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Child in Reggio Emilia, Italy

This course is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring Break program. 

Course: EDUC 300 - Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching 
Instructor: Dr. Sallee Beneke, Assistant Professor of Education
Dates: March 15-24, 2016 (subject to change) 
Location:  Reggio Emilia, Italy 
Price: $5,780   

Application deadline: October 22, 2015                                                                                                                                            

*$1,500/student in Education Department scholarships will be awarded to students who are accepted into this program.

Program description

The program will begin with a visit to the central Italian city of Pistoia, where its extensive network of infant toddler centers and preschools has come to international attention.  We will then proceed to Reggio Emilia, widely recognized for providing a seamless model of excellence in curriculum, special education, environment, parent involvement, and staff development. Through school visits and meetings with teachers and members of the pedagogical team, participants will learn about the city's strong commitment to families, culture, and history.


What is included
  • Course fees
  • Airport transportation to Chicago O'Hare
  • Round-trip airfare from O'Hare to Italy 
  • Ground transportation in Italy
  • Housing in a hotel 
  • Continental breakfast
  • Plenary sessions 
  • Presentations
  • Visits to the schools
  • Discussion groups
  • Opportunities to interact with the teachers, artists in residence, and parents of children enrolled in the schools.
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage

What is not included
  • Ground transportation in Italy (approx. $150)
  • Passport fees
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Souvenirs and spending money

How to apply

Application deadline - October 22, 2015
Complete the Online Application

Payment details

  • December 1: $1,500 commitment fee due.
    Payable by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • January 15: Remaining balance due. 
    Payable by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost and are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.