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BU Faculty Led Trip - Summer - Reggio-Emilia, Italy
Reggio-Emilia, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Courses Previously Transferred: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/27/2017 04/10/2017 05/20/2017 06/04/2017
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended Academic Area:
Early Child (PK-4)/Deaf and HOH, Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies
Program Description:


Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to study at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center and to observe teachers and students within  the  Reggio  schools.  They  will  also  visit  historic  and  cultural sites in the two ancient and significant cities of Rome and Venice.


Within this study-abroad experience, teacher candidates will earn three academic credits for this unique practicum experience. An additional three credits may be earned by enrolling in the Multicultural Education course.

Dates: May 20 - June 4, 2017

Program Fee: $3,350.00

Payments due to the Bursar's Office:
October 31, 2016               $500 non-refundable deposit and $325 first payment
(this date has been extended to November 4, 2016)
December 16, 2016            $850 second payment
February 10, 2017              $850 third payment
April 7, 2017                      $825 final payment

Program fee covers:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations including breakfast
  • Transportation, i.e., trains and boats
  • Museum and church entrance and tour fees

Additional costs not covered by this program fee will include:

  • Bloomsburg University tuition for three-credit practicum and the optional three-credit Multicultural Education course
  • Textbook costs for the practicum and optional course
  • Food costs for the two weeks, estimated to be no more than $500 for lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks (e.g., water, soda, cappuccino, etc.)
  • $500 for lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks (e.g., water, soda, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Spending money
  • Technology fees
  • International Health Insurance

About Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia is an affluent city of approximately 170,000 inhabitants and is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. This city is also in an area known for its world-renowned Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar. Also significant is that this is the birthplace of the famous early-childhood education pioneer, Loris Malaguzzi. He is the primary reason why this study-abroad program is being developed, as his educational theories have been producing happy, productive, and well-educated citizens in Reggio Emilia for over 40 years. Bloomsburg University teacher candidates will experience learning from the master teachers who have developed this unique approach to facilitating young children’s learning through the use of careful observations, guided lessons based upon children’s areas of interest, and infusions of the arts and play within much of the learning.

  • Exploring the city of Reggio Emilia
  • Exploring the city of Venice
  • Touring St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice
  • Exploring the Guggenheim Museum in Venice
  • Visiting the Lido Beach on the Adriatic Sea
  • Exploring Rome
  • Traveling via plane, train, and boat


Bloomsburg University, College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning is now offering the following courses as study-abroad:

ELEMED 461/561 Urban Practicum: 3 credits – In-service seminars, hands-on learning, and actual observations within the Reggio Children’s Schools will be a part of this rich experience while one grapples with a foreign language, a diverse culture, and children from many different backgrounds.

EDFOUND 406/506 Multicultural Education: 3 credits – Multicultural Education studies school situations that reflect the cultural diversity of the nation and the world in their social and school goals and curricular and instructional aims and practices. This course provides strategies for accommodating to cultural norms, values, attitudes, behaviors, languages, and learning styles of students and for teaching all students  to understand and respect their own and other cultures.
Dr. Michael Patte and Dr. Caryn Terwilliger will supervise and facilitate this study abroad experience.

Dr. Michael Patte
Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Caryn Terwilliger
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching and Learning

Nawal Bonomo
Director, Global and Multicultural Education 5