Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
The Penn State summer program in Rome: Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology, gives you an in-depth experience of the living capital of Italy today and of the ancient capital of an empire that spanned from Britain to Arabia. The rich history of Italy is on display in Rome and its museums, and the ancient Roman past almost comes to life in the harbor town of Ostia and in the spectacular ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum around the Bay of Naples. The impressive temples of Paestum reveal the Greek past of Roman Italy.
During the last week of May and the first two weeks of June, this faculty-led Penn State program takes students to Rome for a full program of travel and study among the monuments of Rome and nearby Roman and pre-Roman Italy. Expert faculty lead you through the standing remains of the ancient Roman capital, while each student becomes an expert on a special monument in the city. You will understand the history of Rome and its empire in a way not possible in books or in the classroom. The 18-day program offers 3 credits at the 100-level, with the option to write an in-depth research paper and receive an additional 3 credits at the 400-level. In addition to the city of Rome, the program takes you to Ostia, the well-preserved port of Rome by the mouth of the Tiber River. A four-day trip to the Bay of Naples takes you to Sorrento, near Capri, to the archaeological museum of Naples, and to the cities buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, Pompeii and Herculaneum. A visit to the Greek and Roman town of Paestum is included, where you will see some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.
The program is based in a centrally located hotel, with convenient restaurants and services nearby and within walking distance of all major monuments of the city. The itinerary and logistics of this study tour have been designed by faculty in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State. Faculty and archaeological lectures will accompany each site visit. The students will be required to participate actively in site and museum visits, based on readings assigned and other exercises.
Summer: May 26- June 12, 2021
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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