- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- Senior standing or above at the start of the program
- This program is only available to pre-approved Penn State Architecture students.
Students will be taking courses at The Pantheon Institute, which is located in the two most revered piazzas in all of Rome, Piazza Navona and Piazza della Rotunda (Pantheon). Outside your doorstep you will find the magnificent Roman temple from which the Institute derives its name, as well as Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, Campo dei Fiori and more located within walking distance of the Pantheon Institute.It is fully equipped for architectural and other design studio operations.
This program offers a set curriculum of courses in architecture. Design, Urban Studies and Analysis courses are taught by the Pantheon Institute faculty with the assistance of Roman architects and local professors. A guest lecture series is part of each semesters offerings and has included world class practicing architects, historians, and specialists in related disciplines.
Fall: late August - mid December
Spring: mid January - late April
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Known as the Eternal City and the City of the Seven Hills, Rome is a virtual classroom in itself, rich in history and culture. Visitors and students alike quickly recognize many of the artistic, historical, and cultural landmarks in this center of western culture: Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica; the Coliseum, Forum, and Arch of Constantine; the baths of Caracalla; the Catacombs; the Pantheon; Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. Museums and libraries abound throughout the city. Rome is also a city of churches. Architectural styles include early Christian basilicas, the beautiful Gothic church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and many important baroque monuments. The city has a long, rich, and varied history, dating back to the first millennium B.C. Tradition has it that Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 B.C., although fortified elevations on the Palatine Hill date back to a much earlier period. The city is the capital of not only the country, but also of Latium, a region of central Italy, and of the province of Rome itself. Economically, the city has become a center for tourism, banking, insurance, printing, publishing, and fashion.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.