Marine Preservation in Italy

Arcadia in Sicily Summer

  • This six-week program is based in the renowned Marine protected area of Plemmirio, Syracuse.

  • Lectures coincide with designated labs and topical discussions for the course, allowing students to apply classroom knowledge to practical field techniques.

  • Students will also learn how to immerse in the clear water after completion of a scuba diving course.

  • Volunteer and community service opportunities are available.

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


The Mediterranean sea is an area of recognized ecological importance especially for the unique biodiversity of its waters, the high number of endemic species and the presence of key areas for the reproduction of pelagic species. Although it covers only 0.7% of the worldwide marine surface area, the Mediterranean holds 9% of its biodiversity that, in recent decades, has seen an increase of anthropogenic pressure by the fishing industry, tourism, pollution and coastal development.

Italy, in the Mediterranean area, has the highest number of marine reserves and it was one of the first countries in the world to establish 27 marine reserves and two submerged parks. Among the various systems for the conservation of this beautiful sea, the establishment of marine-protected areas has proved to be the most effective system to cope with the changes of the marine ecosystems.

The College of Global Studies offers students an intense program in marine biology and conservation of marine ecosystem in collaboration with The Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio, a few kilometers south of Syracuse (Sicily). Students also visit Acitrezza which is a small, charming fishing village near Catania with a strong historical /literary background. The trip introduces students to the traditional fishing industry and fishing village life. Fishing is a primary source of employment and income for local communities. Students examine the impact of human activity on the environment, and the ways in which development and conservation practices can serve both human and environmental interests.


Course ID Course Title Credits Syllabus
MCAS ESMB 315S Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea 3
MCAS ITIN 150S Intensive Italian I 3  


Students will receive six semester credit hours (3 credit hours for Italian language instruction and 3 credit hours for the marine preservation 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 your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • March 31


For more information about this summer program, please contact your Program Manager, Chris Callas, at