Syracuse Academy
Summer 6 weeks II 2018
3 - 6 credits

Students enrolled in the 6 week program have the option of completing 6 credits of intensive Italian language, or one 3 credit part-time internship on the beautiful island of Sicily. This program offers ample opportunities to engage with the local community through community service, language exchange and integrated activities.


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
For internship, see Academics

Highlights

  • Spend your summer on the Italian island of Sicily.
  • Complete 6 credits of Italian language.
  • Earn credit for completing and internship in your field.

Program Dates
May 25, 2018 – July 7, 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



Internship
Modern Language & Cultures
Natural Science

Internship

3.0 Credits
Internship | Course #: INT 300 | Open
Syracuse Academy offers the ideal solution for a full immersion experience, through the carefully selected Internship Programs with trusted local small business partners and not-for-profit organizations.

Syracuse Academy offers internship programs in 5 key fields:
1) Local Businesses
2) Cultural Heritage
3) Hospitality
4) Education
5) Environment and Biodiversity

Internship programs have multiple benefits for participating students:
1) applying knowledge learned in the classroom
2) continuing to practice Italian, while absorbing the culture and day-to-day routines
3) explore an international working environment
4) experiencing the rewards and challenges of working overseas
5) gaining valuable work experience and developing vocational skills
6) contributing to build a solid and diversified resume
7) obtaining references for future job opportunities
Contact Hours: 150

Modern Language & Cultures

6.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 101 | 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
6.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 151 | 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
6.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 201 | 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
6.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 251 | 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
6.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITL 301 | 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

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

Part Time Internships
Students can complete a part time 3 credit internship during the 6 week summer program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor. At the completion of the internship students produce an analytical paper that synthesizes what they have learned. For more information on internships see Syracuse Internships. Students electing to participate in the internship during their program must complete the following additional application items:

  • Syracuse internship application; emailed once the SAI application is received
  • Resume and cover letter
  • Skype interview

Courses Registration & Schedule
Syracuse courses run Monday – Friday. Students register for their language or internship course 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.

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.


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
July 6 2018
Classes End
July 7 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: 3 credit internship
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,800
Program Fee: 6 credit language
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,550
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$700
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement: Shared
Option to live with a local host family in a shared room with another student; includes breakfast daily.
$925
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement: Private
Option to live with a local host family in a single room; includes breakfast daily.
$1,160
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.