Venice International University

Italian version

The University of Padua 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 A.Y. 2023 - 2024

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. 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.

The Globalization Program includes two semesters (fall and spring) of study. Each semester offers from 3 to 6 courses.

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.

The deadline for the Worldwide Mobility call is September 22, 2023.

Please check VIU website

  Intensive Graduate Activities 2023

In the Intensive Graduate Activities, participants develop a forward-looking vision, experiment with interdisciplinary approaches, collaborate with peers from all over the world, tackle transversal topics, undertake scientific challenges in innovative ways while building and strengthening networks of scholars on areas of shared interest within the consortium. Professors from a minimum of three member universities participate in the scientific coordination of each program.

International PhD Academy
Interdisciplinary intensive programs on major societal challenges, with a parallel training program in transversal skills to prepare advanced PhDs for research careers in academia or in the private sector.

Graduate Seminars
Thematic intensive seminars, on a focused topic approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. The aim is to support early-career PhDs who are beginning their research and to facilitate interdepartmental cooperation. 

Summer Schools
Intensive taught programs for various target groups, from Bachelor to PhD level, and also professionals. The Summer Schools are open also to students from non-member universities.

  Globalization Program Summer Session - August 1-25, 2023
expiration April 15-May 15, 2023

Students who will attend the Summer Sessions can apply for accommodation on VIU campus, San Servolo Island, for the entire duration of the activity.

Applications and Registration
Applications will be via the VIU website.
April 15-May 15, 2023