Education in Carpi, Italy
Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in any area of education
- Program in Italy: May 4 to May 31, 2018
- Priority Application Deadline: October 23, 2017 (Final deadline: January 31st)
- Interviews: Late October through Early November
- First organizational meeting of participants: 1st or 2nd week in December 2017
- 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 18th 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, Clemson University, Old Dominion University, 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 credit is obtained through the University of Kansas, for KU and non-KU students alike. Students from Clemson University can obtain transferable credit by completing a simple form. Students from other non-KU schools (i.e. Mizzou, Old Dominion, etc.) 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 18 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.
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 Villa Delfini near 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. Students who are pursuing a major or minor in Italian may be considered. Students in other programs (e.g. psychology, international relations, speech pathology, etc.) may be considered under special circumstances.
- 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 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.
- complete an application to Victoria Language and Culture (the organization that matches participants with Italian host families and arranges school placements) after you are provisionally accepted.
- complete approximately 7 short online modules related to living, teaching and traveling abroad.
Prior knowledge of Italian is not necessary.
Dr. Barbara A. Bradley, University of Kansas School of Education Professor, will be in her 17th 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 interestes at the KU School of Education website.
Dr. David Reinking, Clemson University School of Education Professor, founded the Carpi, Italy study abroad program and directed the program from 2000-2012. In addition to traveling extensively in Italy, he was also a visiting Professor at the Universita degli Studi della Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy during spring 2013. You may find more detailed information about his professional accomplishments and interests at the Clemson School of Education website.
Dr. Jamie Colwell, Old Dominion University College of Education Professor, is in her 10th year working with the Carpi, Italy study abroad program. During her doctoral program she worked with Clemson faculty as an advisor. After graduating with her Ph.D., Dr. Colwell joined the faculty at Old Dominion University, where she recruits ODU students who wish to participate in the program. You may find more detailed information about Dr. Colwell and her research and teaching interests at the Old Dominion website.
Mrs. Andrea Emerson is a doctoral student in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Clemson University. She teaches courses related to child development and social emotional development of children birth to five. She began co-directing the Carpi program in 2016.
Mr. Arsenio Silva is a doctoral student in Literacy, Language, and Culture in the Department of Education and Human Development at Clemson University. He brings fresh insights from his work teaching in Arusha, Tanzania helping teachers improve English language instruction, as well as his experience in teaching in American high schools and a secondary school in Mai Mahiu, Kenya. He joined the team during the 2017 program.
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
Tiffany Hester, J.D.
Office of Study Abroad
1410 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lippincott Hall, Room 108
Lawrence, KS 66045
Dr. David Reinking
Eugene T. Moore School of Education
418 Tillman Hall Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
Andrea M. Emerson
College of Education
G19-B3 Old Main
Clemson, SC 29634-0702
Old Dominion University
Dr. Jamie Colwell
Darden College of Education
167-1 Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529