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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy; Todi, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:



  • 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
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • 0-3 semesters of college-level Italian language

Program Description 

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 through famous Italian cultural treasures: churches, museums, and archaeological sites. The instructors will meet the students at the airport in Rome and the group will travel together to Todi, where they will be based for the duration of the program. From there, day trips are tentatively planned to cities such as Tarquinia, Assisi, Ravenna, Siena, Pienza, and Urbino. Extended trips to other Italian cities are also on the itinerary. While site visits are considered extensions of the classroom experience, they are structured to allow independent exploration too. At the end of the program, the group will travel back to Rome together where they will spend the last days of the program. 

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.

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.


Summer: May 13 - June 24, 2023

Program Leaders

Program Leader Information

  • Giuseppe Bruno-Chomin, Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese 
  • Kenta Tokushige, Graduate Student, Department of Art History


Course Descriptions

All students are required to take 8 or 9 credits. Equivalent competency may substitute for specific course prerequisites. Students electing to take the 9 credit option will be charged an additional credit of tuition.

Lectures are designed to amplify the reading assignments from the text, and to provoke discussion by exploring certain themes and ideas related to these readings. The lectures will presuppose the assigned readings; therefore, it is necessary to complete the reading assignments before the corresponding lectures. During the remainder of the week we will be taking field trips or an extended excursion. Whenever possible lectures and readings will relate to these trips; or we will have a lecture or discussion at the site. All field trips are considered to be an extension of the regular class meetings, and you will be required to accompany the faculty to sites and museums while on these trips.

ITALIAN CULTURE  (all students select this course)

IT 299 - Italian Culture (2 credits)
Benvenuti in Italia! This two-credit course, taught in English, is designed to give you a deeper understanding of your experience in Italy. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to Italian history and culture, the course will study literature, architecture and cuisine to showcase the multifaceted reality of contemporary Italy. Our approach invites you to bring in personal experiences and observations about what it means to be Italian in an increasingly multicultural national space that is still beholden to authentic cultural traditions and arts with deep historical roots. We will ask you experience Italy first-hand, interacting with the environment, visiting cultural landmarks, discovering remnants of the past as well as ruminating on the present and imagining what is to come.

LANGUAGE (select one course)

IT 001 Beginning Italian (4 credits; no prerequisite) 
 This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the Italian language.  It will provide an introduction to the written and spoken language through a variety of written and oral exercises.  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, if you should decide to continue your study of the Italian language. The class will be conducted mostly in Italian.  You will be challenged in this course to better communicate in Italian.

Methodology:  Since communication is the course objective, this course combines a content-based language instruction with an interactive task-based approach.  Students will be expected to actively participate in a variety of interactive small and large group activities.  This course is not based on lectures, but rather on active learner participation in multiple task types that require students to use Italian in various situations that reflect normal use of different varieties of Italian.

Course Goals:  Italian 001 students are expected to develop and improve their communication skills. Since communication is carried out in many ways and in many different contexts, students will be required to develop specific communication skills that reflect an ability to appropriately use Italian under a variety of conditions (e.g. setting, task, medium, genre, etc.)

IT 003 Intermediate Italian (4 credits; prerequisite: IT 002)
Benvenuti al corso di Italiano 3! This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian 001 and 002 at PSU, or the equivalent level at another university, or who have taken four or more years of high school Italian. The purpose of the course is to continue the development of communication skills in written and spoken Italian. Italian 003 offers students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary, to use the language in a variety of contexts and to review the grammar learned in Elementary Italian as well as completing the acquisition of more complex grammar skills. It is vital that each student actively participate in class and complete the necessary preparation outside of class. By the end of the course it is expected that the student will be able to understand (through reading and listening) and communicate (in writing and orally) effectively in both formal and informal situations. The course will be conducted in Italian.

IT 399 Independent Study (3 credits; prerequisite: IT 003)  
Benvenuti al corso di Italiano 399! This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian 003 at PSU, or the equivalent level at another university. The purpose of the course is to continue the development of communication skills in written and spoken Italian and prepare students for advanced conversation and composition at the 400 level. Italian 399 offers students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary, to use the language in a variety of contexts and to review the grammar learned in Elementary and Intermediate Italian as well as completing the refinement of more complex grammar skills. It is vital that each student actively participate in class and complete the necessary preparation outside of class. By the end of the course it is expected that the student will be able to understand (through reading and listening) and communicate (in writing and orally) effectively in both formal and informal situations. The course will be conducted in Italian.

ART HISTORY (select one course)

ART H 299 Foreign Study -- Art in Italy (3 credits)  
Course description is forthcoming.

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.


Course Selection

Students are required to select from and take the prescribed courses listed above as participants on the program. The Education Abroad Office will register you for these courses. 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 program options.
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options.

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 8 credits and a maximum number of 9 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

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.


Some meals (breakfast, lunch) will be provided as part of the homestay experience. On field trips, students will be responsible for most meals.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Summer Costs

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.

Student Aid

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.

After Commitment

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.

After the Start of the Program

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.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility Considerations

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Programs Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA Considerations 

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith Considerations 

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website.


You must apply to this program by February 1, the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website.

Education Abroad Advisers

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 02/01/2023
02/11/2023 05/13/2023 06/24/2023
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

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