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Students who elect to study abroad with API in Taormina attend courses at Babilonia – Center for Italian Language and Culture. Babilonia was recently voted the top Italian language school in Italy and consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country in this regard. This program is open to students of all levels and is intended to provide a true Italian language and culture immersion experience. In addition to their coursework, students will live with Sicilian host families that are actively involved in school and city life. This is a perfect program for the serious student who is looking for an off-the-beaten-path study abroad experience!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (some meals with host families)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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Application Requirements

  • 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Italian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

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 Taormina programs. All excursions are subject to change.

In keeping with the academic focus of the program and international nature of the student body, Taormina excursions are conducted almost entirely in Italian.

A sample of possible excursions is listed below. Destinations may change, and not all excursions are offered each semester. A final list will be provided prior to departure.

  • Aeolian Islands

    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.


  • Agrigento - The Valley of Temples

    The archaeological site at Agrigento was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. It features well-preserved ruins from the ancient Hellenic city as well as from the successive Punic-Roman era. Its millenary history began in the 6thy century B.C. with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas.

  • Modica and Ragusa

    These towns were both declared UNESCO World Heritage sites due in part to their status as valuable records of Baroque art and architecture. Surrounded by a chain of green hills and crossed by the River Irminio, the cities are divided into an upper and the lower part (modern and ancient). Both cities collapsed in 1693 due to a tremendous earthquake and were rebuilt shortly after by the Spaniards.

  • Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. It has a maximum elevation of approximately 3,350 meters and dominates the landscape of northeastern Sicily. The first eruptions of Mount Etna occurred approximately 500,000 years ago. Mount Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world and is notable for its wide variety of eruption styles. The volcano is at its most spectacular when both summit and flank eruptions occur simultaneously.

    NOTE: Available for the summer four-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions.

  • Siracusa

    Siracusa (Syracuse) was the largest city in the ancient world – bigger even than Athens and Corinth. It is estimated that the city was established around 734 BC, and almost three millennia later, the ruins of the ancient city constitute a wonderfully open archeological site. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia remains the city’s most beautiful corner – an island on the island!

  • Aeolian Islands

    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.


  • Agrigento - The Valley of Temples

    The archaeological site at Agrigento was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. It features well-preserved ruins from the ancient Hellenic city as well as from the successive Punic-Roman era. Its millenary history began in the 6thy century B.C. with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas.

  • Modica and Ragusa

    These towns were both declared UNESCO World Heritage sites due in part to their status as valuable records of Baroque art and architecture. Surrounded by a chain of green hills and crossed by the River Irminio, the cities are divided into an upper and the lower part (modern and ancient). Both cities collapsed in 1693 due to a tremendous earthquake and were rebuilt shortly after by the Spaniards.

  • Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. It has a maximum elevation of approximately 3,350 meters and dominates the landscape of northeastern Sicily. The first eruptions of Mount Etna occurred approximately 500,000 years ago. Mount Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world and is notable for its wide variety of eruption styles. The volcano is at its most spectacular when both summit and flank eruptions occur simultaneously.

    NOTE: Available for the summer four-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions.

  • Siracusa

    Siracusa (Syracuse) was the largest city in the ancient world – bigger even than Athens and Corinth. It is estimated that the city was established around 734 BC, and almost three millennia later, the ruins of the ancient city constitute a wonderfully open archeological site. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia remains the city’s most beautiful corner – an island on the island!

  • Aeolian Islands

    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.


  • Agrigento - The Valley of Temples

    The archaeological site at Agrigento was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. It features well-preserved ruins from the ancient Hellenic city as well as from the successive Punic-Roman era. Its millenary history began in the 6thy century B.C. with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas.

  • Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. It has a maximum elevation of approximately 3,350 meters and dominates the landscape of northeastern Sicily. The first eruptions of Mount Etna occurred approximately 500,000 years ago. Mount Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world and is notable for its wide variety of eruption styles. The volcano is at its most spectacular when both summit and flank eruptions occur simultaneously.

    NOTE: Available for the summer four-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions.

