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Students are offered the opportunity to spend their May in Sicily at Syracuse Academy. A meeting point of ancient civilizations and lively cities and coastline, the city of Syracuse is a great location for students to explore and learn. Syracuse is a treasure trove for adventurous souls, nature lovers, and anyone who enjoys immersing themselves in authentic, local culture. Maymester students can take courses in marine biology and environmental science, health and nutrition, immigration studies, and even volcanology! Syracuse offers a unique opportunity to study volcanology in Sicily including field trips to sites including the Sicily's active volcano - Mt. Etna.

What's Included?



Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing (two meals per day and laundry with host family)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation (with supplemental statements as needed)
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
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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.

*Students will choose 2 of 3 excursion opportunities

What You’ll Study

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.

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    Kelsi Maddock

    Kelsi Maddock will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.


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TOTAL CREDITS - 4 semester credits

All classes contain strong fieldwork components, which incorporate the surroundings as a natural teaching resource. All courses are taught by a committed and respected faculty of international specialists who have experience teaching in Europe or the United States.

Maymester students will select one course from the following options. All courses are taught in English. Syllabi are available upon request.

Below is a sampling of courses offered. For the most up-to-date course availability, click here to explore our Class Finder.

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. Please note that this option carries an additional fee.

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.