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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 15-FEB-2019
25-FEB-2019 01-SEP-2019 15-DEC-2019
NOTE: Students who are accepted to this program must commit to or decline participation by March 1. Students will need to depart the US August 31 to arrive in Italy September 1. Do NOT purchase flight tickets until instructed to do so by the ISO.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
1000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Enrollment Restricted to: School of Architecture Housing: Apartment, Hotel
Language Courses Offered: Yes Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed, Island
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Architectural History, Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning
Program Description:
Venice Aerial View

UVA Architecture in Italy: Venice


The Venice Semester Abroad Program is a fall semester option for fourth-year undergrad students in Architecture, Architectural History and Planning and second-year graduate students in Architectural History and Planning. Courses count directly for UVA credit, and financial aid packages apply. The program includes multiple tracks, one with a studio course for design students, and others for historic preservation and urban planning students. Aside from this singular course difference all students take classes in drawing, urban, art and architectural history, and Venetian building traditions, taught by UVA faculty in collaboration with Venetian faculty. Housing is in a renovated content together with students in other Italian university programs.

New for 2019! The program will begin with a one-week language intensive in Trieste, renowned for being the first commercial harbor in Italy and a beautiful university city in the Northeast, across the Adriatic from Venice.


Location IconLocation

Venice has since its origins been a key nodal point in a wide Mediterranean network, a center for mercantile, artistic, and architectural exchange. By virtue of geography, it remains a natural site from which to travel North, South, East and West.

Venice is at the cutting edge of issues of great interest and relevance to architecture. It is at the forefront of hydrological and ecological management, confronting a potentially hazardous situation through radical and innovative (if controversial) means. It is also a leader in preservation, restoration, and adaptive re-use, with premier experts in the field who are available to be involved with our programs. It is a major center of the international art and contemporary architecture world, through its hosting of the art and architecture Biennale.

Students spend the first week in nearby Trieste, and explore other parts of Italy through a series of day trips and a longer study tour (see Excursions below).

Venice Venice Group

Courses IconCourses

ARCH 4010/7010/8010: Studio (6 cr)
ARCH 5401: Drawing Venice (3 cr)
ARCH 4201/5201: Forms and Materials of the Buildings of Venice (3 cr)
ARH 4201/5201: Art and Architecture of Venice (3 cr)
SARC 4801/5801: Italian Language and Culture (2 cr)

The curriculum is designed to integrate seamlessly with UVA degree program requirements in Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning, Architectural History, and Historic Preservation while reflecting the vibrant and unique cultural and architectural life of the Veneto region of Italy.

All students take Drawing Venice, Forms & Materials, Art & Architecture, and Language & Culture. For the remaining 6 credits:
  • Design students also take a 6-credit studio
  • Students in other programs (including Urban Planning and Architectural History) take a course or series of courses to focus on their area of study

During the spring semester, successful applicants are required to take an introduction to Italian course (beginning after the application deadline). Additionally, ARH 3201 Italian Renaissance Architecture is a recommended preparatory course.

Faculty IconFaculty

Maddalena Scimemi |

Program Director, Forms and Materials Instructor

Charlie Menefee |

Studio and Drawing Venice Instructor

Monica Shenouda |

Student Advisor, Art and Architecture of Venice Instructor

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Accommodation is provided in a newly renovated hall of residence, a beautiful and well located former convent, furnished with amenities such as kitchen supplies and bed linens. Detailed information will be provided to students prior to arrival. Students are responsible for their own meals.

Students stay in hotels while on overnight excursions. In Trieste, students stay in pairs with local families, to increase linguistic and cultural immersion.

Excursions IconExcursions

In 2019, in order to reinforce the understanding of Venetian identity and the Veneto region with respect to the rest of Italy, the 6-day study tour will include Rome and other cultural capital across Central Italy, with specific sites in Tuscany and Lazio region, and ending in Rome. This tour will be complemented by a day trip dedicated to Ravenna, cultural capital before Venice on the Adriatic Sea, and by other day trips dedicated to sites of historic interest for the Venetian Republic (Padova and Bergamo) and to other major cultural capitals (Florence and Verona).

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule will be available under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for School of Architecture funding.

Architecure faculty/students

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process. International students should consult for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.