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Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy!

Embark on a transformative journey to Italy and delve into the rich tapestry of Sicilian culture with our immersive program. Led by the esteemed Professor Dawn Marie Hayes, this unique opportunity encompasses a comprehensive exploration of Sicily’s history, language and cuisine, offering a profound understanding of this captivating region. The Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy! opportunity is open to high school students that will be at least 16 years old by the program start date.

Dates and Costs

  • Travel Dates: July 19 – July 30, 2024
  • Program Cost: approximately $5,650. Cost includes 3-credit tuition, airfare, housing, meals, and excursions.
  • Application Deadline: Applications close on April 10, 2024.
  • Deposit Deadline: Accepted students will have up to 3 weeks from acceptance to submit a $500 deposit for the program.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn 3 undergraduate-level credits exploring the stunning beauty of Sicily, Italy.
  • Stay in Taormina, Sicily’s pearl, a wonderful place in which to learn while also benefiting from its resort-like Mediterranean setting.
  • Learn about Sicily’s culture with an emphasis on its history, language and cuisine.
  • Embark on a culinary adventure: unleash your inner chef and master the art of Mediterranean cooking.
  • Indulge in several excursions and study the fascinating architecture of St. John of the Hermits, Cappella Palatina, Palermo and Monreale Cathedrals, Taormina, Isola Bella, the Neapolis Archaeological Area and more!
  • Navigate the complexities of migration in the Mediterranean, a pivotal crisis unfolding at the crossroads of three continents.

Program Director

Dawn Hayes, PhD
Dawn Hayes, PhD is professor of Medieval History at Montclair State University, teaching widely on the European Middle Ages. She is the author of Body and Sacred Place in Medieval Europe, 1100- 1389, Roger II of Sicily: Family, Faith and Empire in the Medieval Mediterranean World, as well as many articles on medieval French and Italian history whose research she has presented both domestically and internationally.

In addition, she is the founding director of a National Endowment for the Humanities-supported digital effort, The Norman Sicily Project, whose aim is to use history, earth science and modern technologies to digitally conserve and call awareness to the neglected monuments of Sicily’s medieval past (c. 1060 – 1194). A Sicilian-American herself, she is a dual U.S./Italian citizen. Please visit her website for more about Dr. Hayes.


Montclair State University Pre-College
phone: 973-655-4243