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Harvard Summer Program in Venice, Italy

Publish Date: Sep 24, 2015

Deadline: Jan 28, 2016

The lagoon city of Venice, la Serenissima, has for centuries been the cultural and commercial nexus of eastern and western Europe. Now it is the site of an educational crossroads and this multidisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty from Harvard University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In addition to classes, a carefully designed program of activities brings you into the local community and promotes your understanding of Venice as a city with a rich history and an environment unlike any other.

In this program, Italian students study and learn alongside Harvard students so that all may develop a deeper knowledge of the city and of each other. Through a range of guided activities, all students are encouraged to investigate the culture, art, and history of the city.

During the first two weeks of the session, you participate in projects designed to give you a hands-on experience of Venice, such as traditional arts and crafts and activities, guided visits to places of historical interest, and other activities that give insight into the city. Past programs have included workshops in fashion, design, and Venetian masks; lessons on the traditional rowing technique, Voga; and classes on Venetian cooking.

Course of study

All courses are limited enrollment. You enroll in two courses. Course enrollments are dependent on availability, and final course enrollment is issued from the Summer School Registrar’s Office following acceptance to the program.

Courses will be announced when available. 

Course credit

See Study Abroad Credit Information.


To be announced. 


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:

  • A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement describing your overall academic interests and your reasons for wanting to study in Venice this summer. In your statement, discuss any relevant coursework you have taken and address how you think your experience in Venice will shape your intellectual and social development.
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and breakfast
  • All scheduled excursions and extracurricular activities

In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Venice, Italy
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations
  • Meals (lunch and dinner)

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.


You stay in the newly restructured dormitories “Ai Crociferi.” All rooms are doubles or triples and have air conditioning and Internet. With the exception of breakfast, which is provided in dorms, you are responsible for your own meals. All bedrooms are provided with a kitchenette so that you have the opportunity to cook meals.

Venice has many restaurants, bars, cafes, and pasticciere. You have the opportunity to shop at the local markets and frequent the restaurants and bars in your neighborhood. Cafeterias offering low-cost meals are another option.

Additional information

Contact the Venice program coordinator, venice@dcemail.harvard.edu.

Watch this video, made by a student during the 2013 session, which shows her experiences and activities she did while abroad.

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