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 Coliseum, 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.
The Temple Abroad in Rome program is housed in the Villa Caproni, which faces the Tiber River and contains classrooms, a library of more than 13,000 volumes (along with periodicals and newspapers), an art gallery, student lounges, administrative offices, and complete professional studio facilities. The latter are fully equipped for painting, design, photography, sculpture, and printmaking, and contain areas assigned to students for use throughout the term. The Villa Caproni, located in the heart of Rome just north of the Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, is convenient to living accommodations, shops, and restaurants.
You will enroll in a variety of courses with other American students enrolled in the Temple Abroad program. Course offerings vary from year to year. All classes are taught in English except for the intermediate and advanced Italian language and literature courses. Please note: many Italian language courses at this site transfer back to Penn State as 3-credit courses, not 4-credit courses. Provided an Italian course on this program covers the same amount of material that is covered by a comparable Italian course at Penn State, you should have no difficulty moving up to the next level of language instruction with the Penn State Italian program. The program incorporates field study experience with the academic curriculum; assignments will take you to a wide variety of art galleries, museums, and historical sites within Rome. A lecture series and exhibition program have also been designed to complement the academic curriculum. Be aware that some courses on this program will carry additional fees for activities or equipment. For example, some art history courses carry an excursion fee to cover required course field trips; some visual arts courses carry a lab fee. The amount of extra fees you may have (if applicable) will depend upon the kinds of courses you choose. For more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.
Penn State encourages students to take 15 credits while participating on the program. However, students may take a minimum of 12 credits if advised by their academic adviser.Students can enroll in a maximum of 17 credits per semester.
Students in the visual arts track of this program (in either semester) must complete 18 credits of studio arts classes prior to departure.
Visual arts students must also submit a portfolio which should demonstrate achievement in drawing and a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. The applicant should submit color slides in a plastic sheet along with application materials.
One of the following is recommended (though not required) as a prerequisite: IT 001, IT 130, AH 100, AH 111, or AH 112
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Temple Rome 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.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a self-catered apartment. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
There is also a homestay option for students interested in more complete immersion.
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 carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above 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 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, 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.