Known as the Eternal City and the City of the Seven Hills, Rome is 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 ancient sites of the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Arch of Constantine and Baths of Caracalla; the Early Christian Catacombs; Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona, and the renowned Trevi Fountain, to name a few. Museums and archaeological sites abound throughout the city. Rome is also a city of churches, mainly from both the Early Christian and Baroque eras. 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 for art and culture................and a photographer's dream.
Students participating on this program will be enrolled in two courses for a total of six credits. They will take a photography course offered at both the beginning and advanced levels, taught by a Penn State faculty member from the School of Visual Art. The course will use the city as a classrooom. Photographically, students will gain experience in shooting the city and its many important architectural and historical sites, as well as the people, places and daily life that they encounter during their stay. Assignments will ask studnets to explore and record their experiences of 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.
The second course is a film class titled 'From Viewing to Making a Film on Rome'. Similar to the photography course, the class is designed for students at both the begining and advanced levels. The course will analyze selected Italian films from a comparative perspective. These films all take place in Rome and offer a different representation of Italian life and culture over the past sixty years, according to the personal point of view and cinematographic style of outstanding Italian directors. Depending on the choice of films, themes range from post-WWII life, the ethical and social issues of Italian 'New Realism', and films that offer an approach to Italian contemporary mores and social behavior. In the second half of the course, the class will choose a scene from one of the films and re-film it. After visiting the sites where these scenes were actually shot, the students will act, direct and perform as a film company. Finally, they will be taught simple editing techniques in order to presend the chosen scene. The film course will be taught by Elisabetta Lodoli, a director, screenwriter and writer who lives and works in Rome.
Some classroom meetings and program-related activities will take place at the IES Rome Center. Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River and across from the Castel Sant' Angelo and the Vatican, the IES Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Vatican.
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.
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.
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 (with Adobe Photoshop)
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 International Studies option or the Society and Culture option.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
Minimum of 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing.
Students will need a digital camera and a laptop (with Adobe Photoshop)
Housing 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.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Eric Roman, the faculty leader for the program. You may also 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
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.