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 Lazio (or 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.
The Temple Rome academic program is housed in the Villa Caproni, which faces the Tiber River and contains classrooms, a library of more than 13,000 volumes (along with periodicals and newspapers), an art gallery, student lounges, administrative offices, and complete professional studio facilities. The latter are fully equipped for painting, design, photography, sculpture, and printmaking, and contain areas assigned to students for use throughout the term. The Villa Caproni, located in the heart of Rome just north of the Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, is convenient to living accommodations, shops, and restaurants.
You will enroll in a variety of courses with other American students enrolled in the Temple Rome program. Course offerings vary from year to year. All classes are taught in English except for the Italian Language courses. The program incorporates field study experience with the academic curriculum; assignments will take you to a wide variety of art galleries, museums, and historical sites within Rome. A lecture series and exhibition program have also been designed to complement the academic curriculum. Be aware that some courses on this program will carry additional fees for activities or equipment. For example, some art history courses carry an excursion fee to cover required course field trips; some visual arts courses carry a lab fee. The amount of extra fees you may have (if applicable) will depend upon the kinds of courses you choose.
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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.
This program offers courses in visual arts, liberal arts, engineering, and international business. You will enroll in a variety of courses with other American students enrolled in the Temple Rome program. Course offerings vary from year to year. All classes are taught in English except for the intermediate and advanced Italian language and literature courses. Use the academic site provided by Temple University to find more information, including pre-requisites, about specific courses. While it is highly recommended that Penn State students enroll in a minimum of 15-credits in order to have a successful semester, students must take a minimum of 12-credits while participating on the program in order to maintain full-time status. Students may enroll in a maximum of 18-credits.
Students who have not taken at least once college-level Italian course are required to enroll in Italian 1001 at Temple Rome.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Temple 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. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Engineering students planning to study abroad during their 4th semester are encouraged to apply. Engineering students will be able to enroll in 3 major required courses including E MCH 213, E MCH 212, and ME 300 in addition to 1 - 2 additional courses from a wide range of offerings in other disciplines (Italian required if you have not already completed an introductory college - level Italian language course). Opportunities for internships may also be available for some engineering students.
Students that are planning for a Smeal major (BA and DUS) must complete MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301 and be in their major before they leave for a fall or spring semester program. They must also discuss and clear their overseas course selections with their academic adviser.
One of the following is recommended (though not required) as a prerequisite: IT 001, IT 130, AH 100, AH 111, or AH 112.
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You will live in an apartment in the Residence Medaglie d'Oro with other American study abroad students, and you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
A limited number of homestays with Italian families are available for students interested in complete linguistic and cultural immersion.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the (Fall and Spring) budget sheets. 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.
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 academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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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