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Students will attend class at the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. Students will enroll in one business law class (3 credits) taught by Smeal faculty and one additional class (3 credits) offered by Palazzo Rucellai. The business course is listed below:
B LAW 499: Renaissance Italy to Silicon Valley: The Cultural and Legal Forces Favoring Prosperity (3 credits)
Jeffery Sharp, Associate Dean for International Programs
Daniel Cahoy, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Business Law
As the western world emerged from the Middle Ages, an explosion of creativity and wealth occurred in Italy. How and why did this happen? And what can it teach us about the modern global economy? This course will explore the events and forces fostering the rapid ascent of Renaissance Italy as the center of wealth, science, architecture and artistic brilliance. As these ideas and wealth spread throughout the world, some regions succeeded more than others. This course will be a study of the factors, including a careful examination of the legal environment, that motivated and inspired creative successes from The Renaissance to the present.
Additional ISI Course (3 credits)
Students will select one additional course offered by ISI Florence: 2018 Course Offerings.
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 (for the one course taken from ISI offerings). To obtain specific instructions on this process, visit Course Equivalencies. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
There are no business law prerequisites for this course, but completion of ECON 104 is strongly recommended. This course will be approved by the Smeal College for a 400 level substitution for Smeal’s Legal Environment of Business minor.
You will live in an apartment (arranged by the host institution) with other program participants. Apartments are scattered around the city (thus avoiding a concentration of American students in one particular area) and are within walking distance of the Institute and furnished with kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, contact Vanessa Hausmann in the Smeal Office of International Programs. You may also 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.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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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