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Education in Carpi, Italy

Education Majors: 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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Curriculum & Teaching
Education--Health & Physical Ed
Education--Middle Mathematics
Education--Middle Science
Education--Unified Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
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  • Study education and gain teaching experience in Italy
  • Live with an Italian host family
  • Opportunities for travel in Italy and Europe as a whole
Program Summary: 

Approximately 20 education majors will be selected to participate in a unique summer study abroad program based in Carpi, Italy, a town of approximately 60,000 in Northern Italy near Bologna.

Program participants will be placed in a classroom to work mornings with teachers and children in an Italian preschool, elementary, middle, or high school. Each participant will stay with and become a part of an Italian host family. 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.

The study abroad program is primarily field-based in classrooms during the mornings with individual and small-group assignments and projects for the participants to guide and facilitate. There will be group activities many afternoons during the program including tours of special schools of interest and visits to cultural sites. Participants also will have time for travel with families and limited small group travel to nearby cities such as Bologna and Modena.  Independent travel after the conclusion of the program is encouraged to see places any distance further than 2 hours by train from Carpi. Arrangements will also be made for group trips to Florence one weekend and to Venice another weekend with free time for independent exploration. A traditional highlight is the final party at the Villa Delfini near Carpi for all participants, their teachers, and host families.

Participants will attend six two-hour sessions of non-credit Italian language instruction in the Spring semester. That instruction will focus on functional communication in families, classrooms, and everyday situations.  However, in most cases at least one member of a host family will speak some English and some students will work with an English language teacher in classrooms (English is a required subject in most Northern Italian schools beginning in preschool).

Academic Information: 


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 selected and matched to participants’ needs and interests by the Victoria Language Centre, a local organization in Carpi. This is Victoria Language Centre’s 16th year working specifically with this program. Many families have previously hosted American students.


Open to education majors in good academic standing. Prior knowledge of Italian is not necessary. A personal interview will be conducted after the written applications have been reviewed. Students must commit to prepare for the study abroad program during the Spring semester (twice monthly group meetings, six sessions of Italian language classes, and completion of several assignments).

Program Faculty: 

Barbara A. Bradley, Ph.D. will be in her 16th year of planning and coordinating this study abroad program in Carpi.

Andrea Emerson, Clemson graduate student, will be in her 1st year of co-directing this study abroad program in Carpi.

You must contact Barbara Bradley (contact information below) for an application. You must also complete the online Registration through this website by clicking the "Application" button listed above or below.

For more information contact:

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

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Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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