SCIE CENTER Excellence in teaching

Why study at SCIE?

SICILY is a crossroads of civilisations and a melting-pot of cultures, with fascinating links all around the Mediterranean and Europe.

SIRACUSA exists suspended between the past and the present. Its historic center, Ortigia, is an island within the island, with stunning baroque architecture, winding lanes with churches and squares, and wonderful sea-views.

CULTURE in Sicily means archaeology, art and architecture, many examples of which are on Unesco’s World Heritage List. It means great literature and tales of the Grand Tour, cinema, music, traditional culture and food.

CLASSICS come to life in Sicily, the heart of Magna Graecia, and Siracusa was the most important of the Greek cities.

CONSERVATION of Sicily’s natural landscapes from volcanoes to canyons, from woods to farmland, sandy beaches to steep cliffs is important to us.

CUISINE represents Sicilian excellence. Ingredients must be fresh and local, preferably homegrown and organic. Sicilian food is healthy and convivial.

INTERNATIONAL visitors of all ages and all nationalities who want to explore Sicily are welcomed.

ITALIAN is the language of Dante, Manzoni and Montalbano, of music, of romance, of poetry.

INNOVATIVE technologies are applied to traditional academic disciplines, such as digital archaeology.

INSPIRATIONAL and life-changing for many former students, our programs are designed to offer the best of Sicily, accompanied by our enthusiastic team.

EDUCATION  is our strength. Over a decade of working with undergraduate students has given us the  experience we now wants to offer to a wider public.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING is the hallmark of our courses. Sicily is an enormous open-air lab for many areas; art and archaeology, religious studies, creative writing, the environment, marine biology, volcanology, sustainability, agriculture and cooking and more.

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY principles will be applied; where possible public transport will be preferred over private, teaching will largely use on-line methods, saving on paper consumption. Recycling and energy-saving behavior will be encouraged.

Some words about SCIE CENTER...

Founded in 2015

by a group of colleagues who had worked since 2002 on undergraduate study-abroad programs at MCAS, Siracusa, then at Arcadia University in Sicily. They decided to use their experience and enthusiasm for international education to continue to organise undergraduate programs , but also to widen their horizons to graduate courses and summer schools, and workshops and study vacations, also for people no longer in higher education. SCIE offers opportunities for custom-programs that are designed in close collaboration with the visiting university and leading faculty-member, and specialised courses for a wider audience. All our courses can be tailor-made to fit every need.

Enthusiasm, dedication and passion are the hallmarks of the SCIE team. Both academically and non, no effort is spared to help students acclimatise to the local environment, making sure they get the most out of their experience. 24-hour support ensures every emergency can be handled rapidly and effectively.


Deliver high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual and personal development, and build understanding in an international environment.

  • 1Student access, learning, and development through a stimulating, interdisciplinary, and learner-centered research environment;
  • 2Continuing education programs adapted to personal enrichment, professional upgrading, and advancement interests and needs of adults;
  • 3Research to promote civic culture and the arts and sciences, and to work for sustainable communities through the generation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge across all academic disciplines;
  • 4Partnerships to build significant SCIE Center-community collaborations through sound scholarly and artistic activities;
  • 5Availability to local communities and public agencies of the expertise of the SCIE Center in ways that are consistent with its teaching and research functions and contributions to social, intellectual, and economic development;
  • 6The trustees, faculty, staff and students of the Sicily Center for International Education are dedicated to accomplishing this mission, to which they pledge their individual and collective efforts, determined that the Center shall play an important role in the personal and intellectual development of students and contribute to local and international understanding.


Susi Kimbell

Programs Coordinator, Professor of Art History
Studied History of Art and Italian Language and Literature (M.A.), and specialised in Painting Conservation (M.A.). Since 2002, she has been teaching history of art, first at MCAS, then at Arcadia University in Sicily, designing courses with a specifically Sicilian focus, such as Sea of Faith, on cross-cultural influences in art and architecture of the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, Uses and Abuses of Antiquity, on the classical tradition in art and architecture, and Baroque Art and Architecture in Sicily. For the last 5 years she has taught the mandatory Arcadia core course on Sicilian culture, and has been Student Life coordinator since 2013, organising extra-curricular and cultural activities for students at Arcadia, and building links into the community through the volunteer work program. She is also a cellist in various local musical formations.

Franca Lupo

Office Manager
was born in Orvieto, Italy. She studied literature at the University of Catania and is fluent in English. Franca worked as lecturer at the University of Ontario, Canada and as Guest Assistant at Enfap in Siracusa before joining Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences as Student Service coordinator for LINGUAVIVA programs in 2005, then as office administrator at MCAS working with API and SAI two study abroad agencies in the USA. From 2012/2015 she held the position of Office Manager at Arcadia University in Siracusa. Her expertise in traditional Sicilian home-made pasta has earned her the title `` La Signora dei Lolli `` , `` The Lady of the Lolli ``.

Paola Moroni

Italian & Culture Courses Coordinator, Professor of Italian
has a B.A. in
Modern Language and Literature from the University of Bologna with a focus on English and German Language and Literature. She also has an M.A. From the University of Venice in Advance Planning and Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners. She has a Ditals Diploma from the University of Siena in Teaching Italian to Foreign University Students. She worked as the Italian Language instructor first with Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences , then at Arcadia University in Sicily, but also for the award-winning Linguaviva Language school, teaching Italian language and culture. She has also taught language and literature for local high schools.

