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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Business, Business/Management/Finance, International Business
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
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Program Overview  


Florence Italy map
Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is today one of the world's most visited sites. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Situated in beautiful Tuscany, Florence contains many museums and art galleries, as well as also being one of the top fifty fashion capitals in the world.
 
This international program offers a unique opportunity for students in Business and related fields to explore the sights, sounds, history and culture of contemporary Florence, while taking courses.  Penn State students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Italian life, living in apartments, visiting sites and enjoying the local cuisine.
 
This program is accepted for Smeal majors seeking an International Business Minor. This program is also available for students who are not Smeal majors; students should have an interest in business but do not need to be a business major to apply.
 

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Education Abroad Credits


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) 

Instructors:
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.

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 Palazzo Rucellai offerings). 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. 

 


Florence CathedralPre-requisites


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.
 

Housing and Meals


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.
 

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


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 Gelato cone in Florencecan 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 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.

 
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 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 02/14/2018 05/17/2018 06/30/2018

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