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, meals (group and individual), travel health insurance and program administrative fees.
The current estimate of the trip 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.
Travel: January 2020 (2+ weeks)
Coursework: Fall Semester 2019
Application Period: Closed - cohort selected
Travel: January 2022 (2+ weeks)
Coursework: Fall Semester 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Buffalo State Leaders
Kerry Renzoni, Music Department
International Partner School(s)
University of Foggia
San Giovanni Bosco
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only. 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.
Next application period: January 2021
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate or graduate students in teacher
education - including those graduating in the December prior travel
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
- Priority given to education majors
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.
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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