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  • Locations: Castellammare di Stabia, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
No
Fields of Study:
Human Development and Family Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • Students should have previously taken HDFS courses (HDFS 129 or 229) or a PSYCH equivalent (PSYCH 212)

Program Description 

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 in Human Development and Family Studies offers a unique opportunity for students in HDFS and related fields to explore the sights, sounds, history and culture of contemporary Florence, while taking courses on family and childhood in Italy. With activities that include learning to buy fresh fruit and vegetables in the mercato and interacting with children in Italian schools, Penn State students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Italian life.

Students will take courses led by Penn State faculty members in conjunction with the International Studies Institute at the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence. Classroom work will be enhanced by trips to places of historical and artistic importance, such as Rome, where they will see the magnificent Coliseum, the Forum, the Vatican, and the Pantheon. Other field trips will include Naples and Pompeii, and other parts of Italy that will allow students to see first-hand the communities that families and children have lived in, and do live in today.

This program was designed for undergraduate students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. All the courses being offered can be used as supporting courses for that major. However, students in Early Childhood or Elementary Education would benefit from the program, as would students in psychology or sociology.

Although the final deadline for the HDFS program is February 1, 2020, students may be considered by an earlier deadline of December 6, 2019 in order to plan accordingly for the Spring semester.  If students apply by the early deadline, they will be notified of acceptance early.  Any students who do not apply before the early deadline will be considered and will receive notification after the February 1 deadline.

Dates

Summer: May 11 - June 27, 2020

Program Note

This program may have limited space, so we recommend that you identify an appropriate backup program and complete the Education Abroad Backup Questionnaire in your Penn State Application when applying to this program.  Should you not be accepted for your first-choice program, you will automatically be reviewed for your backup choice. For help on choosing an appropriate backup, please contact your education abroad adviser.

Program Leaders

Program Leader Information

  • Robin Yaure, Professor of Teaching, Associate Human Development and Family Studies Program, Penn State Mont Alto
    • Dr. Yaure is the Program Coordinator of the baccalaureate programs in HDFS and Psychology at Penn State Mont Alto and also the Coordinator of the HDFS in Florence 2019 program.  She has taught at Penn State for over twenty-five years. Her teaching has focused on lifespan, child, and family development as well as helping students gain experience in the human services. Her area of research focuses on parenting and infant sleep. She has taught in Italy for nine years and loves to address basic issues of children and their families relating to culture and cognition.
    • r2y@psu.edu
  • Robin Chotiner, Lecturer, Education, Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State New Kensington
    • Ms. Chotiner is an independent educational consultant with an emphasis on early childhood curriculum and program administration as it relates to licensing and accreditation. She has been a part of the HDFS in Florence summer program for the past six years. She is interested in international cultures and practices as they relate to children and family traditions and is counting the days until she returns to Florence
    • rlc39@psu.edu 

Academics

Course Description(s)

All students will be enrolled in HDFS499.1, 499.2, and 499.3 for 9 credits.
  • HDFS 499.1 Early Childhood in Italy (3 credits)
This course will give students the opportunity to examine the way in which Italians structure the early childhood years, and the social policies that support this structure. Students will observe children in public, as well as having the opportunity to visit preschool and day care programs for young children.
  • HDFS 499.2 Historical Roots of the Modern Italian Family (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to examine the historical roots of the Italian family system as it has evolved from antiquity to modernity. Issues to be explored include entertainment, daily life, business and trade, and social relationships.
  • HDFS 499.3 Italian Relationships, Both Cultural and Familial (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to examine the cultural factors affecting business, friendship, and family relationships in Italy. Issues to be explored include the implications of economic, political, religious, and social factors on Italian families as well as how the Italian family is changing today.
For the HDFS in Italy program, you are required to take all three of the courses in the program. Please note the suffixes of these courses may change; they are assigned individually each summer to a course.

In order to be academically prepared for the 400-level HDFS coursework covered in the program, students should have previously taken HDFS courses (HDFS 129 or 229) or a PSYCH equivalent (PSYCH 212).

Course Selection

Students are required to take the prescribed courses listed above as participants on the program. The Education Abroad Office will register you for these courses. To determine how these courses will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses offered on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements.
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 9 credits
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartments

You will live in an apartment (ISI at Palazzo Rucellai) with other program participants. Apartments are scattered around the city and are within walking distance of ISI at Palazzo Rucellai (where courses will be taken) and furnished with kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. 
 

Meals

You will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

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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.

Scholarships

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
 

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule. 

Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account

  • Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee


Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.


After the Start of the Program

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
 

Life Abroad

General Information

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility Considerations

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Programs Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.
 

Gender and LGBTQA Considerations 

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith Considerations 

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website.

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the priority deadline, January 20. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Although the final deadline for the HDFS program is January 20, students may be considered by an earlier deadline of December 6, 2019 in order to plan accordingly for the Spring semester.  If students apply by the early deadline, they will be notified of acceptance early.  Any students who do not apply before the early deadline, will be considered and will receive notification after the January 20 deadline.  Please note that not all students who apply are accepted as there are often more applicants than available slots.  We encourage you to apply prior to the early deadline.

Contact Education Abroad

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website.

Education Abroad Advisers

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/20/2020 01/29/2020 05/11/2020 06/27/2020
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.