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*Photography and Film in Rome (Summer)
Rome, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
 Type of Program:
Faculty Led
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Kathleen Fox
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Digital Photography and Film in Rome

May 18, - June 27, 2014
Trevi Fountain

Known as the Eternal City and the City of the Seven Hills, Rome is a virtual classroom in itself, rich in history and culture.  Visitors and students alike, quickly recognize many of the artistic, historical, and cultural landmarks in this center of western culture: Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica; the Colosseum, Forum, and Arch of Constantine; the Baths of Caracalla; the Catacombs; the Pantheon; Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.  Museums and libraries abound throughout the city.  Rome is also a city of churches.  Architectural styles include early Christian basilicas, the beautiful Gothic church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and many important baroque monuments.  The city has a long, rich, and varied history, dating back to the first millennium B.C.  Tradition has it that Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 B.C., although fortified elevations on the Palatine Hill date back to a much earlier period.  The city is the capital of not only the country, but also of Latium, a region of central Italy, and of the province of Rome itself.  Economically, the city has become a center for tourism, banking, insurance, printing, publishing, and fashion.  Perhaps most important, Rome is one of the world's great centers of art and culture...and a photographer's dream.

Students will take courses led by a Penn State faculty member in conjunction with the IES Rome Center.  Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River, across from the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Vatican.  The IES Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Vatican.

St. Peter's CeilingDaily activities will be built around the life and artistic history of the city including visits to the important archaeological and museum sites in Rome and other nearby sites. Within Rome the students will visit the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, and the Baths of Caracalla.  Tours to museums such as the Capitoline and Vatican Museums, form an essential component of the program.  In addition, there will be an opportunity to visit several early Christian churches and sites, including at least one catacomb.

Photographically, students will gain experience in shooting the city, it's many important architectural and historical sites, and, of course, the people, places, and things that they encounter during their stay.  Assignments will ask students to explore and record their experiences in the art, architecture, politics, food, religion, people, and other aspects of Roman life.  In addition to providing students with a record of their experiences, their journals will also stand as a photographic gallery of their work.

In addition to the many varied excursions in and around Rome, students will travel, as a group, to Venice and Florence.  The program fee includes transportation, lodging and entrance to several sites.  Students will also have some free time in each city.

Education Abroad Credits

This Digital Photography and Film  program in Rome is open to students in all majors. The courses are designed to be of interest to students in all disciplines and will require no prior background in art, architecture, or photography.  Students are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing. Students will need a digital camera and a laptop (preferably with Adobe Photoshop installed). 

All students will enroll in INART 299 for three credits and then choose from PHOTO 299 OR PHOTO 499.

INART 299: From Viewing to Making a Film in Rome (3 credits)
This course studies Italian cinema post- World War II to 2013 with a short film production component.

PHOTO 299: Photographing Italian Culture (3 credits)
Using digitial photography, students will create a portfolio of photographs that record and reveal their reactions to, and interactions with Italian culture.


PHOTO 499: Rome: Photo Independent Study (3 credits)
Advanced students may choose to pursue independent study in Photography while in Rome with the instructor's permission.  Students must have prior approval from faculty to enroll in this advanced course.

For Communications Majors and Minors:  With the Integrative Arts designation, this course will count as one of the following: Gen Ed Arts, BA knowledge domain or an elective for any COMM major.  This course is a good fit for Photo Journalism, Telecommunications, Film/Video, or Media Studies students doing the Film/TV option, the Interntaional Studies option or the Society and Culture option.

Street Artist, Birth of VenusHousing and Meals

Students will live in an apartment (arranged by the host institution) with other program participants. Apartments are scattered around the city and are within walking distance of the IES Center 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 Sheets listed above. 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.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students can also request financial aid for the summer semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid. 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. Students can also request financial aid for the summer semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid.

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 see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, contact Katie Parizek, the faculty leader for the program or schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/14/2014 05/18/2014 06/27/2014
 NOTE: Students depart the U.S on May 18, and arrive in Rome on May 19, 2014

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