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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Angelina Palumbo Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Education
Program Description:

Culture, Curriculum & Contexts of Schooling - Italy

Siena, Italy 

Summer 2021 has been postponed. Please check back for more information about Summer 2022!
Faculty Leader: Barbara Veltri



This study tour is designed to help students connect theory to practice as they observe how culture is reproduced within social order. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with locals, visit schools, and gain an understanding of different curriculum models, theories, teaching styles, inclusion models, and academic materials. Throughout the 21-day program, students will meet and learn from children, teachers, administrators, professors, parents, journalists, and students. There will also be exposure to the Italian language, especially in the context of everyday life and community. Day trips to other Tuscan cities are also part of the program. Join us for an insight into Italian culture and insight into a larger scope of education! 


Students will complete 4 credits on this program as follows:
  • ECI 407/507 Social Studies Methods for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits) AND
  • ECI 308 Practicum in the Elementary Classroom (1 credit)
  • ECI 408 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (1credit)



Students responsible for arriving in Florence Airport by May 14th at 1:00 pm.
Departure on June 4th, scheduling responsibility of students. 
Courses deadlines June 22nd to allow time for submission of projects.


Dr Barbara Veltri - Associate Professor
Department  Teaching & Learning
Created and directed this program for five years in Siena; know the curriculum in the schools and how projects align with Italian mandates course of study; HLC qualified to teach Social Studies/Curriculum/Practicum.

Silvia Miniucci, University of Oregon GEO Director (Siena)


Students will be housed in a student residence in central Siena. Students will be paired in double rooms with another student on the program. Each room has a private bath and toilet. Common cooking and living areas are shared with Italian and other international (Erasmus) students, which allow for cultural exchange.


To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Good Academic Standing 
  • Junior or Senior in Fall 2019
  • Letter of Recommendation 



To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.


Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experience:
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/11/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA