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This course offers the opportunity for students to obtain a fundamental understanding of the relationship between humans, their environment, and the role interdisciplinary scientific research plays in not only the understanding of our past, but using this knowledge to plan for a sustainable future.
Join us in Southern Italy to investigate the environmental and social-political implications of climate change in a hands-on, experiential way. The last week of class, we will take part in an archaelogical dig to see what we can discover!
Modern day Sicily offers direct linkages to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, and African cultures. Sicily contains a higher concentration of Greek temples than Greece itself. Students will visit and learn from well-preserved ancient temples, Bronze to Iron Age hilltop settlements, modern museums, and distinct Mediterranean environments.
Dr. Chad Heinzel, Assistant Professor
Department: Earth Science
Campus Address: LAT 116 0335
Students will visit historic Greek, Phoenician, and indigenous cultural and environmental centers while living amongst the Mediterranean's "melting pot," Sicily.
Students will experience a number of excusions including:
Lipari and Volcano
Indigenous (Pre-colonial) sites:
Accommodation & Meals
Students will most likely stay in dormitory style housing. Students will shop in local outdoor markets with the professor and prepare most of their meals. Students will eat out on occasion for variety and experience of local cultures. Housing accommodations will be paid for by students before departure. Most meal expenses will be paid abroad.
The total estimated cost for this program is $3,500-$4,500.
- Round-trip airfare
- UNI Tuition and Fees for 3-credits
- Housing while abroad
- Transportation while abroad
- Group meals
- Cultural activities
- Personal Expenses
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), the $65 application fee, and the study abroad administration fee to participate.
Tales From Abroad
"I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to visit this particular site in Sicily. Seeing the temple and amphitheater was a unique experience. It is incredible to me that buildings 2,500 years old can still be seen in this state of preservation. Being able to visit Segesta, see this archaeological site, learn about the Elymian people, and experience this aspect of Sicilian culture is a memory I will cherish forever."
Nick Bossart, Summer 2011