From the Sicily Center for Field Studies, students explore the rich cultural, natural and institutional resources on the Mediterranean basin’s largest island, sharpening critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities through experiential learning. Through field study, students analyze, compare, implement and refine research skills and methodologies in the natural and social sciences.
Sicily provides an ideal classroom to explore numerous disciplines, including:
- Environmental Science, Sustainability and Geology
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Anthropology, Archaeology, and the Classics
- Political Science, Sociology, and Journalism
- Food Studies
Programs take advantage of the region’s vast resources, with numerous NGOs, research centers, and specialists across academic areas. The “classroom” extends into the streets of Sicily’s cities and towns and beyond…onto the Mount Etna volcano and to the island’s different designated marine wildlife parks.
Sicily is the ideal location for innovation in education abroad. The island is emblematic of the historic, social, and cultural complexity of the Mediterranean. Sicily has always been central to the exchanges and clashes of the Mediterranean, and throughout history has hosted all major religions. Depending on the disciplinary lens, Sicily can be viewed as a gateway between Europe and Africa, East and West, the Latin world and the Greek.
The city of Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to impressive monuments from Ancient, Medieval, and Baroque periods. Unique within Sicily, the small city is home to numerous international research associations and academic institutions studying the environment, migration, human rights, arts and design.
The ACCENT Sicily Center for Field Studies is located in the heart of Syracuse’s historic center, the island of Ortigia, in Palazzo Beneventano. A focal point on the central Piazza Duomo, the late Baroque palazzo faces the Municipio (Town Hall) and the Duomo (Cathedral), both of which were erected on the ruins of Greek temples. The Center features large studio spaces, classrooms, a computer lab, student and faculty lounges, and a student service area.
For more than four years, ACCENT and Syracuse Academy have collaborated to design and support successful semester and faculty-directed programs in Sicily. Our two organizations are ideally matched with a shared vision for innovation in curricular development and experiential learning. Syracuse Academy has operated for more than thirty years in Sicily, with a diverse portfolio of highly customized education abroad programs as well as well-respected Italian and English language learning programs. Learn more about Syracuse Academy and meet the team.
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