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Florence: International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art History, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Economics, History, Italian, Literature, Media, Music, Political Science, Social Sciences/Sociology, Studio Art and Design
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Scott Runner
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
The Arno in Florence

Program Overview     


Smeal College of Business students may not apply and will not be accepted for this second application deadline for the ISI Florence program.

All courses are taught in the American liberal arts tradition and follow a semester calendar with a 15-week fall session and a 15-week spring session. All instruction is in English except in clearly designated advanced Italian courses. Prior study of Italian is not required. You will find a good selection of general humanities courses, such as social sciences, history, art history, and studio art, as well as language instruction at all levels. Courses are also offered in economics, international business, political science, media studies, literature, music and visual arts. Students should visit the course catalogue* on the Palazzo Rucellai website to see the courses available each semester. All students are required to register for the appropriate level of Italian language course while at Palazzo Rucellai. 

Courses include field study that allows you to experience the city of Florence and its rich culture. A new language course entitled "The Florence Experience" is structured to enable you to interact with the social and cultural scene of Florence, and to participate directly in Italian cultural life. This interdisciplinary approach to language instruction ensures that you become engaged with native speakers and requires you take an active role in the learning experience.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Students are required to register for a minimum of 13 credits, and can enroll in a maximum of 17 credits.

 
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Florence ISI 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.
 

Pre-requisites


Some Penn State departments or colleges (e.g., the Smeal College of Business) may require students to complete certain courses prior to studying abroad; please check with your department or college to see if you have any specific departmental requirements.


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 (Fall and Spring) 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 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 GeoBlogs 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
  •  Letter of Recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/07/2015 05/02/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 08/25/2015 12/12/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in Italy. End date marks moving out of housing.
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed