Syracuse Academy
Summer 4 weeks I 2018
3 - 6 credits

Syracuse Academy’s 4 week summer program takes advantage of the school’s location on the Italian island of Sicily, with elective courses that discuss ancient Sicily, Mt. Etna and the Italian Mafia. Students enroll in one or two 3 credit language or elective courses for a total of 3 - 6 credits, or one 4 credit intensive Italian language course. Courses focus on applied experience, and take students out in the region to learn on-site.


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

  • Spend an immersive summer on the stunning island of Sicily.
  • Unique site visits integrated into all courses.
  • Live like a local in beautiful student apartments or family homestays.

Program Dates
May 25, 2018 – June 24, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Modern Language & Cultures
Natural Science
Social Science

Modern Language & Cultures

4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 100 | 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
3.0 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: 45
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 150 | 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
3.0 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: 45
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 200 | 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
3.0 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: 45
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 250 | 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
3.0 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: 45
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 300 | 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
3.0 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: 45

Natural Science

3.0 Credits
Biology | Course #: ECO261 | Open
Syracuse is a city of ancient seafaring traditions and today maintains a close relationship with the marine environment. This course has a strong field-based focus where students learn about marine ecosystem management and conservation.

Important concepts and skills are acquired through field trips to the Plemmirio and Vendicari Marine Reserves, dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable use of natural resources.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Volcanology | Course #: ES 250 | Open
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 geo-chemical methods. A large part of the course will be entirely devoted to the volcanism of Sicily and in particular of Mt. Etna, describing its history, types of eruptions, products erupted and the long-term beneficial effects of its activity on human life.

Course includes the following site visits:
- Mt. Etna: Trip 1
- Catania
- Mt. Etna: Trip 2
Contact Hours: 45

Social Science

3.0 Credits
Archeology | Course #: CS 250 | Open
This course explores the archaeology and history of Sicily from mans first arrival on the island through to its conquest by the Byzantine emperor Justinian. Classes will deal in turn with each of the major cultures that developed in or imposed themselves on Sicily, and this course will thus provide an introduction to many of the most famous civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean such as the Mycenaeans, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals and Byzantines, while also covering the lesser-known indigenous cultures. The continuous focus on the island of Sicily will enable an appreciation to be made of the fundamental similarities and differences between these cultures, and the continuities and changes in methods of control and exploitation of the land and its resources that they each employed. Close reading of primary and secondary sources will be combined with archaeological site visits to provide a complete overview of the available evidence. This course will provide an excellent introduction to the history of the Mediterranean in general, and to the island of Sicily in particular: students taking this course will gain a great appreciation of the islands geography and formative history.

Course includes the following site visits:
- Pantalica
- Agrigento
- Piazza Armerina
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: HPS 250 | Open
This course studies different aspects of the mafia as a phenomenon: from the genesis and history of the mafia as a political reality, through the national and international security implications of the mafia and organized criminality, to the cultural impact of the mafia. Sicily is sadly the mother land of one of the oldest and most established organized crime groups. It is part of its historical, political and social development as well as of its economic structure. At the same time, the Sicilian mafia is efficiently involved in the global flows of illicit trafficking, notably drugs. For those who are interested in learning more about this local phenomenon and its global implications and in understanding its original roots, this course offers a great combination of lectures, discussions and learning experiences.

Course includes the following site visits:
- Belpasso
- Palermo
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Migration | Course #: HPS 251 | Open
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 dabates about nationalism and citizenship, regulation and enforcement, multiculturalism and integration, with moral implications and policy conundrums that concern societies the world over.

Situated on the ramparts of Fortress Europe and at ground zero for the Wests migrant reception crisis, Siracusa is exceptionally well-placed for the study of migration. The southeast corner of Sicily receives and processes a significant percentage of Italys migrant boat arrivals, and it now hosts the European Regional Task Force (EURTF), where the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (formerly Frontex) works with other EU agencies to enhance coordination of member states efforts to maintain surveillance and control over Europe’s external borders. This is where humanitarian endeavors confront organized crime and contend with efforts to ensure security. At this critical international threshold and geopolitical juncture, this course offers a multidisciplinary overview of the study of international migration, combining theoretical insights from academic scholarship with the analysis of immigration policy drawn from fieldwork and personal interactions as well as contemporary case studies.

In a variety of contexts, students will work and socialize with recent immigrants to Sicily, as well as established foreign-born members of the community. This approach is designed to provide students with a variety of perspectives, and with the opportunity to consider and discuss these timely issues and to critically analyze current theoretical and policy debates around immigration in the Mediterranean and beyond.
Contact Hours: 45

Program Options
The Summer I term at Syracuse Academy offers students two options:

  • Intensive Italian Language for 4 credits
  • Combination of electives and Italian language for 3 credits each (3 – 6 credits total). Please note that enrolling in a 3 credit Italian language course offers a discount.

Courses Registration & Schedule
Syracuse courses run Monday – Friday. Students register for courses during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choices as well as required alternate courses. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start. Finalized schedules with class days and times are provided at orientation.

Service Learning & Volunteer
Syracuse Academy holds service learning as a pillar of academic excellence. Courses are intimately connected to the needs of various aspects of the community; they work in tandem with the community to create new ideas and new visions for future improvement. Students attending Syracuse Academy have various unique opportunities to get involved in their community beyond their classroom, including cultural and language exchange programs, classroom and youth engagement programs, and much more. Students receive information about all service and volunteer options upon arrival in Sicily.

Internships
Internships are available during the Summer II and Summer III sessions. For more information on internships see Syracuse Internships.


Pre-Departure Calendar
April 1 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 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
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
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.
April 25 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 25 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Students should arrive between 10am and 3pm for the airport pick up service. Upon arrival in Syracuse students are taken to housing.
May 26 – 27 2018
Syracuse Academic Orientation & Welcome Events
Academic orientation lasts 2 days and covers academic details, walking tours, and a group meal.
May 28 2018
Classes Begin
June 22 2018
Classes End
June 24 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of 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: 1 elective (3 credits)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,200
Program Fee: 1 elective + 3 credit Italian (6 credits)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,800
Program Fee: 2 electives (6 credits)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$6,650
Program Fee: intensive language (4 credits)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$4,500
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$500
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement: Shared
Option to live with a local host family in a shared room with another student; includes breakfast daily.
$625
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement: Private
Option to live with a local host family in a private room; includes breakfast daily.
$810
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 to/from Sicily
$900 $1,700
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$25 / course $50 / course
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$600 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation in Syracuse area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$50 / month $100 / 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
  • 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.

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.

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

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.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students choosing the family homestay option are placed with a local family, which could be an older married couple or a family with children. Homestay families are typically within a short walking distance to the school. Homestay housing includes a private occupancy room and breakfast 7 days a week, with access to the family kitchen to prepare dinner.

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.