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Venice, Italy

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The City

Situated in a lagoon in northeastern Italy, and criss-crossed by more than 200 canals and 400 bridges, Venice serves as capital of the Veneto —one of Italy’s wealthiest regions. The historic center of Venice, spreading out from the beautiful Basilica di San Marco, is built on a group of islets separated from the Adriatic Sea by a barrier of islands and peninsulas.

The University

Visited by millions of tourists from all over the world, Venice is regarded as one of the most beautiful city sites in the world. It combines a unique system of canals with countless architectural marvels from the Renaissance to the present. BC is a consortium member of Venice International University (VIU), an association of twelve distinguished world universities—including Duke University, Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, University Iuav of Venice, Tongji University of Shanghai, Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Munchen, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Tel Aviv University, Tsinghua University, Tilburg University and Waseda University. Venice International University boasts one of the most unique and beautiful campus locations worldwide. It is located on the island of San Servolo, a ten-minute vaporetto ride from San Marco. The campus' picturesque buildings and a peaceful park overlook the Venice waterfront and the lido.

The Program

VIU’s undergraduate program emphasizes the humanities and social sciences. Courses particularly focus on the many historical, economic, cultural, and political dimension of globalization and cross-cultural contact and exchange over the century. The second focus is on Venice and its architecture, history, politics and a site for literary imagination. Except for Italian language courses, all classes are taught in English by international faculty from the partner universities—including two courses/semester taught by a BC professor. VIU offers three ‘core’ courses each semester: Italian for Foreigners, Italian Contemporary History, and Venetian Art and Architecture. Another 15–20 courses, taught by leading scholars, provide opportunities for students to complete a range of BC social science and humanities requirements.


Students will pre-register for courses prior to arriving in Venice. Once in Venice they will be able to finalize their schedule. 

Orientation & Housing

VIU offers a five-day orientation prior to each semester. Students stay in triple or quadruple rooms in a residential hall on San Servolo. Laundry facilities and a dining hall are available.


Semester events may include guest seminars, city and museum tours, soccer tournaments, and rowing lessons at the historic Bucintoro Rowing Club.