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The Mediterranean sea is an area of recognized ecological importance especially for the unique biodiversity of its waters, the high number of endemic species and the presence of key areas for the reproduction of pelagic species. Although it covers only 0.7% of the worldwide marine surface area, the Mediterranean holds 9% of its biodiversity that, in recent decades, has seen an increase of anthropogenic pressure by the fishing industry, tourism, pollution and coastal development.
Italy, in the Mediterranean area, has the highest number of marine reserves and it was one of the first countries in the world to establish 27 marine reserves and two submerged parks. Among the various systems for the conservation of this beautiful sea, the establishment of marine-protected areas has proved to be the most effective system to cope with the changes of the marine ecosystems.
The College of Global Studies offers students an intense program in marine biology and conservation of marine ecosystem in collaboration with The Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio, a few kilometers south of Siracusa (Sicily) and the marine-protected area of Marettimo one of most beautiful Aegadian islands of west coast of Sicily. Marettimo, also known as "the great mountain," was the ancient Hierã, "Sacred Island" and also Ulysses' Ithaca. Marettimo is wonderfully unspoiled both in terms of its marine life and its rugged mountainous hinterland. Dramatic limestone cliffs plummet towards the cobalt-blue sea, endless panoramas abound, and mountain paths offer wonderful walking and exploring. It is an idea place to study the conservation of Marine Biodiversity.
Arcadia AdvantageUpon arrival, you will meet the Arcadia staff, participate in a comprehensive orientation, and move into your housing. All students enrolling in the Arcadia program in Syracuse will be expected to attend orientation. At this time, academic contracts are signed, expectations are established, basic cultural differences are explained, and practical matters such as internet access, cell phone service, banking, health and safety, rules of conduct, housing issues, and emergency contact information are discussed.
Application DeadlineSummer Term: March 31CreditsSummer Term: 6 credits
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