  • Tindari and Marinello's Lakes - Fall

    The outline of the Marinello Lakes, in the Province of Messina, constantly changes due to marine currents and sea storms. If you happen to look out from the sacristy of the old sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, be prepared for the breathtaking view over the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the Aeolian Islands at the horizon.

  • Rendazzo and Castiglione

    Excursion description coming soon!

  • Aeolian Islands

    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.


  • Agrigento - The Valley of Temples

    The archaeological site at Agrigento was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. It features well-preserved ruins from the ancient Hellenic city as well as from the successive Punic-Roman era. Its millenary history began in the 6thy century B.C. with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas.

  • Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. It has a maximum elevation of approximately 3,350 meters and dominates the landscape of northeastern Sicily. The first eruptions of Mount Etna occurred approximately 500,000 years ago. Mount Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world and is notable for its wide variety of eruption styles. The volcano is at its most spectacular when both summit and flank eruptions occur simultaneously.

    NOTE: Available for the summer four-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions.

  • Rendazzo and Castiglione

    Excursion description coming soon!

  • Tindari and Marinello's Lakes - Fall

    The outline of the Marinello Lakes, in the Province of Messina, constantly changes due to marine currents and sea storms. If you happen to look out from the sacristy of the old sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, be prepared for the breathtaking view over the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the Aeolian Islands at the horizon.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per session

Students who elect to study abroad with API in Taormina attend courses at Babilonia – Center for Italian Language and Culture. Babilonia was recently voted the top Italian language school in Italy and consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country in this regard. This program is open to students of all levels and is intended to provide a true Italian language and culture immersion experience. In addition to their coursework, students will live with Sicilian host families that are actively involved in school and city life. This is a perfect program for the serious student who is looking for an off-the-beaten-path study abroad experience!

Fall and Spring Quarter students 2 language courses and 2 content courses for a total of 12 semester credits. These students must take at least TWO Italian language courses per term. Italian language courses are taught at all levels.

Spring Semester students take 2 language courses and 3 content courses for a total of 15 semester credits. Students must take at least TWO Italian language courses per term. Italian language courses are taught at all levels.

Students are also required to complete a capstone project during their term in Taormina. The capstone is designed to synthesize all of the language, content, and cultural learning of the entire semester. API recommends that students obtain pre-approval from their home university for courses that they plan on taking abroad.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Each term there are a number of extracurricular, non-credit activities offered to give students the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with locals and travelers from other parts of Europe. These optional activities are offered by certified instructors, outside of class time, and participation is based on student interest. Additional fees are required. – contact API for further information. Activities may include:

  • Biking
  • Cooking
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sicilian-style pottery decoration

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive transcripts from U.S.-accredited Marist College for courses taken at Babilonia. Marist College is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Daniele Sirna

    Daniele Sirna will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - mariana.delmonte-gladstone@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for books, labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost. Students are encouraged to make course selections from the online listings when completing the program application as course listings, descriptions, prerequisites and/or lab fees are subject to change.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.

Elementary Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Elementary Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Intermediate Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Intermediate Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens

Class lectures explore the rich, diverse Mediterranean region by analyzing the similarities and differences amongst the many cultures represented. The focus is on the people, history, economics, languages, and politics of the region as seen through the Italian perspective. Course topics include Reunification, World War II, the image and role of women, morality and the Church, the Mafia, and the delicate balance of multiculturalism in the South.

Students who enroll in the June session of this course participate in the Cinema Campus Taormina and Master Classes organized by the Taormina International Film Festival during the Festival in June. The festival has been an annual event since 1954 and draws an audience of internationally renowned film specialists. Film screenings are featured in the 2000+ Greek Theater just steps from campus. Students meet with film directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers. Earphones are provided for synchronous translation of the lectures, seminars, and workshops. Along with participation in the Master Classes of the Festival, the course includes daily class lectures and discussions with viewings of international films.

