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    Capstone on Creativity in Italy

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    Capstone on Creativity in Italy

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    Capstone on Creativity in Italy

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    Capstone on Creativity in Italy


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. 

I loved this program so much! This experience changed my life and I am so glad that I was able to travel to Italy and learn so much about the culture and education system. I would highly recommend this program to all of my peers in the college of education. Soh was such a wonderful program leader and I wish I could do this program all over again next summer! -Bryce, 2018​

Soh did an amazing job with this program. She worked hard to provide the group with the best experience and I couldn't be more thankful for her. She gave her all so we could get the most out of our time abroad. -Danica, 2018

This program changed my life and my future as an educator! -Gabrielle, 2018


Course Leaders

Sohyun Meacham, Assistant Professor

Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Phone: 319-273-2760
E-mail: Sohyun.meacham@uni.edu
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 15 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. Contact the course leader for more information. 


  • 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.


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.

Tentative Program Dates: Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Rome; check-in at housing

Day 2: Visit Roman Forum, Coliseum, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Day 3: Travel to Reggio Emilia

Day 4: Day trip to Venice

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 11: 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.

Program Costs

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

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
Program Dates: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

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 GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • 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.