Duke in Venice

Semester Program

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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: SPRING 2024: February 19 –May 31, 2024; FALL 2024: September 8–December 21, 2024; SPRING 2025 TBD  

Application Deadline: March 1 (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 Advising: Request an appointment

  • 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 2024
  • SPRING 2024

FALL 2024

Fall 2024 Courses

Please note the offerings for Fall 2024 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
Cosimo Monteleone, Università degli Studi di Padova
ARTHIST 390A  (ALP, CZ)

CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Comparing East and West: Japan’s Peacebuilding: Toward the UN and Asian Policies
Mitsuru Yamada, Waseda University
Duke Course Number TBD

Intercultural Communication: Strategies to Build Intercultural Competence using English as a Lingua Franca in a Multilingual Setting
Sara Garfield, Université de Bordeaux
Duke Course Number TBD

Gender Studies. Growing into/out of Gender Identities: Gender, Age and Romance on Screen
Danielle Hipkins, University of Exeter
Duke Course Number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Identity Heritage and Globalization. Transnational Televisions and their Audiences
Danielle Hipkins, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights. The question of Globalization, Ethics and Human Rights in Mediterranean Mobility, Border policies and Migration
Natalie Göltenboth, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
Duke course number TBD

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development. The Asian Peacebuilding from the Viewpoint of International Security Cooperation
Mitsuru Yamada, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

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

Cities and Cultural Production
Massimiliano Nuccio, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Duke course number TBD

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

Extracting Heritage. The Incredible Rise of Marginal Territories in the Venice Lagoon
Michela Pace, Università Iuav di Venezia
Duke course number TBD

Digital Tools and Cultural Heritage
Fatima Zahra Fakir, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY (Fall Specialization Track)

Strategies for Effective Science Communication
Sara Garfield, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Science Communication and Sustainability
Alessandra Fornetti & Ilda Mannino, Venice International University
Duke course number TBD

Physics of Society, Cities and States
Klemen Bohinc, University of Ljubljana
Duke course number TBD


HISTORY AND MEMORY (Fall Specialization Track)

Films and the Narratives of Empire: Remembering the Past
Rob Savage, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Between Memory and History, Remembering 1968: Revolt, Art, History and Philosophy
Rob Savage, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

The Venice Biennale between the Legacy of its History and Artistic Memory Practice - an Anthropological Approach
Natalie Göltenboth, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
Duke course number TBD

Shakespeare, Commedia dell’Arte, and Cultural Memory
Kirsten Stirling, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Humanitarian Visual Culture
Francesco Zucconi, 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 2024

Spring 2024 Courses

Please note the courses listed below are sample courses and the offerings for Spring 2024 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
Instructor TBD
ARTHIST 390A  (ALP, CZ)

CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Intercultural Communication. Culture Language and Management: Beyond the Invisible Evidence. The traps of ELF (English as a Lingua Franca)
Emmanuelle Sauvage, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Gender Studies: Gender and Sexuality in Historical Perspective
Sandro Guzzi-Heeb, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Comparing East and West. Da Venezia al Mondo: The Evolution of Accounting and Bookkeeping
Takashi Yaekura, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES 

Identity, Heritage and Globalization. Understanding & Acting in a Globalized World: Cross-cultural Management and International Teams' Management
Emmanuelle Sauvage, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights
Sara De Vido, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Duke course number TBD

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development. The Feminist Roots of Global Governance
Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Spring Specialization Track)

Climate Change - Disturbances in the Earth's Energy Budget and their Consequences
Mark Wenig, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
Duke course number TBD

Satellite Remote Sensing - Observing our Changing Earth from Space
Mark Wenig, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
Duke course number TBD

Industrialization, Environment, and Social Change in Europe
Sandro Guzzi-Heeb, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Advanced Topics in Accounting: Accounting Research on SDGs
Takashi Yaekura, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

System Level Thinking in Color: from Venetian Glass to the Evolution of Paris, Fabrics, & Fashion
Dorian Canelas, Duke University
Duke course number TBD

Sustainable Development of Medicine and Health in Venice
Dorian Canelas, Duke University
Duke course number TBD

