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High school vacation week

Study abroad programs in Italy - High School and AP Prep Programs


High School Vacation Week

Babilonia - Center for Italian Language and Culture's location in Taormina, Sicily, the Pearl of the Mediterranean, is an ideal setting for high school students to study abroad in Italy and advance their Italian language proficiency. Taormina is safe, compact, and overflowing with Sicilian hospitality.


High school students live with host families and enjoy breakfast and dinner with the families. Our host families are carefully selected and many of the families have been hosting Babilonia students for many years, enthusiastically sharing their Italian culture with the students. Dinner time conversations are lively and provide additional language and culture exposure for the student.


A maximum of 10 students in each language class accelerates language acquisition and allows teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness.  Between classes, students mingle in the gardens completing assignments and socializing with the international students who enroll at Babilonia to study.


Lunches of traditional Sicilian food, always fresh, healthy and tasty, are provided Monday to Friday by the Babilonia cafeteria. Students order a salad, panini or dish of the day (piatto del giorno) and the lunch is prepared fresh to each student's specifications.


We invite teachers in U.S. High Schools to encourage their students to join our High School Vacation Week in Sicily. Groups accompanied by teachers are also always welcome!


High School Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy Vacation Week Program Dates for 2015
February 7th          February 28th           March 14th      March 28th       April 11th           April 25th
February 14th        March 7th                  March 21st      April 4th            April 18th           May 2nd

Cost of High School Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy Vacation Week Program
1290 Euro

Study with a Buddy Discount:
Enroll with a friend and share a room and each student gets a 100 Euro discount 

High School Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy Vacation Week Program includes

  • Airport pickup and return to Catania's Fontanarossa Airport
  • Pre-departure orientation (via Skype)
  • Orientation in Taormina
  • Host family accommodations with single room (7 nights)
  • Daily breakfast and dinner with host family
  • Daily lunch Mon-Fri at Babilonia café (choice of Panini, salad or daily special; water or soda; dessert)
  • One week Italian language immersion course (maximum 10 students per class)
  • Afternoon small group or individual diagnostic tutoring sessions (one hour Mon-Fri)
  • First Day Package (totebag, notebook, 2 ring binder, discount card for local businesses, pen)
  • Free wireless internet at Babilonia during school hours
  • Free use of Babilonia PC’s during school hours
  • Guided Historical Walking Tour of Taormina
  • Seminar in Italian culture, history, literature or art
  • Italian film social
  • Social activity
  • Saturday full day excursion (varies according to week enrolled)
  • Final certificate from Babilonia

Airfare not included

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Syllabi for programs are available for faculty members to review prior to approval of academic credits for study abroad in Sicily courses.
Students may directly transfer credits into their home university or earn US university credits through Auburn University.



For more specific details on study abroad programs, please contact:

Donnamarie Kelly Pignone

Kelly Pignone

U.S. Academic Advisor

tel/fax: (+1) 603-894-5552
Cell (+1) 978-828-3228


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