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  • Locations: Catania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Click here for a definition of this term AU Program Director(s): Giovanna Summerfield, Click here for a definition of this term Restricted to the Following Student Level(s): G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Restricted to the Following Majors: All Liberal Arts Majors Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.5, 3.0 (Graduates)
Applicant Requirement: Only AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

AU Liberal Arts - Exchange Program at
University of Catania in Italy


Google Map of Catania

AU College of Liberal Arts has established a student exchange program with its counterpart at University of Catania, which is comprised of scholars from different disciplines such as Classics, Philology, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Arts, Literature and Communication. Founded in 1434 on the coast of Sicily, the University is also a leading Euro-Med Center created by the Department of Political Studies to develop research on Euro-Med relations, comparative politics, and international relations. The University of Catania aims at offering students the possibility of growing from the human and scientific point of view. It is meant as a laboratory in which the ancient knowledge of the Mediterranean culture meets the new technologies in order to receive an original and advanced training in a hospitable and generous city, which has been for centuries the meeting point of relations between the East and the West.

For a visual insight, read The New York Times article about Catania and watch the Passione di Catania video feature!

For more information, visit the University of Catania website and International Students page.



Spring 2020

  • Start Date: 10 February 2020
  • End Date: 10 July 2020

Fall 2020:

  • Start Date: Sept 09 September 2020
  • End Date: Dec 18 December 2020

Spring 2021:

  • Start Date: 19 February 2021
  • End Date: 09 July 2021


Students are encouraged to take some courses in Italian language and culture before studying in Catania. Courses are offered in English and Italian. Intensive Italian courses tailored to foreign students are also offered on site. For information on courses, please contact Dr. Giovanna Summerfield (, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs,  in the College of Liberal Arts.

Previous courses approved for Auburn equivalents can be downloaded here: Catania.Courses.pdf. Please note that this list may not accurately reflect the available courses for the upcoming terms. Students should inquire about a current course list. 


Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student equal to 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students (based on their residency status). Students will be enrolled in the Auburn Exchange Course (UNIV 3000/6000) while abroad. Students will not pay tuition to the host university but may pay other fees and are also responsible for their meals, books, housing, and airfare. Auburn students will also pay for the International Emergency Travel Insurance for the duration of their program. Other costs on this program will vary:

  • Accommodation (average, cost will vary by accommodation type):  $970 (180 euros per month, in general)
  • Meals - with meal card issued by the University of Catania:  $1,250 (2.50 euros per meal)
  • Transportation - with bus card, student category:  $135 (25 euros per month)

Download a copy of the LA.Catania.Budget.pdf


Housing is in student dorms within walking distance from campus. Access to the university cafeteria is reserved exclusively to students in possession of a matriculation card or official documentation proving that they have matriculated at University of Catania. Lunch is served from noon to 2:30 pm and dinner is served from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, following the local time schedule. Service is suspended during winter holidays (usually 10 days), Easter (Sat, Sun and Mon) and during national holidays. Menu includes: two entrees (pasta, soup or rice AND meat), one side dish or salad, bread, fruit, and drink.


Catania, Italy

Founded by the people of Chalcidice in 729 B.C. on the bare lavic ground, Catania is know as “the black pearl of the Ionian sea” as the city rises in a wonderful strip of rocky coast, where the black Aetnean basaltic stone shapes a high and indented cliff.  It sits at the foot of the tallest and only active volcano of Europe, Mount Etna.  The volcano is 3,300 meters in height above the sea level.  Etna offers various attractions and tourist structures, such as a skiing system, a wonderful golf course and numerous hotels and high altitude shelters.   Along the 5 kms of tourist beach, there are 42 bathing establishments, 3 touristic resorts and 2 hotels as well as various accommodations and restaurant services.

Catania’s history is a long chronicle of domination by a succession of peoples and dynasties that followed one another from the VIII century BC to the recent past: Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevins Aragonese, Spanish, House of Savoy, Austrians, and Bourbons.
Catania2All of them shared in their appreciation of the beauty of this fertile land, once bathed by the waters of the river Amenano, they all coveted its strategic position and the warmth of its people. Drawing on their own rich cultures and through a continuous and fruitful intercultural exchange, they left indelible and original traces of their time in the architecture, the cuisine, the language, and the customs of the city and its citizens. Catania offers a weather and resources that make it appealing year around. It is a vibrant cultural city with art exhibitions, theatrical plays, musical performances for all tastes.

Amongst the most famous citizens of Catania, there are Vincenzo Bellini, one of the most illustrious exponents of the Italian melodrama, Nino Martoglio and Angelo Musco, playwright and actor respectively, and Giovanni Verga, the father of Italian realism (verismo). The College is housed in the Benedictine Monastery (1558) one of the largest in Europe. In the eighteenth century it was one of the most important cultural centers in the whole of Sicily, attracting many visitors who were amazed by the luxury and the pomp of the building. The city is served by a bustling port and airport, “Fontanarossa” the third airport, for traffic, in Italy.


Based in Catania, students will also have the opportunity to visit the cities of Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Enna (some are UNESCO world heritage sites, see Val di Noto in Siracusa, Piazza Armerina in Enna and Valle dei Templi in Agrigento) and rural and protected areas, marine reserves and other natural resources such as the volcano Etna and mountains/park Nebrodi. These excursions are at students’ own personal expense and time.

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If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • US Citizens with a valid passport traveling to Italy for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter Italy.
  • US Citizens staying longer than 90 days will need to obtain a student visa.
  • Non-US Citizens must check on visa requirements for visits of any duration in Italy.


This program is currently not accepting applications.