Language of Instruction: English   

Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano: Detective Stories in Modern Sicily

By studying and appreciating the world of the author Andrea Camilleri and his literary creations, students are introduced to Italian (and more specifically Sicilian) culture, history and literature and the socio-historical circumstances of the time. Beginning with an exploration of the Italian giallo as a genre and the historical presence of detective fiction in the Italian literature this course then reviews Sicily’s contributions to the genre. An in-depth focus will be centered on the literary works of the Sicilian author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri with a specific focus on the Commissario Montalbano series. Through a study of Camilleri’s detective novels, students will develop an appreciation of the Sicilian culture and an understanding of the social function of detective fiction.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily

This course provides a background to the geology of the Mediterranean region, Sicily, and the Eolian Islands and introduces and deepens knowledge of volcanology. Volcanism is a key component of the regional geology of Sicily and in the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Etna provides the fertile volcanic soil in which the Sicilian agriculture thrives. Orchards and vineyards flourish along the slopes of the volcano making the agriculture of Sicily unique and plentiful. Stromboli’s intensive eruptive bursts have earned it the nickname Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Seminar topics include Plate tectonic and volcanic settings, the origin of the magmas, type and styles of eruptions, volcanic products, the physical properties of magmas, and eruptive mechanisms as well as the myths and legends which historically are connected to the volcanoes of Sicily. On-site lectures significantly extend learning and enhance understanding of the class lectures.

NOTE: An additional fee is required to cover the two excursions.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

History of Mediterranean Civilizations: History of Sicily

This course presents a comprehensive overview of Sicilian history beginning with the prehistoric era through to present day. The course is built around lectures examining the history of Sicily and the influences of the many nations which have ruled the island which include the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. Lectures will be in class and on site.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Images of and from Italian Women in Cinema

Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi, and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played. This course examines the many facets of Italian women. Through cinema, the historical roles of Italian women and the changing roles of present-day Italian women are explored. Readings are in translation (English) and films will be viewed with English subtitles. Comparisons of feminist movements in other cultures will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue?

The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution, and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive. This course provides an Interdisciplinary perspective examining the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular, Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact. The course examines its legendary origins paired with its historical past and current reality. Although the course focuses on the Sicilian Mafia, students will also examine the Calabrian Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra and “mafias” outside of Italy. Students will study diverse historical documents/interviews, and attend on-site lectures.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Many Manifestations of Italian Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation, and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Also included in the course is Italian Language study (20 hours) to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience. Cultural lectures and readings in English include topics such as the Geography and Unique Features of the Regions of Italy, Mythology and Legends, the Geology of Mt. Etna, the theater of Pirandello, the plays of Aeschylus, etc.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature

Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world-renowned writers. Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature explores chronologically the literature produced by Sicilian authors representing the rich cultures which have influenced Sicily along with works written by renowned international authors who spent time in Sicily inspired by the island and its unique features. Authors include Pirandello, Verga, Quasimodo, Camilleri, Sciascia, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Vittorini, De Roberto, Capuana, Consolo, Bufalino, and Fava.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Capstone Project

As part of each student’s coursework, a capstone project must be completed by the end of the semester. The capstone is designed to synthesize all of the language, content and cultural learning of the entire semester. An additional intent of the capstone is to highlight an interest or strength of each student, therefore the requirements are general to accommodate diverse personal research areas, interests and a variety of mediums.

Each capstone must include the following:

  • A minimum of 5 written pages (can be divided into multiple segments)
  • Writing must include comparison, description, and analysis; multiple verb tenses and complex sentences
  • An oral component which may be presented live at the Capstone presentation or may be taped (such as in a digital story format) and presented via an electronic device (computer, iPad…)
  • Evidence of interaction with a minimum of three native Italians
  • Writing and speaking level must be commensurate with level of language study completed
  • Visual component (photos, film, demonstration, print)

Language of Instruction: English   

Elementary Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Elementary Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Intermediate Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Intermediate Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens

Class lectures explore the rich, diverse Mediterranean region by analyzing the similarities and differences amongst the many cultures represented. The focus is on the people, history, economics, languages, and politics of the region as seen through the Italian perspective. Course topics include Reunification, World War II, the image and role of women, morality and the Church, the Mafia, and the delicate balance of multiculturalism in the South.

