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