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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Housing Options: Apartment, Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: NO
Credit Type: U of A Credit Open to non-U of A students?: NO
Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours Area of Study: Childhood Education, Education, Psychology
Program Duration: 2 weeks
Program Description:


Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Application Deadline:  December 1, 2018

This experience will provide students with a deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, combining discussions of history and theory with experiential learning in both Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Exciting tours, observations of educational centers, and immersion in documentation of a model early childhood program will be complimented with discussions, reflections, and presentations. 
This course is designed for anyone passionate about learning and childhood. It will be particularly exciting to those who plan to become teachers or work with children, anyone who has studied the Montessori Method or the Reggio Emilia Approach from a psychological perspective, those interested in embedding art in the classroom, and all who are interested in the impact of culture on education policy and practice.


This program will use the University of Arkansas Rome Center for classes, lodging and site visits for much of the program, with a multi-day excursion to Reggio Emilia, Italy. 

The Rome Center 

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Browse more photos of the Rome Center classrooms, library, studio spaces and offices on the UARC Italian Homepage:!the-studio/c747

Find the Rome Center and explore nearby landmarks on Google Maps:

The U of A Rome Center is conveniently located in one of the most important palaces in Rome – Palazzo Taverna.  Not far from Piazza Navona, Palazzo Taverna first belonged to the Orsini Family, and in 1328 the site took the name of Mount Giordano, in tribute to Giordano Orsini a Roman Senator in 1341. The palace was referred to by Dante in his literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XVIII). In 1688, after five hundred years of uninterrupted ownership, Flavio Orsini, burdened by debts, was obliged to sell the property to the Gabrielli Family, a very old and noble Roman family. Since 1888, however, the Earls Taverna of Milan have owned the palazzo. 

Today, the buildings in the Palazzo house many different activities from private residential apartments to banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and artist studios.  Palazzo Taverna has a Baroque wing and an Empire wing -- each featuring frescoes from the turn of the 19th century by painter Coccetti. The U of A Rome Center is housed in the Empire wing of the Palazzo where the most important architects of the 20th century met to discuss their ideas.


Students must:
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.


Credit Hours:  Three (3) credit hours 
Credit Issued By:  University of Arkansas
Courses:  Offered at the undergraduate level, honors credit available. 


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To see photos and read more details about U of A housing in Rome, visit the Rome Center's Italian home page- click here

Students are housed in apartments which are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods either within walking distance of the U of A Rome Center or conveniently located next to public transit routes for easy access to the Center.  All apartments come fully furnished and include wifi internet access. Typical lodgings have double occupancy rooms with 4-6 students in each apartment. 


Those who make this journey will experience the following, and more:
  • Visit the inspiring Loris Malaguzzi International Centre and Reggio Children in Reggio Emilia, Italy and come away with a new understanding of early learning and instruction
  • Browse the stalls at the open air markets in Reggio Emilia
  • Find the courtyard in Rome where the Montessori Method began, and see what remains of her first Casa dei Bambini
  • Tour the ancient Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on a tour of the Vatican City
  • Walk the lush paths of the Villa Borghese
  • Explore the vibrant cities of Venice and Florence, taking advantage of time set aside for free exploration


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive.


“Visiting Reggio Emilia allowed me to see what is possible and what is ideal in teaching young children-- not just what is compliant with regulations. The experience reached my heart and inspired my work and life for years to come.”
– Amy, early childhood educator
“My Reggio experience profoundly confirmed and changed the way I perceive children and early childhood education.  The experience also touched me personally as it opened my eyes to a way of living where you look at and sense the world around you in new and better ways.  It is life changing.”
–Tammy, early childhood educator and program director


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Dr. Laura Herold

Dr. Shelley McNally 

This program is currently not accepting applications.