fueled human progress, sparking innovation, spreading ideas and technology, relieving poverty, and laying the foundations for a global economy. But human mobility has also produced tensions, hardship and conflict. This course will examine the academic field of migration studies, focusing on the modern history of migration in Italy and particularly the “Mezzogiorno,” which has once again come to be considered an advantageous destination, for permanent relocation or for transit. Taking the long view, migration is nothing new in Sicily. Due to its favorable location in the Mediterranean Sea, this island has always been a crossroads; civilizations have come and gone here for millennia. And it is at the center of it all again, as migration has become an increasingly contested topic. In a world more interconnected than ever before, increasing numbers of people have the means and motivation to migrate. A percentage of these are refugees—numbering in the millions—and the “crisis” caused by the irregular arrival of forced migrants in Europe has stimulated debates about nationalism and citizenship, regulation and enforcement, multiculturalism and integration, with moral implications and policy conundrums that concern societies the world over.
Curricular field trips include: Roundtable discussion with NGO coordinators, social services and volunteers & service-learning activities.
Curricular field trips include: Allied Landing Museum in Catania and Social Cooperative Beppe Montana on mafia-confiscated lands.
This course explores the many aspects of volcanism on Earth, from the formation of magma below or within the crust to its eruption at the surface, focusing on the volcanism of Mt. Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a perfect natural laboratory thanks to its peculiar characteristics. The different types of eruptive styles of volcanoes will be briefly described and explained within their geological and tectonic contexts, with several case studies. Specific attention will be devoted to the impact of volcanic eruptions on human activities and life, unveiling the close interplay between man and volcanoes around the world and throughout history. The classes will then be introduced to modern volcano monitoring techniques, with a particular focus on geochemical methods.
The course will be largely devoted to the volcanism of Sicily and in particular of Mt. Etna, describing its history, types of eruptions, eruptive products and the long-term beneficial effects of its activity on human life. Close reading of specific sources will be combined with visits to relevant sites on Mt. Etna and surrounding areas, to provide a comprehensive overview on volcanism in Sicily.
Curricular field trips include: INGV Monitoring Center, Volcanological Observatory and Museum, Mt. Etna "Silvestri Craters" and lava tubes, Mt. Etna "Valley of the Ox."
Recommended US semester credits: 4
This course provides a comprehensive investigation of the rich and diverse biota, of the past geological events, of the variety of climatic and hydrologic conditions that make the Mediterranean Sea, amongst the most complex marine a ecosystems on the planet, situated at the crossroads of different biogeographic regions, inhabited by a rich and diverse flora and fauna, currently imperiled by different pressures, mainly induced by human activities. Students will engage in comparative field studies through experiential learning during field trips, which will complement the classroom teaching and will be carried out in distinct coastal and marine environments in Eastern Sicily and Malta.
Curricular field trips include: Plemmirio Consortium Research Center, Plemmirio Marine Reserve protected areas, Vendicari Marine reserve and old Spanish tuna farm.
This interdisciplinary course will focus on food and culture, and particularly on how lifestyle affects psychophysical performances and human health. Students will learn the basics of human metabolism and the main features of the Mediterranean diet. Scientific information aims to explain why the Mediterranean diet is better adapted to the needs of the human body. In addition, this course will provide students with the chance of exploring the region and getting to know the local people by cooking and eating with them. Curricular field trips include: Agriturismo organic farm, DOC Winery and DOP olive oil producers, and the Ortygia traditional street market.
API students in Syracuse will live in shared apartments or with a local host family. Internet access is included in both options.
Students who choose to live with host families will have a private bedroom and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service.
Students who would prefer apartment-style living would enjoy API’s shared, fully furnished flats in the center of town. Students will be in shared bedrooms with 4-8 students per flat with shared living areas and kitchens. The apartments are located in the center of town and is offered on a "space-available" basis and single rooms may be requested (for an additional fee).
All housing is centrally located within an easy walk or tram commute to class.