USF in Sicily is a 4 weeks intensive summer program focusing on ancient and modern history and culture of Sicily. It includes two 3 credits courses: ‘Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology' and 'Italian language and culture’.
The program is structured with an array of field studies in the most significant archaeological and historical sites of Siracusa and of Sicily, including the archaeological park and museum of Siracusa, Catania and Taormina, a unforgettable hiking experience on the top of the volcano Etna, the Valley of Temple in Agrigento, the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina, plus an variety of on-sites classes in Siracusa for an ultimate immersive experience in Italian culture.
The program will be located at the Sicily Center for International Education (SCIE), located in the late 18th century Palazzo Francica Nava, 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 / ANT 4930 (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 / ANT 4930 (Italian Language and Culture) - 3 credit hours
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.
How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:
Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire.
Total Program Cost: $5223.00
The program cost 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.
Accommodation for 2 faculty members
Office support and facilities, including wifi, limited printing
24 hour emergency support by SCIE staff
In-country travel to sites listed as included
Accommodation as listed during overnight excursions
Welcome and Farewell meals
Extra activities: Cooking class - pasta making
Classical Ortigia tour
Neapolis Archaeological Park, Siracusa
Catacombs of San Giovanni, Siracusa
Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum, Siracusa (2 visits)
2-day tour - Morgantina/Piazza Armerina : Agrigento (1 evening meal)
Castello Eurialo, Siracusa
Taormina, Mount Etna, wine-tasting
Program cost does not include:
Domestic and international travel to/from the program destination for students
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
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.
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 Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
Phone: (813) 974-4043