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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.

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

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

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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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May 28, 2022 - Jun 25, 2022

Pricing Additional Information

$5,880 for a 4 credit elective.

$6,180 for 3 credits Italian Language elective.

Mar 15, 2022 No Extension Apr 1, 2022
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May 28, 2022 - Jul 23, 2022 $10,900 Mar 15, 2022 No Extension Apr 1, 2022
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2022 - Jul 23, 2022

Pricing Additional Information

$5,880 for a 4 credit elective.

$6,180 for 3 credits Italian Language elective.

Mar 15, 2022 No Extension Apr 1, 2022

$5,880 for a 4 credit elective.

$6,180 for 3 credits Italian Language elective.

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. API Syracuse summer students will choose two excursions per session.

  • Noto & Vendicari: Baroque Sicily

    Students will embark on a tour of the Baroque town of Noto, UNESCO world heritage site 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. Try your 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

    Take a step back in time in the neolithic settlement of Pantalica and admire the breathtaking views of the cliff-side necropolis. After, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine lakes of the Anapo river and taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.

  • Mt Etna: Mythological Sicily

    Join us for an adventure and hike to the craters of Mt Etna — 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.

  • Aeolian Islands

    We invite you to island hop across the 3 most iconic islands of the volcanic archipelago: Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli. Students will be led on a guided hike to the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli, to view the regular eruptions and lava flows reach the sea, and to the Vulcano Gran Cratere.

    Visit the Aeolian Museum of Lipari, famous for its submarine archaeology and volcanology sections and located in old town citadel: the golden palace of Aeolus, the deity of the winds, as mentioned in the Odyssey

  • Noto & Vendicari: Baroque Sicily

    Students will embark on a tour of the Baroque town of Noto, UNESCO world heritage site 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. Try your 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

    Take a step back in time in the neolithic settlement of Pantalica and admire the breathtaking views of the cliff-side necropolis. After, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine lakes of the Anapo river and taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.

  • Mt Etna: Mythological Sicily

    Join us for an adventure and hike to the craters of Mt Etna — 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.

  • Aeolian Islands

    We invite you to island hop across the 3 most iconic islands of the volcanic archipelago: Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli. Students will be led on a guided hike to the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli, to view the regular eruptions and lava flows reach the sea, and to the Vulcano Gran Cratere.

    Visit the Aeolian Museum of Lipari, famous for its submarine archaeology and volcanology sections and located in old town citadel: the golden palace of Aeolus, the deity of the winds, as mentioned in the Odyssey

  • Noto & Vendicari: Baroque Sicily

    Students will embark on a tour of the Baroque town of Noto, UNESCO world heritage site 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. Try your 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

    Take a step back in time in the neolithic settlement of Pantalica and admire the breathtaking views of the cliff-side necropolis. After, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine lakes of the Anapo river and taste traditional Sicilian delicacies in a local agriturismo.

  • Mt Etna: Mythological Sicily

    Join us for an adventure and hike to the craters of Mt Etna — 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.

  • Aeolian Islands

    We invite you to island hop across the 3 most iconic islands of the volcanic archipelago: Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli. Students will be led on a guided hike to the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli, to view the regular eruptions and lava flows reach the sea, and to the Vulcano Gran Cratere.

    Visit the Aeolian Museum of Lipari, famous for its submarine archaeology and volcanology sections and located in old town citadel: the golden palace of Aeolus, the deity of the winds, as mentioned in the Odyssey

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-7 semester credits

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.

Experiential Learning

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.

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    Bryce Romero

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    Daniele Sirna

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

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COURSE OFFERINGS

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 will take one or two electives for a total of 3-7 U.S. credits.

Myth and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

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  

At the Crossroad of the Mediterranean: The Archaeology and History of Ancient Sicily

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Migration Across the Mediterranean: Social Justice, Culture and Policy in Sicily and Beyond

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

The Mafia: A Social and Economic History of Organized Crime

Curricular field trips include: Allied Landing Museum in Catania and Social Cooperative Beppe Montana on mafia-confiscated lands.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Volcanology of Sicily: Mt. Etna Revealed

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  

Marine Biology Field Course: Mediterranean Biodiversity

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Mediterranean Diet: Tradition, Innovation and Nutrition

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Myth and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

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  

At the Crossroad of the Mediterranean: The Archaeology and History of Ancient Sicily

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Migration Across the Mediterranean: Social Justice, Culture and Policy in Sicily and Beyond

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

The Mafia: A Social and Economic History of Organized Crime

Curricular field trips include: Allied Landing Museum in Catania and Social Cooperative Beppe Montana on mafia-confiscated lands.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Volcanology of Sicily: Mt. Etna Revealed

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  

Marine Biology Field Course: Mediterranean Biodiversity

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Mediterranean Diet: Tradition, Innovation and Nutrition

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Myth and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

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  

At the Crossroad of the Mediterranean: The Archaeology and History of Ancient Sicily

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Migration Across the Mediterranean: Social Justice, Culture and Policy in Sicily and Beyond

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

The Mafia: A Social and Economic History of Organized Crime

Curricular field trips include: Allied Landing Museum in Catania and Social Cooperative Beppe Montana on mafia-confiscated lands.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Volcanology of Sicily: Mt. Etna Revealed

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  

Marine Biology Field Course: Mediterranean Biodiversity

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Mediterranean Diet: Tradition, Innovation and Nutrition

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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.