Three-week cultural immersion experience in Reggio Emilia, Italy, a city of 175,000 people known for its excellent schools as well as cheese, wine making, balsamic vinegar, and textiles/fashion. The trip features an in-depth study of the Reggio Emilia Educational Approach--project work, integration of the arts, and diverse documentation strategies in Italian preschool and elementary classrooms. Also included are workshops with community agencies of Reggio Emilia; homestay of student pairs with an Italian family; beginning Italian language lessons; study of the history and elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach; workshops on music and movement across the curriculum; and use of recycled materials in the classroom. Group tours of Florence, Venice, and other Italian cities; cultural experiences in the community that include museums, art events, family festivals, shopping, theater; and other student-selected activities are readily available.
Self-selected travel opportunities for students as well as travel before or after the study abroad experience. Graduate and undergraduate course options are available. Course options include ED 4380/8380; 4390/8370. EDEC 3360 and EDEC 8000. Course counts for multicultural requirement and can be taken for credit in Music 4000 and/or for elective credits. Students may take 3 or 6 credits. Open to students especially in education, PRTM, public health, nursing and the social sciences. Ratio of faculty to students is strong with an effort to provide a personalized and supportive experience.
Maymester in Italy is a Heiskell Award Winning Program that provides a deep and memorable cross-cultural experience for all Education majors. Through this program, participants are exposed to Italian culture and to the innovative and highly regarded approaches to education in Italy. Education students who are selected to participate will live with an Italian host family for the duration of the program and will be placed in a school to work with Italian teachers and students. School placements range from preschool through secondary school. Students work in the schools during the mornings then meet frequently in the afternoons for whole group activities.
Some free time is allowed for travel with families as is limited independent travel to nearby cities such as Bologna, Montova and Modena. The program also includes group weekend excursions to Venice and Florence.