International Programs Fair

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What a day!  Cheryl, her husband Wayne, and I spent the whole day on Tuesday at the International Programs fair at University Park.  We met loads of students who were looking for study abroad opportunities.  It was so exciting to see all of the international programs that Penn State and other universities were showcasing at the fair.  I enjoyed talking with students and finding out where they were interested in going and what programs they wanted more information about. 

We already have a few students who have completed their applications for the HDFS in Rome 2009 program!  That is wonderful.  Our application is at:  It is important that students fill this application out.  There is another one on the International Programs/Education Abroad program's website, but that is for after students are accepted into our program.

We had a lot of students wondering how we decide about whom to let into the program.  Here is what Cheryl came up with as the "prescreening" test.  Here are the questions and some brief information about those questions:

1.  What is your major? 

We can accept students from all different majors at the university and from other universities.  Students should check with their advisors to make sure the courses we offer can work towards their degree, if desired.  For some students, it may make more sense to apply to the programs designed specifically for their major alone.  We do give priority to HDFS majors and HDFS minors, but we enjoy having a diverse group. 

2.  What is your grade point average?

We require a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for students to be considered for our program.  Beyond that, we will be looking at the student's other information, such as major, reasons for wanting to go to Rome, and so forth, in addition to the GPA when determining whom to accept.

3.  Are you a serious student?

We are looking for students who want to have an excellent academic experience in another culture.  We do not want students who are planning just to party and be on summer vacation.  There are other ways for students to fulfill that desire.  Our program requires students to complete 9 credits of coursework in 7 weeks, so we need them to be serious students!

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of making plans for the program in Rome.  We are already discussing the field trips to Florence, Venice, and Pompeii.  We have ideas for new projects, readings, and assignments for the three different classes we offer.  We know that this year will pass quickly as we plan.  We are looking forward already to the the best gelato in Rome contest.  I am sure that Cheryl thinks she knows which is best, but just wait and see!

Ciao for now.



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