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Study Abroad: Italian Culture & Civilization

IT 130: Italian Culture & Civilization

(GH; IL)
(3 Credits)

When: Spring Semester, 2015
T, R 2:30 pm — 3:45 pm
Accompanying Study Tour:
Spring Break— March 6 to March 16
Study Tour Location: Rome, Italy

Course Description

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.

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. 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.



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.

Travel in Italy                           $80
Airfare                                      $1,250*
Hotel                                        $500
Museums                                 $100
Misc. Expense                         $50
(group meal)
Administrative Costs               $408
PSU Travel Insurance             $14

              Total                         $2,402*

*Price subject to change
**Students are responsible for transportation to and from the ERIE Airport

The following cancellation penalties apply:

· $150 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 $150 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 $150 deposit



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.


An interview is required for acceptance in this course.


For Information, please contact:

Dr. John Champagne
139 Irvin Kochel Center

Dr. Sharon Dale
136 Irvin Kochel Center

Ms. Ruth Pflueger
203 Lilley Library Learning Resource Center


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.

Registration Form


Name: ______________________________


Mailing Address: _____________________



Telephone: __________________________


E-Mail: _____________________________


Penn State ID: _______________________


Payment Schedule
$150 deposit due October 18, 2014 (non-refundable)
$400 payment due November 15, 2014
$550 payment due December 13, 2014
$600 payment due January 10, 2015
$700 payment due February 14, 2015


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



Printable Italy 2014 Brochure

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