Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Rome, "the eternal city," is a magnificent example of cultural continuity. Now more than 2,700 years old, Rome was the heart of classical civilization and antiquity in the Western world. Evidence of life throughout these years are found in the modern city: a Roman bridge with an archaic Latin inscription; a modern wall built into a medieval wall, itself built into a pre-Roman wall; a column from a Roman temple holding up the ceiling of a medieval church; richly decorated tombs of pre-Roman peoples, the Etruscans; and in nearby Tuscany, remains of places for worship, entertainment, leisure, business, and pleasure. The city of Rome and its environs hold all of these and more, and they are waiting for students who enroll in the Rome program.
The itinerary and logistics of this study tour have been designed by faculty in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State. The program is designed specifically to enhance and extend previous classroom studies by a unique travel experience, through which students can earn 3 or 6 credits. The program aims at offering qualified students an opportunity to study firsthand the physical remains of ancient Roman cities in central Italy.
The students will stay in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many ancient remains, museums, and other cultural sites. The daily activities will be built around visits to the important archaeological and museum sites in Rome and at other nearby sites (the Roman port and suburb of Ostia, for example). There also will be a three-night trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other important sites (often not accessible to the average tourist) around the Bay of Naples.
In Rome the students will visit the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, and the Baths of Caracalla. Guided tours to several museums -- the Capitoline Museum, the Vatican Museums, and the Museo Nazionale Romano -- form an essential component of the program. In addition, there will be opportunities to visit several early Christian churches and sites.
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 take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
All students must take this foundation course.
This course fulfills a general education or bachelor of arts degree requirement in humanities for Liberal Arts students; students majoring in history or classics and ancient Mediterranean studies may count this course toward their requirements.
Students who wish to register for a total of six credits may choose EITHER CAMS or HIST 499, below.
This course is offered as an option for students to earn an additional 3 credits. The students will be required to write a research paper on an approved topic. The course fulfills a requirement for all students majoring in history or classics and ancient Mediterranean studies.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Preference for admission will be given to those who have completed one of the following courses (or an equivalent)
HIST/CAMS 101 The Roman Republic and Empire
CAMS 033 Roman Civilization
CAMS 150 Classical Archaeology -- Ancient Rome; Latin or Greek at any level
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 Pamela Cole, 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 Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
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:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.|
Indicates that deadline has passed