Duke in Venice

Semester Program

An International Academic Experience

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Courses Taught in English

Duke in Venice is based at Venice International University (VIU) located on the island of San Servolo. VIU is an association of universities and organizations from around the world. Faculty from the partner universities offer courses at VIU, all taught in English. 

San Servolo island is located in the Venetian lagoon, between Venice's main city center and the island of Lido. It takes 10 minutes by boat to reach Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venice, and 20 minutes to reach Venice International Airport Marco Polo.

Duke in Venice students enroll in the VIU Globalization Program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The program brings together talented, motivated students from VIU member universities in a truly multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary environment.

Although no previous knowledge of Italian is required, it is strongly recommended that students begin study of the language before arriving in Venice. Italian language will be a required course for students on the program.

PROGRAM FAST FACTS

Location: Venice, Italy

Term: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Dates: September 10, 2018–December 21, 2018 (Fall); February 18, 2019–May 31, 2019 (Spring)

Application Deadline: March 15 (Fall and Academic Year), October 1 (Spring)

Academic Theme(s): Italian History and Culture, Cultures of the World, Global Challenges

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Housing: Dormitory and apartments

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood

  • Venice, Italy

  • The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

  • Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

  • Venice, Italy

  • Aerial photo of San Servolo Island

  • Aerial photo of San Servolo Island

  • Open Air Lesson at VIU

ACADEMICS

The normal courseload is four courses. All courses will carry Duke departmental designations and numbers, and will convey to your transcript as Duke credit.

  • Italian Course – One required: One of the four courses you are required to take is an Italian language course, appropriate to your language ability and background. 
  • Electives – Choose three: For the remaining three courses, you will choose electives from a listing of 15-20 courses that are English-taught at VIU by the Duke faculty member in residence and faculty from the partner universities. The subject matter, resident faculty, and the departments to which the courses pertain change with each semester. GEO works closely with departments at Duke to determine which Duke prefixes and number designations the courses will carry.

 

  • FALL 2018
  • SPRING 2019

FALL 2018

Fall 2018 Courses

Please note these courses are subject to change. The subject matter, resident faculty, and the departments to which the courses pertain change with each semester. Consult the VIU website for an official list of course offerings for the current/upcoming term, along with course descriptions and syllabi. 

Use the list below to find the corresponding Duke departmental designation(s) and number(s) for each course. 

Required Course

Italian for Foreigners - beginner, intermediate, upper intermediate
Massimo Brunzin (coordinator), Venice International University
ITALIAN 101A (FL)
ITALIAN 102
ITALIAN 290A-1
ITALIAN 390A (FL)

Electives

ITALY

History of Venice
Luca Pes, Venice International University
HISTORY 390A-12  (CZ)

Italian Contemporary History in Films
Luca Pes, Venice International University
HISTORY 390A-12  (CCI, CZ, ALP)

Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
Monica Centanni/Elisa Bastianello, Università Iuav di Venezia
ARTHIST 390A  (ALP, CZ)

CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Comparing East and West: Philosophy East and West. Self and Society in European and Asian Political Thought
Gunter Zöller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
PHIL 390A, POLSCI 290A (CZ, SS, CCI)

Intercultural Communication
Vincenzo Romania, Università degli Studi di Padova
SOCIOL 290A (CZ)

Gender Studies 
Luca Trappolin/Paolo Gusmeroli, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Identity Heritage and Globalization: Global Cultural Heritage in International Law
Federica Mucci, Università degli Studi di Padova "Tor Vergata"
SOCIOL 290A (SS)

Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights: A Focus on Migratory Crises in the Mediterranean Area
Giovanna Marconi, Università Iuav di Venezia
ICS 390A (SS, EI)
POLSCI 290A (SS, EI)
PUBPOL 390A (SS, EI)
SOCIOL 290A (SS, EI)

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development 
TBD
POLSCI 290A
PUBPOL 390A

