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Students enrolled in the 3 week program have the option of completing 3 or 4 credits of intensive Italian language. Italian language courses, which cover all levels from beginner to proficient, are focused on giving 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. Students are also encouraged to engage with the local community through community service, language exchange and integrated activities.
March 10 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form
May 24 2019 – June 15 2019
Academic Year: High school graduate or above.
Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Courses Registration & Schedule
Italian language courses run Monday – Friday. Students register for courses during the SAI application process. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start. Finalized schedules with class days and times are provided at orientation. An on-site placement test will be required for students registering for any non-beginner language course.
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 are available during the Summer IV session. For more information on internships see Syracuse Internships.
|March 10 2019
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 23 2019
||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 deposit payment date.
|March 15 2019
||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 25 2019
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|March 25 2019
||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 24 2019
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|May 24 2019
||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 25 – 26 2019
||Orientation & Welcome Events
Academic orientation lasts 2 days and covers academic details, walking tours, and a group meal.
|May 27 2019
|June 14 2019
|June 15 2019
||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|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: 3 credit language
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: 4 credit language
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Option to live with a local host family in a private room; includes breakfast daily.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement With Full Board
Option to live with a local host family in a private room; includes breakfast & dinner 5 days/week.
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
|Optional Weekend Excursion: Aeolian Islands
The program fee includes several excursions and activities. Students also have the option of paying for an additional excursion.
*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
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$25 / course||$50 / course|
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|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
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.
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.
Day trip to Baroque Noto and Modica Chocolate Making Demo
Students will go on a guided tour of the Baroque town of Noto, UNESCO world heritage site for its architectural splendor, followed by a Sicilian pastry tasting at the Caffé Sicilia, featured on Chef’s Table on Netflix. Students will then take part in a traditional chocolate making demonstration in Modica to learn the ancient Aztec recipe brought to Sicily by the Spanish. The day will end with a walk through the town of Montalbano to take in the views from the San Giorgio belvedere, which appears in the opening scenes of an iconic Italian detective series.
Day trip to Vendicari Marine Reserve and Marzamemi
The day will begin with leisure time at the pristine beach of the Vendicari marine reserve, laying grounds of sea turtles and of other Mediterranean wildlife species. This will be followed by bird watching to view one of the largest pink flamingo colonies in Europe. Students will then visit the Spanish tuna farm and the ancient Roman summer estate Villa Tellaro, famous for its brilliant mosaics. The day will end with a sunset aperitif in the charming fisherman village of Marzamemi.
Day trip to Taormina and Mount Etna
This excursion will take students on a unique hike to the craters of Mt Etna, the tallest active volcano of continental Europe. Students will visit the volcanic caves, led by an expert volcanologist, and learn about the mythology and traditional storytelling inspired by the volcano. Students will then have leisure time to take in the narrow streets and majestic views that were the setting of the Godfather movie scenes and inspired the works of DH Lawrence, Oscar Wilde and many more. The day will end with a guided tour of the Greek-famous Roman hilltop town of Taormina and of the ancient Theater.
Tandem Language Aperitif
Meet local students while enjoying an aperitif during Syracuse Academy’s weekly language exchange program.
Outdoor Cinema Nights
Students will enjoy the beautiful Sicilian evenings as they gather on the school’s lawn for an outdoor movie.
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 and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances.
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 either weekday breakfast or weekday breakfast and dinner.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not 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.
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.