Students who enroll in the June session of this course participate in the Cinema Campus Taormina and Master Classes organized by the Taormina International Film Festival during the Festival in June. The festival has been an annual event since 1954 and draws an audience of internationally renowned film specialists. Film screenings are featured in the 2000+ Greek Theater just steps from campus. Students meet with film directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers. Earphones are provided for synchronous translation of the lectures, seminars, and workshops. Along with participation in the Master Classes of the Festival, the course includes daily class lectures and discussions with viewings of international films.

Language of Instruction: English   

Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano: Detective Stories in Modern Sicily

By studying and appreciating the world of the author Andrea Camilleri and his literary creations, students are introduced to Italian (and more specifically Sicilian) culture, history and literature and the socio-historical circumstances of the time. Beginning with an exploration of the Italian giallo as a genre and the historical presence of detective fiction in the Italian literature this course then reviews Sicily’s contributions to the genre. An in-depth focus will be centered on the literary works of the Sicilian author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri with a specific focus on the Commissario Montalbano series. Through a study of Camilleri’s detective novels, students will develop an appreciation of the Sicilian culture and an understanding of the social function of detective fiction.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily

This course provides a background to the geology of the Mediterranean region, Sicily, and the Eolian Islands and introduces and deepens knowledge of volcanology. Volcanism is a key component of the regional geology of Sicily and in the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Etna provides the fertile volcanic soil in which the Sicilian agriculture thrives. Orchards and vineyards flourish along the slopes of the volcano making the agriculture of Sicily unique and plentiful. Stromboli’s intensive eruptive bursts have earned it the nickname Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Seminar topics include Plate tectonic and volcanic settings, the origin of the magmas, type and styles of eruptions, volcanic products, the physical properties of magmas, and eruptive mechanisms as well as the myths and legends which historically are connected to the volcanoes of Sicily. On-site lectures significantly extend learning and enhance understanding of the class lectures.

NOTE: An additional fee is required to cover the two excursions.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

History of Mediterranean Civilizations: History of Sicily

This course presents a comprehensive overview of Sicilian history beginning with the prehistoric era through to present day. The course is built around lectures examining the history of Sicily and the influences of the many nations which have ruled the island which include the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. Lectures will be in class and on site.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Images of and from Italian Women in Cinema

Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi, and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played. This course examines the many facets of Italian women. Through cinema, the historical roles of Italian women and the changing roles of present-day Italian women are explored. Readings are in translation (English) and films will be viewed with English subtitles. Comparisons of feminist movements in other cultures will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue?

The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution, and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive. This course provides an Interdisciplinary perspective examining the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular, Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact. The course examines its legendary origins paired with its historical past and current reality. Although the course focuses on the Sicilian Mafia, students will also examine the Calabrian Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra and “mafias” outside of Italy. Students will study diverse historical documents/interviews, and attend on-site lectures.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Many Manifestations of Italian Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation, and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Also included in the course is Italian Language study (20 hours) to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience. Cultural lectures and readings in English include topics such as the Geography and Unique Features of the Regions of Italy, Mythology and Legends, the Geology of Mt. Etna, the theater of Pirandello, the plays of Aeschylus, etc.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature

Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world-renowned writers. Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature explores chronologically the literature produced by Sicilian authors representing the rich cultures which have influenced Sicily along with works written by renowned international authors who spent time in Sicily inspired by the island and its unique features. Authors include Pirandello, Verga, Quasimodo, Camilleri, Sciascia, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Vittorini, De Roberto, Capuana, Consolo, Bufalino, and Fava.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Capstone Project

As part of each student’s coursework, a capstone project must be completed by the end of the semester. The capstone is designed to synthesize all of the language, content and cultural learning of the entire semester. An additional intent of the capstone is to highlight an interest or strength of each student, therefore the requirements are general to accommodate diverse personal research areas, interests and a variety of mediums.