ECONOMICS, MANAGEMENT, and DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES APPLIED TO CULTURAL HERITAGE (Fall Specialization Track)

Activism, Social Movements and Revolution
Orin Starn, Duke University
CULANTH 290A, SOCIOL 290A (CZ, SS, CCI)

Cultural History of the Jewish Diaspora
Alexandr Ivanov/Valery Dymshits, European University at St. Petersburg
Duke course number TBD

Digital Culture
Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University
Duke course number TBD

Early Modern Print Culture (in the Digital Age)
Kirsten Stirling, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Communication and Network Society
Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University
Duke course number TBD

Jewish Visual Culture
Alexandr Ivanov/Valery Dymshits, European University at St. Petersburg
Duke course number TBD

Medicine, Culture and Globalization
Orin Starn, Duke University
CULANTH 290A, GLHLTH 390A (SS)

Philosophers, Rebels, Tyrants
Gerald Easter, Boston College
HISTORY 390A-12, POLSCI 290A (CZ, SS, CCI)

Politics and Propaganda in Films
Gerald Easter, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Representations of Time and Space in Western and Far Eastern Cultures
Agostino De Rosa, Università Iuav di Venezia
Duke course number TBD

Rule the Waves. Maritime Empires Between Politics and Commerce
Gunter Zöller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
HISTORY 390A-12, POLSCI 290A (CZ, CCI)

Shakespeare in Venice and Verona
Kirsten Stirling, Université de Lausanne
ENGLISH 390A (ALP)

Sino-Japanese Rivalry over the Aid, Trade, and Investment Triangle in Emerging Asia
Takeshi Daimon, Waseda University
ECON 290A (SS, CCI)

The Protection of Animals in International Law
Federica Mucci, Università degli Studi di Padova "Tor Vergata"
Duke course number TBD

Urban History and Digital Tools:Shaping Capital Cities (1714-1889). Arts, Architecture, Fashion in Paris, London, Rome, Venice
Guido Zucconi/Isabella di Lenardo, Università Iuav di Venezia
Duke course number TBD

Consult the VIU website for an official list of course offerings for the current/upcoming term, along with course descriptions and syllabi.

SPRING 2019

Spring 2019 Courses

Please note these courses are subject to change. The subject matter, resident faculty, and the departments to which the courses pertain change with each semester. Consult the VIU website for an official list of course offerings for the current/upcoming term, along with course descriptions and syllabi. 

Use the list below to find the corresponding Duke departmental designation(s) and number(s) for each course. 

Required Course

Italian for Foreigners - beginner, intermediate, upper intermediate
Massimo Brunzin (coordinator), Venice International University
ITALIAN 101A (FL)
ITALIAN 102
ITALIAN 290A-1
ITALIAN 390A (FL)

Electives

ITALY

History of Venice
Luca Pes, Venice International University
HISTORY 390A-12  (CZ)

Italian Contemporary History in Films
Luca Pes, Venice International University
HISTORY 390A-12  (CCI, CZ, ALP)

Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
Monica Centanni/Elisa Bastianello, Università Iuav di Venezia
ARTHIST 390A  (ALP, CZ)

CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Comparing East and West: Legal and Political Systems and Thinking in a Globalized World
Danny Pieters, KU Leuven
Duke course number TBD

Intercultural Communication
Vincenzo Romania, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

Gender Studies 
Sara De Vido, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Duke course number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES 

Identity Heritage and Globalization: Framing the American West: The Aesthetic and Political Forms of the American West and Their Global Impact
Boris Vejdovsky, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights: Sustainable Social Protection in a Globalized World
Danny Pieters, KU Leuven
ICS 390A (SS, EI)
POLSCI 290A (SS, EI)
PUBPOL 390A (SS, EI)
SOCIOL 290A (SS, EI)

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development 
Claudio Corradetti, Università degli Studi di Padova "Tor Vergata"
POLSCI 290A
PUBPOL 390A

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Spring Specialization Track)

