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Florence: International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai (Summer)
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art History, 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:
Kate (Fox) Manni
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
 

Program Overview     


*International students who are interested in studying in Italy during the summer semester should contact Kate Fox, Education Abroad Adviser, concerning immigration processes for international students.

All courses are taught in the American liberal arts tradition and follow a calendar with 6 week summer session. All instruction is in English except in clearly designated advanced Italian courses. Prior study of Italian is not required. Students in the Smeal College of Business should note that this program is not accepted for Smeal majors seeking an International Business minor. Smeal students interested in pursuing the IB minor in Florence should research the Dept BUS programs available during the summer. 

The program takes place in the heart of Florence, which serves as a virtual campus. Courses seek to maximize the opportunities offered by this unique urban setting. On-site learning is an integral part of the program. Field trips, museum visits, and attendance at performances frequently complement formal classwork. Students choose from a limited number of elective courses for a total of six credits. Students should visit the Palazzo Rucellai homepage to see the courses available each semester.


Please refer to the Palazzo Rucellai homepage for details.

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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 must enroll in and complete 6 credits of coursework at Palazzo Rucellai.  Students may enroll in a maximum of 7 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.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact educationabroad@psu.edu.

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 (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 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
Summer 2014 02/01/2014
02/27/2014 05/15/2014 06/28/2014
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in Florence. End date is day that students move out of apartments.
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/27/2015 05/14/2015 06/27/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in Florence. End date marks date that students move out of apartments.

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