Mediterranean Histories is a 4 weeks intensive summer program focusing on ancient and modern history of Sicily and Italy. It includes two 3 credits courses: Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology' and 'Italy and Sicily in World War I and World War II'; and 1 credit course: Italian Language and Culture.
The program is structured with an array of on site classes and field studies in the most significant archaeological and historical sites of Siracusa and of Sicily, including the archaeological park and museum of Siracusa, the Valley of Temple in Agrigento, the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina, the archaeological parks of Morgantina, Selinunte, Segesta, the museum of Allied landing in Catania, plus an historical tour of Palermo and a three days field study in the Aeolian islands, Sicily's finest for natural and cultural importance.
The program will be located at the Sicily Center for International Education (SCIE), located in the late 18th century Palazzo Borgia del Casale, in the island of Ortigia, the historical center of Siracusa, the most attractive and fascinating city of eastern Sicily (Italy).
The SCIE center, established in 2015, by a team of professionals with a solid and long term experience in the field of the study abroad, offers partnership to American universities and colleges having programs in Sicily in a vast range of fields, from classics and archaeology, from modern and contemporary history to environmental sciences, from creative writing to theater studies, from Italian language and literature to food sciences. The SCIE center already currently manages semester and summer programs for Morningside College (Iowa), University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Ohio University (Ohio), Arcadia University (Pennsylvania), Portland State University (Oregon), Rosemont College (Pennsylvania), University of Texas at Austin (Texas), LaTrobe University (Australia).
HIS 4936 (Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology) - 3 credit hours
This course is a survey of history and art of ancient Mediterranean between the early 1st millennium BC to the dawn of Middles Ages. Rise and fall of Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans and their cultural and artistic achievements will be treated via the massive use of both written and visual sources. Histories of the three main Mediterranean civilizations will be illustrated through the material evidence they left behind, using ancient art and architecture as a ‘stone course book’. Focusing on main historical aspects of the 1st millennium BC and 1st millennium AD, the ancient Mediterranean art and architecture will be historicized an contextualized for describing its evolutional process over centuries. This simultaneous historical and artistic approach aims to achieve a deep and thorough comprehension of the concept of ‘classical antiquity’ that represented the most important cultural phenomenon of ancient Mediterranean. In a broad overview of the major political, military, social, cultural, and religious trends, some key themes for each of three civilizations will be further stressed in order to emphasize when and how art was manipulated and used for political reasons. Historical events will be highlighted and explored through the use of written primary sources, virtual reconstructions and field studies of key sites of Greek, Phoenician and Roman Sicily.
HIS 3938 (Italy and Sicily in World War I and World War II) - 3 credit hours
This course is a survey of the history of Sicily and Italy between the World War I and World War II, with particular focus on the experience of the Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories (AMGOT) in Sicily (July 22nd 1943 – December 31st 1945).
HIS 4900 (Italian Language and Culture) - 1 credit hour
This course provides a powerful context within which to develop general competencies for the acquisition of effective higher order thinking skills that are necessary for the further education, work and everyday life. The competencies of communicating, collecting and analyzing the ideas and information are fundamental in the outcomes of the syllabus. Students will interact with the others in the classroom and outdoor to develop the key competence of using the new language and solving problems.
Total Program Cost: $5331.00, plus USF tuition $173.39 - (per undergraduate credit hour)
The program fee includes:
Transfer from/to airport Catania/Siracusa
Accommodation for students in centrally located residence within walking distance of center: en-suite bathrooms, self-catering facilities, limited wifi.
Classroom space at SCIE Center with computers, projectors
Office support and facilities, including wifi, limited printing
24 hour emergency support by SCIE staff
Third-party insurance coverage
In-country travel to sites listed as included
Accommodation as listed during overnight excursions
Meals listed as included during overnight excursions
Welcome and Farewell meals
Extra activities: Cooking class, sports night, volunteer opportunities
Domestic and international travel to/from the program destination for students
USF Tuition as listed above
Meals with the exception of those listed above as included
Internet service outside of classroom instruction
Passport or visa fees
In-country travel not outlined under Program Content
Any other costs or expenses incurred by SCIE Center staff or faculty on behalf of the School not outlined in the above Program Fee
Health and Safety
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations. In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.
You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Florence. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the program coordinator. They will advise participants of a group-designated flight schedule. All who wish to travel with others in the program will receive this information well in advance so they can book these flights. You must provide the program coordinator with your final flight itinerary
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage that is valid outside the U.S. If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID Card (ISIC), which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas. For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.
U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least one year of validity remaining on the passport. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Italian consulate in Miami and with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/ for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that students are responsible for meeting program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time-frame.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis.
Faculty and Contacts
Dr. Davide Tanasi
Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST)
Department of History, University of South Florida SOC107
Phone: (813) 974-2807
Mr. James D. Pulos
Education Abroad Office
Phone: (813) 974-4043