- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
This program is open to all students university wide who are looking to experience Italian culture and fulfill general education requirements abroad. With a range of courses in various disciplines, our Language & Area Studies Program gives you the opportunity to study Rome through a variety of academic lenses—from Economics to Journalism. You enroll in 4 area studies courses, as well as 1 Italian language course. No matter your current level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you.
You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship or service learning/social action placement and accompanying academic seminar.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: late January - early May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Why Rome? It is impossible to avoid the past in Rome. It eagerly waits for you around every corner, hoping to intrigue you with a worn-down step, surprise you with an unexpected fountain, or inspire you with soaring architecture. Come study Rome’s unmatched historic and artistic past while simultaneously learning about its modern role in international politics and business.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.