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Short Term | Historical, Cultural, and Theoretical Foundations of the Reggio Approach
Reggio Emilia, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Education Housing Options: Hotel
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 01 Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:
The Historical, Cultural, and Theoretical Foundations of the Reggio Approach
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Summer A
May 7- May 20

Application deadline: February 9
Commitment deadline: February 16

     Reggio town center  Reggio distance  Reggio center 2

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Development and Education and Elementary Education programs in the College of Education and Human Performance are offering an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to immerse themselves in the historical, cultural, and theoretical foundations of the Reggio Emilia Approach, (in the town of Reggio Emilia, Italy). Participants will visit historical, cultural, and educational locations and will participate in lectures to be able to evaluate this constructivist approach to education. 

The key student audience for this program, outside of those areas listed above, can be broadened to include those in Psychology, Exceptional Education and Interdisciplinary Students. Additionally, this program would also be a great fit for students in other majors interested in the cultural study of education programs and practices in Italy. 

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Students will compare and contrast teaching and learning practices in the U.S. and Italy, including identifying the processes of observation and documentation used in Reggio Emilia Schools and reflect on how they are used to design educational work and to support creative and critical thinking skills. 
  2. Students will learn about, and witness, the development and application of unique approaches to teacher preparation programs and child development in Reggio Emilia Schools. 
  3. Students will articulate an understanding of Italian culture and local beliefs and customs are reflected in educational programs. 

  • EEC 4303-Planning Creative Activities for Young Children
  • EDE 4223-Integrated Arts and Movement in the Elementary School
  • EEC 4903H-Honors in the Major
  • EEC 4906-Independent Study
  • EEC 6908-Independent Study

Pricing (based upon the minimum number of students):

Program fee: $3,100 (subject to amendment)

For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: $1,000
Payment 2: $2,100

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Hotel accommodation in double occupancy rooms
  • Airport transportation
  • Walking tour
  • Activities & excursions
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights

*Please note: Because this program will involve working with students in classrooms a background check is required for all participants. If you are considering applying to this program and are NOT a student from the College of Education and Human Performance, you will be required to have such a background check completed at your own expense to qualify for acceptance. 


Program Leaders: Nancy Brasel and Dr. Judith Levin
Program Leader emails:, 


This program is currently not accepting applications.