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Program Description:

Program Overview     

This embedded course allows students an incredible opportunity to prepare for and engage in international study through engaged coursework. The in class lectures and discussions will be focused on fostering an understanding of the deep implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts. This course is an introduction to Western art before the Renaissance, from ca. 25,000 BCE to AD 1423. The topics covered in this course include prehistoric art in Europe; art of the Near East and Egypt; Aegean art; Greek and Roman art; Early Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine art; and Medieval art including Romanesque and Gothic developments. Special attention will be paid to how geography, science, and innovation influenced the course of early Western art history. We will travel to Italy in order test our working theories, augment our understanding, and try to foster a better comprehension of what cultural and situational influences may have been important in the development of the artists and art. We will investigate primary sources, absorb and recognize cultural differences, and use our time in Italy to become stronger global citizens. Upon return from Italy, we will embark upon using our newfound knowledge in a research project which will address not only important art historical information, but also a presentation in which students are asked to reflect upon their experiences abroad and discuss how the experience informed them as learners and individuals.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • No pre-requisites.
  • This program is open to students of any major at Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, and University Park campuses.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of hotel/hostel accommodations.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Elizabeth Flaherty by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must meet with the course instructor and submit a paper application and complete an interview prior to being accepted into the course.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/06/2020 03/12/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Elizabeth Flaherty, by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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