Summer: Rutgers- Sicily, Malta and the Mediterranean World

Sicily, Italy | All, Malta

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
May 27, 2020
Jun 22, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
First Year
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

This four-week, 6-credit field experience in Sicily and Malta, explores the islands' rich history of encounters and exchanges throughout millennia.

During this four-week, 6 credit course students will take part in a field experience in the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Malta that focuses on the islands’ rich history of encounters and exchanges throughout millennia. Experience the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Malta from their prehistoric past to their modern history. Visit ancient Greek and prehistoric temples, discover the dungeons of the Inquisition, walk around the fortresses of the Knights Hospitaller, and learn about the roots of current policy challenges and the experiences of refugees on both islands

Malta Mediterranean

Program Location

Malta Mediterranean


The Maltese archipelago is located at the center of the Mediterranean Sea and it consists of three Islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. It is a member of the European Union, and its official languages are Maltese and English, and Italian is also widely spoken. Its capital, Valletta, is a World Heritage City, and it was selected European Capital of Culture in 2018. Malta has some of the oldest megalithic temples in the world, beautiful Baroque architecture, forts, palaces, and cathedrals, quaint narrow streets, museums, and fishing villages.

sicily ruins



Located south of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island, and one of the autonomous communities of Italy. Palermo, its capital, boasts of more than eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its Greek temples and theaters, Arab fortresses, Norman Palaces, and Baroque churches make Sicily a truly Mediterranean gem.


The credits can count toward degrees in History or Ancient and Medieval Civilizations at Rutgers Newark, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor.

  • Students will learn about the history and culture of Malta and Sicily through daily visits to historical sites, museums, and other places of interest. 
  • Students will also have the opportunity to engage with contemporary issues facing social and political identities, immigration and integration, economy, etc. in Malta, Sicily, and the Mediterranean through lectures by experts and visits to an NGO working with refugees in the Mediterranean. 
  • Students will be evaluated through site presentations and reports, and an exam. 

This program also includes an optional internship component. Students who wish to do the internship may earn an additional 3 credits in History from Rutgers-Newark, for a total of 9 credits when done in conjunction with the course. The internship is geared towards work with refugees and migrants in Malta and the Mediterranean. Please contact the program’s director (Mayte Green-Mercado, for more on this possible opportunity. 

Internship dates: June 23rd - July 1st.

Academic Calendar


Late May


Housing and Meals

In Sicily we will be doing a tour of the island and will be staying at hotels. We will be transported by bus daily to the different sites. Some meals will be provided, including daily breakfasts.

Students will live at the Malta Student Residence, in the town of Lija, and will be transported by bus daily to the sites. The University Residence has facilities such as a kitchenette and laundry, internet access, a swimming pool, and various common areas. Some meals are provided. Students will enjoy a welcome and farewell dinner as a group (which are included in the program costs) but are responsible for other meals and their flights to and from the United States to Malta.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate (6 credits) $4,800 $5,370
Undergraduate + Internship (9 credits) $5,930 $6,790
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some Meals
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $250
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $700
Total $2,350.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leader

Mayte Green mercado

Dr. Mayte Green-Mercado is an Assistant Professor of Islamic History at Rutgers University—Newark, specializing in medieval and early modern Mediterranean, Islamic, and Spanish history. Her research focuses on religious minorities in Spain and the Mediterranean, and the entangled relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. She has previously directed a study abroad program in Granada, Spain.

Gary Farney

Prof. Gary Farney is a specialist in Roman history and archaeology, focusing on ancient group identities. He has operated several study abroad programs at Rutgers since 2005, including a program to Greece for 6 summers and an archaeological field program in Italy for 8 summers. In 2019 he collaborated with Prof. Green-Mercado and the Rutgers Newark Honors College for a summer program to Malta, a predecessor to the current Sicily-Malta program.