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  • Locations: Ferrara, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/18/2019 02/25/2019 06/02/2019 06/29/2019
Program Description:

Summer in FerraraSummer in Italy

June 2 - June 29, 2019
An Educational Experience Exploring Art, Cultural Development and the Reggio Emiliana Approach to Education

Reserve your space by February 18th for $300

About the Program

Ferrara, a beautiful city known for its Renaissance palaces and castles, is located in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, world famous for its cuisine. This summer abroad experience also offers a wealth of culture, community, and content.
Students will have the option to choose two (3-credit hour) courses in Education, Art History, and Psychology. These courses focus on the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education, the growth and development of children and adolescents, and art appreciation in Italy.
All students will have an opportunity to visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, the heart and home of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Students will also have many opportunities to enhance the context of their courses as they explore the museums and cultural centers of Ferrara, Venice, and Florence.
Students from any major or classification (i.e., freshmen, seniors or graduates), are welcome to join this rewarding and inspiring abroad experience.  All courses are taught in English.

Program Dates

June 2-June 29, 2019

Eligibility Requirements
  • Undergraduates from Tulane and other institutions with a 2.5 GPA grade point average (based on a 4.0 system) and non-degree seeking students (must also apply to NTC summer school) are eligible to apply for admission. New Tulane students applying for credit must meet the general admission requirements of Tulane University.
  • Intro to Psychology pre-requisite is required
List of courses
ARHS 3910: The Art of Renaissance Italy
EDUC 6900 Special Topics (OR alternatively ARHS 6900 Special Topics in Museum Studies): Museum Education: An International Perspective
EDUC 3160 Children’s & Adol Literature
EDCU 6860 Special Topics - A look at Reggio Emilia’s Approach to Education
PSYCH 3210 Child Psychology
PSYCH 3200 Educational Psychology
Course descriptions
Shannon Blady, PhD, Director of Tulane University's Teacher Preparation and Certification
EDUC 6860 Special Topics: Exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education 

This course explores various curriculum models and underlying theories utilized in designing early childhood curriculum, with an emphasis on the Reggio Emilia Approach to Childhood Education. Through this approach, young children are encouraged to explore their environment and express themselves through many "languages," or modebased on the Understanding by Design model), authentic assessment, and resources available for teachers and students. This course is taught by Dr. Shannon Blady, director of Tulane University's Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. For more information, visit
Holly Flora, PhD Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Liberal Arts, Associate Professor of Art History
ARHS 3910: The Art of Renaissance Italy

This course will explore the art and architecture of central Italy from ca. 1300-1550 CE, with a special emphasis on the art of the city of Ferrara. Through sight visits and in-depth analyses of works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and others, students will gain an understanding of the development and impact of the Italian Renaissance. The course will examine the patronage of art by the Church as well as the aristocracy, particularly within the court culture of Ferrara and Mantua. For more information, visit
EDUC 6900 Special Topics (OR alternatively ARHS 6900 Special Topics in Museum Studies):
Museum Education: An International Perspective

This course will analyze the many diverse methods used by school teachers as well as museum professionals who teach using museum collections. Various methodologies and approaches to object-based teaching will be discussed, with special attention to the cultural differences in museum practices in Italy versus those in the United States. Students will learn teaching strategies using art for learners of all ages, including young children, and will develop a portfolio of lesson plans and assignments that can be used to enhance curricula in various museum settings.  For more information, visit
Alexandra Sims, PhD, Professor of Practice, Tulane University Department of Psychology 

PSYCH 3210 Child Psychology
This course introduces students to the scientific study of child psychology. The course provides a comprehensive overview of development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Course content emphasizes the multiple factors shaping development including the interaction of culture and biology. Through observations of children in local settings and explorations of cross-national research, we will also distinguish between universal and culturally unique aspects of development.   For more information, visit
PSYCH 3200 Educational Psychology
This course will examine psychological principles applied to educational practices with emphasis on development, learning theories, and learning contexts. Its purpose is to help adults working with children and pre-service professionals understand links between applied educational practices and psychological principles and research. Through school site visits, data review, video, and readings, students will also have opportunities to engage in cross-national exploration of education indicators, practices, and outcomes.  For more information, visit
Intercultural Learning Opportunities
Students will visit The Reggio Emilia Children’s Center, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Saint Marco’s Square, the Palazzo Ducale and the Venetia Ghetto in Venice, as well as the option to visit the Abby of Pomposa in Ferrara in addition to other local museums. Students may also have an opportunity to volunteer at a local summer camp in Ferrara.
Double occupancy hotel accommodations in Ferrara, Italy
Wifi available 
Included: Tuition, University & transcript fees, Accommodation, Opening & closing dinner, Class field trips, Weekend field trip and some group meals, Pick up at airport and  
Comprehensive medical & emergency insurance
Not Included: Airfare, Passport & visa fees, Telephone calls (send/receive),
Meals not specified, Transportation other than specified, Personal Travel, Course books & materials
Travel Information
Arrival Flight:
Students should plan to arrive to the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) on June 2, 2019 between the hours of (12pm-4pm) to ride the group ground transportation to Ferrara.
*If students choose to arrive in Ferrara on their own time, please note students are responsible for their own ground transportation. All students should arrive in Ferrara by 6pm.
Departure Flight:
The group ground transportation to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) on June 29, 2019 will most likely leave Ferrara around 5am.
*If students choose to depart Ferrara at a later time, they are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Students will also have to follow the hotel’s checkout policy.
Dr. Shannon Blady
Director, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
(504) 865-5351
Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to the physically challenged. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the specific program coordinator and the academic director as soon as possible (in writing). All effort will be made to accommodate but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.
Please make all payments promptly. No guarantee is given if payment is not received on time. A deposit of $300.00 is due with the application ($150.00) of which is non-refundable application fee). The balance will be charged to your Tulane account.
Cancellation Policy
All money will be refunded in full to any student not accepted into the program less the $150.00 application fee. The $150.00 deposit is refundable by the program deadline. If a student withdraws within 14 days prior to the start of the program no money will be refunded.

The effective date of cancellation is the date official written notification is received by the Tulane Office of Study Abroad at the address below or emailed to This refund policy applies to all students regardless of the date of application or the circumstance of the cancellation.

Students are advised NOT to make travel plans before receiving final confirmation.
Office of Study Abroad
6901 Willow St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Registration Process 
Registration is complete when all application materials and payments are received.
Scheduling Process
Course scheduling is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on the student's course preference list. If a student's first choice class is full, courses will be assigned from a student's alternate list of courses. Classes are limited to 10 students per class maximum.

Students are required to take and maintain 6 hours on all Tulane Study Abroad summer programs offered through the Tulane Office of Study Abroad. Students are NOT permitted to take summer courses pass/fail.
Passport and Visa Information 
A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to France. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site:

It is very important that you apply early for your US passport. The Tulane Office of Study Abroad assumes no responsibility in assisting students with passports. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad if you need documentation indicating you are on a study abroad program.
Insurance Information
All students participating on Tulane Office of Study Abroad summer programs are covered by a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through Geoblue. This insurance is included in the cost of the program.  Students are also covered by Global Rescue.