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Syracuse (Sicily), Italy Course Registration Instructions
How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings
Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences courses presented to study abroad students on the MCAS Course Page. Please visit this page and choose the courses that meet your academic and personal interests then complete the attached Course Selection form. You will be pre-registered for your selections only when the attached complete is received by Arcadia. Be sure to return the form promptly as courses fill quickly and it may not be possible to change your selections later once courses are full.
- Credits – Most courses are worth 3 – 4 credits. You must take a minimum of 15 credits each semester.
- On the course selection form, you’ll notice that Italian language is listed first as this is a mandatory part of your academic program. Please fill in the Italian Language course you plan to take. Once you arrive in Italy, you will be given an Italian language placement test to confirm your level.
- All Arcadia students also participate in the 3 credit Sicily Core Course
- If you are an academic year student, be sure to fill out courses for both Fall and Spring semesters on this form.
Italian Language and Culture Courses
All the Italian Language and Culture courses at MCAS explicitly refer to the Common European Framework of Reference For Languages (CEF), which "provides a common basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks etc. across Europe. It describes in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn and to do in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively" (CEF 1.1).
The CEF also gives special emphasis to the description of the cultural context in which language is set. Thus, our Language and Culture courses are designed to provide instruction and assessment in not just language proficiency but cultural understanding as well. Our aim is to develop student’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of the Italian language and culture.
With the use of authentic resources (films, literature, audio recordings, the Internet, the press) and through some CLIL-based units (Content and Language Integrated Learning) our courses offer a survey on socio-cultural topics such as aspects of Italian geography, contemporary life in Italy, the arts and sciences, social customs and traditions. Our didactics also promotes students’ participation in the community and the development of intercultural skills through the conscious comparisons of Italian language and culture with their own.
You may view your course schedule below:
Making sure your credits will transfer back
It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course. You will formally register for courses during orientation in Italy at MCAS.
We suggest that you secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you require certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements.
For assistance with any part of the application process, call Chris Callas, your program manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email email@example.com.
Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.