- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Rising sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- Preference for admission will be given to those who have completed one of the following courses (or an equivalent):
- HIST/CAMS 101: The Roman Republic and Empire
- CAMS 033: Roman Civilization
- CAMS 150: Classical Archaeology -- Ancient Rome; Latin or Green at any level
Rome, "the eternal city," is a magnificent example of cultural continuity. Now more than 2,700 years old, Rome was the heart of classical civilization and antiquity in the Western world. Evidence of life throughout these years are found in the modern city: a Roman bridge with an archaic Latin inscription; a modern wall built into a medieval wall, itself built into a pre-Roman wall; a column from a Roman temple holding up the ceiling of a medieval church; richly decorated tombs of pre-Roman peoples, the Etruscans; and in nearby Tuscany, remains of places for worship, entertainment, leisure, business, and pleasure. The city of Rome and its environs hold all of these and more, and they are waiting for students who enroll in the Rome program.
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. The program is designed specifically to enhance and extend previous classroom studies by a unique travel experience, through which students can earn 3 or 6 credits. The program aims at offering qualified students an opportunity to study firsthand the physical remains of ancient Roman cities in central Italy.
The students will stay in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many ancient remains, museums, and other cultural sites. The daily activities will be built around visits to the important archaeological and museum sites in Rome and at other nearby sites (the Roman port and suburb of Ostia, for example). There also will be a three-night trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other important sites (often not accessible to the average tourist) around the Bay of Naples.
In Rome the students will visit the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, and the Baths of Caracalla. Guided tours to several museums -- the Capitoline Museum, the Vatican Museums, and the Museo Nazionale Romano -- form an essential component of the program. In addition, there will be opportunities to visit several early Christian churches and sites.
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 18- June 4, 2020
Students have the option of taking 3 or 6 credits:
All students must take this foundation course.This course fulfills a general education or bachelor of arts degree requirement in humanities for Liberal Arts students; students majoring in history or classics and ancient Mediterranean studies may count this course toward their requirements.
- CAMS or HIST 199: Roman Cities (3 credits)
Students who wish to register for a total of six credits may choose EITHER CAMS or HIST 499, below.
This course is offered as an option for students to earn an additional 3 credits. The students will be required to write a research paper on an approved topic. The course fulfills a requirement for all students majoring in history or classics and ancient Mediterranean studies.
- CAMS or HIST 499: Foreign Study (3 credits) (optional)
Students are required to take the prescribed course(s) listed above as participants on the program. The Education Abroad Office will register you for your course(s). To determine how these courses will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
- Research courses offered on your program
- Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements.
- Complete your Course Selection Questionnaire in the ‘Post-Decision’ section of your application to choose the courses you want from the cross-listed program options
- Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
- You must enroll in a minimum number of 3 credits and a maximum number of 6 credits
- You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
- If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
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 Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.
Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.
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.
If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.
After the Start of the Program
For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.