Each capstone must include the following:

  • A minimum of 5 written pages (can be divided into multiple segments)
  • Writing must include comparison, description, and analysis; multiple verb tenses and complex sentences
  • An oral component which may be presented live at the Capstone presentation or may be taped (such as in a digital story format) and presented via an electronic device (computer, iPad…)
  • Evidence of interaction with a minimum of three native Italians
  • Writing and speaking level must be commensurate with level of language study completed
  • Visual component (photos, film, demonstration, print)

Language of Instruction: English   

Elementary Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Elementary Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Intermediate Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Intermediate Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens

Class lectures explore the rich, diverse Mediterranean region by analyzing the similarities and differences amongst the many cultures represented. The focus is on the people, history, economics, languages, and politics of the region as seen through the Italian perspective. Course topics include Reunification, World War II, the image and role of women, morality and the Church, the Mafia, and the delicate balance of multiculturalism in the South.

Students who enroll in the June session of this course participate in the Cinema Campus Taormina and Master Classes organized by the Taormina International Film Festival during the Festival in June. The festival has been an annual event since 1954 and draws an audience of internationally renowned film specialists. Film screenings are featured in the 2000+ Greek Theater just steps from campus. Students meet with film directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers. Earphones are provided for synchronous translation of the lectures, seminars, and workshops. Along with participation in the Master Classes of the Festival, the course includes daily class lectures and discussions with viewings of international films.

Language of Instruction: English   

Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano: Detective Stories in Modern Sicily

By studying and appreciating the world of the author Andrea Camilleri and his literary creations, students are introduced to Italian (and more specifically Sicilian) culture, history and literature and the socio-historical circumstances of the time. Beginning with an exploration of the Italian giallo as a genre and the historical presence of detective fiction in the Italian literature this course then reviews Sicily’s contributions to the genre. An in-depth focus will be centered on the literary works of the Sicilian author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri with a specific focus on the Commissario Montalbano series. Through a study of Camilleri’s detective novels, students will develop an appreciation of the Sicilian culture and an understanding of the social function of detective fiction.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily

This course provides a background to the geology of the Mediterranean region, Sicily, and the Eolian Islands and introduces and deepens knowledge of volcanology. Volcanism is a key component of the regional geology of Sicily and in the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Etna provides the fertile volcanic soil in which the Sicilian agriculture thrives. Orchards and vineyards flourish along the slopes of the volcano making the agriculture of Sicily unique and plentiful. Stromboli’s intensive eruptive bursts have earned it the nickname Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Seminar topics include Plate tectonic and volcanic settings, the origin of the magmas, type and styles of eruptions, volcanic products, the physical properties of magmas, and eruptive mechanisms as well as the myths and legends which historically are connected to the volcanoes of Sicily. On-site lectures significantly extend learning and enhance understanding of the class lectures.

NOTE: An additional fee is required to cover the two excursions.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

History of Mediterranean Civilizations: History of Sicily

This course presents a comprehensive overview of Sicilian history beginning with the prehistoric era through to present day. The course is built around lectures examining the history of Sicily and the influences of the many nations which have ruled the island which include the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. Lectures will be in class and on site.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Images of and from Italian Women in Cinema

Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi, and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played. This course examines the many facets of Italian women. Through cinema, the historical roles of Italian women and the changing roles of present-day Italian women are explored. Readings are in translation (English) and films will be viewed with English subtitles. Comparisons of feminist movements in other cultures will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue?

The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution, and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive. This course provides an Interdisciplinary perspective examining the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular, Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact. The course examines its legendary origins paired with its historical past and current reality. Although the course focuses on the Sicilian Mafia, students will also examine the Calabrian Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra and “mafias” outside of Italy. Students will study diverse historical documents/interviews, and attend on-site lectures.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Many Manifestations of Italian Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation, and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Also included in the course is Italian Language study (20 hours) to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience. Cultural lectures and readings in English include topics such as the Geography and Unique Features of the Regions of Italy, Mythology and Legends, the Geology of Mt. Etna, the theater of Pirandello, the plays of Aeschylus, etc.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature

Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world-renowned writers. Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature explores chronologically the literature produced by Sicilian authors representing the rich cultures which have influenced Sicily along with works written by renowned international authors who spent time in Sicily inspired by the island and its unique features. Authors include Pirandello, Verga, Quasimodo, Camilleri, Sciascia, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Vittorini, De Roberto, Capuana, Consolo, Bufalino, and Fava.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Capstone Project

As part of each student’s coursework, a capstone project must be completed by the end of the semester. The capstone is designed to synthesize all of the language, content and cultural learning of the entire semester. An additional intent of the capstone is to highlight an interest or strength of each student, therefore the requirements are general to accommodate diverse personal research areas, interests and a variety of mediums.

