The International PDS in Torremaggiore, Italy enables teacher candidates and faculty members from Buffalo State and the University of Foggia to learn from each other educational practices considered exemplary in their respective cultures. Buffalo State teacher candidates and faculty travel to Italy every other January for two and a half weeks.
Torremaggiore, Italy (view map) is a small medieval town in the province of Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Situated on a hill about 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea, it is noted for its production of wine and olives. The climate is Mediterranean with mild winters (40-50F) and warm summers (75-80F).
The overall cost of the program includes: roundtrip flight, lodging, group ground transportation, group cultural excursions, travel health insurance and program administrative fees but does not include anticipated or unexpected personal expenses. The current program estimate is $4500. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to Buffalo State tuition bill. Other expenses are paid separately by each student before and during travel.
to be determined
Travel: January TBD (2+ weeks)
Coursework: Fall Semester
Accepting Applications: No
Application Deadline: April 1
International Partner School(s)
University of Foggia
San Giovanni Bosco
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only (see above). Applicants must submit a completed application form, essay of intent, one academic reference, and a copy of past grades and current course registration. Handwritten applications are acceptable.
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate or graduate students - including those graduating in the December prior travel
- Priority given to education majors
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
Follow Italy participants as they experience life abroad.
View individual profiles of past participants - colorful demonstrations of the impact of IPDS programs on the personal and professional lives of our students.
Angela shares what she learned as a student in Music Education on the IPDS trip to Italy.
Kelly shares her IPDS experiences in Chile and Italy and how they have benefited her teaching practice.
Christine shares her observations at two special education schools in Chile and the teaching strategies she utilized in a second grade classroom in Italy.
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