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Italy: Child Development in a Social-Cultural Context

Graduate Study Abroad

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Child development and parenting are processes that are greatly influenced by the social and cultural context at hand. The experience of parenting begins even before infants are born, continues throughout the life of the parent and child, and takes on different forms and functions over the course of the child's and parent’s development. Parents, children, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and educators—and society at large—share a stake in parenting. Importantly, parenting is shaped by and a reflection of the broader cultural setting in which learning and development unfold.

Italy will be a vibrant cultural backdrop for the study of parenting and culture, as students participate in a highly interactive format that involves readings, presentations, research, and informal observations of parents and children in everyday settings. Students will learn about  parenting views and practices at different points in children’s development, from various theoretical perspectives and through a cultural lens, and will be encouraged to generate ideas on how to apply findings from research on parenting and child development to the design of culturally-sensitive programs and interventions. At the end of the course, students will appreciate the variety of ways that parents support children's integration into their unique cultural communities.


Florence, Italy

Program Dates:

Travel component: March 16-23, 2024

Required pre-travel class meetings: January 26, February 2 & 23, and March 8. All 9:00 - 11:00 am EST


Catherine Tamis-Lemonda, Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: September 19, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: October 19, 2023 (admissions continue thereafter on a space-available basis)

Find the application link and instructions on the "How to Apply" page

Who can participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related areas of Study:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Childhood Education
  • Human Development
  • Psychology and Social Intervention

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.

How to apply:

The application link and instructions, as well as the deadlines and notification timelines, can be found on the "How to Apply" page

Students register for a total of 3 credits and take the following course:

  • APSY-GE 2380, Section 095 (Class # 17565) - Parenting and Culture (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Applied Psychology.

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.   

Direct Costs Billed by NYU

Participants will be billed for the cost of the graduate course following the standard per-credit rate for NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees. In addition, study abroad courses have a supplemental Housing & Activity Fee that covers the cost of housing abroad, program activities and visits, group transportation in-country, and international health insurance. Students can expect to be billed:

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition (3 credits) - $6,303
  • Steinhardt Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $700
  • Housing & Activity Fee - $1,200
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,203

Tuition, Registration, and Housing & Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Spring term.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

In addition to airfare, participants should budget for: daily meals (except for included welcome and farewell meals); transportation to and from the airport; passport and/or visa fees (if applicable); vaccination costs (if applicable); and other personal incidentals.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.


NYU Steinhardt offers several graduate study abroad scholarships and maintains a list of additional external funding opportunities.

Study Abroad Budget Worksheet

Download and use this Study Abroad Budget Worksheet to estimate the cost of your study abroad experience. 

PLEASE NOTE: This spreadsheet lists possible expenses and may not be all-inclusive of program costs. In addition, your costs may fluctuate based on changes in currency exchange rates, airfare, varying personal lifestyles, etc. While this is a good tool for reviewing study abroad expenses, the results should be considered to be an estimate of the total cost of participation.

Housing Accommodations

Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees. Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Italy of less than 90 days in duration.

All other passport holders should check their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

Helpful links: US Department of State, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet GuideNYU Florence.

Weather: In March, temperatures in Florence typically range from 42°F to 65°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Italy.

Pre-Departure Resources

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


All applicants should review the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page prior to applying to study abroad.

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