Summer Combo
SCOPE C Syracuse & Rome 2018
8 weeks / 7 - 9 credits

SAI Summer Combination Programs & Experiences (SCOPE) allow students to enroll in back-to-back programs in two different SAI cities at a reduced cost. In 2018, SAI SCOPE C offers students the combination of Syracuse Academy and Italiaidea Institute, for a full immersion into Italian language. Students begin on the coast in Sicily at Syracuse Academy in the 4 week Summer I term, enrolling in an intensive 4 credit Italian language course or 3 - 6 credits of elective coursework. Students then travel independently to Rome for Italiaidea’s 4 week Summer II term, enrolling in one 4 credit Italian language course.


Application Deadline
April 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Combine programs and save!
  • Earn 8 credits of Italian language in 8 weeks
  • Spend an unforgettable summer abroad

Program Dates
May 25, 2018 – July 21, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Italiaidea: Language
Syracuse: Modern Language & Cultures

Italiaidea: Language

4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 101 A | Open
This course is intended for students who have never before studied the Italian language.

After taking the course, students should be able to use Italian in daily situations (e.g. ordering food at a cafe or restaurant, asking for directions, etc.). They should be able to hold simple conversations about everyday topics, to ask people about themselves, and to understand the answers if given very slowly and in a clear, direct way without idiomatic expressions.

Students will also be able to understand key words in brief texts about familiar topics (announcements, tourist information, advertisements) and to use the linguistic structures they acquire to communicate brief messages.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 102 A | Open
This course is intended for students who already have some knowledge of the Italian language and who are able to take part in brief interactions and to give a bit of simple information about themselves.

The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to comfortably speak about practical aspects of daily life, using common expressions to communicate practical necessities (e.g. ordering at a bar or restaurant, making purchases, asking for directions and other tourist information).

Students will be able to use simple phrases to briefly describe personal experiences and things they have done in the past and to give information about themselves, their habits and their preferences. They will also have the ability to understand more complex situations, provided that they are spoken to slowly and clearly.
Students will also be able to locate specific information in simple written materials like letters and pamphlets, and to write expressions and phrases regarding their surroundings (e.g. people, places, work) and their experiences.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 103 A | Open
This course is directed to those that already have a basic understanding of Italian and are capable of handling conversations, giving simple information about oneself, on ones work and interests.

The course objective is to give students the capacity of understanding frequently used expressions in the context of daily and family life. Students will be able to take an active part in simple conversations, express and articulate themselves regarding their own habits and life, to understand information and advice, to request and receive information about activities, shows and travel.

Students will be able to understand simple texts on known subjects formulated in a frequent every-day language style, write thank-you letters, brief communications or letters in which they express in a simple way personal facts relative to daily life.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 202 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have already the languages skills for everyday situations on subjects such family, daily routine and everyday needs.

The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to be able to interact in most situations a student would come across during travel to Italy, including being able to speak effectively with a native-speaker and utilizing circumlocution to express ideas.

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the principal ideas both oral and written language in standard Italian on subjects such as personal and professional daily life. Examples include conversations with native-speakers, shorts speeches, radio and TV transmissions, film clips, personal correspondence, news articles, brochures, and informative materials. Students will also because to express in simple, but clear and coherent language, subjects that are of personal interest to the student, describing experiences, impressions, opinions and intentions. Students will demonstrate linguistic repertoire sufficient to describe unexpected situations, explain the main points of a concept with reasonable precision and express thoughts on abstract topics.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 203 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have developed a linguistic proficiency in Italian that permits students to maneuver predictable and familiar situations in social and work contexts.

The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to interact with native-speakers with ease and spontaneity.

At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the principal ideas of complex texts, both oral and written, relative to the studentƒ's prior lexical experiences in standard Italian. These include conversations between native-speakers, debates, TV and radio transmissions, films, informal and formal correspondence, articles about current events, professional and academic publications and excerpts from contemporary literature. Students will be able to clearly express themselves in detail in a variety of subjects familiar to them, explaining their own points of view and providing the pros and cons of various options.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 301 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have a knowledge of Italian sufficient to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization, and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party. It aims to improve students' linguistic knowledge to allow them to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, recognize implicit meaning, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. By the end of this course students will use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Classes are conducted in Italian only. Oral production and comprehension is crucial to a language course, which has the goal to enable students to communicate in a new language. Homework is given to reinforce topics studied in class. Written homework will be corrected in class with different methods: orally together with the instructor, working in pairs, working in smaller groups. Throughout the courses the students will take a midterm exam and a final exam as part of the grading. After the midterm exams students will meet with their instructor to get a feedback of their performance.

Required Texts: Susanna Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni Firenze.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Language | Course #: IT IL 302 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have a knowledge of Italian sufficient to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, recognize implicit meaning, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
It aims to improve students' linguistic knowledge to allow them to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Classes are conducted in Italian only. Oral production and comprehension is crucial to a language course, which has the goal to enable students to communicate in a new language. Homework is given to reinforce topics studied in class. Written homework will be corrected in class with different methods: orally together with the instructor, working in pairs, working in smaller groups. Throughout the courses the students will take a midterm exam and a final exam as part of the grading. After the midterm exams students will meet with their instructor to get a feedback of their performance.

Required Texts: Susanna Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni Firenze
Contact Hours: 60

Syracuse: Modern Language & Cultures

4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 102 | Open
Syracuse Academy's Italian Language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving the students the appropriate communication skills by learning Italian in the most natural way, combining the communicative tools with a comprehensive study of Italian grammar and syntax.

The teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening – the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. Lessons are held exclusively in Italian and combine lessons in the classroom with activities outside the classroom in real life situations

The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 152 | Open
Syracuse Academy's Italian Language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving the students the appropriate communication skills by learning Italian in the most natural way, combining the communicative tools with a comprehensive study of Italian grammar and syntax.

The teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. Lessons are held exclusively in Italian and combine lessons in the classroom with activities outside the classroom in real life situations

The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 202 | Open
Syracuse Academy's Italian Language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving the students the appropriate communication skills by learning Italian in the most natural way, combining the communicative tools with a comprehensive study of Italian grammar and syntax.

The teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. Lessons are held exclusively in Italian and combine lessons in the classroom with activities outside the classroom in real life situations

The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 252 | Open
Syracuse Academy's Italian Language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving the students the appropriate communication skills by learning Italian in the most natural way, combining the communicative tools with a comprehensive study of Italian grammar and syntax.

The teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. Lessons are held exclusively in Italian and combine lessons in the classroom with activities outside the classroom in real life situations

The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 302 | Open
Syracuse Academy's Italian Language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving the students the appropriate communication skills by learning Italian in the most natural way, combining the communicative tools with a comprehensive study of Italian grammar and syntax.

The teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. Lessons are held exclusively in Italian and combine lessons in the classroom with activities outside the classroom in real life situations

The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
Contact Hours: 60

U.S. School of Record
Students receive U.S. University credit for their coursework at Syracuse Academy and Italiaidea Institute from St. Norbert College (WI).

Courses & Schedule
Students attend two different back-to-back programs, and therefore should be aware that schedules and registration differ for each.

Sicily: Students select one or two 3 credit courses, or one 4 credit Italian language course. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start. Finalized schedules with class days and times are provided at orientation.

Rome: Students complete 15 one-hour lessons per week, Monday through Friday. All classes have between 4 and 10 students, offering personalized instruction. Students with previous Italian language experience take a placement test upon arrival in order to be placed in the correct level of Italian language.


Pre-Departure Calendar
April 1 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$1,000 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
February 24 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
March 15 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
March 26 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
March 26 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 25 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 25 2018
Sicily Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) between 10:00am and 3:00pm for the airport pick up service. Upon arrival in Syracuse students are taken to housing.
May 26 – 27 2018
Syracuse Orientation & Welcome Events
Academic orientation lasts 2 days and covers academic details, walking tours, and a group meal.
May 28 2018
Syracuse Classes Begin
June 22 2018
Syracuse Classes End
June 24 2018
Syracuse Housing Check-out / Rome Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students move out of Syracuse housing by 10:00am, and travel independently to Rome. Students who fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) between 9:00am and 3:00pm are provided airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
June 25 2018
Rome Orientation
Mandatory orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 25 2018
Italiaidea Classes Begin
July 20 2018
Italiaidea Classes End
July 21 2018
Program End & Rome Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI Rome housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: Syracuse 3 credits + Italiaidea 4 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services in Sicily and Rome (see What’s Included).
$6,750
Program Fee: Syracuse 4 language credits + Italiaidea 4 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services in Sicily and Rome (see What’s Included).
$6,100
Program Fee: Program Fee: Syracuse 6 credits + Italiaidea 4 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services in Sicily and Rome (see What’s Included).
$8,300
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom, in Sicily and Rome.
$1,000
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room in Sicily and Rome. Meals included varies.
$1,240
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare
Flight to Sicily / Rome / home.
$1,200 $1,500
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$25/ course $75 / course
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$650 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $400 / month
Transportation within Host City
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$50 / month $175 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Sicily weekend excursion
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Sicily Welcome Event
All students are invited to a typical Italian meal welcoming them to the program and their host city.

Welcome Tour of Syracuse
Students tour Syracuse, including stops at popular shops, supermarkets, and places of entertainment, as well as important landmarks such as main squares, post offices, bus stops and taxi stands.

Guided Tour of Ortigia
Students visit the historical island of Ortigia and take a guided tour of this beautiful piece of history. After the guided tour, students visit a traditional market.

Weekend Trip to the Aeolian Islands
Students take an unforgettable weekend trip to experience the arresting natural beauty of the Aeolian Islands, just off the coast of eastern Sicily. Students take a ferry in the crystal seas, experience wild nature and even wilder volcanoes, and take in the historical and cultural elements that make the region a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip includes a guided tour to the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli, and a visit to the Aeolian museum of Lipari.

Sicily Farewell Event
After classes are over students and staff share in a celebratory meal to reflect and say goodbyes.

Rome Welcome Lunch and Walking Tour
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a traditional Roman meal in one of the most charming areas of the city: Rione Monti, the oldest neighborhood in Rome. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to discover some of the hidden gems of the old residential neighborhood, now populated by artists and bohemian shops.

Colosseum Night Tour
Students visit the Eternal City’s most important monument by moonlight. The group is guided through the Colosseum’s history, and explores the most important areas, including the underground chambers and arena floor, both of which are usually closed to the public.

Wine Tasting and Pairing
Nestled in the heart of Campo de’ Fiori is Roscioli, one of Rome’s best-known wine bars. With guidance from a well-known Roman sommelier, students get a behind-the-scenes look at what constitutes a good glass of wine, and how to pair it with food.

Rome Farewell Aperitivo
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Daily breakfast is included in Sicily, and daily dinner is included in Rome. Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.