Cities, Global Change and Sustainable Development 
Margherita Turvani/Matteo Basso, Università Iuav di Venezia
ENVIRON 390A (SS)
PUBPOL 390A (SS)

Eco-Innovation and the Transition towards Sustainable Systems of Production and Consumption
Vanessa Oltra, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Economics of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy 
Kirill Borisov/Yulia Vymyatnina, European University at St. Petersburg
Duke course number TBD

Environment Risk Analysis and Emergency Response 
Chao Chen, Tsinghua University
Duke course number TBD

From STEM to STEAM: When Art and Science Go Hand-In-Hand to Address Society's Grand Challenges
Vanessa Oltra, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Gender and Kinship in the Age of Assisted Reproduction
Thomas Reinhardt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Duke course number TBD

Geomatics, 3D Data Acquisition and Processing with Applications on Renewable Energies, Hydrogeological Risk, and Cultural Heritage 
Andrea Masiero/Antonio Vettore, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
Ignazio Musu/Ilda Mannino, Venice International University
CULANTH 290A (SS, EI)
ENVIRON 390A (SS, EI)
EOS 390A (SS, EI)
POLSCI 290A (SS, EI)
PUBPOL 390A (SS, EI)

Immigrant Voices in Contemporary Italy
Laurie Shepard, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Introduction to Environmental Engineering 
Chao Chen, Tsinghua University
Duke course number TBD

Literature and Business
Laurie Shepard, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Macroeconomics: Growth, Business Cycle, and Crises 
Kirill Borisov/Yulia Vymyatnina, European University at St. Petersburg
Duke course number TBD

Music and Power: From Monteverdi to Vivaldi
Dorit Tanay, Tel Aviv University
Duke course number TBD

(Post-) Colonial Encounters: Racism and the Making of "Africa"
Thomas Reinhardt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Duke course number TBD

Romantic Love in Japan and Europe
Adrian Pinnington, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

State, Political Economy, Law and Justice. Classical Readings in Modern Political Thought 
Claudio Corradetti, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Duke course number TBD

The Birth of the Renaissance Self
Dorit Tanay, Tel Aviv University
Duke course number TBD

The Image of Italy in the English and American Novel (1860-1908)
Adrian Pinnington, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

Venice in World Literature 
Michele Longino, Duke University 
Duke course number TBD

Venice Signatures (Masks and Traces) 
Michele Longino, Duke University 
Duke course number TBD

Consult the VIU website for an official list of course offerings for the current/upcoming term, along with course descriptions and syllabi. 

INTERNSHIPS

Following the semester of courses at VIU, selected students are offered internships at research centers, universities, cultural organizations and companies in Italy. VIU provides scholarships to contribute to the costs of international travel and accommodation. The internships are typically two to four months long, and take place either in January-February or during the summer months. 

    Housing and Meals

    Housing

    Students on the Duke in Venice program will have the option of choosing to stay on the VIU campus on the island of San Servolo or in an apartment in Venice. Visit the VIU website for more information.

    • On Campus: Students who choose to reside on San Servolo will be housed in shared rooms on the island. Each room will have a private bath with shower. Laundry (coin-operated) and kitchen facilities are not available. Estimated cost for the dormitories is Euro 1,305 per semester.
    • Apartments: Apartment rentals arranged by VIU are available in the city. The apartments are for 4 students in two twin rooms. Estimated cost for the apartments is Euro 1,625 per semester, not including utilities and cleaning services. Apartments are out-fitted with fully equipped kitchens so that students can cook for themselves.

    Meals

    For the dormitory housing on the island, students have access to the island cafeteria and can also purchase meals and groceries in the city. There are no cooking facilities in the dormitories.

    Students who stay in rented apartments in the city will be responsible for all of their meals and will have a kitchen to use for cooking. They can also take their meals at the cafeteria on the island or at dining establishments throughout Venice.

