Venice International University

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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. 2021 - 2022

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.

Deadline for preregistration to second semester: February 16, 2022

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  VIU Lecture - Problematizing Rights of Nature
(May 18, 2022, at 5 pm (CEST)

Guest speaker: Vito De Lucia, Professor of International Law at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and full member of the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS).

This VIU Lecture will talk about the environmental law, while achieving many discrete successes, seems unable to address at root the key drivers of environmental degradation. Recognizing legal subjectivity to natural entities is presented thus as a paradigm shift that, reimagining the relationship between humans and nature, will ensure nature is no longer treated, in law, as an object of exploitation, but as a living domain worthy of protection in light of its intrinsic value.

The lecture will be held online, via zoom.

The online event is open to the public. Registration is required, the zoom link will be provided before the lecture, on Wednesday morning.
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VIULectures is a series of talks on topical issues of interest to the VIU Community. They are open to the public and are currently being held online.

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  VIU Research Internships and Worldwide Mobility - Deadline: February 16, 2022

Research internships and the worldwide mobility are from two to four months.
Start and end dates of the mobility are fixed in collaboration with the host organization and depending on the research projects that the students will pursue. They are usually completed by the end of the solar year (December 2022 for students of 2nd semester 2021-2022 students). Any exception must be justified by academic or research reasons and approved by the selection committee.

Destinations: Boston College (Usa), Duke University (Usa), European University of St. Petersburg (Russia), KU Leuven (Belgioum, Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet (Germany), Tel Aviv University (Israele), Tsinghua University (China), Università di Bordeaux (France), University of Exeter (GB), Università di Ljubljana (Slovenia), Waseda University (Japan).

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  Summer Institute on Ageing "Global Ageing: Low- and Middle-income Country Challenges" - June 2022

From June 13 to 17, 2022, Venice International University - VIU hosts the ninth edition of the Summer Institute on Ageing, dedicated to the theme "Global Ageing: Low- and Middle-income Country Challenges".
The course is addressed to graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students in economics, statistics, social sciences and medicine, but also to those working in the field of aging.

The deadline for applications is February 25, 2022.

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