Study Abroad Course in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad Course in Rome, Italy

Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

General Information

IT 130: Italian Culture and Civilization (3 Credits) includes a mandatory 10-day Study Tour to Rome during Spring Break 2018.

Italian pepe e cacio pepper spaghetti

The cradle of Western Civilization, Rome provides a rich opportunity to study the arts. The course will begin with the Etruscans and move chronologically through the Roman Republic, the Imperial period, early Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Risorgimento, Mussolini’s Rome, and the contemporary period.

Based upon an integrated approach to art, architecture, music, literature, and film, the course will provide General Education credits in either humanities or international culture. It also fulfills the 3-credit study abroad requirement for International Business majors. 

Course Details

  • This team-taught, interdisciplinary course will include weekly meetings throughout the spring semester during which students will be introduced to the culture and history of Italy and the city of Rome.

  • The course culminates in a ten-day field trip to Rome over Spring Break.

  • Among its distinctions, students will experience Italian gastronomy by visiting open air markets, alimentary, salumerie, and restaurants.

  • Satisfies: GH or IL requirements (3 credits are required to satisfy requirements)

  • Honors credits may be available for study abroad programs of ten days or more.

  • Pending approval, it could be used to satisfy a requirement for the college’s minor in International Studies.

  • Discussions are underway to provide an occasion for students to meet Italian colleagues at the University of Rome (Roma Tre) and possibly develop joint research projects.

  • An interview is required for acceptance in this course.


Since this course is offered in the spring semester, there will be no additional cost for tuition if you are a full-time Penn State student.

Estimated Costs
Expense Type Estimated Price Notes
Travel in Italy $100 N/A
Airfare $1100 Students are responsible for transportation to and from the Erie International Airport.
Shared hotel accommodations $600 Price subject to change.
Museums $100 N/A
Misc. Expense (group meal) $50 N/A
Administrative Costs  $500 N/A
Total $2450 Price subject to change.

The following cancellation penalties apply:

  • $200 non-refundable deposit
  • Prior to the purchase of airline tickets, a student wishing to cancel will be entitled to a refund of fifty percent of any monies he/she has paid minus the $200 deposit.
  • Once airline tickets have been purchased, a student wishing to cancel will be entitled to a refund of fifty percent of any monies he/she has paid minus the full cost of the airline ticket and the $200 deposit'


  • Behrend College majors may be eligible for the college’s privately endowed, need- based scholarships. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 898-6162 to see if you are eligible.
  • The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Abroad Scholarships are also available to students who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • For details, please stop into the Learning Resource Center, 203 Lilley Library.

Important Notes

Students who want to protect themselves against these penalties can buy a personal travel insurance program.

The above amount does not include meals, souvenirs, passport fees, or other incidentals.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or personal check.

Payment Schedule

Payment Schedule
Amount Due Date
$200 deposit October 20, 2017 (non-refundable)
$575 payment November 17, 2017
$575 payment December 8, 2017
$575 payment January 19, 2018
$525 payment February 16, 2018

Note cancellation penalties under “COSTS.”

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or personal check made payable  to Penn State University. Bring your deposit along with this application (and all subsequent payments) to the Office of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences in Room 170 of the Kochel Building.

After October 20, students will only be admitted if space is available. A surcharge may be necessary after this date.

Registration Information 

Trevi fountain in Rome in a spring night

Send the following information to Dr. Sharon Dale or Dr. John Champagne.

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Penn State ID #

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