Each capstone must include the following:

  • A minimum of 5 written pages (can be divided into multiple segments)
  • Writing must include comparison, description, and analysis; multiple verb tenses and complex sentences
  • An oral component which may be presented live at the Capstone presentation or may be taped (such as in a digital story format) and presented via an electronic device (computer, iPad…)
  • Evidence of interaction with a minimum of three native Italians
  • Writing and speaking level must be commensurate with level of language study completed
  • Visual component (photos, film, demonstration, print)

Language of Instruction: English   

Art History of Sicily

This course explores the art produced by the civilizations and cultures that occupied
Sicily over 2000 years. The course covers Sicilian art from the Greeks’ first colony of Naxos to the
exuberant production of Sicilian Baroque art and architecture. Students are acquainted with the
techniques of art production, along with the unique Sicilian culture which contributed to the art
forms. Sicily offers a wonderful opportunity to study the various periods and provides countless
celebrated examples of art and/or artists. Teaching methodology includes a combination of lectures,
slides, site visits and class discussion.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

Elementary Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Elementary Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Intermediate Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Intermediate Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

High Advanced Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 1

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Superior Italian 2

Language of Instruction: Italian    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens

Class lectures explore the rich, diverse Mediterranean region by analyzing the similarities and differences amongst the many cultures represented. The focus is on the people, history, economics, languages, and politics of the region as seen through the Italian perspective. Course topics include Reunification, World War II, the image and role of women, morality and the Church, the Mafia, and the delicate balance of multiculturalism in the South.

Students who enroll in the June session of this course participate in the Cinema Campus Taormina and Master Classes organized by the Taormina International Film Festival during the Festival in June. The festival has been an annual event since 1954 and draws an audience of internationally renowned film specialists. Film screenings are featured in the 2000+ Greek Theater just steps from campus. Students meet with film directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers. Earphones are provided for synchronous translation of the lectures, seminars, and workshops. Along with participation in the Master Classes of the Festival, the course includes daily class lectures and discussions with viewings of international films.

Language of Instruction: English   

Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano: Detective Stories in Modern Sicily

By studying and appreciating the world of the author Andrea Camilleri and his literary creations, students are introduced to Italian (and more specifically Sicilian) culture, history and literature and the socio-historical circumstances of the time. Beginning with an exploration of the Italian giallo as a genre and the historical presence of detective fiction in the Italian literature this course then reviews Sicily’s contributions to the genre. An in-depth focus will be centered on the literary works of the Sicilian author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri with a specific focus on the Commissario Montalbano series. Through a study of Camilleri’s detective novels, students will develop an appreciation of the Sicilian culture and an understanding of the social function of detective fiction.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily

This course provides a background to the geology of the Mediterranean region, Sicily, and the Eolian Islands and introduces and deepens knowledge of volcanology. Volcanism is a key component of the regional geology of Sicily and in the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Etna provides the fertile volcanic soil in which the Sicilian agriculture thrives. Orchards and vineyards flourish along the slopes of the volcano making the agriculture of Sicily unique and plentiful. Stromboli’s intensive eruptive bursts have earned it the nickname Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Seminar topics include Plate tectonic and volcanic settings, the origin of the magmas, type and styles of eruptions, volcanic products, the physical properties of magmas, and eruptive mechanisms as well as the myths and legends which historically are connected to the volcanoes of Sicily. On-site lectures significantly extend learning and enhance understanding of the class lectures.

