Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in English and Italian
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
  • Immersive Italian program
  • Jan-term program


  • 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Italian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

Dates & Fees

Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 2, 2019
Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 9, 2019
$5,780 (Language only) $6,300 (Language and Culture)


8 weeks prior to program start date
6 weeks prior to program start date
8 weeks prior to program start date
6 weeks prior to program start date

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

See below for a sample listing of available courses.


  • Elementary Italian 1
  • Elementary Italian
  • Intermediate Italian 1
  • Intermediate Italian 2
  • Advanced Italian 1
  • Advanced Italian 2
  • High Advanced Italian 1
  • High Advanced Italian 2
  • Superior Italian 1
  • Superior Italian 2


Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens (in English)

Class lectures explore the rich, diverse Mediterranean region by analyzing the similarities and differences amongst the many cultures represented. Focus is on the people, history, economics, languages and politics of the region as seen through the Italian perspective. Course topics include Reunification, World War II, the image and role of women, morality and the Church, the Mafia, and the delicate balance of multiculturalism in the South.

Students who enroll in the June session of this course participate in the Cinema Campus Taormina and Master Classes organized by the Taormina International Film Festival during the Festival in June. The festival has been an annual event since 1954 and draws an audience of internationally renowned film specialists. Film screenings are featured in the 2000+ Greek Theater just steps from campus. Students meet with film directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers. Earphones are provided for synchronous translation of the lectures, seminars and workshops. Along with participation in the Master Classes of the Festival the course includes daily class lectures and discussions with viewings of international films.

Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano: Detective Stories in Modern Sicily (in English or Italian)

By studying and appreciating the world of the author Andrea Camilleri and his literary creations, students are introduced to Italian (and more specifically Sicilian) culture, history and literature and the socio-historical circumstances of the time. Beginning with an exploration of the Italian giallo as a genre and the historical presence of detective fiction in the Italian literature this course then reviews Sicily’s contributions to the genre. An in-depth focus will be centered on the literary works of the Sicilian author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri with a specific focus on the Commissario Montalbano series. Through study of Camilleri’s detective novels students will develop an appreciation of the Sicilian culture and an understanding of the social function of detective fiction.

Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily (in English or Italian)

This course provides a background to the geology of the Mediterranean region, Sicily and the Eolian Islands and introduces and deepens knowledge of volcanology. Volcanism is a key component of the regional geology of Sicily and in the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Etna provides the fertile volcanic soil in which the Sicilian agriculture thrives. Orchards and vineyards flourish along the slopes of the volcano making the agriculture of Sicily unique and plentiful. Stromboli’s intensive eruptive bursts have earned it the nickname Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Seminar topics include: Plate tectonic and volcanic settings, origin of the magmas, type and styles of eruptions, volcanic products, the physical properties of magmas, and eruptive mechanisms as well as the myths and legends which historically are connected to the volcanoes of Sicily. On site lectures significantly extend learning and enhance understanding of the class lectures.

NOTE: An additional fee is required to cover the two excursions.

History of Mediterranean Civilizations: History of Sicily (in English or Italian)

This course presents a comprehensive overview of Sicilian history beginning with the prehistoric era through to present day. The course is built around lectures examining the history of Sicily and the influences of the many nations which have ruled the island which include the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. Lectures will be in class and on site.

Images of and from Italian Women in Cinema (in English or Italian)

Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played. This course examines the many facets of Italian women. Through cinema the historical roles of Italian women and the changing roles of present day Italian women are explored. Readings are in translation (English) and films will be viewed with English subtitles. Comparisons of feminist movements in other cultures will also be explored.

Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue? (in English or Italian)

The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive. This course provides an Interdisciplinary perspective examining the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact. The course examines its legendary origins paired with its historical past and current reality. Although the course focuses on the Sicilian Mafia, students will also examine the Calabrian Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra and “mafias” outside of Italy. Students will study diverse historical documents/interviews, and attend on-site lectures.

Many Manifestations of Italian Culture (combines language study and lectures in English)

This course is designed to introduce students to the Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Also included in the course is Italian Language study (20 hours) to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience. Cultural lectures and readings in English include topics such as the Geography and Unique Features of the Regions of Italy, Mythology and Legends, the Geology of Mt. Etna, the theater of Pirandello, the plays of Aeschylus, etc.

Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature (in English or Italian)

Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world renowned writers. Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature explores chronologically the literature produced by Sicilian authors representing the rich cultures which have influenced Sicily along with works written by renowned international authors who spent time in Sicily inspired by the island and its unique features. Authors include Pirandello, Verga, Quasimodo, Camilleri, Sciascia, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Vittorini, De Roberto, Capuana, Consolo, Bufalino and Fava.