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.

  Worldwide Mobility Opportunities with Venice International University (Deadline: 11 September 2019)

Opportunities for thesis research and/or studies at VIU member universities in 2020.
VIU and Erasmus+ grants available

If you have already taken courses at VIU, or you will be attending the Fall 2019 semester at VIU, you may be eligible for VIU's mobility programs.

Destinations include: Waseda University, Tsinghua University, Duke University, Boston College, Tel Aviv University, European University at St. Petersburg, KU Leuven, University of Bordeaux, Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, University of Ljubljana.

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Deadline: 11 September 2019

  Globalization Program - Spring 2019 (deadline expired)

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.

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.

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


  June 3-7, 2019: VIU Summer Institute on Ageing Mental and Physical Disability - Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

In 2019 the Summer Institute on Ageing will reach its 7th edition. The Summer Institute provides students and early-career researchers with a multidisciplinary and rigorous understanding of the ageing process, ranging from some basic notions of the medical and epidemiological literature, to an extensive treatment of economics (pensions and retirement, ageing in society and intergenerational relationships) and of the sociological dimensions (intergenerational transfers, role of family networks).
A special focus is the use of large micro-data sets, such as SHARE (Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe) and sister surveys (HRS, ELSA, CHARLS)

Who is it for?
Graduates, PhD students and post-doc scholars in economics, statistics, social sciences and medicine, but also to professionals in the pharmaceutical and ageing care industries.

Fee reductions for Unipd students and other VIU member universities applicants. Scholarships may be available to cover part of the fee.

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  June 10-13, 2019: VIU Summer School in Responsible Capitalism (deadline expired)

June 10-13, 2019
Island of San Servolo, Venice

VIU Summer School

The Summer School 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. It gives participants the opportunity to discuss with eminent scholars in management theory and to test their ideas and present their work. 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 PhD students and young post-doc scholars in management, economics and finance, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and related disciplines from universities worldwide.

Applications via the VIU website open until March 5, 2019.

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  June 10-14, 2019: VIU Graduate Seminar "How Can the Humanities Save the Planet?" (deadline expired)

This one week seminar will explore how the humanities can help to save the planet by bringing together a number of disciplines - literature, philosophy, history, art, music, and so on - that evince a keen commitment to tackling the full range of challenges brought on by climate change.

The program is conceived as a series of morning lectures by participating faculty. Short background readings will be assigned in advance in preparation for the lectures. Discussion will follow the morning lectures. The afternoon will feature small working groups dedicated to the creation of position papers both articulating specific questions and proposing the kinds of curricular materials that would serve to answer the questions. Venice itself offers a case study in an imperiled location. Because the seminar will take place during the 2019 Biennale of Art, we also plan to make use of the many unique artistic opportunities available in the city at the time.

The Graduate Seminar is offered to both Master’s students and young researchers early in their PhD, from any discipline. Unipd students will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to contribute, partially or fully, to the costs of international travel and accommodation on campus in shared rooms. 

Applications via the VIU website: January 20 – February 28, 2019

Information and applications

  July 1-5, 2019 VIU Graduate Seminar Hydrogeophysical inversion and data assimilation for the characterization and monitoring of coastal aquifers (deadline expired)

This graduate seminar will deal with the state-of-the-art of in situ hydrogeophysical characterization techniques, geophysical and hydrogeological numerical modeling, geostatistical modeling, and data inversion and assimilation. The program is conceived as a four-day training session with discussions and poster sessions followed by a one-day field trip to a pumping station in the South of the Venice Lagoon. Participants will become familiar with the basic and advanced theoretical and practical concepts of the different disciplines involved in aquifer characterization (AC). All the theoretical aspects will be demonstrated with real examples, giving the students a perspective of the best practices in the different disciplines in AC.
The Graduate Seminar is offered to both Master’s students and young researchers early in their PhD. Open to candidates from all the VIU Member Institutions. Excellent candidates from non-member institutions will also be considered.

Students from the VIU member institutions will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to contribute, partially or fully, to the costs of international travel and accommodation on campus in shared rooms. Students from non-member institutions will pay fees and are not eligible for VIU grant support.

Deadline to apply: March 20, 2019

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