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UVA Architecture in Italy: Venice
Venice, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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 two tracks, a design studio track and a historic preservation track. 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.


Location IconLocation

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.

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 Venice Group

Courses IconCourses

ARCH 4010/7010/8010: Architectural Design Research (6 cr)
ARCH 5401: Drawing Venice (3 cr)
ARCH 4201/5201: Forms and Materials of the Buildings of Venice (3 cr)
ARCH 5403: Soundscape 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, Soundscape Venice, Art & Architecture, Language & Culture, and a Studio course, for a total of 20 credits. The Drawing course is conducted in the first two weeks of the semester, with the other courses (with the exception of the Language & Culture course) starting in the third week. The Studio course can be tailored to the needs of various programs (including Urban Planning and Architectural History).

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

Faculty IconFaculty

Maddalena Scimemi |

Program Director and Forms and Materials Instructor

Karen Van Lengen |

Studio, Soundscape Venice Professor

Charlie Menefee |

Drawing Venice Instructor

Monica Shenouda |

Student Advisor and 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.

Excursions IconExcursions

The program includes an excursion to Rome, several day trips to other cities in Italy, and a week-long study trip to Athens.

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.