Semester study abroad program in Sicily

Taormina is an ideal location to study abroad for a semester or yearlong program for the student who is interested in total immersion into the Italian culture and language. A quaint medieval city, Taormina’s charm captivates students as they find themselves welcomed into the everyday life of this vibrant community. Host families extend learning during relaxed dinner conversations during the traditional Sicilian meals provided.

In Taormina, students enrolled in semester study abroad programs are surrounded by architecture boasting Greek, Roman, Arabic, Byzantine, French and Spanish roots, simply meandering through Taormina’s winding, hilly streets uncovers a classroom of history. Semester study abroad students attend classes in a historical 19th century building where classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students. The exceptionally low teacher to student ratio provides individual attention to each student, accelerating Italian language acquisition and promoting lively discussion in Italian studies courses. International students from numerous countries enroll in the Center for Italian Studies classes enhancing student interaction in classrooms. Social activities abound in Taormina – night clubs, beaches, hiking, concerts, art exhibits are all available. Access to public transportation to take advantage of weekend travel is accessible from Taormina’s bus terminal or train station. The Fontanarossa Airport in Catania has daily flights to the major mainland cities in Italy along with flights to the major cities throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Study Abroad in Italy - Taormina, Sicily Semester Dates:
Spring 2018: Jan 21 to May 6 (15 wks) Jan 21 to April 22 (12 wks) Feb 26 to May 21 (12 wks)

Summer 2018: May 13 to Aug 26 (15 wks) June 3 to Aug 26 (12 wks) Fall 2018: Aug 5 to Nov 18 (15 wks) Aug 26 to Nov 18 (12 wks)
Spring 2019: Jan 20 to May 5 (15 wks) Jan 20 to April 14 (12 wks) Feb 24 to May 19 (12 wks)

Cost of Study Abroad Semester in Italy Program for 12 week program: 8,900 €uro (12 credits)

Cost of Study Abroad Semester in Italy Program for 15 week program: 10,700 €uro (15 credits)

Note: Airfare not included.

STUDY WITH A BUDDY DISCOUNT – Enroll with a friend and share a room and each receives a 1000 €uro Discount

Students may adjust start and end dates of semester programs to accommodate academic and athletic schedules at their home universities.

Requests should be made when filing application.

Application deadlines

Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: March 1
Fall Semester: July 1
Late applications accepted on a space available basis.



Study Abroad Semester Programs at the BABILONIA – Center for Italian Language and Culture include:

  • Roundtrip transportation from and to Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport
  • Host family single room accommodations with breakfast and dinner
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientation in Taormina
  • First day package (2 ring binder, notepad, pen)
  • Student discount card for local businesses
  • Two full day excursions (student can select any two in Babilonia program)
  • Optional additional full day excursions (extra fee)
  • Guided tour of Taormina
  • Textbooks
  • Free extra curricular activities (movies, seminars, social activities in Italian)
  • Free internet available on 4 PC’s (Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:00 at school)
  • Free wireless connection (Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:00 at school)
  • Minimum 2 language courses required

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