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Taught in English

The program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study aspects of Venetian history, culture, and religion 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 I

Dates: May 22 - June 19, 2022

Application Deadline: Extended to March 15th

Academic Theme(s): Literature, Art History, Religious Studies

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 Religious Studies

Housing: Residence Hall

GEO Advising: Request an appointment 

  • 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


All students enroll in the program's rotating signature course offering one Duke credit. The program course title, content, course number(s), and curricular codes will be determined by that year's incoming faculty director/instructor. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted. 

The course of summer 2022 will be:

Venice: The Religion of Empire and Its Imperial Piety - Catholic Christianity

(ALP, CZ) 1.0 Credit

The course will examine the religious, spiritual, and hagiographic traditions of Catholic Christianity as it was lived in the Empire of Venice through religious art as well as current devotional practice, ceremonies and traditions still extant today. The subject matter of Venetian art was of great importance to the artists. Topics will include the place of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Evangelist Mark, and other saints in Catholic life and thinking then and now. Excursions into the churches and art galleries will illustrate the power of the religious sensibilities in imperial Venice.

We will study the influence of relics and the history and legends attached to the saints connected to the political history of Venice. We will also use Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to explore Jewish presence in Venice. We plan to explore cultural opportunities in Venice along with several cultural and religious events, concerts, and field trips. This course will be taught in English.





Housing for this program will be in residence halls on the island of San Servolo in Venice.


You will be given a set of vouchers/meal passes that can be used in the Venice International University (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.


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

Summer 2022

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $2600 $2600
Program Fee $4800 $4800
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $10,350 $10,470


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.


This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:


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 22, 2022
  • Departure: June 19, 2022


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 MyExperientialEd 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.



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.


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.


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.

Sam Miglarese

Adjunct Instructor in Religious Studies and Education

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director


Deadline: Extended to March 15th

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.


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
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)


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