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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
School of International Affairs, Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Communications, Economics, Education, Film Studies, History, Human Development and Family Studies, International Business, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Visual Arts
Program Description:
The Colosseum at night

Program Overview     


*International students who are interested in studying in Italy during the summer semester should contact the Education Abroad Adviser for Italy concerning immigration processes for international students.

This program offers unpaid summer internships in Rome in a wide variety of areas (recent placements have included internships in art, art history, humanities, business, marketing, accounting, community service, international cooperation, development, international relations, political science, media, journalism, chemistry, biology, and education). This is an internship-focused program that allows students to earn varying 3 - 9 credits. During the application process, you will define your academic and professional ambitions for the internship. IES Abroad will then arrange a placement that best reflects your goals, work experience, knowledge, and your internship site's needs.

For more information about this program, please visit the IES Abroad website


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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.

Important: Not all Penn State departments treat the academic accreditation of internships in the same way. Before applying for this program, please check with your academic adviser to see if/how the internship courses will count toward your degree. Because each internship is unique, the appropriate course accreditation will be reviewed following the end of the internship program. The appropriate department will review your academic project and will assign a Penn State course number that closely matches the material learned in the internship.

Students will be responsible for completing the course equivalency process to obtain a Penn State course number for the internship and language courses taken on the program (if applicable). To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page of this site, located in the academics section. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Concerning the number of credits earned on the program, students may choose the amount of internship credits earned based on their academic needs and the requirements of their major or college.  The internship can be worth three or six credits.  In addition, students have access to an optional 3-credit Italian language course. 


Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement (2.5) and must have completed at least one year of university before participating in the program. Applicants will need to submit a resume and cover letter directly to IES Abroad as a part of the application process.

IES Abroad will provide some instructions to assist students in preparing their materials. Penn State students can utilize the Penn State Undergraduate Writing Center, University Career Services, or professional career services in their academic college for resources and guidance in résumé  and cover letter writing.

Housing and Meals

Students will live in apartments arranged by IES Abroad and have the option of living with a local Italian student. The apartments are furnished and offer fully-equipped kitchens. All students are responsible for providing their own meals.

Program Costs

Students will be assessed a standard cost for the program based on the IES Abroad program rate.  The cost will appear on the Penn State Bursar account as the sum of tuition plus education abroad program fee.  The program fee covers on-site costs like housing, utilities, on-site orientation and activities, use of host institution facilities, and student support services.

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. Since students can enroll in varying amounts of credits on this program, the summer tuition rates vary according to the number of credits taken.

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.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

For More Information

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 each program, 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
  •  1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  •  Signature Documents
  •  IES Abroad program application (instructions included your Penn State education abroad application)
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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 05/23/2018 07/20/2018
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA

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