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Italy: Parenting and Culture

Graduate Study Abroad

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Parenting is a universal experience. In the course of a year, tens of millions of women and men experience the joy and challenges of becoming new parents. 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:

To be announced

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.


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

  • APSY-GE 2380, Section 099 (Class #4769) - 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.   

Sample Syllabus Forthcoming



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.


Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,247

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2023 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

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.

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.

Learn about graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Florence typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid 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 July, temperatures in Florence typically range from 65°F to 90°F. There is very little chance of rain. 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.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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