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Italy (Sicily) - Spring Term (Odd Years)
Palermo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: Union applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Prerequisites: ITL 100 before term abroad, Relevant science course background
Curricular Focus: Builds Experience in a Major, Intensive Language Learning and Cultural Education, Research
Program Description:
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and the southernmost region of Italy. It is Europe's most historically cosmopolitan region, having been ruled by Asians, Africans and Europeans. Centuries of invaders have left their mark on the island in the form of Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Sicily boasts mild winters, golden beaches and first-rate seafood, as well as warm, welcoming people.

Course of Study

This program focuses on original research projects for science and engineering students.
  • The Italian Language Studied Abroad (ITL 104T)
A course in basic skills with emphasis on speaking and conversation.
  • Science Research (TAB 328T)
Work on a research project with scientists at the National Research Council in Palermo, Sicily. Projects can be chosen from among a large variety in the fields of biology, chemistry and biophysics. Students will work in small groups closely with faculty and advanced students on ongoing research, learning new techniques and participating in state-of-the-art studies at this national facility. A project report will be written at the conclusion of the research which is due the following fall term after the students' return from Italy.
  • The History and Culture of Sicily (TAB 329T)
Through a combination of lecture/discussion and weekend travel, the culture and history of Sicily will be explored. The influence of the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Normans, Arabs, and others in developing Sicilian culture will be a major part of this course.


  • Successful completion of Basic Italian I (ITL 100) before term abroad.
  • Relevant science-course background.


(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
  • September: Application deadline is the third Friday of fall term.
  • October: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
  • Winter term: Orientation meetings
  • Late March: Program begins
  • Early June: Program ends
  • Fall term after return from Italy: Project report due

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/23/2016 10/07/2016 TBA TBA