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Education in Carpi, Italy

A Cross-Cultural Experience in Carpi, Italy
This program provides a deep and memorable cross-cultural experience that exposes participants to Italian culture and to an education system well known for innovative approaches.
Carpi, Italy
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Academic Disciplines: 
Curriculum & Teaching
Education--Health & Physical Ed
Education--Middle Mathematics
Education--Middle Science
Education--Unified Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
Special Education
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
Program Summary: 


Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in any area of education or related disciplines such as social work, speech-language-hearing, applied behavioral sciences, etc.


  • Program in Italy:
    • Depart U.S. on Friday, May 6th, 2022
    • Arrive in Italy on Saturday, May 7th, 2022
    • Return to U.S. on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2021
  • Interviews: Early December
  • First organizational meeting of participants: 2nd week of December 2021
  • Subsequent organizational meetings: 3 to 4 during the spring semester

Carpi, Italy, a town of about 69,000 in Northern Italy near Bologna. Learn more here.

A study abroad program in its 20th year that features the following:

  • Placement in a carefully selected Italian host family; participants will live with, become a part of, and develop a close relationship with their respective volunteer host families for a unique cross-cultural experience.
  • Placement in an Italian classroom; in their assigned classroom each participant will work with a teacher and students on weekday mornings.
  • Local field trips and site visits to places of professional and cultural interest.
  • Weekend trips as a group to Florence and to Venice with time to explore the city and surroundings; transportation and lodging provided by the program.
  • An opportunity ot meet and interact with education majors from other universities (University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and possibly others).
  • An opportunity for participants interested in early childhood to experience firsthand the application of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and its pedagogical principles of child-centered instruction with teachers and children in a daily classroom setting.


  • Gain cross-cultural experience and awareness
  • Expand views of education and educational practices
  • Experience personal growth, gaining confidence, perspective, etc.
  • Develop deep relationships with other participants and with an Italian family
  • Absorb another culture through participation, not observation
  • Take advantage of a unique opportunity usually not available outside of a study abroad program
  • Develop knowledge, skills and disposition for culturally responsive teaching

Information for Parents: Please click here to view a letter to parents from the faculty director of this program.

Academic Information: 

Academic credit is obtained through the University of Kansas, for KU and non-KU students alike. Students from non-KU schools should inquire with their school's study abroad office about the procedure for transfering study abroad credit.

Students will receive three semester credit hours for the courses listed below. Graduating seniors may qualify for graduate credit. If requested, additional semester hours may be taken. If pursuing a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement at KU, this study abroad counts as a TESOL practicum. 


C&T 491:  TESOL Practicum for Kansas State Endorsement (3 credits)
C&T 649
: International Teaching Experience (undergraduate) (3 credits)
C&T 749: An International Teaching Experience (graduate) (3 credits)


Lodging and most meals are provided by volunteer host families. Families are carefully screened and are selected and matched to participants’ special needs and interests by the Victoria Language and Culture (VLC), a local organization in Carpi with many years of successful experience in arranging home stays for American students with Italian families. VLC has managed the logistics in Italy successfully for the previous 19 years. The co-owners speak fluent English and are on-call 24/7 during the program in Italy. Many host families have previously hosted American students. Nonetheless, living as a member of a family in another culture requires program participants to be adaptable, flexible, accommodating, and friendly. Visit the VLC website to learn more about them.

Life Abroad: 

This program is primarily field based in classrooms during the mornings with individual and small-group assignments and projects. However, there will be many whole-group activities during the program as well as free time for travel with families and limited independent travel to nearby cities such as Bologna, Modena, Verona, and Montova. Independent travel after the conclusion of the program is encouraged because there is limited free time for independent travel during the program. Available free time during the program is typically spent with the Italian host family. Arrangements will also be made for weekend group trips to Florence and to Venice with much free time for independent exploration. Participants will also select from a menu of special visits, tours, and field trips including tours of special schools of interest and visits to cultural sites. A traditional highlight of the program is a final party at the Club Giardino in Carpi for all participants, their teachers, and host families.


To apply you must be a student who is...

  • enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program pertaining to education or a related discipline (social work, speech-language-hearing, applied behavioral science, etc.). Students who are pursuing a major or minor in Italian may also be considered.
  • in good academic standing
  • at least a sophomore by the start date of the program.

To participate in the program in Italy, you must...

  • Complete and submit the online pre-decision application (click the "Application" button).
  • Participate in an interview (in person, if possible, or by phone). If the interview is satisfactory, then you are accepted provisionally.
  • If you are provisionally accepted, complete the online post-decision materials (includes KU study abroad pre-departure requirements and Victoria Language Centre requirements for placement with Italian host families and schools).
  • Complete approximately 7 short online modules related to living, teaching and traveling abroad.

Prior knowledge of Italian is not necessary.

Program Faculty: 

Dr. Barbara A. Bradley, University of Kansas School of Education Professor, will be in her 20th year of planning and coordinating this study abroad program in Carpi. She has traveled extensively in Italy. You may find more detailed information about her professional accomplishments and interests on the KU School of Education website.

For more information contact:

University of Kansas
Dr. Barbara A. Bradley
Department of Curriculum & Teaching
443 J.R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Tel: 785-864-9726

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