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Global Start in Sicily offers a unique range of courses developed by local experts. The program courses are an immersive academic experience for UC students, using the Mediterranean city of Sicily as the classroom. You will learn about the local culture with Italian language and culture courses, in addition to studies in psychology, migration, and climate change. Each class includes local excursions that allow you to explore this unique region of the world interactively.

Unique study opportunities

  • Small classes with embedded experiential learning opportunities, field trips, and projects.
  • Immerse in a lively Mediterranean city community.
  • Get a headstart in your intercultural competencies, develop global citizenship and leadership skills early in your academic career.


Language of instruction: English

Language study: Italian

Courses and Credit


To successfully complete this program:

  • Take two courses for a total of # quarter/# semester UC units.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass.


During the program, you'll take courses that fulfill general education requirements offered in a range of disciplines, including:

  • Sociology of Migration
  • General Psychology
  • Global Climate Change
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Italy: Culture, Identity, and Citizenship
  • Italian

You may take one Italian language course to fulfill the required credits.

Catalogs and resources

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

Classes are small, and the courses are designed for UC students. You'll attend the program with other UC students and potentially a small number of non-UC students from the US.

To ensure that students understand the class material, you will complete regular assignments, including presentations, analyses of literature, quizzes, and papers. The course material is intentionally interactive, and you will debate with other students and guest speakers. Site visits will provide additional opportunities to experience the course material in live settings.

The faculty members are experts in their fields with international teaching experience, and they reside locally in Sicily. 

Courses meet three times per week with occasional weekend excursions.

The Accent center in Sicily provides students on-site support with an academic orientation that outlines academic policy. Students will be given helpful advice to get the most out of the experience.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are usually available in September.