• Italy
    • Syracuse
Short Term, Summer
Subject Areas
Animal Science Biology Earth Sciences Ecology Environmental Studies Field Studies Geology Life Sciences Marine Biology Natural Sciences Oceanography +1

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
The fee includes:
- Tuition fee
- Housing fee
- Service fee
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards Transportation Visa
Feb 22, 2024
Feb 22, 2024
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About Program

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Sicily's ecosystems, from the Mediterranean coast to the volcanic majesty of Mount Etna. Our summer course on Environment & Biodiversity offers a unique opportunity to understand the delicate balance between humans and the island's indigenous flora and fauna. Explore diverse habitats and ecosystems while participating in hands-on field activities, providing an unforgettable learning experience in one of the Mediterranean's most iconic locations.
Choose one of our tracks, or both!

Marine Ecology and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean
- 3 credits | 45 contact hours
- Major Disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology, Ecology
- Related Disciplines: Anthropology, Food Studies, Sustainability Studies

Capstone Project: Environmental Sustainability in Action
- 3 credits | 45 contact hours
- Major Disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Geology, Anthropology
- Related Disciplines: Earth Studies, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Volcanology

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Program Highlights

  • Practical activities in the field in amazing landscapes as Aeolian Islands, Etna Volcano, Pantalica, Val di Noto
  • Earn transferrable US College Credit
  • All programs at Syracuse Academy are designed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 through the values of Education Abroad
  • Boutique school in the heart of Syracuse
  • Housing in the package

Program Reviews

4.67 Rating
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  • Academics 3.7
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching and fun!

As an Environmental Sciences major, I found this program to be incredibly enriching and a pivotal experience in my academic journey. The curriculum's focus on hands-on activities was particularly engaging, offering me the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings. This approach facilitated the understanding of complex environmental issues, making the learning process both effective.
Moreover, the capstone project allowed me to collaborate with peers on developing viable solutions to real-world environmental challenges. This project not only honed my problem-solving skills but also provided experience in project management and teamwork, which are essential in any professional setting.
The combination of academic training, practical experience, and cultural immersion this program offered has been instrumental in my personal and professional development. It has broadened my perspective, improved my communication skills, and strengthened my commitment to pursuing a career in environmental science.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The opportunity to conduct field research and contribute to ongoing conservation efforts made my time abroad feel impactful. Working alongside experts and local researchers to address environmental challenges was both inspiring and empowering.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Extraordinary experience

Participating in this summer program was an extraordinary experience that masterfully combined academic seriousness with the thrill of adventure. As a student from the Netherlands, I was eager to immerse myself in a learning environment that was both challenging and engaging, and this program did not disappoint. The opportunity to visit places like Mt. Etna and the Aeolian Islands as part of our field studies was truly beyond educational. It wasn’t just about reading or hearing about these places; being there, observing, and studying them firsthand brought the lessons to life in a way I had never experienced before.

Despite the program’s many strengths, I found myself wishing for more comprehensive sessions specifically focused on marine biology. The glimpses into this field were fascinating and certainly piqued my interest, but I felt there was room for a deeper dive into the subject matter. Given the rich marine ecosystems we were surrounded by, especially near the Aeolian Islands, there was a missed opportunity to explore marine biology in greater depth, which would have added even more value to the educational aspect of the program.

Nevertheless, the multicultural environment of the program was one of its major pluses. Interacting with students from different backgrounds and cultures was incredibly enriching, offering perspectives I might not have considered otherwise. This aspect of the program fostered a sense of global community and mutual respect among us, which I found to be just as valuable as the academic learning.

Another significant advantage was the ability to earn college credits through the program. This not only added to the academic rigor but also provided a practical benefit, helping me advance my studies and making the summer both productive and enlightening.

Overall, while there was room for improvement in terms of offering more in-depth sessions on certain topics like marine biology, the program was a well-rounded and deeply enriching experience. It struck a fine balance between academic learning and adventurous exploration, all within a vibrant multicultural setting. This summer program not only enhanced my knowledge but also broadened my horizons, making it a summer well spent.

8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Sicily a life-changing experience

The Environment and Biodiversity program in Sicily was an experience that truly changed my life. Being from a Spanish-speaking background, the journey to understand and engage with new ecosystems, especially in a place as diverse as Sicily, was both challenging and rewarding. We explored various ecosystems, from the beautiful coasts to the impressive Mount Etna, each offering unique learning experiences that you cannot find anywhere else.

The program was well-structured, combining theoretical lessons with practical fieldwork. This balance was crucial for me as it allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom to real-life situations. The capstone project, in particular, was a highlight. It gave me the chance to dive deep into a specific area of interest, applying all the knowledge and skills I had gained throughout the program. This hands-on project helped me understand the importance of protecting our environment and biodiversity.

Additionally, the opportunity to learn Italian was an unexpected bonus. As a Spanish speaker, picking up Italian was easier for me than I anticipated, and it greatly enriched my experience. Being able to communicate, even at a basic level, allowed me to connect more deeply with the local community, understand their culture, and appreciate the beauty of Sicily in a way that would have been impossible otherwise.

This program didn't just teach me about environmental science; it broadened my perspective, taught me the value of cultural exchange, and inspired me to pursue a path where I can make a difference in the world. The memories and lessons I've taken from this program will stay with me forever, shaping my future both academically and personally.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Looking back, I wish I had taken more initiative to speak Italian with the locals. While I learned the basics, immersing myself more fully in the language would have enriched my cultural experience and helped me connect more deeply with the community.
8 people found this review helpful.

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