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Historical, Cultural, and Theoretical Foundations of the Reggio Approach to Early Childhood in Italy

Summer A  2014


Program Full

Program Description:

UCF’s Early Childhood Development and Education Program in the College of Education has developed a unique study abroad opportunity in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Undergraduate and graduate students will be able to immerse themselves in the historical, cultural, and theoretical foundations of one of the leading approaches to childhood development and learning.

    Students will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy to visit historical, educational, and cultural locations and to participate in lectures which will enable them to evaluate this constructivist approach to early childhood education. Participants will be expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

    Students on this program should plan to arrive in Bologna, Italy at 2:00pm on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel accommodations.  Please note: check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, flights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students should not purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

    In addition to the main educational lectures and early childhood education observations in Reggio Emilia, the program will be supplemented by an Italian cooking class, a crash course in the Italian language, and a weekend excursion to Florence.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $1,000 ($150 non-refundable) due February 15, 2014

Payment 2:  $2,490 due March 15, 2014

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast early childhood teaching and learning strategies in the US and Italy
  • Identify five major elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Reflect on the Hundred Languages of Children and its importance in understanding child development
  • Identify three processes of observation and documentation used in Reggio Emilia Schools and reflect on how they are used to design educational work
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Minimum GPA:  2.75 Undergraduate; 3.0 Graduate
  • Preference will be given to early childhood UCF students
Courses[click to expand]:
EEC-4303 Planning Creative Activities in Early Childhood Education
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

ARE-2000 Early Childhood Art & Creativity
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

EEC-5205 Programs and Trends in Early Childhood Education
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

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Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared hotel accommodations in Reggio Emilia, Italy including breakfast
  • Shared hotel accommodations in Florence, Italy, including breakfast
  • Round Trip Train Transportation between Bologna and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Classroom space in Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Round Trip Train Transportation between Bologna, Italy and Reggio Emilia; Reggio Emilia and Florence, Italy
  • Florence Museum Pass
  • Italian language crash course
  • Italian cooking class and farewell lunch
  • Welcome dinner
  • Airport/Train station transfers per itinerary
  • Medical insurance
  • Observation opportunities within schools in Reggio Emilia
  • Excursions to tour Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar producers
  • Walking tour of Reggio Emilia
  • International Studies Administrative Fee which covers part of the following expenses: ($350)
    1. costs associated with program development, such as staff time, curriculum assessment and development, evaluation of faculty credentials, program leader training, and site visits;  
    2. coordination with vendors and host institutions abroad to ensure smooth and safe program implementation;
    3. program marketing materials and activities;
    4. administrative costs, such as shipping, toll phone calls, and equipment dedicated to study abroad programs;
    5. advising and orientation of outgoing students about academic, cultural, health and safety, logistics abroad, and travel concerns; and
    6. activities to comply with UCF policies and procedures, including international vendor requests for approval, development of vendor and inter-institutional agreements, program payment requests, travel vouchers, payment tracking, and reconciliation of program revenue and expenses.

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Bologna, Italy
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses at your discretion
  • UCF tuition
Price (in US Dollars): 3490.00
Requirement: Mandatory
Payment due:  Pending application approval
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr. Judith Levin, Ms. Nancy Brasel
Email: Judith.Levin@ucf.edu
Office: ED 122L
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2014-05-05
Program Ends: 2014-05-17
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2014-02-03
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu