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  • Locations: Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy;
  • Program Terms: Spring 2
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Community Development and Environmental Planning 
Sicily, Italy

June 10 - 20, 2020

Program Description: This program is an eleven-day field experience in the Simeto Valley, Province of Catania (Sicily, Italy). Students will study and directly contribute to the efforts of local officials and community organizations to promote a regional development plan inspired by the values of social solidarity and environmental sustainability.

Over the past years, towns in the Simeto River Valley have worked to develop the “Simeto River Agreement,” a shared document that identifies a set of rules and regulations to be considered in future planning and design processes that affect local communities. Today, ten municipalities in the Simeto Valley (Paternò, Adrano, Biancavilla, Santa Maria di Licodia, Belpasso, Centuripe, Motta S. Anastasia, Ragalna, Regalbuto and Nicolosi) have already signed this formal document. The “Agreement” has identified Urban Regeneration as one of the top 4 priorities to promote a model of development for the Simeto bio-region inspired by social solidarity and landscape ecology. Within the broad framework offered by the “Simeto River Agreement,” the workshop provides an opportunity to learn about Urban Regeneration breaking the limits of financial rationality, linking economic sustainability issues with socio-cultural and eco-environmental dimensions. These ten municipalities, in collaboration with a network of grassroots and non-profit organizations in the Simeto River Valley, will sponsor the University of Memphis study abroad trip.

Students involved in the study abroad will have the opportunity to work on urban regeneration proposals for each of the ten municipalities sponsoring the event. Students will work in groups, and each group will produce a proposal, which is going to be presented at the end of the workshop to public officials, local leaders, and community members.

Photos 2017 Program: Sicily 2017 Photos.pdf

Program Fee
(subject to change)
Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include

UofM Students

  • $350 application fee (U of M Students); $500 application fee (Non-UofM Students)
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Inland transport
  • UofM Continuing Education Credit $225 (Non-UofM Students Only)
  • UofM Tuition for 3 credit hours/ Spring 2 term 
  • Non-UofM Students - Tuition for 3 credit hours / Spring 2 term
  • Roundtrip Airfare (Approx. $1,600)
  • Personal expenses and Incidentals
  • International Medical insurance

Non-UofM Students


*We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.

Course Information: The Collaborative Planning Studio enables participating students to develop creative design solutions for problematic issues that local communities confront in rural and urban environments. The studio will approach problems identified by community leaders with an interdisciplinary method by inviting planning, architecture, and anthropology students to think across disciplinary boundaries and define innovative solutions by interweaving different bases of knowledge. U of M students will earn 3 credit hours for ANTH 4990/6990 or PLAN 6810 - Community Development and Environmental Planning in Sicily. Non- U of M participants will receive 3 credits for Continuing Professional Education or enroll into the course to receive 3 credit hours. This is a Spring 2 term course. 

Faculty Leader: Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington


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