Study Abroad in Sicily

  • Study 100 feet from the ancient sea walls of Syracuse, Sicily, in a 17th century palazzo, the location of the Arcadia Sicily Center.
  • Immerse yourself in the study of Italian language and culture in the historic center of this legendary city.

  • Earn credit at a renowned international institute with classes taught in English by expert faculty.

  • Interact through weekly events with local students to hone your language skills, and gain an authentic sense of Mediterranean culture.

  • Participate in exciting field study excursions!

  • There is an optional Granada excursion.

  • Summer programs are also available.


Arcadia in Sicily offers a wide range of liberal arts courses at its center. These courses, combined with academic field study (included in the program fee and an integral part of the program in Sicily) enable students to explore the diversity of the Mediterranean world from a unique perspective and experience the richly varied culture of this fascinating island.

Its faculty and their interests are international in scope. The five main discipline areas – classical studies, environmental studies, history and political science, Italian studies, and studio and fine arts – offer you a unique cultural and educational experience that fosters the positive expression of ideas and ideals. You can take between 14 - 18 credits per semester. All students must take Italian Language and the Sicily Core Course, and the remainder can be selected from across disciplines. Coursework focuses on both the rich resources of the center’s Mediterranean surroundings, and more mainstream areas of academic inquiry. All courses are taught at the Palazzo Ardizzone, but instructors make frequent and engaging use of the city and its environs as an extension of the classroom.

Students in archaeology and certain other classics options, art history, and environmental science classes should expect to be required to attend at least two to three Friday field studies in the semester session. Academic field studies (program inclusive, depending on class selection) examine the following sites: Agrigento; Piazza Armerina and Morgantina; Taormina and Castelmolo; Ragusa, Modica, Noto, and Scicli; Pantalica and Anapo Valley; and Mount Etna.

Sicily Core Course

The Sicily Core Course is an inclusive three-credit class for Arcadia students. This class, assessed by journal and participation in discussions, includes a series of presentations on the social, political, historical, artistic and religious themes present within the cultures of Sicily and the Mediterranean and an array of extended day and overnight excursions.

Programs of study at the Sicily Center include individual academic field studies, but regardless of academic choices and course selections, all students are exposed to the cultures of the Mediterranean through the inclusive Sicily Core Course. As part of this course, students can also expect to take part in excursions to Palermo, and Western Sicily. Arcadia students may also sign up for optional excursions and activities.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit.

  • Fall or spring semester: 14-18 credits.
  • Academic year: 28-36 credits.

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 The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University will consider your application.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 20
  • Spring: October 1
  • Academic year: April 20