    DATES

    Venice International University Calendar

    • FALL 2018
    • Spring 2019
    • FALL 2019

    FALL 2018

    Fall 2018

    Arrival on VIU Campus: September 9
    Orientation Week: September 10-14
    Opening Ceremony: September 13
    Courses Begin: September 17
    Midterm Break: Oct 29-Nov 2
    Courses End: December 14
    Exam Week: December 17-21
    Check Out: December 21
     

    National holidays: November 1, November 21, December 8

    Spring 2019

    Spring 2019

    Arrival on VIU Campus: February 17
    Orientation Week: February 18-22
    Opening Ceremony: February 21
    Courses Begin: February 25
    Midterm Break: April 22-26
    Courses End: May 24
    Exam week: May 27-May 31
    Check Out: May 31
     

    National Holidays: April 22, April 25, May 1

    FALL 2019

    Fall 2019

    Arrival on VIU Campus: September 8
    Orientation Week: September 9-13
    Opening Ceremony: September 12
    Courses Begin: September 16
    Midterm Break: Oct 28-Nov 1
    Courses End: December 13
    Exam Week: December 16-20
    Check Out: December 21

    ESTIMATED COSTS

    Fall 2018 or Spring 2019

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

      Duke Students Non-Duke Students
    Tuition $26,880 $26,880
    Program Fee $2,000 $2,000
    Transcript Fee N/A $40
    Other Costs

    Other Costs - Fall
    Other Costs - Spring

    Other Costs - Fall
    Other Costs - Spring

    TOTAL (Estimated) $36,860 $36,900

    Program Fee

    The program fee for this program includes:

    • Accommodations on the island*
    • Weekday meals*
    • International SOS coverage
    • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
    • Orientation program


    *Students who choose the city apartment housing option should be aware that they will need to pay utilities and a security deposit. The security deposit will be refunded to them at the end of the program if there is no damage to the apartment. In addition, students who chose the apartment option will receive fewer meal vouchers, as they will not be taking breakfast on the island but instead will be self-catering in their residences for breakfast.

    Not Included in Program Fee

    Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.

    The program fee does not include:

    • Airfare
    • Airport transportation to/from program site
    • Local transportation
    • Weekend meals
    • On-site accident and health insurance policy
    • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
    • Immunizations
    • Visa and/or residency permit
    • Passport
    • Textbooks and class materials
    • Internet usage
    • Mobile phone
    • Laundry
    • Independent travel and entertainment
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Incidentals

    Students who choose the city apartment housing option should be aware that they will need to pay utilities and a security deposit. The security deposit will be refunded to them at the end of the program if there is no damage to the apartment. In addition, students who chose the apartment option will receive fewer meal vouchers, as they will not be taking breakfast on the island but instead will be self-catering in their residences for breakfast.

    Personal Spending

    Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. 

    Cost-of-living comparison

    Payment Due Dates

    Step 1: Within 3 weeks of acceptance to the program, confirm your enrollment by submitting the non-refundable $1,000 deposit. Deposits are payable by check or Student Account E-Check. If you receive Duke financial aid, submit the Deposit Waiver Form in lieu of the deposit. Log in to MyGlobalEd for remittance instructions or waiver form.

    NOTE: If you withdraw after committing to the program, there may be financial consequences.

    Step 2: Complete all post-acceptance items listed on your MyGlobalEd application, including the Participation Agreement, Pre-Departure Orientation, International Travel Registry, and any program-specific forms.

    Step 3: Semester invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

    Duke Bursar’s Office

    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 Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

    Duke Financial Aid Office

    Duke Bursar’s Office

    FACULTY & STAFF

    Susan Pratt

    GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

    ADMISSIONS

    Deadline: March 15, 2018 (Fall semester) or October 1, 2018 (Spring semester)

    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 will be given to juniors and seniors having an overall GPA of 3.0. Priority is also given to applicants who apply early.

    Minimum GPA: The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. 

    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.
    3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
    4. Two academic letters of recommendation