Project Description

Italy: Sicily and the Mediterranean World

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Brian Murphy
Brian MurphyInstructor

This two-and-a-half-week, 3-credit program will explore the environment and culture of Sicily, Italy and its centrality to the history of the Mediterranean. Students will have the opportunity to learn Italian while living in the historic Ortigia section of the city of Siracusa on the eastern coast of Sicily. They will learn about and visit pre-historic and historic sites from the Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Norman periods of Sicily’s history.

We will have a multi-day excursion to tour Roman villa, walk through ancient Greek temples in Agrigento, and visit the capital city of Palermo. Students will also have an opportunity to hike Mount Etna and learn about how the volcano has shaped the island’s history and present, and to go kayaking through one of Sicily’s most scenic river valleys. There will also be a fun weekend afternoon outing where students will learn to make Sicilian-style pasta.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024



Program Dates

Jun 2, 2024 – Jun 18, 2024

Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who are:
    • Sophomores
    • Juniors
    • Seniors
    • In good academic standing

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
Undergraduate $5,530 $5,860
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some Meals
  • Administrative Fees
  • Emergency Medical Access Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $300
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $400
Total $2,200.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Pre-Departure Resources:

US State Department

Center for Disease Control.

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