Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Catania, Italy; Matera, Italy; Reggio Calabria, Italy; Rome, Italy
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
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!
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.
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)
Intermediate grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.
IT 399 Advanced Italian (3 credits)Advanced grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.
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