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Jamie Weaver
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Program Overview

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Known as the Eternal City and the City of the Seven Hills, Rome is a virtual classroom in itself, rich in history and culture.

Students will take courses led by a Penn State faculty member in conjunction with IES Abroad in Rome.  IES Abroad is a study abroad organization that hosts incoming students from the United State in a variety of academic disciplines.  For this program, IES Abroad Rome will facilitate the teaching of two Architecture courses and affiliated site visits within Rome and to several other Italian cities.

The obvious success of Roman and Medieval architects in producing large clear span spaces, high domes and vaults, and other successful feats of structural engineering invites an investigation of their methods of structural analysis and design. These courses will explore what we know or can find out about this topic through investigation of artifacts and review of texts. Although the courses will require thoughtful reading, looking at buildings, and investigations, the material will be presented at an elementary level, requiring no more than a first semester of statics as preparation (EMech 11 or AE 210).

The program of study will include two organized field trips to a number of sites selected from the following:  Firenze, Venezia, Parma, Verona and/or Vicenza.

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Education Abroad Credits

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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students will register for 12 credits for this program. 

ARCH 499  Architectural Analysis (3 credits)

ARCH 499  Architecture Design Studio (4 credits)

A E 404 (3 credits)

For more detailed information about the program and course offerings, please visit the International Program in Architectural Engineering homepage. Students may not take sport activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, golf, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.  To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Second year AE student who has taken one year of Design Studio and EMch211.

Housing and Meals

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You will live in an apartment (arranged by the host institution) with other program participants. Apartments are typically located in the Prati neighborhood of Rome and are furnished with a kitchen and cooking supplies, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

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.

For More Information

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For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of the program, please contact Thomas Boothby, Professor of Engineering in Architectural Engineering, or schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for the program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

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
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

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.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019 01/22/2019 05/05/2019 06/21/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.