Archaeological Field Study in Italy

  • Exciting Summer Opportunity - Fieldwork in Sicily uncovering ancient Greek and Roman civilization!

  • A six-week (4 credit) field school in archaeology, featuring the exploration of an ancient site near Syracuse, Sicily.

  • Students work with archaeologists from Arcadia in Sicily.

  • Coursework explores major features of ancient Greek and Roman cultures and engages students in cutting-edge digital archaeology.

  • Spaces are limited for this unique program.

  • All students will participate in a one-credit intensive Italian language course at a level commensurate with ability for the first two weeks of the program. No previous study of Italian language is required.


This unique six-week program is offered through the Arcadia Sicily Center. Students will spend three weeks working on site, recording their findings in multifunctional classrooms, discussing the main issues of field archaeology and engaging in cutting edge digital archaeology. This program is offered in collaboration with the cultural heritage office in Syracuse, the provincial authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments.

In addition to first-hand experience in archaeological excavation and study, students will be able to enjoy many of the wonders of Sicily, from cultural and historical monuments that span over 2,500 years, to spectacular ecological and natural sites. And we should not forget modern Sicily with its people and Mediterranean customs.

No previous field work experience is required. Whether you are a current archaeology or anthropology student or simply someone interested in learning more about the subject, this program will provide an exciting opportunity for a first-hand experience in archaeological fieldwork. Special vaccination and equipment requirements may be needed for this program.

Sicily is a land of discovery, whether at an ancient sanctuary or in the contemporary cities of Catania and Syracuse. You will begin that discovery, digging abroad in the Archaeological Field Study in Italy.


Course ID Course Title Credits Syllabus
MCAS FSDA 310S Archaeological Field Study in Italy 4
MCAS ITIL 101S Basic Italian I 1


Students will receive five semester credit hours (1 credit hour for Italian language instruction and 4 credit hours for the archaeology course and fieldwork).

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before Arcadia’s College of Global Studies will consider your application.

Application Deadline

  • March 31

Space is limited for this program. Apply today to reserve your place!