Alexia Massa Gallucci

Course coordinator for Marine Biology and Environmental Science, Lecturer in Marine Biology
Biologist with extensive experience in research, applied fieldwork, analysis and writing in both freshwater and marine biology and biodiversity. She has published scientific papers on these fields in international pier reviewed journals. She completed her undergraduate study in the University of Naples and obtained a PhD in Fisheries Biology in Ireland at University College Dublin for research on the management and conservation of wild fish populations. She pursued post-doc research projects in a variety of subjects from conservation biology through environmental sustainability to impact of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity. She has worked in a number of European countries most recently in Italy at the Stazione Zoologica 'Anton Dohrn'. She is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish. Dr. Massa Gallucci has extensive teaching experience including the 'Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea' course for Arcadia in Ortigia. Her passion for conservation biology has recently lead her to explore a new project on Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability.


Heather L. Reid

Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She has published numerous books and articles in ancient philosophy, philosophy of sport, and Olympic Studies. She has also been invited to lecture on these topics in Beijing, London, Rome, Seoul, and at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece. She is past president (2005-2007) and recipient of the distinguished service (2009) and distinguished scholar (2015) awards of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. She serves on the boards of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, The International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Physical Culture and Sport Studies and Research, and Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. Her monographs include Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport (2012) Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue (2011), and The Philosophical Athlete (2002). She is also co-author ofThe Olympics and Philosophy (2012), Aretism: An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World(2011), and Filosofia dello Sport (2011). In 2014 she was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew Mellon Foundation Rome Prize in Ancient Studies to study the use of sport as moral education in ancient Rome.

Davide Tanasi

(Ph.D.), Academic Programs Coordinator, Professor of Archaeology
Classicist and Archaeologist specialised in Mediterranean prehistory, island archaeology, archaeometry of ancient ceramics, computer graphics in archaeology, and virtualisation and democratisation of archaeological heritage. He has written numerous scientific papers in these fields. His publications include: Site, artefacts, landscape: prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Malta (Polimetrica 2011), The late prehistory of Malta: essays on Borġ in-Nadur and other sites(Archaeopress 2015), Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Challenging Digital Archaeology (De Gruyter 2015). He is editor of the international scientific journal Open Archaeology (De Gruyter), and since 2012 he has been directing the Field School in Archaeology of Arcadia University in Sicily at the Catacombs of Santa Lucia in Siracusa. He has designed and published on virtual reconstructions of urban landscapes and ancient monuments of Sicily, Crete and Malta , and co-produced as scriptwriter, scientific consultant and assistant director, several documentaries in 3D computer animation, among which the multi-award winning film about Greek Siracusa (Siracusa 3D Reborn, 2013) and Roman Pompei (Pompei 3D, A buried Story, 2015).

Alberto Corbino

has been working for some 20 years to understand how the theories of sustainable development could be turned into practice, thus gaining great experience in the co-existence of legitimate and illegitimate systems of government and economies. He has transformed this experience into training processes for students of any level: in his vision, learning and understanding are essential to change. In 2004 he completed an executive program in Innovation in Governance at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MA; in 2000 he received a Ph.D from the University of Padua after graduating in Political Sciences at University of Naples – Federico II. In 1998 he worked at the European Commission in Bruxelles as coordinator of IMPEL – European Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law. In 1999 he co-founded the Campania regional branch of the NGO Mani Tese (fighting the imbalances between North and South of the world). Since April 2015 he directs the Università della Cucina Mediterranea, a vocational training and research centre based in Sorrento, Italy. He has volunteered for Banca Popolare Etica for the social assessment of projects. He recently founded the Cariello Cobino Foundation to support women's projects for women and children concerning human rights, education, health, culture, art and sustainable development.

Rosa Motta

Professor of Classical Studies and Art History
Classical archaeologist educated in Italy and the US (Ph.D. University of Virginia) and currently a professor of Classical Studies and Art History at Christopher Newport University, where she teaches Greek Art and Archaeology, Roman Art and Archaeology, Survey of World Art I and Art of the Roman Frontiers, in addition to different levels of Latin language course. Her research interests are in Greek and Roman coins, in particular the reciprocal feedback between the culturally specific iconography of coins and identity construction; the interactions between the dominant/élite and non-élite beliefs and identities that shaped the Roman provincial art and architecture; late Roman art and archaeology; and early Christian art, especially the transition between Late Roman and Christian iconography. She is a fellow of the Albright Institute of Jerusalem.

Palazzo Francica Nava

The prestigious 15th-century Palazzo Francica Nava, home to the SCIE Center, is perfect for cultural activities and specialist conferences.

Volunteer Work

SCIE organizes opportunities to take part in volunteer work; serving in the local soup kitchen, cleaning beaches or working with local associations to promote historical heritage, are moments to meet people, to become part of and contribute to the local community.

Social and Cultural Events

SCIE organizes moments for socialising with the local community – English Conversation afternoons with tea and biscuits, dance evenings with local high-school students, sports events – and we keep students informed as to the local festivals, concerts and cultural events they can take part in. We can also hold small exhibitions and organize conferences for up to 60 people and we can host small-scale musical events.


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