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*Todi: Italian Language, Art History, and Visual Arts (Summer)
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Todi, Italy; Venice, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Homestay, Hotel
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Art, Art History, Italian
 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:

INFO SESSION - Tuesday, January 21, at 4:00 p.m. in 121 Borland Bldg.

Italian Language, Art History, and Visual Arts

May 17–July 3, 2014Todi

Total cultural immersion in the heart of Italy is the cornerstone of the Todi program. Since 1986, families in Todi have been welcoming Penn State students into their homes during the seven-week program. The experience provides students with a chance to become part of the fabric of the family and of the town. Since few residents speak English, students also have the opportunity for continuous language development.  

Todi is a picturesque Umbrian town with a history dating back to Etruscan times. The historic center, with 6,000 residents, is built on a hill, sits around an intact medieval piazza, and includes outstanding examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

The program is designed to combine classroom studies with travel. Beginning with five days in Rome and its environs, faculty and local experts will guide students through famous Italian cultural treasures in churches, museums, and archaeological sites. Following the days in Rome, students are based in Todi for six weeks. From there, day trips are planned to cities within the region of Umbria, including Perugia, Orvieto, and Assisi. Extended trips to Florence and Venice also are included on the itinerary. While site visits are considered extensions of the classroom experience, they are structured to allow for independent exploration.

The program offers either 9 or 10 academic credits in Italian language and the arts. All students are required to take the same set of courses, offered at both beginning and advanced levels. The curriculum consists of courses in Italian language, art history, and visual arts. There are no academic prerequisites for the beginning-level courses.

Students depart from the U.S on May 17, and arrive in Rome on May 18.  After spending the first five days in Rome, as a group, students will travel by bus to Todi where they will be based for the duration of the progrm.  From Todi, the group will participate in several 'day trips' and also visit Florence and Venice on two of the weekends.

*International students who are interested in studying in Italy during the summer semester should contact Kate Fox, Education Abroad Adviser, concerning immigration processes for international students.

Todi hillside Courses Offered

Participants are required to take 9 or 10 credits. Equivalent competency may substitute for specific course prerequisites. Students electing to take the 10th credit will be charged additional tuition.

LANGUAGE (select one course)

IT 099 Essential Italian (3 credits; no prerequisite)
An introduction to Italian, with an emphasis on conversation and basic grammar. The course is designed for students who do not intend to continue with Italian, since it is not the equivalent of IT 001.

IT 001 Beginning Italian (4 credits; no prerequisite)
An introduction to Italian language, this course provides and introduction to the written and spoken language through a variety of excercises.  The goal is to develop a basic oral/aural and written proficiency in Italian.  The skills acquired from this course are needed for higher-level language study.  The class is conducted in Italian.

IT 003 Intermediate Italian (4 credits; prerequisite: IT 002)
Advanced grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.

IT 399 Independent Study (3 credits; prerequisite: IT 003)
Grammar review, special advanced-level written and oral assignments. Students are approved on a case-by-case basis, according to their level of Italian.

ART HISTORY (select one course)

ART H 299 Foreign Study -- Survey of Italian Art and Architecture (3 credits)
Classroom and on-site studies focusing on medieval and Renaissance Italy. Class discussions and visits to museums, galleries, and exhibitions will include study of Etruscan, Roman, baroque, and modern art and architecture.

ART H 499 Foreign Study -- Individual Research Project (3 credits)
Students taking this course will write a research paper upon their return to the United States. They will receive a deferred grade.

VISUAL ARTS (select one course)

ART 020 Introduction to Drawing (3 credits; no prerequisite)
This course is designed for students who are not art majors. Classes meet outdoors and use the local environment for the development of drawing skills. Nonmajors are graded on the basis of individual progress.

ART 299/499 Foreign Study -- Art: Drawing (3 credits)
An intermediate- or advanced-level course for art majors. Classes at both levels meet outdoors and use the local environment for the development of drawing skills.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

You will receive credit for all academic courses 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 learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 


The program is open to all Penn State students with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average and to graduate students. Applicants are interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, but final enrollment decisions will not be made until shortly after the February 1, 2013, application deadline. 

Program Costs
Todi steps

The program fee covers all transportation, lodging, entrance to museums and most meals during the time in Italy once students have all arrived in Rome.

For complete information regarding 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 such as flights and personal expenses.   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 and 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 gransts, 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 ou to meet with our Peer Advisors.  These study abroad returnees can explain program oprtions, give an overview of the education abraod process, as well as provide ifnormation about his/her program.  If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.  

To lean more about the specifics of this program, you may contact one of the Summer 2014 faculty leaders (listed below) or schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, the education abroad advisor for this program.

Summer 2014 faculty leaders are Anthony Nussmeier (Italian), Ann Tarantino (Visual Arts) and Katie Guida (Art History)

For the inside scoop on like in a foreign country, be user 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 
02/27/2014 05/17/2014 07/03/2014

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