Study Abroad Trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Interested in studying abroad?  WE WANT YOU to travel Infant Toddler Centers of Reggio Emilia. Because of their reputation, and because demand is high, the opportunity to visit these schools is rare. Don’t miss your chance to explore these internationally acclaimed schools, meet with world-renowned teachers, and interact with educators from around the globe!

DATES: October 15-22, 2016

PARTICIPATION FEE: $2,850 or $3,150 Cost includes the program fee to Reggio Children, hotel accommodations for 7 nights. The per person amount is based on hotel accommodations in shared double rooms at 3 or 4 star hotels. Single room supplement is $300 (see registration form).  North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) members receive a $100 discount. For membership information please visit:

Fee to Reggio Children S.r.l.:
• The organization and presentation of the study group program for the week
• An informational folder for each participant with materials about the town of Reggio
Emilia, its municipal infant toddler centers and preschools, Reggio Children and the Loris Malaguzzi International Center
• Private bus transportation to and from the centers in Reggio Emilia when required by the program
• Professional interpreters when required by the program
• Refreshments during coffee breaks each day
• Lunch Mon through Friday at Pause Restaurant and a farewell reception Services provided by Angela Ferrario, U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia and by International Study Tours, LLC:
• Introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday, October 16, 2016

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:  Accommodations for 7 nights are included from check-in on Saturday, October 15 to check-out on Saturday, October 22.  To accommodate our group, blocks of rooms have seen reserved at three and four star hotels within 10 to 20-minute walking distance of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. Rates for accompanying non-participants and for additional nights are available upon request. Every effort will be made to honor hotel preferences while the priority is to keep groups from the same school/organization together.

AIRFARE: Participants must arrange their own flights and cover the entire travel expense. Expedia shows an airfare of approximately $1,200 (Round Trip – Indianapolis-Bologna). Bologna Marconi is the most convenient airport to reach Reggio Emilia. Alternatively, you could fly to Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate. Participants should arrange to fly on Friday, October 14, arriving in Reggio Emilia on Saturday, October 15 (departure from the U.S. is one day prior to arrival in Italy). Our first group gathering in Reggio Emilia is the introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday, October 16 at 12 noon. The Program begins Monday morning and ends on Friday, October 21 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Hotel check-out is Saturday, October 22 by 11 a.m.

FARE FROM ARRIVAL AIRPORT TO AND FROM REGGIO: Please plan for transportation from the airport to Reggio Emilia and back. The cost will vary depending on type of transportation (bus, train, etc.).

PASSPORT: You must have a current, valid passport. Cost is approximately $135.

ADDITIONAL MEALS AND PERSONAL EXPENSES: Varies by participant and length of stay.

PHOTOGRAPY & VIDEOTAPE POLICY: For privacy issues, participants are not allowed to photograph or videotape inside the infant/toddler centers and preschools, inside the Exhibition area and the Ateliers at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, as well as during the presentations. Reggio Children’s policy allows the possibility to audio record the presentations.

REGISTRATION: A $500 deposit is required to reserve a space. Please mail check deposit made payable to Butler University and Registration Form on following page to:

Susan Adamson
Butler University College of Education
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485.

Confirmation and Invoice for Balance Due will be sent by email. Payment Balance is due upon receipt of invoice but no later than September 12, 2016.

Download the Reggio Emilia Study Tour Flyer

The Butler Business Consulting Group Facilitates Funding Opportunity for Hinkle Academy

Indianapolis, Indiana – July 21, 2016 –Butler University has been awarded $21,000 by the ECMC Foundation to fund five educational programs that benefit the Indianapolis community and Butler students. The University will match a portion of the grant, adding another $10,000 of funding, raising the total to $31,000 for these programs.

The money will be divided evenly among the five programs, which are:

My First Patient Program, which will provide first-year pharmacy (P1) students an overview of the general laboratory procedures associated with individual health.

Hinkle Academy of Wellness and Sport Leadership, which is a wellness awareness and development summer program designed for underprivileged youth in the metropolitan Indianapolis area.

The Bullying Awareness and Prevention eLearning Program, designed and developed for K-12 schools and school districts who are searching for meaningful ways to train their students, school staffs, families, and the community about Bullying Awareness and Prevention.

Taking Indiana History to the Fourth Grade, which provides every public elementary school in the state with two copies of The Gifts of Indiana chapter book (authored by a team of Butler University students in education) and the creation of an online learning experience and curriculum guide for use with the book.

Student-to-Student Development, which are conferences meant to provide the opportunity for young leaders in Indianapolis high schools to learn how to implement The Butler Way into their personal lives, school experiences, and communities.

The grant came about when a longstanding client of the Butler Business Consulting Group, Premiere Credit of North America, made the BBCG aware of the opportunity to apply for an ECMC Foundation grant. ECMC, the parent company of Premiere Credit, and its Foundation, channels grant funds into the communities they serve.

BBCG executive director Trent Ritzenthaler coordinated efforts with various associate deans across campus to develop and submit a number of creative ideas for grant-funded programs.

The “Top 5” ideas selected by the ECMC Foundation were presented to the company’s employees to vote on those that would ultimately be funded.

“Butler is excited to kick-start and implement these programs, and the BBCG is excited to have expanded our relationship with Premiere Credit and ECMC Foundation to bring added value to the broader university and our Indiana communities,” Ritzenthaler said.

The ECMC Foundation is funded by ECMC group, and aims to make positive differences in education across the nation. They have three main focus areas—college success, career readiness, and teacher and leader development—and invest in programs they believe will enhance academic achievement.

The Butler Business Consulting Group is a consulting business designed to serve Indiana companies by offering innovative strategies that support profitable growth. Their team of experienced professionals leverage the University’s resources to help solve business challenges.


For more inforamtion, contact:
Diana Todd
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN