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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: BC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Quick Facts:
Quick Facts:
Accommodation: Apartment GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Italian On-Site Staff: International Student Office
Required Course: Language Course Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term BC Program Type: BC Program Program Manager: Nicholas D'India
Program Description:
The University

Visited by millions of tourists from all over the world, Venice is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It combines a unique system of canals with countless architectural marvels from the Renaissance to the present.

BC is a consortium member of Venice International University (VIU), an association of twelve distinguished world universities—including Duke University, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, European University at St. Petersburg, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, KU Leuven, Ludwig Maximillians Universitat,  Tel Aviv University, Tongji University, Universita luav di Venezia, University of Lausanne, University of Padova,University of Rome Tor Vergata, Waseda University and Tsinghua University.

Venice International University boasts one of the most unique and beautiful campus locations in the world. It is located on the island of San Servolo, a ten-minute vaporetto ride from Piazza San Marco. The campus' picturesque buildings and a peaceful park overlook the Venice waterfront.

Venice ItalyThe Program

Students will be enrolled in the Globalization Program at VIU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This program brings together talented, motivated students from member universities in a truly multicultural, international and interdisciplinary environment. Students enjoy a powerful learning experience in which they develop their capacity for critical thinking, working across disciplines and creatively embracing new ideas. Each semester 120-140 students from the member universities take part in the Globalization Program. 

Courses particularly focus on the many historical, economic, cultural, and political dimensions of globalization and cross-cultural contact and exchange over the centuries. The second focus is on Venice and its architecture, history, politics and a site for literary imagination.

Except for Italian language courses, all classes are taught in English by international faculty from partner universities—including two courses per semester taught by a BC professor. No previous foreign language experience is required. 

Internships are available to interested students in organizations and companies following the semester of courses. Scholarships are available for internship students.

On-Site Staff

University Address:
San Servolo
300135 Venezia

Academics & Support

Students are required to take an Italian Language course and 4 additional courses, for a total of 5 courses equaling 15 BC credits.

A set of core courses are available every semester focusing on three themes:
  • Italy - Courses that showcase Venetian and Italian life, culture, art and history
  • Cultures of the World - Courses that examine the cultures of the world; courses that make the most of the intercultural classroom
  • Global Challenges - Courses that address current, global issues, from an interdisciplinary perspective
Two specialization tracks are also offered, one per semester:
  • Fall - Economics, Management and Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage
    • The aim of this specialization track is to introduce students to concepts such as Natural and Cultural Heritage, both tangible and intangible; to the challenges posed by their management, preservation and development, in relation to development policies and/or citizenship issues.
  • Spring - Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
    • The aim of this specialization track is to develop awareness of Sustainability concepts and issues, applied to the environment and the economy, learning about sustainable practices and management, adopting ethical and cultural approaches
Additional Courses
  • 4-6 additional courses will be offered each semester by visiting faculty members.
Detailed course information is available here.

  • Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
  • Spring Term: Starts early February and ends in mid-June.

Students may choose to live in dormitory style residence halls located on San Servolo Island or in shared student apartments in the city (with limited availability for the apartments). Students will go through VIU directly for housing assignments, more information is available at this link. VIU will automatically assign students to a room and a roommate(s).

Linens, towels, pillows and blankets are provided in both residential halls and apartments. In the residential halls the rooms are cleaned and the linens and towels changed once a week. Students will live in double, triple or quadruple occupancy rooms with another VIU student(s) as a roommate(s).  Washing and drying facilities are located on campus. All students must do their own laundry. Each load costs 3 Euro. The apartments have washing machines.

All electrical appliances need adapters, US to Europe, except laptops that have built-in adaptors. Students are advised to bring their own laptop computers since residence halls have cable network connections in the individual rooms. There is wireless connection in the VIU library, in the classrooms and in some other areas of the main building, as well as 20 work stations in the VIU PC rooms.  

Smoking is strictly prohibited in the dormitories and apartments, including individual rooms. 


VIU has a dining hall located on the premises. BC students living in the dorm on San Servolo will receive vouchers that are valid not only in the cafeteria on San Servolo, but also in a wide network of cafés, restaurants and supermarkets. These provide many more dining options, as there are many places in Venice where students could choose to eat and pay with their vouchers. Also, as the vouchers are valid nationwide, students can also use them when traveling in Italy. A list of restaurants, shops and supermarkets that accept the vouchers is available here. The website is in Italian only, you must enter Venezia in the box "località" and then press the green button "cerca" and then the green button "elenca locali") There is also an app to locate the places accepting the vouchers called Buoni Pasto Day.  Students living in apartments in the city of Venice are responsible for their own meals.
Cultural Activities

VIU hosts a variety of cultural activities throughout the semester. Semester events may include a weekly movie screening of Italian movies with English subtitles, guest seminars, city and museum tours, soccer tournaments, and rowing lessons at the historic Bucintoro Rowing Club. Also included are a day trip through the Venetian Lagoon and a half-day trip to the Port of Venice.  More information about the Co-curricular Program is available at this link.

VIU offers a five-day orientation prior to each semester. Students stay in triple or quadruple rooms in a residential hall on San Servolo. Laundry facilities and a dining hall are available.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for getting to VIU themselves. Information how this can be found here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.