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Teach in Italy during your summer.

The KU School of Education and KU Office of Study Abroad, in partnership with Clemson University and Old Dominion University, offer pre-service teachers a unique study abroad opportunity. This study abroad program, located in the historic town of Carpi, Italy, is field-based and each participant is placed in an Italian pre-school, elementary, or middle school classroom to observe and work mornings with teachers and students. In addition, participants teach English to Italian students. Afternoons are spent visiting other schools and cultural sites and spending time with host families or exploring Carpi. This program provides a deep and memorable cross-cultural experience that exposes participants to Italian culture and to a foreign education system.

This study abroad program was awarded the Andrew Heiskill Award for Innovation in International Education by the Institute of International Education in 2009.

Eligibility To Study In Italy

Each fall semester, approximately 20 students who have been admitted to the KU School of Education are selected to participate in this study abroad experience the following summer semester. This study abroad experience is open to undergraduate students and graduate students, who are majoring in education or a closely related field and who are in good academic standing. If eligible, applicants must complete both an application to the program via Clemson University’s web page as well as the application through the KU Office of Study Abroad.  A personal interview will be conducted after the applications have been reviewed. Prior knowledge of the Italian language is not necessary.

Academic Structure

Students will enroll in 3 credit hours of C&T 649/749: An International Teaching Experience - OR - C&T 497: TESOL Practicum for Kansas State Endorsement.  Also, prior to departure, students participate in several meetings that focus on living and teaching abroad. Students must consult with their advisor and enroll in the course as directed. 


Each participant stays with and becomes a part of an Italian host family. It is through this experience that participants will develop an understanding of the Italian culture, as well as develop a greater understanding of their own culture. Families are carefully selected and matched to participants' needs and interests by the Victoria Language Centre. Lodging and most meals are provided by volunteers of the host family. 

Enjoy your international cultural experience.​

As a group, participants travel to Florence and Venice, Italy on two individual weekend. These trips provide participants with "free time" to explore these cities and they may also sign-up for optional activities such as museum visits, a cooking class, or hiking in Tuscany. While there is some other (but limited) independent travel to nearby cities such as Bologna, Mantova, Modena and Verona during the program, participants are encouraged to stay after the study abroad program has concluded for more extended travel opportunities.

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