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We invite you to participate in this unique and exciting API program in beautiful Sicily, which provides the ideal environment for hands on learning through field studies. Located in the city center near the world famous archaeological park and museum, the Syracuse Academy offers a broad array of humanities, social sciences and STEM courses taught in English. Every class includes experiential learning activities such as field work and visits to relevant cultural and historical sites, making this the ideal program for anyone seeking a meaningful and engaging international experience. Earn valuable academic credit, learn by doing, enjoy all that southern Italy has to offer, and spend a semester in the Mediterranean!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

API Digital Badge Program

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Excursions

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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 official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 23, 2022 - Dec 17, 2022 $14,900 Jun 15, 2022 No Extension Jul 15, 2022
Spring Feb 3, 2023 - Apr 29, 2023 $14,900 Nov 15, 2022 No Extension Dec 1, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Syracuse programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Noto & Vendicari: Baroque Sicily

    Students will embark on a tour of the Baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its architectural splendor. There, students will discover the winemaking tradition in Noto.

    After Noto, students can relax on the pristine beach of the Vendicari marine reserve, laying grounds of sea turtles and of other Mediterranean wildlife species. Students can try their hand at bird watching to view one of the largest pink flamingo colonies in Europe and visit the old Spanish tuna farm!

  • Pantalica: Prehistoric Sicily

    Students will feel as though they are taking a step back in time while exploring the neolithic settlement of Pantalica. After admiring the breathtaking views of the cliff-side necropolis, there will be ample time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine lakes of the Anapo River and to taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.

  • Mt. Etna: Mythological Sicily

    This excursion offers students a real adventure and the unique opportunity to hike to the craters of Mt. Etna — the largest volcano in Europe! Expert volcanologists will explain both the history and 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.

  • Noto & Vendicari: Baroque Sicily

    Students will embark on a tour of the Baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its architectural splendor. There, students will discover the winemaking tradition in Noto.

    After Noto, students can relax on the pristine beach of the Vendicari marine reserve, laying grounds of sea turtles and of other Mediterranean wildlife species. Students can try their hand at bird watching to view one of the largest pink flamingo colonies in Europe and visit the old Spanish tuna farm!

  • Pantalica: Prehistoric Sicily

    Students will feel as though they are taking a step back in time while exploring the neolithic settlement of Pantalica. After admiring the breathtaking views of the cliff-side necropolis, there will be ample time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine lakes of the Anapo River and to taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.

  • Mt. Etna: Mythological Sicily

    This excursion offers students a real adventure and the unique opportunity to hike to the craters of Mt. Etna — the largest volcano in Europe! Expert volcanologists will explain both the history and 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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 U.S. semester credits

Syracuse Academy in Sicily specializes in Mediterranean Studies, with courses focused both on ancient times and important contemporary issues. With more than 30 years of experience as an educational center for international students, it offers the ideal study environment for learners interested in truly interdisciplinary studies that address critical global issues through the lens of Mediterranean culture. Students can select from a broad array of courses, ranging from Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Studies to Italian Culture and Language, Global Food Systems to Migration and Border Studies, Archaeology to Social Policy, and much more! This unique program offers extensive experiential and field study opportunities, where students can learn by doing while living like a local and exploring everything southern Italy has to offer!

TRANSCRIPTS

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

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    Bryce Romero

    Bryce Romero will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

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Courses at Syracuse Academy (Mediterranean and Field Studies at Syracuse Academy in Sicily)

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Courses at Syracuse Academy (Mediterranean and Field Studies at Syracuse Academy in Sicily)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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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.