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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Business, Business/Management/Finance, International Business
Program Description:
Su19 Smeal World of Bus 2

Program Overview

Florence Italy mapProgram Dates: 5/16-6/29/2019
(Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.)

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 International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy. Students will enroll in one business class (3 credits) taught by Smeal faculty and one additional class (3 credits) offered by ISI.  The business course is listed below:  
SCM 399: Marble to Monument – Integrating Global Supply Chains, Analytical Skills & Italian Culture (3 credits) 
Instructors: Norm Aggon, Senior Instructor of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Kitty Riley, Senior Instructor of Supply Chain and Information Systems

Have you ever considered how that Barilla pasta popped up on the shelf at Wegman's, how that Lamborghini was driven into the showroom on Rodeo Drive or even how those fine Armani and Prada clothes made it into Saks Fifth Avenue's retail stores?  This summer's study abroad course in Florence will explore the integration of supply chain and data analytics with an Italian focus.  We will explore Renaissance era supply chains by visiting the Carrara marble quarries that supplied Florence’s Duomo and Michelangelo’s David as well as the more modern Peace Monument in DC. We will of course also study modern Italian businesses to highlight supply chain applications, global markets and sustainability. The second half of the course will focus on data analytics, including data visualization, that will broaden students’ business professional skill sets to help them compete in this global world. We will visit an Italian farm and dairy distributor to study the information systems from cow to table. Che figata!

Additional ISI Course (3 credits) 

Students will select one additional course offered by ISI Florence: 2019 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 our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 

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.

Gelato in FlorencePre-requisites

No pre-requisites have been established for this program.

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 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

Florence sculpturesFor 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 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, Jamie Weaver.

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 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 05/16/2019 06/29/2019