Study in a 17th Century Palazzo close to the ancient city’s sea walls

The Arcadia Sicily Center is a superb resource for students studying in Siracusa, Sicily, an island off the tip of the boot that is Italy. Our staff and faculty will show you ways to explore the diversity of Sicily, an island that has been at the epicenter of the Mediterranean world since classical times. They also offer one-to-one academic support and student services, health and safety support and administrative assistance to make your stay in Sicily as productive, hassle-free and fun as possible.

Our center is located in the restored 17th century Palazzo Ardizzone, just 100 feet from the ancient city walls of Siracusa and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a legally established international institute of higher education (it has been awarded regional accreditation as an Institute of Formation by the Assessorato alla Formazione e Lavoro), which offers a wide range of core undergraduate U.S. credit courses in the liberal arts.

  • Committed staff and faculty – All classes at the center are taught in English (with the exception of the Italian Language programs) by an international faculty. The center's surroundings are a resource in themselves, and a number of the courses involve high fieldwork components. Classes are frequently held in and around the city at various sites.
  • On-site facilities – This historic building, which includes three floors and a traditional central courtyard, houses large classrooms, a library, photography lab, art studio, and the student lounge, as well as a computer lab and multimedia room with audio and video facilities.
  • Learning beyond the classroom – Activities facilitated by our staff are linked to coursework and the local communities — volunteering, service learning, cultural engagement, community service, excursions and more.
  • Keeping in touch – We are contactable 24/7 and like to keep in-touch with our students on social media through our blog and online channels such Facebook groups, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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