Early Childhood Education: Italian Perspective

This educational study abroad program is designed to introduce students to early childhood curriculum and instruction practices through the lenses of an Italian perspective based on three learning contexts: small groups contexts, group discussions and collective reasoning.

This six-week online course incorporates a two-week study abroad trip to Trento, Italy, where students will visit, experience, and observe Italian applications of the learning contexts in Nido centers and preschools. Once you've experienced "le scuole materne e nidi," you’ll find your teaching and professional perspective and attitude to be more international.

  • Location & Accommodations

    The enchanting late-Medieval and Renaissance city of Trento located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol in Italy will be the location of our program. Because of its northern location, Trento is a train ride away from Milan and Venice. In the 16th century, the city was the location of the Council of Trent. Trento was named the 2004 Alpine Town of the Year and is home to one of the most prestigious universities in Italy.

    Students will be sharing hotel rooms (two students per room).

    Level of physical activity: 3/5

  • Dates

    Fully online:
    May 20 - July 5, 2024

    June 3 - June 13, 2024

  • Undergraduate


    EEC 4231 Developing Learning Processes in Early Childhood: An Italian Perspective (6 credits)

    • Minimum GPA: 2.0
    • Language of instruction: English


    EEC 6232 Developing Learning Processes in Early Childhood: Research into an Italian Perspective (6 credits)

    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Language of instruction: English
  • Cost & Scholarships

    The estimated cost of this program is $3,158.61 per person and includes lodging for two weeks, ground transportation during program activities, lunch at school from Monday to Friday, two cultural activities, work with professionals involved inside the Federazione Provinciale Scuole Materne, materials, and "Apericena" at the end of the trip. The program cost also includes mandatory international health insurance.

    The program fee does not include roundtrip airfare, FIU course fees, most meals, and the non-refundable Study Abroad fee ($195). The program cost includes transportation from the Milan airport to Trento. However, it will not cover transportation from Trento to Milan.

    View available scholarships on the Study Abroad website.

  • Application

    Applications will be accepted through the Study Abroad website. The rolling admission process means applicants will be notified immediately of acceptance and will be able to complete post-decision materials before the application deadline. Visit Study Abroad to apply.

    The program is open to FIU students and non-FIU students. A minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students or 3.0 for graduate students is required.


School of Education and Human Development
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ZEB 345B

Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ZEB 348A

Note: FIU is not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of the program or other matters that are beyond their control.