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Academic Program

The Sicily summer program offers a unique opportunity to begin or continue your Italian language study, while learning about the ancient and modern cultures of Italy. For this intensive language program, Italian classes will focus on the areas of grammar, writing, oral skills, reading and culture. There will be daily opportunities to use Italian in real-life situations, such as shopping at the market or attending a soccer game.

Language learning is paired with a thematic class, Sicily and the Mediterranean.  The course will immerse students in the heritage of Sicily, and the life of its people in the modern era. This class has been specially developed to help students understand the richness and complexity of Italian and Sicilian culture. Students will appreciate the interplay of ancient societies, which in turn will set the stage for an understanding of the role of Sicily in the Mediterranean today.

Sicily, ancient crossroads. From prehistory to the present day, explorers, traders, immigrants, and soldiers have crossed the Mediterranean in search of a new homeland, wealth and military power and advantage. Sicily, with its expanse of arable land and wealth in metals, was a strategic lynchpin in ancient society.

Each participant should consult with his or her campus contact to determine how the language and thematic credits will integrate with the home campus curriculum requirements before departure.

Registration and Credits

Students participating in this program will be registered at their home university in Oregon and will receive 12 home campus credits for the courses in the program. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor about their plans to study in the Sicily Summer program. Actual courses and credits are applied after completion of the program.

Academic Calendar

The program is planned to run from June 23 – July 31, 2014. A final schedule will be provided after the application deadline in March.

Campus Contacts

Click on the name of your University for contact information.

Eastern Oregon University

Janet Camp

Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850

(541) 962-340


Oregon Institute of Technology

Deanne Pandozzi

Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847


Oregon State University*

Craig Geffre or Sara Phillips

International Programs
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 290 or

(541) 737-6473 (Craig) or (541) 737-6476 (Sara)

Portland State University

Alyse Collins

International Affairs, East Hall 101
Portland, OR 97207

(503) 725-8256



Southern Oregon University

Mary Gardiner

International Programs
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6336


University of Oregon

Pending approval

Western Oregon University

Alaric Trousdale

Study Abroad &
International Exchanges
APS 501
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8493

* Also serves as the program Coordinator/Assistant.

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