Note: This program is only available to students studying in the Architecture department; students must have prior approval of the Architecture department to apply
Known as the Eternal City and the City of the Seven Hills, Rome is a virtual classroom in itself, rich in history and culture. Visitors and students alike quickly recognize many of the artistic, historical, and cultural landmarks in this center of western culture: Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica; the Coliseum, Forum, and Arch of Constantine; the baths of Caracalla; the Catacombs; the Pantheon; Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. Museums and libraries abound throughout the city. Rome is also a city of churches. Architectural styles include early Christian basilicas, the beautiful Gothic church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and many important baroque monuments. The city has a long, rich, and varied history, dating back to the first millennium B.C. Tradition has it that Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 B.C., although fortified elevations on the Palatine Hill date back to a much earlier period. The city is the capital of not only the country, but also of Latium, a region of central Italy, and of the province of Rome itself. Economically, the city has become a center for tourism, banking, insurance, printing, publishing, and fashion.
Students will be taking courses at The Pantheon Institute, which is located in the two most revered piazzas in all of Rome, Piazza Navona and Piazza della Rotunda (Pantheon). Outside your doorstep you will find the magnificent Roman temple from which the Institute derives its name, as well as Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, Campo dei Fiori and more located within walking distance of the Pantheon Institute.It is fully equipped for architectural and other design studio operations.
This program offers a set curriculum of courses in architecture. Design, Urban Studies and Analysis courses are taught by the Pantheon Institute faculty with the assistance of Roman architects and local professors. A guest lecture series is part of each semesters offerings and has included world class practicing architects, historians, and specialists in related disciplines.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept ARCH Rome Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
All courses have been pre-accredited with Penn State course numbers. This program offers a pre-arranged list of courses in architecture and Italian language and culture (15 credits per semester). Field trips (to various locations around Italy) are built into the program.
No specific courses are required for admission to this program, but previous Italian language experience is recommended. Some classes may have prerequisites (see course descriptions at the program's website for details).
You will live in a student residence in Rome, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the (Fall, Spring) budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- Signature Documents
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/11/2018||04/30/2018|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/10/2019||04/26/2019|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed