The Italian island of Sicily is the largest in the Mediterranean, with idyllic climate, notable history, welcoming people, and beautiful terrain including Italy’s largest volcano, Mount Etna. The 2,700 year-old city of Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian) is a stunning seaside city on the southeastern coast of Sicily that was once a major Mediterranean power. Founded by Ancient Greeks, Syracuse was often described as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” Ancient Greek structures and ruins dot the city and its surrounding region, in particular the district of Ortigia, which is the historic and cultural heart of the city.
Study abroad students in Syracuse quickly feel comfortable and at home in the welcoming community of locals who make the city’s outdoor spaces an extension of their homes. SAI students in Syracuse enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine as they get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets of the historical center, take a stroll around the medieval castle that overlooks the natural harbor, or perch on the seaside rocks watching the mixture of local fishing boats and flashy yachts come in after a day on the water. SAI has partnered with Syracuse Academy to offer unique and relevant summer academic experiences.
SAI students in Syracuse never stop exploring their surroundings, including climbing Mount Etna, relaxing at sun-kissed beaches, exploring nearby towns, and taking in ancient architecture. In addition, students are invited to deepen their cultural understanding by participating in an array of volunteer and enrichment opportunities, including language and cultural exchange programs, local school visits, internships and much more.
"Before I even stepped foot in Italy, I already felt well prepared"
“This was a life changing experience, I’ll go home a different person”
"I learned valuable skills about living and thriving in different environments"