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  • Locations: Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Program Overview


The PSU Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Program and the Helen Gordon Child Development Center have drawn inspiration from the innovative early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy for many years. This study group is designed specifically for small groups of students and accompanying professors whose work with students at U.S. colleges and universities is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education. We view this study group and the associated 3-credit elective course as an opportunity to engage deeply in social-constructivist, inquiry-based education through opportunities to dialogue with the Italian educators and visit their schools. The experience in Italy emphasizes the importance of family, community, and cultural contexts in creating responsive and equitable schools. This tour is also a unique opportunity for you to interact face-to-face with faculty and students in our Early Childhood program.  
World Renowned Schools
The experience of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia is the subject of interest, research, and exchange on the part of students, teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, and political and cultural figures from all over Italy and throughout the world. The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society.  
Study Group Program Highlights
• Meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday, March 25 followed by a walking tour of the town.
• Visits to the Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia
• Presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas, and teachers on the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education and the essential elements in the daily life of the schools.
• Interweaving of theoretical talks, presentations, and analysis of projects that document experiences realized inside the schools.
• Time at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center exploring the Ateliers, Bookshop, Documentation, and Educational Research Center and current Exhibitions.
• Opportunities for discussion among students and professors to share information about their own context and Reggio-related coursework at U.S. colleges and universities.
 International Meeting Place
The venue for the study group is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which opened in February 2006 and now encompasses an International Preschool and Primary School. As described by Carlina Rinaldi, Pedagogista and President of the Foundation Reggio Children, “It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families, and teachers. The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.”
Prior Preparation  
Students should be familiar with the history and fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to education so that they have some contextual framework before being immersed in the actual experience. Opportunities for dialogue and exchange among the group and with educators in Reggio Emilia will offer students many possibilities for gaining a deeper understanding of the history, challenges, and accomplishments of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools. Recommended Reference: “Indications Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia” published by Reggio Children,

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Alyse Collins
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leader Will Parnell, John Nimmo, Education
Travel Dates March 24 - 29, 2018 (Spring Break)
Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Special Education
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 3
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Italian
Housing Hotel / Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
*Preference is given to Graduate students
*Preference is given to PSU students
*This program is open to members of the early childhood education community
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Previous Coursework Early Childhood Education preferred
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Interview Required

Course & Credit Information:

This course will require an investigative paper, journal narratives and a final paper.

  • CI 4/510: Reggio Emilia Study Tour (Dialogues on Early Education) - 3 credits

Information Sessions

  • TBD

Program Costs

Program Fee Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs Accommodation
$3,640 $1,955 $5,810 Single Occupancy (limited availability)
$3,390 $1,955 $5,560 Double Occupancy


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition & Fees Includes:

•   Accommodation
•   Some meals
•   Site visits to Preprimary Schools and Infant-Toddler Centers
•   Conferences/Seminars with Italian Educators each day
•   Access to the Remida Center, Documentation Center, and Loris Malaguzzi International Exhibits
•  3 credits of CI 510

Additional Estimated Costs Include:
•    International round-trip airfare
•   Trains, Taxis, and other ground transportation
•    Additional meals
•    Personal spending money
•    Passport/Visa

Limited scholarships are available.

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.