Program Information
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Spring 2018: Tuscany CEHD
February 12, 2018 - May 07, 2018
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.


Interest Meetings:
01/31/2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM222 Alison Hall or attend via web - email
02/15/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM222 Alison Hall
02/22/2017 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM218 Gore
03/06/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM222 Alison Hall
03/20/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM222 Alison Hall
04/05/2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMAlison 220
Program Notes
Program Description
This semester-long study abroad experience in Tuscany is your chance to learn more about education, disability, and family services from a global perspective while enjoying the beauty and cultural sights of Italy.

Based in the city of Volterra, this unique study abroad experience offers you choices among courses that all include classroom sessions and weekly educational and cultural excursions. Excursions in Volterra will introduce you to the unique cultural context of this ancient Etruscan city and opportunities for hands-on learning with local schools, service agencies, and community groups. Additional excursions will combine tours of cultural attractions with onsite visits to an agency or school in locations such as Florence, Milan, and Siena.

The curriculum is particularly relevant for students interested in learning more about education, human services, and disability on an international scale. Students will be exposed to how human service and educational systems are designed in Italy and other countries in order to gain a cross-cultural understanding of services for children, adults, and families, including those with disabilities.

Students from any UD college or major can complete the disability studies minor requirements through this program. Additionally, courses align with a variety of majors and minors in the College of Education and Human Development. Courses will be taught at UD’s host institution, the International School for Advanced Education (SIAF Campus) outside the town of Volterra. Upon completion of the semester an international certificate of completion will be presented by SIAF. Students reside in single rooms at the SIAF conference facility with meals provided. Students will have the opportunity to travel independently on weekends and spring break.

  • Students will reside in single rooms in the residence halls at the SIAF campus.
  • Bedding and linens are provided
  • Students will reside in hotels during overnight excursions
Student Selection:
  • Course Work: Applicants from all majors are welcome to apply. All students will take 12-18 credits of course work and can complete a Disability Studies minor on this program.
  • Complete Application: The student must have submitted a complete application (Online application and at least one recommendation letter)
  • Interview: All students must complete an interview with the faculty directors who will make the final decision regarding admission to the program.
Visa Information:
  • The program fee includes visa fees for a Schengen student visa from the Italian consulate.
The Program Fee includes:
  • Housing in singles in residence halls
  • 3 meals a day - with some exceptions on travel days, excursions and free weekends.
  • Overnight excursions and local tours in Italy
  • Airport transfers in Italy only
The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to Tuscany, Italy, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Tuscany. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 15 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
DIST 301: Disability Studies: Special Topics (3 credits)
This course will examine the types of services and supports available to people with disabilities, their families and communities in Italy and the United States. It will discuss disability experiences within and across cultures from individual, family, and community perspectives. It will identify disability policies, development initiatives, and advocacy issues that affect integration of people with disabilities in their communities.
DIST 465: Seminar in Disability Studies (3 credits)
This course culminates the minor in Disability Studies with an integrative seminar in which we will explore disability across contexts from personal, professional, and policy perspectives.
EDUC 230: Introduction to Exceptional Children (3 credits)
The goal of this course (Introduction to Exceptional Children) is to survey the behavioral and educational characteristics of exceptional children. The spectrum of exceptionalities will be discussed, from people with special gifts and talents to people with severe/profound and multiple disabilities.
HDFS 201: Lifespan Development (3 credits)
This course is designed to review the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes that occur across the life span. We will examine human development from an individual and contextual perspective by reviewing past and present theories and research.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
HDFS 202: Diversity and Families (3 credits)
This introductory course explores the complexity and diversity of families in America. We will examine the historical, demographic, and social changes that have affected families over time. We will pay special attention to differences in families lived experiences based on socio-economic class, ethnicity, race, and gender.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
HDFS 221: Child Development II: 3 to 10 (3 credits)
Child Development II is designed for students seeking more in-depth study of topics in human development from the post-toddler period up to and including middle childhood (ages 3 through 10 years). The course will provide opportunities to increase your understanding of the nature of children, their general developmental patterns in the context of their families, schools, communities and broader effects of culture, class and historical time.
HDFS 270: Families and Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
This course focuses on individuals with developmental disabilities within the context of their families and cultures. Prevention and intervention information from early intervention, school-age, school to work transitions, adult services, and aging services will be reviewed. Issues such as community-based services, family-centered services, full citizenship, empowerment, school inclusion, supported employment, and family support will be addressed.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
HDFS 355: Professional Issues in Early Childhood Development Education (3 credits)
This course will explore issues that will shape the work of a professional and the lives of the children and families they serve.
UNIV 373-022: Study Abroad - Tuscany CEHD (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Spring Semester
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,200.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$5,935.00$15,930.00
Estimated Program Fee$7,300.00$7,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$13,235.00$23,230.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 27, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Laura Eisenman
Faculty Director
213H Willard Hall
Rena Hallam
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
201 Alison Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.