Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is today one of the world's most visited sites. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Situated in beautiful Tuscany, Florence contains many museums and art galleries, as well as also being one of the top fifty fashion capitals in the world.
This international program offers a unique opportunity for students in Business and related fields to explore the sights, sounds, history and culture of contemporary Florence while taking courses. Penn State students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Italian life, living in apartments, visiting sites and enjoying the local cuisine.
This program is accepted for Smeal majors seeking an International Business Minor. This program is also available for students who are not Smeal majors; students should have an interest in business but do not need to be a business major to apply.
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Students will attend class at the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy. Students will enroll in one business class (3 credits) taught by Smeal faculty and one additional class (3 credits) offered by ISI. The business course is listed below:
For centuries, the Mediterranean region served as the center of Europe’s economy. This course looks at the development of the relationships between economics, government, and society in this area, with a particular focus on Italy, Spain, France, and Greece. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to look at the wide range of actors and institutions across business, government, and society in Italy and the Mediterranean region that have shaped the area’s economic development. The course will use a combination of lectures, class discussions, readings, videos, and field trips to cover the wide range of fascinating chapters related to the economies of Italy and the Mediterranean region over the past 2,000 years.
Additional ISI Course (3 credits)
Students will select one additional course offered by ISI Florence: 2018 Course Offerings.
Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad (for the one course taken from ISI offerings). To obtain specific instructions on this process, visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
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.
No pre-requisites have been established for this program.
You will live in an apartment (arranged by the host institution) with other program participants. Apartments are scattered around the city (thus avoiding a concentration of American students in one particular area) and are within walking distance of the Institute and furnished with kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. 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.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, contact Vanessa Hausmann, in the Smeal Office of International Programs. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
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