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 2018

The Globalization Program brings together talented, motivated students from the 17 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 for further information.

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

  •  Italy - courses that showcase Venetian and Italian life, culture, art and history.
  •  Cultures of the World - courses that examine the cultures of the world; courses that make the most of the intercultural classroom.
  •  Global challenges- courses that address current, global issues, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The specialization track courses will focus on Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.
The interdisciplinary courses are structured as seminars and require interaction in research, so as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among students from different academic and cultural backgrounds.

Scholarships are available to support internships in Italy and worldwide mobility for research, and this year also to support Residency of Globalization Program students.
Students selected for the research internships and worldwide mobility are awarded a scholarship which will partially cover travel and living costs.

Registration for courses will close on February 21, 2018.

  July 16 – 20, 2018: VIU Summer School on Critical infrastructure Resilience

In its second edition, the VIU Summer School on Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) brings together academics and professional experts to discuss an emerging topic with a pragmatic and scientific approach.
The School, led by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, explains how critical infrastructure works and fails; its cascading impact from local to global, and the strategies to use to build a resilient society.
The course will discuss the concept of CI and the EU framework, and present a series of tools and solutions for resilience. The participants will gain (i) a clear understanding of the key concepts, (ii) a methodology to apply it to their specific field/scale, and (iii) an overview of specific tools and solutions from recent applications. The course consists of a mix of theoretical knowledge, case studies/projects and hands-on exercises. The beautiful city of Venice is an ideal place that participants can use to identify a critical infrastructure, assess its risk and develop resilience strategies.

Who is it for?
Graduate students and working professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) with an interest in critical infrastructure issues and ability to read and write fluently in English. Advanced undergraduates will also be considered.

Applications via the VIU website: February 27 – March 29, 2018

Information and applications

  Responsible Capitalism: Micro and Macroinstitutional Conditions of Transformation

June 25-28, 2018
Island of San Servolo, Venice

VIU Summer School

The summer school on Responsible Capitalism aims at the development of ideas that promote a more sustainable future by bringing together young scholars from all over the world to discuss their ideas on the future of Capitalism from the microlevel of individual decision-making to the organizational and the societal level.

Participants will be made familiar with recent research from a broad set of disciplines. They will work on their ability to engage in the transdisciplinary discourse which is required for the development of innovative answers to grand sustainability challenges.

The target audience will be current PhD students, post-doc researchers in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Finance, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide.

Applications via the VIU website open until February 28, 2018.

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  Visualizing Venice Summer Institute: Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks

June 4-18, 2018
Island of San Servolo, Venice

VIU Summer School

Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and buildings.
With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, The Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, the University of Padova‘s Architecture and Engineering program and Venice International University are collaborating on a Summer Institute that will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.
The target audience will be established teams of scholars (faculty, researchers, post-doctoral and PhD participants) and their technical partners working in the field of digital art history.
Applications via the VIU website open until January 5, 2018.

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  VIU Graduate Seminar "Northern Territories and Indigenous Peoples"

Venice International University - Island of San Servolo, Venice, 14 – 19 January, 2018

This Graduate Seminar relates to different aspects of current life of Indigenous and other people in the North and in the Arctic: ecological, climatological, sociological, cultural and political. The topics are discussed in abundantly illustrated lectures involving dialogue among scholars and Indigenous representatives.

This Graduate Seminar is be led by:
- Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec/Canada (Prof. Carole Lévesque, Scientific coordinator)
- European University at St. Petersburg, Russia (Prof. Nikolai Vakhtin, Scientific coordinator)

This Graduate seminar is offered to PhD, Post-doc and Master students ending their program in Social Sciences and any other discipline that is related to Northern studies.
Unipd students pay no participation fees.

Applications until November 17, 2017.