Reggio Emilia, Italy (Nov. 11 to Nov. 26, 2016)

(The information meeting will be held in Rm 242, Education Building at 2:00 pm on Sept. 2nd)
Program Description

In 1991, Newsweek named the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the best preschool program in the world. Every year, thousands of teachers make the pilgrimage to Reggio Emilia to try to understand what makes the approach so effective. This year, we will be among them! The Office of International Programs in the College of Education is offering a 2-week study abroad experience in the City of Reggio Emilia. The trip will include a 5-day workshop with Reggio Children at the internationally renowned Centro Internationale Loris Malaguzzi. The workshop will focus on pedagogy in early childhood, elementary, special education, and art. This trip is highly recommended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students with those specializations.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is strongly related to cultural and geographic context. For this reason, this trip includes a second week of touring so that participants will have a better under standing how pedagogy relates to the Italian context. In addition to touring important sites in the City of Reggio Emilia, this trip will also include a day trip to neighboring Parma, and a 3-day trip to Florence. Highlights of the tour will include 

*The Tricolor Museum

*Galleria dell'Accadem ica

*An art-inspired scavenger hunt in Parma.

The students will leave from Chicago on Friday, November 11, and will likely connect in Germany and then land in Bologna where they will take a train to Reggio Emilia. The students will fly out of Florence on Nov. 26, connect in Germany again, and should arrive back in Chicago that evening. 

This trip is associated with the course CI 499 REG. The class will meet six times before leaving for the trip and once after return. The first class will be at a mutually agreed upon time sometime around Sept. 30.


The estimated cost is $4000, including airfare, hotel, the International Study Group with Reggio Children, ground transportation, museums and tours, and some meals (breakfast every day, 5 lunches, 2 dinners — including Thanksgiving).

This also includes the Venice weekend excursion. If students do not come to Venice and stay in Reggio Emilia in our hotel there, the cost is $3800. If students do not come to Venice and do not stay in the hotel in Reggio Emilia, the cost is $3700 — but they will need to make arrangements, as we will not be providing lodging for those two nights (Nov. 19 and 20).

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The first deposit of $500 is due Sept. 23. Deposits can be made here. Because this trip is limited to 20 students, admission is not guaranteed. We will select students by Sept. 30 and wait-list the remaining. The final list will be made by Oct. 7. At that time, any student who is not going will have their deposit ($10 for processing) refunded. 


Please email Stephanie Smith at 

Here is the video to show you a glimpse of the City of Reggio Emilia.