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Program Description
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 Quick Facts

  • May 30- June 27, 2020 
  • Spend four weeks in the Sicilian seaside town of Siracusa. Activities and field trips will mostly be related to Italian cuisine, and the history of volcanic activity/earthquakes in the region. 
  • Excellent program for science majors: Science and Society credit for the Italian food and culture class; SG with global studies or upper-division science elective for SESE Majors!
  • Besides tuition, accommodation, health insurance, and many group meals, price Includes excursions/activites such as:
    • Mount Etna
    • Multi-night trip to Aeolian Islands
    • The city of Noto
    • The food cooperative Nuova Terra
    • Italian cooking lessons
    • Ortigia market with a chef
    • Lecturers by an earthquake specialist and a nutritionist
    • Alcantara Gorges and Circumetnea towns. 

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

The Natural Disasters and Italian Language & Culture in Sicily Summer Program is a 4-week session designed to give participants an opportunity to spend the summer in rich historical and cultural surroundings while studying geology and Italian food and culture. Students will learn through experiential opportunities. For example, a weekend visit to the Aeolian islands of Stromboli and Vulcano; a day trip to Catania where students will visit the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), and the 16th century Benedictine Monastery which was modified by two natural disasters, the 1669 Etna eruption and the 1693 earthquake; an excursion to Mt. Etna, and a visit to several villages which were greatly impacted by the volcano’s activities during the last thousands of years. Through these experiential learning excursions, students will gain perspectives across disciplinary boundaries and gain an appreciation for the integration of science and humanities.

Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education.

More Details:
Syracuse Academy Website



Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher.


Students must take a combination of courses (one Geology course and one Italian course) to total 6 credits. 

GLG 110: Dangerous World  (3 credits) (SG)*
GLG 394: Geologic Hazards of the Mediterranean (3 credits) 
ITA 350: Food and Culture: The Mediterranean Lifestyle in Italy (3 credits)**

 Honors credit is available.

* In order to fulfill the SG requirement, students must take the lab (GLG 111) when they return to campus or through the online offering. 
**Fulfills Science and Society requirement.

Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to Italian course offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program.  This course is designed for non-speakers to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer.  Please note that enrollment in this course is entirely separate from the study abroad program.

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Faculty Directors

Chiara Dal Martello, Ph.D. 
Principal Lecturer, Italian 
School of International Letters and Cultures
LL 405A
Phone: (480) 965-6281

Amanda Clarke, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor 
School of Earth and Space Exploration
ISTB4 767
Phone: (480) 965-6590

Chiara dal Martello
Chiara dal Martello

Amanda Clarke
Amanda Clarke


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Program Housing

Students stay in apartment buildings where they share a two or three-bedroom apartment with 3-5 other students. Each bedroom usually houses 1-2 students. Each apartment has a kitchen, 1-2 bathrooms depending on the size of the apartment, and Wi-Fi and air conditioning is included. Laundry facilities are also usually available in each apartment or in the apartment building. Meals are not included in the program fee, but students can easily buy food at the supermarket and farmers’ market, which are both within walking distance, and prepare their own meals. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from within walking distance.

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Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.In the Natural Disasters and Culinary Culture Program, excursions will require a large amount of walking, including hiking. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities. In the Natural Disasters and Culinary Culture Program, travelers with mobility issues may encounter difficulties due to narrow, cobbled streets. Many sidewalks lack ramps, and some streets lack sidewalks altogether or feature stairs and narrow pedestrian bridges. Many hotels and attractions do not have ramps, elevators, or handicap-accessible bathrooms. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,665.

Program Fee includes: tuition for 6 ASU credits, all housing; airport transfers from Catania - Fontanarossa Airport to Syracuse and from Syracuse to Catania, local transportation; cultural and geological excursions, computer/internet access, Wifi, air conditioning, and a few meals. Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/03/2020
Rolling Admission 05/30/2020 06/27/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.