Sicily Applied Biotechnology Program
Based in Sicily, Italy, home to seven World Heritage sites and arguably the most culturally important destination in the Mediterranean, this program provides students with an opportunity to develop and conceptualize biotechnological protocol, which is then applied in a laboratory setting, to preserve vulnerable historic-artistic manufacts from the effects of "biodeterioration."
Mid-June through mid-July
Language of instruction
English. Italian language background is not required.
An orientation takes place in Cefalú, a small fishing town and summer resort located 40 miles from Palermo, during the first week of the program. Students will then travel to Palermo for the remainder of the program.
Students will enroll in either SCST 0860: Biotechnical Preservation of Antiquities or Biology 3366: Applications of Biotechnology to Historical Preservation for 3 credits. Students will explore biotechnology applied to the conservation of cultural assets in Sicily.
- Course load: one, 3-credit course
- Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28-days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement.
The program director, Dr. Gianfranco Bellipanni, assistant professor of instruction in biology, is originally from Cefalú, Italy.
Cefalú orientation period: modern bed and breakfast
Palermo: shared apartment or residence halls
Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.
Applying to the program
Application Deadline: February 15