NOTE: An additional fee is required to cover the two excursions.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

History of Mediterranean Civilizations: History of Sicily

This course presents a comprehensive overview of Sicilian history beginning with the prehistoric era through to present day. The course is built around lectures examining the history of Sicily and the influences of the many nations which have ruled the island which include the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. Lectures will be in class and on site.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Images of and from Italian Women in Cinema

Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi, and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played. This course examines the many facets of Italian women. Through cinema, the historical roles of Italian women and the changing roles of present-day Italian women are explored. Readings are in translation (English) and films will be viewed with English subtitles. Comparisons of feminist movements in other cultures will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue?

The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution, and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive. This course provides an Interdisciplinary perspective examining the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular, Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact. The course examines its legendary origins paired with its historical past and current reality. Although the course focuses on the Sicilian Mafia, students will also examine the Calabrian Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra and “mafias” outside of Italy. Students will study diverse historical documents/interviews, and attend on-site lectures.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Many Manifestations of Italian Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation, and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Also included in the course is Italian Language study (20 hours) to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience. Cultural lectures and readings in English include topics such as the Geography and Unique Features of the Regions of Italy, Mythology and Legends, the Geology of Mt. Etna, the theater of Pirandello, the plays of Aeschylus, etc.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature

Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world-renowned writers. Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature explores chronologically the literature produced by Sicilian authors representing the rich cultures which have influenced Sicily along with works written by renowned international authors who spent time in Sicily inspired by the island and its unique features. Authors include Pirandello, Verga, Quasimodo, Camilleri, Sciascia, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Vittorini, De Roberto, Capuana, Consolo, Bufalino, and Fava.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Capstone Project

As part of each student’s coursework, a capstone project must be completed by the end of the semester. The capstone is designed to synthesize all of the language, content and cultural learning of the entire semester. An additional intent of the capstone is to highlight an interest or strength of each student, therefore the requirements are general to accommodate diverse personal research areas, interests and a variety of mediums.

Each capstone must include the following:

  • A minimum of 5 written pages (can be divided into multiple segments)
  • Writing must include comparison, description, and analysis; multiple verb tenses and complex sentences
  • An oral component which may be presented live at the Capstone presentation or may be taped (such as in a digital story format) and presented via an electronic device (computer, iPad…)
  • Evidence of interaction with a minimum of three native Italians
  • Writing and speaking level must be commensurate with level of language study completed
  • Visual component (photos, film, demonstration, print)

Language of Instruction: English   

Art History of Sicily

This course explores the art produced by the civilizations and cultures that occupied
Sicily over 2000 years. The course covers Sicilian art from the Greeks’ first colony of Naxos to the
exuberant production of Sicilian Baroque art and architecture. Students are acquainted with the
techniques of art production, along with the unique Sicilian culture which contributed to the art
forms. Sicily offers a wonderful opportunity to study the various periods and provides countless
celebrated examples of art and/or artists. Teaching methodology includes a combination of lectures,
slides, site visits and class discussion.

Language of Instruction: English Italian   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Italian
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
  • Immersive Italian program
  • Capstone project!

Most API students live with a host family. Students who live with families are provided with breakfast and dinner daily. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience the Italian and Sicilian cultures firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into local culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Taormina host families are very active in the community and with school activities, and are excited to host new students!

Advanced Italian speakers or 2nd-semester academic year students may choose to live in a shared apartment. Apartments are typically a 10-15 minute walk from the school. Most students will share a room with only 1-2 other students. All apartments come equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, and common areas. Washing machines are available, and students are responsible for their own meals. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

In host families, students are housed individually so as to maximize their exposure to the Italian language.

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Homestay Kitchen 36922068595 O
Homestay Sitting Room 36087828284 O
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*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Quarter Feb 1, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 $15,430 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 29, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Feb 1, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $18,630 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 29, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Nov, 2020 $18,480 Jun 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Fall Quarter Aug, 2020 - Nov, 2020 $15,280 Jun 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Spring Quarter Jan 19, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019 $15,280 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Spring Jan 19, 2019 - May 4, 2019 $18,480 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Aug 3, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019 $18,480 Jun 1, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Fall Quarter Aug, 2019 - Nov, 2019 $15,280 Jun 1, 2019 Jun 15, 2019