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.
Travel: January 2023 (3 weeks)
Cohort Meetings: Fall Semester 2022
Accepting Applications: No
Application Deadline: Closed
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 current program estimate of $4500 includes: round-trip flight, lodging, group ground transportation, group cultural excursions, travel health and evacuation insurance, administrative fees, and passport. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to participants' Buffalo State tuition. Other expenses participants direct-pay to vendors before and during travel.
Buffalo State Leaders
Kerry Renzoni, Music Education
Sherri Weber, Elementary Education
University of Foggia
Institute Comprensivo via Pietro Nenni
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. A typed application form is preferred; handwritten is 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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