Venice International University

The University of Padova is a member of the Venice International University (Viu) consortium: a group of universities from all over the world sharing a common campus in Venice.
These Universities devise study programs collegially to prepare their students to face the global challenges of today.

Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexibility of approach, an open mind and creative thinking.

At Viu the official language is English.

  Globalization Program - Spring Semester 2017

The Globalization Program brings together talented, motivated students from the 16 member Universities, which are part of the VIU consortium, in a truly multicultural, international and interdisciplinary environment.

The program is open to undergraduate and master’s students from the member universities. Each semester 140 students come to Venice to take part in VIU’s Globalization Program. The courses are English-taught by professors from the member universities and are recognized for credit. Attendance is compulsory in all courses.

The program provides a powerful learning experience in which students develop their capacity for critical thinking and creative problem solving. Students of the Globalization Program are thus better prepared for graduate and professional study and for careers in new and emerging fields.

Students registered in any degree programs at one of VIU's member universities are eligible to apply for the Globalization Program. Exchange students at Università degli Studi di Padova are also eligible to apply.

The application procedures differ depending on the student home university. Please check VIU website at for further information.

A set of core courses is available every semester, focusing on three themes:

A. ITALY - courses that showcase Venetian and Italian life, culture, art and history.

  • History of Venice
  • Italian Contemporary History in Films
  • Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
  • Italian Fashion Design

B. CULTURES OF THE WORLD - courses that examine the cultures of the world; courses that make the most of the intercultural classroom.

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Gender Studies
  • Comparing East and West

C. GLOBAL CHALLENGES - courses that address current, global issues, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Identity, Heritage and Globalization
  • Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights
  • Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development

A specialization tracks is also offered:


  • Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Coastal Wetlands, Lagoons and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management
  • Cities, Global Change and Sustainable Development

Scholarships are available to support internships in Italy and worldwide mobility for research, and this year also to support Residency of Globalization Program students.

Full list of courses offered in the Spring semester 2017
Information concerning international mobility:

Registration for courses will close on February 22, 2017.

  VIU Summer Schools

World-renowned academics come together in the unique setting of VIU’s campus on the island of San Servolo, where they engage with students of various levels.

The goal of these interdisciplinary summer schools is to disseminate knowledge among students (undergrad, master’s, PhD, post-doc) and young academics, and to establish and reinforce research networks among the VIU community.

2017 Summer Schools