Social Innovation
Praveen Kumar, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

SPECIALIZATION TRACK: CITIES AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Anti-colonial Metropolises
Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

Linguistics Landscapes as Reflections of Urban Interaction
Kurt Feyaerts, KU Leuven
Duke course number TBD

SPECIALIZATION TRACK: ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES

Climate Change and Environmental Justice
Praveen Kumar, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Cultural Diplomacy and Human Rights
Alberto Lanzavecchia and Giorgio Andrian, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

Multimodal Ecolinguistics: Verbal and Visual Framing of Ecological Discourse
Kurt Feyaerts, KU Leuven
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 & 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, which is included in the program fee. 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. Coin-operated laundry facilities (washing and drying) are located on-site. Kitchen facilities are not available.
    • Apartments: Apartment rentals arranged by VIU are available in the city. The apartments are for 4 students in two twin rooms. Utilities and cleaning services are not included in the program fee and must be paid separately. Apartments are out-fitted with fully equipped kitchens so that students can cook for themselves.

    Students are advised to arrive on the check-in date as accommodation is not available earlier.

    Meals

    Students will be responsible for purchasing all meals on the program.

    For the dormitory housing on the island, students can purchase meals at the island cafeteria and/or meals and groceries in the city. There are no cooking facilities in the dormitories.

    Students who stay in rented apartments in the city 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.

    COSTS

    Fall 2024 or Spring 2025

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

      Duke Students Non-Duke Students
    Tuition $33,162.50 $33,162.50
    Program Fee $2,000 $2,000
    Transcript Fee N/A $120
    Other Costs*

    See Cost Sheet

    See Cost Sheet

    TOTAL (Estimated) $44,992.50 $45,112.50

    *A customizable program cost sheet that includes a breakdown of other costs is available on the programs' MyExperientialEd brochure page

    Explanation of Costs

    Financial Aid

    Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. 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.

    DATES

    Venice International University Calendar

    • FALL 2024
    • Spring 2024
    • Fall 2024

    FALL 2024

    Fall 2024

    Check In: September 8
    Orientation Week: September 9-13
    Opening Ceremony: September 12
    Courses Begin: September 16
    Midterm Break: October 28 - November 1
    Courses End: December 13
    Exam week: December 16-20
    Closing Ceremony: December 19
    Check Out: December 21

    National Holidays: November 1, December 8

    Municipal Holiday: November 21

    Spring 2024

    Spring 2024

    Check In: February 18
    Orientation Week: February 19-23
    Opening Ceremony: February 22
    Courses Begin: February 26
    Midterm Break: April 1-5
    Courses End: May 24
    Exam week: May 27-31
    Closing Ceremony: May 30
    Check Out: June 2

    National Holidays:  April 1, April 25, May 1

    Fall 2024

    Check In: TBD
    Orientation Week: September 9-13
    Opening Ceremony: September 12
    Courses Begin: September 16
    Midterm Break: October 28-November 1
    Courses End: December 13
    Exam week: December 16-20
    Closing Ceremony: December 19
    Check Out: TBD

    National Holidays: November 1, December 8

    FACULTY & STAFF

    Joy Searles

    GEO Senior Staff Assistant for Programs

    ADMISSIONS

    Deadline: March 1 (Fall and Academic Year); October 1 (Spring)

    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.

    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.

    Physical Requirements

    Before applying to this program, you should assess and determine if you are physically or emotionally able to participate in the following physical demands required by some of this program’s activities:

    • Walking approximately a mile in a day, sometimes for two or more days in a row, sometimes on hilly, uneven, or cobbled terrain
    • Climbing and descending stairs
    • Using public transportation, including sometimes crowded buses or trains
    • Standing during tours and site visits
    • Entering into older buildings with narrow and sometimes steep staircases, at times with limited or no access to elevators
    • The possibility of warm/hot temperatures while residing in locations without air conditioning

    If you have questions or are concerned about these or any other program activities, please contact the Duke Office of Global Health and Safety (oghs@duke.edu)

    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 MyExperientialEd

    1. Online application
    2. 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. Academic recommendation
    4. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program

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