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  • Locations: Apiro, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Italy is widely known as having some of the most progressive legal policies supporting inclusive practice including an over 30-year tradition of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Inclusion in Italy is based on the principle that the integration of people with disabilities is a positive force in the classroom, because it offers all students opportunities to develop new understandings and knowledge. Disability, therefore, is considered a point of strength, rather than a problem. Italy also boasts a public education and basic literacy level of nearly 97%, which is quite remarkable, although international comparisons of test scores place Italy much closer to the U.S. in other areas. Today, Italy is experiencing a new wave of immigration as well as the effects of a widespread downturn in the economy. Disability studies, as a field of inquiry, is beginning to emerge in Italy. Thus, the implementation and meanings of integration (or inclusion) take on new meanings in the midst of these changes, making this a very significant time to be studying and observing inclusion and literacy instruction in Italy.

Travel and Living

The round-trip transatlantic flight to Italy is included in this program's fee . Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Syracuse Abroad and are included in the program fee. You'll be housed in shared rooms in hotels/hostels rented by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Students will receive some meals (included in the program fee), but will be responsible for a majority of meals. Additional information will be provided to confirmed applicants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


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Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy
SPE/RED 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

This three-week immersion in the Italian education system will invite participants to explore key course constructs through a combination of school visits and observations (as well as direct work with students on a shared literacy project), Italian language study, lectures, cultural and museum visits, seminars; class readings and written assignments. Beginning in Apiro (Marche region), and ending in Rome (Lazio region), students will also visit cities in several regions of Italy, including Venice (Veneto), and Florence (Tuscany), as well as day trips to other points of interests.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


  Beth Ferri

beth ferriBeth A. Ferri, Ph.D. is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she also coordinates the Doctoral program in Special Education and is an Associate Faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Professor Ferri teaches courses in adapting instruction for diverse learners, critical issues in inclusive education, and doctoral seminars in gender, race, sexuality and disability. She also regularly teaches an SU Abroad course in Italy. Professor Ferri has published widely on the intersection of race, gender, and disability, including articles in Teachers College Record, Race Ethnicity and Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Remedial & Special Education, Gender & Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, and the Journal of African American History. Her first book, published in 2006 (with David J. Connor), titled Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates documents how problematic rhetorics of race and dis/ability were used to maintain and justify segregated education in the U.S. after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Her most recent book, Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies Law and Education was published in 2013 (Syracuse University Press). She is currently working on a third book, titled DisCrit: Critical Conversations Across Race, Class, & Dis/ability with Teachers College Press..

Marcelle Haddix

marcelle haddixMarcelle Haddix is a Dean’s Associate Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. Her scholarly interests center on the experiences of students of color in literacy and English teaching and teacher education and the importance of centering Blackness in educational practices and spacs.

She directs two literacy programs for adolescent youth: the Writing Our Lives project, a program geared toward supporting the writing practices of urban middle and high school students within and beyond school contexts, and the Dark Girls afterschool program for Black middle school girls aimed at celebrating Black girl literacies.

Haddix’s work is featured in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

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 Course begins:  May 13, 2019
 Course ends:  June 1, 2019
 Application deadline:   February 20* 

*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,744 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee    $4,000 (estimated)
 Total  $7,744 (estimated)
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,677 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,000 (estimated)
 Total  $8,677( estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: included in program fee
Books & Supplies: $60
Personal: $500
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.
*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.