International Program in Communication Arts & Sciences

ROME -- summer 2007

Professor Thomas W. Benson, director

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to know Italian?


Do I need to register for all 9 credits in the program?


Will other Penn State students be studying at the Sede di Rome in summer 2007?


How many students will there be in the CAS program?


Do I need to be a CAS major to enroll in the program?


Do I need to be a Penn State student to apply to the program?


Are graduate students eligible to apply for the program?


When should I apply?


Is scholarship support available?

Is the program expensive?

Professor Benson's home page | CAS Rome 2007 home page | CAS department page | Penn State International Programs

 


 

Do I need to know Italian?
No. All courses will be conducted in English. You will find that you can travel about Rome and in Italy with English and a little ingenuity, though it is certainly recommended that you try to learn at least some phrase-book Italian. And if you know Italian, or have a chance to study it before the trip, you will find that you have plenty of opportunity to use and improve your knowledge of the language.

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Do I need to register for all 9 credits in the program?
Yes, the program is designed so that students will take all 9 credits. The courses are mutually supporting, and the program budget requires that it exist as a unit.

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Will other Penn State students be studying at the Sede di Rome in summer 2006?
Yes. There will also be summer programs in Architecture, in Nutrition, and in Human Development and Family Studies. Students in past summer programs in Rome have found many common interests across the range of their studies.

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How many students will there be in the CAS program?
The program is designed for 18-24 students -- a small enough group to allow for seminar-style discussions and to allow the group to be together for site visits.

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Do I need to be a CAS major to enroll in the program?
No. Students from any major in the University may apply. Courses are designed to satisfy the academic needs of Penn State CAS majors while at the same time providing liberal arts instruction valuable to any student--meeting the academic requirements of majors while at the same time providing core elective credits for nonmajors.

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Do I need to be a Penn State student to apply to the program?
No. Students from any college or university may apply for admission to the program. If you are a student at another university or college, it would probably be a good idea to send a transcript along with your application. The application form asks for a student ID number; if you are not a Penn State student you will not have one, so just leave that line on the application blank. Once you are registered, Penn State will assign you an ID number.

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Are graduate students eligible to apply to the program?
The program is designed for upper-division undergraduate students, but lower-division students, including freshmen, and graduate students may be admitted on a case-by-case basis if their departments approve. Penn State graduate assistants may be eligible for a summer tuition grant; check with the graduate school, your department, and college.

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When should I apply?
Applications are now being accepted. Apply as soon as possible to be sure of a place in the program.

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Is scholarship support available?
Yes. Check with the financial aid office in your college and with the office of International Programs. If you have a scholarship, you may be able to use it to support some of the expenses of the Rome 2006 program, in which you would register as a full-time student. Be sure to check with your department to see whether it offers support for study abroad.

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Is the program expensive?
Penn State makes every effort to keep the program affordable while offering a high quality program with full-time faculty and excellent facilities. Tuition is the same as resident instruction on the Penn State campus. Room and board costs are comparable to those found in State College. There are additional expenses associated with travel abroad--air fare, some restaurant meals, and the normal personal expenses of living in a major world city. Still, we keep the costs as close to regular resident instruction as possible. Previous students tell us that the cost of the program is well worth the benefits in personal growth, excellent courses, and the strong message that successful study abroad sends to future employers and graduate school admissions officers.

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