Exploring Ancient Sicily at Palike



Program Description

Catania serves as the base for the program, which introduces students to the concepts of archaeological field research and introductory and advanced drawing and gives them hands-on practical experience at the site of Rocchicella di Mineo, ancient Palikè, and the most important sanctuary of Sicily’s indigenous Sikel people. Students will travel as a group to several other important sites and have weekend opportunities to explore the island on their own.

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 March 18, 2024 May 12, 2024 June 16, 2024


Information Sheet

Open to All academic disciplines
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate and Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Art History, Archaeology, & Drawing
Sponsoring College College of Arts and Letters


Program Course Offerings:

  • ARH 2952 or ARH 4957 Art History Study Abroad (3 credits) 
  • ART 4905 Art History Directed Independent Study (3-4 credits)
  • ART 4906C Directed Independent Study in Art (3-4 credits) 
  • ARH 1300  Drawing Foundations (3 credits)
  • ART 4311C RI: Advanced Drawing - (3 credits)
  • ARH 6913 Directed Independent Study - program course listing for graduate students (3-4 credits) Required for graduate students participating on the program for the first time

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students participating on the program for the first time must take at least 6 credits. Students returning to participate for a second time may take  4 credits.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing for undergraduate students
  • 1st year for graduate students
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information


In-country Program Faculty Leaders: Brian McConnell and Corey Lamb

Education Abroad Contact: Stephanie Pack

College of Arts & Letters Coordinator

Dr. McConnell email:

Phone number: 561-297-4827

Professor Lamb email:



Travel Documentation

*Important notice* Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S.

Students that are not citizens of the United States may have to apply for an Italian visa. Please note that the Italian Consulate in Miami requires that applications for the visa be made no later than 180 days prior to travel. It is advisable that those needing visas apply for an appointment even earlier than that. 


Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily's coast. The city's wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell'Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.


Students will stay in a hotel that is centrally located in Catania. 



Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$4,370.00 + tuition for the summer courses associated/required for the program

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:      $2,100.00 due no later than March 24
2ND PAYMENT:     $2,270.00 due no later than March 24

Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email prior to deadlines. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • Transportation to and from the dig site
  • Dig site supplies 
  • Most meals
  • Activities and museum visits 
  • Guest lectures

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Personal spending money

Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

All students must attend pre-departure sessions prior to study abroad. Education Abroad and your program faculty leaders will provide you with further details pertaining to dates, times, and location in the semester before your program. 

1) Mandatory pre-departure orientation hosted by the Education Abroad office. This session will cover general international travel related topics such as health, safety, insurance, and travel tips. 

2) Mandatory pre-departure meeting hosted by program faculty leader. This session will cover program and location specific information such as arrival, expectations, itinerary, and course overview.

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.