Quick Info

  • Sicily, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Classics, English Literature
  • : May 3, 2019 - June 2, 2019
  • : $4,999 - In-State / $5,199 - Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Open to Non-Pitt Students, Open to students from all campuses and departments


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

This program fulfills the three foreign culture requirements.  CLASS 0100 fulfills the Literature requirement for A&S.  Courses may also count towards UCIS European Studies certificate.  

Greek Archaeology fulfills a requirement for the minor in Mediterranian Art and Archaeology.

This course introduces students to the archaeologist’s task of bringing lost societies back to light through the study of their physical remains and material culture. From the search by aristocrats and antiquarians for ancient sites known only in myth and legend, the practice of Archaeology has developed over the last 150 years into a rigorous academic discipline. By studying ancient Greek art, architecture, inscriptions, burials, and the many everyday objects that survive from antiquity, archaeologists are able to shine light on details of Greek society that are often totally inaccessible from the surviving literary and historiographical record: details of the ancient economy, for example, the political processes of individual city-states and their varying cults and religious rituals, as well as the everyday lives of ancient Greeks from all classes and backgrounds. For over a century, Classical Archaeologists have developed scientific methods of identifying, studying, documenting, and preserving cultural heritage sites throughout the Mediterranean, and we have pioneered a variety of digital approaches including 3D scanning and printing, GIS and text-image mapping. The course begins with examination of the archaeology of the Bronze Age (ca. 3000-11o B.C.) and presents a survey of the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods (1100-31 B.C.), as well as a history of the archaeological discipline itself from the nineteenth century to today. See the sample syllabus here.

Is there a pattern of human behavior? Would man pursue his extravagant projects if he foresaw the price he must pay for them? Personal vendetta or lawcourtjustice? Which limits must the state observe towards the individual and vice versa? These are central questions in early European literature. The course starts out with the conflict between King Agamemnon and his strongest warrior, Achilles, during the siege of Troy (Homer's Iliad), then moves on, via lyric poetry, to Aeschylus' quest for justice in the Oresteia. After next considering man's place in history (Thucydides), the course turns to the philosopher who confronts his community: Socrates, depicted by his student Plato (Apology, Crito, Phaedo). Plautus' popular comedy Menaechmi contrasts with Vergil's Aeneid (literature serving political authority). The Elegies of Propertius show the deserted lover as well as the individual suffering under the claim of the state.

Horace's Odes round out the readings from Roman authors. The masterpieces of Greek and Roman literature attract their readers not only by competently depicting the human situation, but also by their perfect form. Analyzing the fomwl element is a major objective of this introductory course. Students will acquire basic skills necessary for reading both ancient and later literatures, and will develop concepts helpful for clarifying and expressing their own outlook. Greek and Roman authors are read in English translations. 


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Carrie Weaver is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics with a secondary appointment in History of Art and Architecture. Her area of specialization is the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on funerary art and architecture, burial practices, and the analysis of human bone. She has excavated in Pompeii and Sicily, and analyzed human remains from Rome, Sicily, Turkey, and the UK. Her research bridges science and the humanities, drawing upon the methods of these disparate fields to reconstruct past population dynamics and cultural practices. This approach is evident in her book, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily (University Press of Florida, 2015). Her current book project, Marginalized Populations in the Ancient Greek World: The Bioarchaeology of the Other, draws upon literary, artistic, material, and biological evidence to shed new light on groups of individuals who were typically relegated to the periphery of Greek society, such as the disabled, deformed, and ethnically disparate.


Students will stay in shared accommodation for students in shared housing facilities within walking distance of the school.  Students will have access to cooking facilities at their accommodations.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,999 $5,199
Arrive in Siracusa Depart Siracusa
May 4, 2019 June 2, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for six Pitt credits
  • Survival Italian language lessons in country
  • Shared accommodations throughout the program
  • International travel health insurance throughout the dates of the program
  • Class related activities
  • Cultural activities
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Excursions to Catania and Mount Etna, Morgantina/Gela, and Selinunte/Segesta

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • International airfare to and from Sicily
  • Meals and personal expenses for the month in Sicily

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

While it would be helpful, no prior Italian language is necessary for this program.  Both courses will be taught in English. 

Please note: Program activities require extensive walking/hiking.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!