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*Dept GEOSC: Coldigioco, Italy (Summer)
Coldigioco, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 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:


 Coldigioco, whose name literally means "Hill of Play," is a small village with a unique history. Itis scenically positioned on a narrow ridge that extends eastward from the foot of Monte San Vicino, the dominant Apennine mountain in the region. The village consists of 10 separate buildings, most of which are now associated with the Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco (OGC).The program takes place at the Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco (OGC).  Located in the beautiful, tiny hilltop village of Coldigioco in the Apennine mountains of central Italy, the OGC is an independent center for research and education in geology, art, and cuisine.Courses seek to maximize the opportunities offered by this unique setting.

Bicycle and Building

This program will consist of two courses that aim to develop basic field geology skills while assembling a broad range of observations that will lead to an integrated understanding the origin and evolution of the Northern Apennines mountains. Students enrolled in the program participate in two classes: Introductory Field Geology in Italy (GEOSC 297D) and The Tectonic Evolution of Italy (GEOSC 397D).

Prior to participation in the program, students must have completed one of the following courses: GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020, GEOSC 010, GEOSC 040, EARTH 002, EARTH 101 or EARTH 100.

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 learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Housing and Meals
You will live in an apartment on-site at the OGC. Most of the buildings in Coldigioco are renovated 300-400 year old residential or farm buildings which are rustic and each beautiful in their own ways. There are four main buildings which house visitors. Each room holds anywhere from two to four people. Meals are included as a part of the program.

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 carefully.

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.

Floral CourtyardThe University Office of Global 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.  If you're not at University Park, contact your 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 05/16/2014 06/26/2014
 NOTE: Students will depart the U.S on May 16, and arrive in Italy (Ancona airport) May 17.

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