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  • Locations: Reggio Calabria, Italy; Rome, Italy; Sicily, Italy; Tropea, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
1 semester
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Reggio Calabria Italy Language and Culture_view of Reggio and airport

Program Overview

Reggio Calabria is located on the eastern coast of the Strait of Messina. It is Calabria's most famous city, thanks to its glorious past and present cultural importance. The city was founded around 743 B.C., and throughout history its strategic position on the Ionian Sea has attracted the attention of the most powerful empires. At the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea, the city was occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Spaniards, and the French. All of these foreign contacts and influences have contributed enormously to the city's cultural heritage and forever shaped the mentality of its inhabitants.
student group in front of Agricento Temple
Completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1908, the city today is a splendid modern and elegant urban area with many educational and cultural opportunities for its inhabitants. The local music conservatory and opera house, Teatro Francesco Cilea, provides an opportunity to study and enjoy music. The local museum houses the Bronzi di Riace, two ancient Greek statues that were discovered by a scuba diver in 1972. These ancient, larger-than-life bronze statues were en route to an unknown destination when the ship that carried them sank off the coast of Riace 2,500 years ago. The Bronzi, restored by local experts, have attracted millions of visitors to the Museo Civico.

The city's mild climate and natural attractions make Reggio a popular destination for tourists all year round. The road along its seafront, Via Marina, was described by Gabriele d'Annunzio, one of Italy's most famous poets, as the most beautiful kilometer in the country. From here, visitors can enjoy the wonderful view of the Strait of Messina; the island of Sicily; and Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe.

The Via Marina is the center of the city's social life. At night the area offers a variety of activities -- such as concerts, art exhibits, and fashion shows -- and many famous restaurants feature local culinary specialties.

Classes will be held at the Universita' degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria - Facolta' di Ingegneria. The courses will include field-study excursions to the main cities and cultural centers in Calabria and Sicily.

This year, the program will begin in the city of Catania, one of the most interesting cities in Sicily.  While based in Catania, students will participate in day trips to Taormina, Siracusa, Piazza Armerina and Agrigento.  An excursion to the top of Mount Etna will conclude the island exploration.    The program will continue in the city of Reggio Calabria and will end with a short visit to the Eternal City and present day capital of Rome!


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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 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.

Reggio Calabria hillside houses along the waterfront

All the students will register for IT 299: Italian Culture (3 credits). Each student must also choose one of the Italian language courses listed below.

Italian language courses: 

IT 002  Elementary Italian II (4 credits) (prerequisite IT 001)

Grammar and reading continued; oral and aural phrases progressively increased; composition.

IT 003  Intermediate Italian (4 credits) 

Intermediate grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.

IT 399  Advanced Italian (3 credits)

Advanced grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Completion of Italian 001 prior to this summer program

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in apartments for the majority of their stay in Reggio. On field trips, students will stay in hotels. Students will be responsible for their 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

BronziFor 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

For more information regarding this program, please contact Michael Edwards or Carla Cornette, the faculty leaders for this program. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this 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, 2018

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 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/08/2018 06/19/2018
NOTE: Start date indicates the date students must arrive in Catania, Sicily.

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