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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Verona, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

BIOL497: During spring break, students will travel with the instructors to Italy and study in Florence, Bologna, and Rome. While in Italy, students will compare and contrast anatomical waxes to modern representations, analyze the anatomy of Michelangelo, da Vinci, and other artists, and discuss the historic circumstances that gave rise to, supported, and sometimes hindered the development of anatomy as a science.
IT197: During spring break of this spring semester course, students will travel with the instructors to Italy and study in Florence, Bologna, and Rome. While in Italy, students will engage in a series of on-site experiences using elementary language skills and cultural knowledge. Discussions while abroad and upon return, together with journal entries created in Italy, will serve as the basis for debriefing and in-class work in the remaining weeks of the semester. 

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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:
  • IT197 has no prerequisites Pre-requisites for BIOL497: either BIOL 129 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 240 or BIOL 472 or KINES 202 
  • This course is open to students of any major at and at all 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 - housing information not available at this time.

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: John Waters 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 submit application by October 23, 2017.  Email with the following information: name, Penn State email, 9-digit ID number, major, class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior, etc), current GPA, and a statement on why you would like to enroll in this class Faculty will complete interviews after a preliminary review of written applications to select candidates for the embedded experience.

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 2018 08/22/2017
Rolling Admission 03/01/2018 03/10/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Jason Laine by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.
Spring- Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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