Total cultural immersion in the heart of Italy is the cornerstone of the Todi program. Since 1986, families in Todi have been welcoming Penn State students into their homes during the six-week program. The experience provides students with a chance to become part of the fabric of the family and of the town. Since few residents speak English, students also have the opportunity for continuous language development.
Todi is a picturesque Umbrian town with a history dating back to Etruscan times. The historic center, with 6,000 residents, is built on a hill, sits around an intact medieval piazza, and includes outstanding examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
The program is designed to combine classroom studies with travel. Beginning with a visit in Rome and its environs, faculty and local experts will guide students through famous Italian cultural treasures in churches, museums, and archaeological sites. Following the days in Rome, students are based in Todi for the remainder of the program. From there, day trips are planned to cities within the region of Umbria, including Perugia, and Assisi. Extended trips to Florence and Naples are also on the tentative itinerary. While site visits are considered extensions of the classroom experience, they are structured to allow for independent exploration.
All participants will take 8 or 9 credits, depending on the Italian course they enroll in. Equivalent competency may substitute for specific course prerequisites. Students will be charge tuition according to the number of credits they take.
Students depart from the U.S on May 9, and arrive in Rome on May 10, 2017. After spending a few days in Rome, the group travels together to Todi, where they will be based for the duration of the progrm.
*International students who are interested in studying in Italy during the summer semester should contact the Education Abroad Adviser for Italy, concerning the immigration processes for international students.
To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.
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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.
Participants are required to take 8 or 9 credits. Equivalent competency may substitute for specific course prerequisites. Students electing to take the 9th credit will be charged additional tuition, estimated at $747.
LANGUAGE (select one course)
IT 001 Beginning Italian (4 credits; no prerequisite)
An introduction to Italian language, this course provides and introduction to the written and spoken language through a variety of excercises. The goal is to develop a basic oral/aural and written proficiency in Italian. The skills acquired from this course are needed for higher-level language study. The class is conducted in Italian.
IT 003 Intermediate Italian (4 credits; prerequisite: IT 002)
Advanced grammar; oral and written composition; reading of modern authors; Italian life and culture.
IT 399 Independent Study (3 credits; prerequisite: IT 003)
Grammar review, special advanced-level written and oral assignments.
ART HISTORY (select one course)
ART H 299 Foreign Study -- Survey of European Renaissance Art and Architecture (3 credits)
Classroom and on-site studies focusing on Renaissance and early Baroque Italy. Class discussions and visits to museums, galleries, and exhibitions will include study of Italian Renaissance/Baroque art and its 'dialogue' with the art of the Low Countries, as well as selected aspects of ancient Roman, medieval and modern art and architecture.
ART H 499 Foreign Study -- Individual Research Project (3 credits) Students taking this course will write a research paper upon their return to the United States. They will receive a deferred grade.
ITALIAN CULTURE (all students select this course)
IT 299 - Culture of a Hill Town (2 credits)
The course consists of a delightful, informative and engaging tour of the popular and culinary culture traditions of Todi and other central Italian hill towns. Students will learn about Umbrian cuisine, both ancient and contemporary recipes, and some of the agricultural and artisan activities in Todi. Field trips in conjunction with the Art History curriculum will include places such as Todi’s Roman Cisterns, the city museum and archives and local churches. Additional trips are planned for the shop of a local lutaio, the convent of the Lucrezie and an agriturismo. Readings, in English, will range from the entertaining sociological observations of the humorist Luigi Barzini and his The Italians and ancient Umbrian recipes, to the poetry of Todi’s own Jacopone and the humerous novelle of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Course components include in-class discussions, field trips and a journal as well as weekly quizzes and a final presentation.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Final enrollment decisions will not be made until shortly after the February 1 application deadline.
Housing and Meals
In Todi, students will stay in homestays and meals will be provided. On field trips, students will stay in hotels and will be responsible for paying for their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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 class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
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.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Jason Laine, the faculty leader for this program. 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.
How to Apply
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.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
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.
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