Reggio Calabria is located on the eastern coast of the Strait of Messina. It is Calabria's most famous city, thanks to its glorious past and present cultural importance. The city was founded around 743 B.C., and throughout history its strategic position on the Ionian Sea has attracted the attention of the most powerful empires. At the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea, the city was occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Spaniards, and the French. All of these foreign contacts and influences have contributed enormously to the city's cultural heritage and forever shaped the mentality of its inhabitants.
Completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1908, the city today is a splendid modern and elegant urban area with many educational and cultural opportunities for its inhabitants. The local music conservatory and opera house, Teatro Francesco Cilea, provides an opportunity to study and enjoy music. The local museum houses the Bronzi di Riace, two ancient Greek statues that were discovered by a scuba diver in 1972. These ancient, larger-than-life bronze statues were en route to an unknown destination when the ship that carried them sank off the coast of Riace 2,500 years ago. The Bronzi, restored by local experts, have attracted millions of visitors to the Museo Civico.
The city's mild climate and natural attractions make Reggio a popular destination for tourists all year round. The road along its seafront, Via Marina, was described by Gabriele d'Annunzio, one of Italy's most famous poets, as the most beautiful kilometer in the country. From here, visitors can enjoy the wonderful view of the Strait of Messina; the island of Sicily; and Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe.
The Via Marina is the center of the city's social life. At night the area offers a variety of activities -- such as concerts, art exhibits, and fashion shows -- and many famous restaurants feature local culinary specialties.
Classes will be held at the Universita' degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria - Facolta' di Ingegneria. The courses will include field-study excursions to the main cities and cultural centers in Calabria and Sicily.
This year, the program will begin in the city of Catania, one of the most interesting cities in Sicily. While based in Catania, students will participate in day trips to Taormina, Siracusa, Piazza Armerina and Agrigento. An excursion to the top of Mount Etna will conclude the island exploration. The program will continue in the city of Reggio Calabria and will end with a short visit to the Eternal City and present day capital of Rome!
Students depart from the U.S on May 11, and arrive in Sicily on May 12, 2014.
All the students will register for IT 299: Italian Culture (3 credits). Each student must also choose one of the Italian language courses listed below.
Italian language courses:
IT 002 Elementary Italian II (4 credits) (prerequisite IT 001)
Grammar and reading continued; oral and aural phrases progressively increased; composition.
IT 003 Intermediate Italian (4 credits)
Advanced grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.
IT 399 Advanced Italian (3 credits)
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
The program is open to all Penn State students with a 2.5 grade point average. All students must have completed Italian 001 prior to this summer program.
The program fee includes housing, transportation related to the program, field trips, entrance to museums and a few group meals. Students will be responsible for paying for all meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheet listed above. The budget sheet includes 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.Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students can request financial aid for the spring semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid. 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. Students can also request financial aid for the summer semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
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, please contact Dr. Vincenzo Gatto, faculty member for the program. You can also schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, the education abroad adviser for this program.