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: FALL: September 4–December 18, 2022; SPRING: February 19-June 4, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

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 2022
  • SPRING 2023

FALL 2022

Fall 2022 Courses

Please note the offerings for Fall 2022 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
Paola Modesti, Venice International University
ARTHIST 390A  (ALP, CZ)

CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Comparing East and West: Representations of Time and Space in Western and Far Eastern Cultures
Agostino de Rosa, Università Iuav di Venezia
Duke Course Number TBD

Intercultural Communication in a Global World
Francesco Goglia, University of Exeter
Duke Course Number TBD

Gender Studies. Migration and Gender
Marilyn Johnson, Boston College
Duke Course Number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Identity Heritage and Globalization: The Multilingual City
Francesco Goglia, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights. Platform Capitalism, Global Production Networks and the Future of Work
Jean-Christophe Graz, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development 
Aleksandar Kešeljevic, University of Ljubljana
Duke course number TBD 

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

Economics and Management of Arts and Culture 
Aleksandar Kešeljevic, University of Ljubljana 
ECON 390A(SS)
VMS 390A (SS)
Prerequisite: ECON 201D

Agricultural Landscape as Cultural Heritage
Viviana Ferrario, Università Iuav di Venezia
Duke course number TBD

Cultural Diplomacy and the Role of UNESCO
Giorgio Andrian, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

“The Milk of Dreams” - Anthropological Perspectives on the Biennale di Venezia 2022
Natalie Göltenboth, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
Duke course number TBD

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Risk and Uncertainty
Jean-Christophe Graz, Université de Lausanne

Duke course number TBD 

Science Technology Studies as Method: User’s Manual
Olga Bychkova and Nikolay Rudenko, European University at St. Petersburg

Duke course number TBD 

Science, Technology and Public Policy: Controversies and their Closures
Olga Bychkova and Nikolay Rudenko, European University at St. Petersburg

Duke course number TBD 

Innovation in Science and Technology: Key Issues of Management and Policy
Ettore Bolisani, Università degli Studi di Padova

Duke course number TBD 

Science Communication and Sustainability
Alessandra Fornetti and Ilda Mannino, Venice International University

Duke course number TBD 

Globalization, Communication and Network Society
Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University

Duke course number TBD 

Science, Technology and Culture
Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University

Duke course number TBD 


HISTORY AND MEMORY (Fall Specialization Track)

Anthropological Perspective and Borders, Migration and Mobility in the Mediterranean  
Natalie Göltenboth, Ludwig Maximilians Universität 
CULANTH 290A (SS, CCI)

Street Life: Urban Space and Popular Culture
Marilynn Johnson, Boston College

Duke course number TBD 

Reading the Tale of Genji
Akihiko Niimi, Waseda University

Duke course number TBD 

History of Japanese Books and Literature
Akihiko Niimi, Waseda 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.

SPRING 2023

Spring 2023 Courses

Please note the courses listed below are sample courses and the offerings for Spring 2023 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. Communicating in Diverse Social Groups
Anna Rabinovich, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

Gender Studies from the Viewpoint of Labor Economics and Behavioral Science
Sachiko Kuroda, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

Comparing East and West. International Comparison of Labor Markets
Sachiko Kuroda, Waseda University
Duke course number TBD

GLOBAL CHALLENGES 

Identity, Heritage and Globalization. The Globalization of Heritage and Tourism
Mathis Stock, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights. Racial Capitalism: from 1492 to the Movement for Black Lives
Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University
Duke course number TBD

Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development
Sara De Vido, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Duke course number TBD

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Spring Specialization Track)

Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
Ilda Mannino, Venice International University
Duke course number TBD

A Global History of Food
David Celetti, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics in the Globalizing Economy
Jan Schaaper, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

Globalization of Firms and Economic Activities
Jan Schaaper, Université de Bordeaux
Duke course number TBD

SPECIALIZATION TRACK: CITIES AND GLOBAL CHANGE

African Cities
Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University
Duke course number TBD

Mobility and the city. Current Issues of Sustainability
Mathis Stock, Université de Lausanne
Duke course number TBD

Cities and Global Climate Governance
Ekaterina Domorenok, Università degli Studi di Padova
Duke course number TBD

Venice and Global Change: The Icon of Antimodern Dystopia? Marinetti, Thomas Mann, Proust, Andrea Segre
Barbara Vinken, Ludwig Maximilians Universität

Duke course number TBD

SPECIALIZATION TRACK: ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES

Communicating Climate Change
Anna Rabinovich, University of Exeter
Duke course number TBD

Environmental Ethics: Humanity's Place in Nature
David E. Storey, Boston College

Duke course number TBD

How to Save the World: Ethics of Climate Change
David E. Storey, Boston College
Duke course number TBD

Fashion and Sustainability
Barbara Vinken, Ludwig Maximilians Universität
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.

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 2022 or Spring 2023

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

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $30,217.50 $30,217.50
Program Fee $2,000 $2,000
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs*

See Cost Sheet

See Cost Sheet

TOTAL (Estimated) $40,747.50 $40,867.50

*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 2022
  • Spring 2023

FALL 2022

Fall 2022

Arrival on VIU Campus: September 4
Orientation Week: September 5-9
Opening Ceremony: September 8
Courses Begin: September 12
Midterm Break: October 31-November 4
Courses End: December 9
Exam Week: December 12-16
Check Out: December 18

National Holidays: November 1, December 8

Municipal Holiday: November 21

Spring 2023

Spring 2022

Arrival on VIU Campus: February 19
Orientation Week: February 20-24
Opening Ceremony: February 23
Courses Begin: February 27
Midterm Break: April 10-14
Courses End: May 26
Exam week: May 29-June 2
Check Out: TBD
 

National Holidays:  April 10, April 25, May 1, June 2

FACULTY & STAFF

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director

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.

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. 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 on this program
  4. Two academic letters of recommendation

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