Duke in Venice

A 4-WEEK SUMMER ART & HISTORY PROGRAM

STUDY ART & HISTORY IN VENICE

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Taught in English

The program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study aspects of Venetian history and culture, which have been particularly important in the shaping of European civilization. The city of Venice, with its scenic canals and islands, will serve as your outdoor classroom for this 4-week summer program. Venice International University, which is located on the island of San Servolo in the spectacular Venetian lagoon, will be the site for both student residences and indoor classroom facilities.

Program Fast Facts

Location: Venice, Italy

Term: Summer

Dates: May 26 to June 22, 2019

Application Deadline: February 1

Academic Theme(s): Literature, Art History

Language of Instruction: English

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: No prerequisites. Suitable for all majors. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Residence Hall

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood

  • Photo Credit: Ge Jin, Duke in Venice student

  • Photo Credit: Ge Jin, Duke in Venice student

  • Photo credit: Amarie Bremel, Duke in Venice student

  • Bridge of Sighs. Photo Credit: Lei Zhang, Duke in Venice student

  • Photo Credit: Ge Jin, Duke in Venice student

  • Duke in Venice students

  • Photo Credit: Ge Jin, Duke in Venice student

  • Aerial photo of San Servolo Island

  • Aerial photo of San Servolo Island

ACADEMICS

All students enroll in the program's signature course offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted. 
 

ITALIAN 342A / ARTHIST 342A / LIT 342A
DANTE AND THE ART OF HELL
(ALP, CZ, R) 1.0 Credit
Instructor: Dr. Martin Eisner

Prerequisite: None

Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy,’ has inspired medieval illuminations, Renaissance frescoes, Surrealist paintings, and modern sculptures. This course investigates this remarkable visual history to interpret Dante’s poem. Visiting sites throughout Italy, we will also reconstruct the visual and built environment that shaped Dante’s vision. Beginning with the Byzantine mosaics on the island of Torcello and the recent sculpture of Dante and Virgil in a boat situated in the Venetian lagoon, we will journey to Padova, Verona, Florence, and Bologna to see what Dante saw and examine how modern and contemporary artists (in the Guggenheim and at the Biennale) have reimagined his vision. 

HOUSING & MEALS

Accommodations

You will be housed in double rooms in a residence hall of Venice International University (VIU), located on the scenic island of San Servolo. Each room will have a private bath. There are no kitchen facilities in the dormitory.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in VIU's cafeteria Monday through Friday. You will also be given a set of vouchers/meal passes that can be used in the VIU cafeteria and also in a wide network of cafés, restaurants, and supermarkets. The vouchers are valid nationwide, so students can use them while traveling in Italy.

Costs

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2019

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $3,492 $3,492
Program Fee $4,000 $4,000
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $11,017 $11,057

 

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Scholarships

This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

DATES

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: May 26, 2019
  • Departure: June 22, 2019

Flights

You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

VISA & PASSPORT

VISA

No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.

PASSPORT

All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTITY CARD

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days.

Program Faculty & Staff

The faculty director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.

Martin Eisner

Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Studies

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

ADMISSIONS

Deadline: February 1

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

APPLY

Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)

STUDENT STORIES

From day-tripper to local: Spending a summer in Venice

By Sujal Manohar

During her sophomore fall at Duke, Sujal Manohar took a Venetian Renaissance art history class to satisfy a requirement for the Visual Arts major. She said the class was fascinating and it inspired her to apply for the Duke in Venice summer program so she could experience the culture and art scene firsthand.

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