This hands-on program is designed to help students recognize the breadth of human creative accomplishment throughout history, understand the role of psychological complexity as an attribute of highly creative individuals, how to achieve optimal experience in work and leisure -- and much more! Participants will reflect on the architectural and artistic wonders of Rome, Florence, and Venice as well as participate in hands-on workshops at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center and the REMIDA center in Reggio Emilia, Italy, an artistic recycling center for schools and communities. This program is ideal for Education Majors wishing to take a capstone course with great benefits to their future careers.
This trip completely changed my outlook on creativity and what it means to be a creative individual. I feel more confident in my abilities to support my future students and to see the beauty in the mundane and even in items that may be deemed as useless or trash. . . . I would highly recommend this trip to any major as the ideas and concepts we delve into can be applied to any major or walk of life. It will change your outlook on the world around you and in the midst of the academic experiences, you will find great joy and amazement at the sides, sounds, and tastes that only Italy can offer!! -Colleen, 2019
Soh was an amazing instructor! The pre-travel work was very interesting, and it was all work that could benefit my future career. On the trip, Soh provided a great amount of support when it was needed. Overall, I hope that other students have the option to take their capstone with her. -Emily, 2019
This program (Creativity in Italy) was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was long enough for me to enjoy everything it had to offer, and short enough that I did not grow weary of my trip or the people I traveled with. We spent ample enough time getting to know everyone in the group, enough time seeing and learning about the sites, we got free time for ourselves to explore and/or relax, and we got a great feel of the land and country. If anyone had ever had the desire to see the ruins of Rome, the majesty of Venice, or the culture of Florence, this is a good program to do so. -Zachary, 2019
Sohyun Meacham, Assistant Professor
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Campus Address: SEC 107A
Soh’s first trip to Italy during her junior year in college was memorable. Visiting schools in Reggio Emilia, an Italian city well-known for innovative education, became influential for her future teaching career. Soh now enjoys traveling with her students to Italy for their life-transforming journeys. Soh is an experienced international traveler who has visited more than 20 different countries. Italy is her favorite destination. She has visited Italy 16 times so far!
CAP 3121: Creativity and the Evolution of Culture (3 credit hours)
To view the course syllabus, click HERE.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the capstone course. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program s course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Dates: Friday, May 20 (depart) - Monday, May 30 (return), 2022
This program is based in Reggio Emilia, a city located in Northern Italy with a growing population, famous for its Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Lambrusco wine, and the luxury Italian fashion house, Max Mara. It is also renowned for its innovative education and sustainable development with community. The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society. Their classroom environments and curricula are aesthetically designed, which integrate multiple disciplines as well as visual arts and support diverse learning styles.
Day 1: Arrive in Rome; check-in at housing
Day 2: Visit Roman Forum, Coliseum, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Day 3: Travel to Venice; gondola ride and time to explore
Day 4: Travel to Reggio Emilia
Days 5-8: Workshops in Reggio Emilia at the REMIDA and Loris Malaguzzi Centers, with departure for Florence on final day
Day 9: Visit Uffizi and Academia Galleries in Florence
Day 10: Departure from Florence
*Expect up to 15 miles per day of walking
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in hotels or hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone on Creativity in Italy
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.