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Study Abroad in Italy

Gondolas on the coast of Italy


Tentatively 2024

Application Deadline:


What will I explore?

Program Highlights:

  • City stops include, Rome, Florence, and Bologna
  • Loris Malaguzzi International Center
  • Guided Tour of the University of Bologna
  • Montessori School Visit
  • Public School Visits
  • San Lorenzo Market
  • Homemade Pasta Cooking Class
  • Guided Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum
  • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
  • Historical and Cultural Walking Tours

What will I learn?

During this 14 day program, students will learn about the educational system in Italy, as well as some child-centred teaching methods. The group will have the opportunity to visit local public schools, find out more about inclusive education techniques and visit one of the most prestigious universities in Italy: University of Bologna. We will travel to Florence where we will visit the local market and learn how to make homemade pasta. In Rome, the group will be guided through historic landmarks such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican Museum.

Reggio Emilia Approach: 
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy and pedagogy focused on preschool and primary education. This approach is a student-centered and constructivist self-guided curriculum that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.

It was created after WWII by a teacher in Reggio Emilia, Italy, which is where the approach gets its name. After the war, educators and families believed that children needed new ways of learning, to cultivate young minds as an investment in the future. The Reggio Emilia approach was developed to
help children learn in this new framework.

Montessori Method: 
The Montessori system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limits, as well as, a carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.

Through this, the child develops intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. It is designed to take full advantage of the child’s desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities. The child needs adults to expose him to the possibilities of his life, but the child must determine his response to those possibilities.

What's included in the cost?

$3,400 - $3,800 is the estimated program cost, and includes:

  • round-trip airfare
  • lodging
  • international health coverage
  • transportation from NWTC to O’Hare airport and back
  • in-country transportation, such as train, subway, or bus
  • entrance fees
  • Daily continental breakfast, and some additional meals

Costs do not include: tuition, some meals, personal spending money, and passport fees.

When are the payment deadlines?

  • $300, due when the application is submitted
  • $700 Dec 17th
  • $900 Jan 28th
  • $900 Feb 25th
  • $700-$1,100 April 1st

Payments can be made by stopping in or calling (920-498-5483) Student Involvement, SC118. Checks (made out to NWTC), cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Payments do not include: tuition (optional), some meals, personal spending money, and passport fees.

Students are responsible for keeping track of payments made/money owed.

The refund policy is explained on the study abroad application. 

What financial support is available?

Apply to the International Programs Study Abroad Grant

  • Awards are typically between $300-$800.            
  • Underrepresented students can be awarded up to $1,000
  • Grant applications are due the same date as the study abroad application deadline. The application is attached to the study abroad application.
  • If you are not FAFSA eligible you can still apply

Apply for FAFSA

  • Pell grant recipients can use any remaining funds to help pay for study abroad
  • Talk to a Financial Aid Advisor by visiting the Welcome Center, SC240 or calling 920-498-5444

Apply to the Foundation Scholarships

  • Awards are anywhere from $500 to $2000!
  • Apply by logging into your my.NWTC, click Finances, and next click “Apply for a Scholarship”
  • Deadlines are April 15th and November 1st

Apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Students can be awarded up to $3,000!
  • Applicants must be a Pell Grant recipient and be taking the study abroad program for credit
  • Application deadlines in March and October
  • For more information visit

Get creative

  • Students can organize a fundraising event
  • Use electronic resources like Kickstarter and GoFundMe
  • Waive holiday and birthday gifts for financial gifts

What are the credit opportunities?

10-307-400 International Education Practicum


Lacy Frewerd, International Programs Contact

Tracy Blahnik, Faculty Leader

Mary Beth Boettcher, Faculty Leader