May 05th, 2021

Placing Sicily: The Crossroads of the Mediterranean

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Maymester Program
Placing Sicily: The Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Syracuse, Italy
For four weeks, students in this program call the Mediterranean island of Sicily their home. Classes are held in a renaissance villa where students study among the garden’s citrus blossoms. In a walk of a mere five minutes, students can reach some of the best-preserved ruins from Ancient Greece and a Roman amphitheater; in thirty seconds, a Norman temple; in ten minutes, a pebble beach with crystalline waters. Around every corner, there’s a traditional Sicilian cafe serving up coffee and granita where one might cool off after a long morning of study.

While engaging in the aforementioned adventures, students will be studying Italian and Sicilian identity with Dr. Gurney as they examine the varied cultures that have called this island home, from the Greeks to the Spanish and beyond. They’ll read excerpts from Greek tragedies (and see them performed live in the original Greek theater), learn of the advancements brought to the island by the Arabs in the tenth and eleventh centuries, find out how Italy became a nation in the nineteenth century, discuss Italian-American immigration and the mafia, and probe contemporary social issues.
Application Deadline
November 15, 2021
Estimated Program Fee
$5,449 - $6,349
Application Fee
$200 (non-refundable if accepted into program)
A Note on Expenses
Due to the global pandemic, certain aspects of this program may change due to facility closures, transportation restrictions, and/or governmental mandates. The program fees listed reflect the current pricing quotes and, while unlikely, are subject to change.
Placing Sicily: The Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Syracuse, Italy
Program Dates
May 8 - June 2, 2022
Application Deadline
November 15, 2021
Program Requirements
Applicants and participants must be full-time students at High Point University in good academic standing holding at least a 2.0 GPA, and must be in good disciplinary standing.
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Course: ITA/GBS 3232: Placing Sicily
Course term: Maymester 2022
Credits: 4
Professor: Dr. Tessa Gurney,
Ortygia - Valley of the Temples - Scala dei Turchi - Aeolian Islands - Aetna - Taormina - Noto - Vendicari - Archaeological Park in Syracuse - St. John’s Catacombs in Syracuse - Classical Play at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse