Columbia Summer in Venice | Undergraduate Global Engagement (2023)

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Immerse yourself in the culture, history and language of La Serenissima on a six-week summer program based at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. Choose from a menu of courses in Italian language, culture, film and art history. Experience the rich contemporary and historical culture of Venice, while also making rapid progress towards your academic goals.

Program Overview

Students learn about the art, literature, culture, and society of Venice and the Veneto region while also having the option to study and practice Italian. The program is not geared toward any particular major, and students with no Italian language or art history background are eligible to apply. Ca’Foscari University students also enroll in some of the courses allowing for varied perspectives and richer discussions both inside and outside of the classroom.

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  • The program offers different courses from which to choose, with total point options ranging from 6-9 points for the summer
  • All students are required to enroll in a a minimum of 6 points

Course combinations will provide opportunities to deepen the appreciation of Venetian visual culture, to rapidly improve Italian language skills, or to learn more about Italian culture through history, film and literature.

Eligibility and Application

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students in good academic and disciplinary standing

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

  • Minimum 3.0 average language GPA for courses taught in Italian

  • Students must meet prerequisites for individual courses

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How to Apply

Want to apply? Click the “Apply Now” button above. If the button doesn't appear above, the program is not yet accepting applications. You will be asked to set up a short profile, which will allow us to send you relevant information about your application. Once you’ve created a profile, you will see a checklist of items that you will need to submit. These generally include:

  • Application questionnaire(s)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Home school approval/clearance

I never expected to fall in love with Venice the way that I did, and I am already trying to find a way to go back.

-Hannah Loughlin, CC'20

Covid-19 Planning

The Columbia Summer in Venice | Undergraduate Global Engagement (3)Columbia in Venice Summer Program COVID-19 Planning Protocols summary includes information and links to resources about how COVID-19 might impact your upcoming study abroad experience so that you can remain informed as the situation evolves. Please note that these planning protocols as well as participation policies may be modified at any time prior to your departure or while you are in-country.


Note: The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

Participants choose their courses according to personal aspirations and interests as well as the course schedule. Here is the Columbia Summer in Venice | Undergraduate Global Engagement (4)course schedule for summer 2022. All students must enroll in a minimum of 6 points.

Please note that the course offerings and schedule are still subject to change. Attendance at all class meetings, concerts, and excursions, unless otherwise indicated, is mandatory.

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Language Courses (Summer 2022)

Italian [In Venice] O1121. Intensive Elementary Italian. 6 points

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Andy Wyatt

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The equivalent of Italian 1101/1102 at Columbia. This intensive first year course, open to students with no previous training in Italian, prepares students to move into intermediate Italian.

The course provides students with a foundation in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussions and activities and to interact with teacher and classmates. We will learn Italian not only thanks to exercises and conversation, but also through songs, clips, pictures, food, and games. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • provide basic information in Italian about themselves, their interests, their daily activities;

  • participate in a conversation on everyday topics using the major time frames of present and past;

  • read short edited texts, understand the main ideas, and pick out important information from authentic texts (e.g. menus, signs, train schedules, etc.)

  • write short compositions on familiar topics;

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  • identify basic cultural rituals and practices in the context of their occurrence.

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Italian [In Venice] O1203. Intensive Intermediate Italian. 6 points

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Italian or the equivalent.

Instructor: Isabella Livorni

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The equivalent of Italian 1201/1202. This intensive second year course allows students to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Italian and a better understanding of Italian culture.

Students are involved in activities outside the classroom, where they gather information on Italian cultural topics through interviews and surveys that allow them to engage directly with the local community. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • use a sufficient range of language to be able to give clear description;

  • express viewpoints on most general topics;

  • show a relatively high degree of grammatical control;

  • use cohesive devices to link their utterances into clear and coherent discourse;

  • give detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to their fields of interest, expanding and supporting their ideas;

  • write clear and detailed text on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments;

  • understand straightforward factual information about common everyday life;

  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes for regular interaction;

  • express news and views effectively in writing, and relate to those of others;

  • express themselves appropriately in different cultural and communicative situations;

  • and be aware of the most significant differences between the customs, usages, attitudes, values, and beliefs prevalent in the Italian culture and those of their own.


Italian O4490. Venice in Modernity: Venice in Film. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Elizabeth Leake

This class will explore the city of Venice as it appears on screen and in real life. We'll sit in the cool of an air-conditioned classroom as we watch films from such directors as Woody Allen, Andrea Segre, Luchino Visconti and Silvio Soldini. Then we’ll explore the city ourselves to experience first-hand the settings for so many films. Among the many questions we’ll explore: Whose Venice are we seeing, that of the tourists or of the inhabitants? Why are so many love stories set in Venice? What about the “Venice” in Las Vegas? In California?

Requirements: active participation in all class discussions; midterm; and final in-class exam.

Discussions in English, films with Italian with English subtitles, readings available in English and Italian.

Counts toward the Italian Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Art History O4430. Art in Venice. 3 points.

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Prerequisites: None

Instructors: Caroline Wamsler & Johanna Fassl

Two sections of this course will be offered.

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This course examines the art, architecture, and culture of Venice from the 14th to the 18th century. The goal of the curriculum is for students to acquire a firm visual literacy in order to read works of Venetian art and to familiarize themselves with the methods of art history. The course is set up as a field study, using the city as classroom and supporting site visits in and outside of Venice. The goal is to provide students with a solid visual knowledge and historical understanding of a set of key monuments, and to encourage them to think through the social, political, cultural, and intellectual forces at play in the creation of these works. Each day's choice of monuments is based on a walkable itinerary, visiting churches, confraternities, cloisters, palaces, and museums. Day trips include excursions to Padua and the Palladian villas in Vicenza and the Veneto.

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Counts toward the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Art History O3431. Contemporary Art at the Biennale. 3 Points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Alexander Alberro

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This course introduces the relationship between contemporary artistic practices and the Venice Biennale. The Biennale has become one of the most important international contemporary art fairs. This course will expose students to the historical, political, and cultural developments linked to the biennale from its inception in 1895 to present day. In addition to regular class meetings with slide lectures and seminar-style discussion in the classroom, students will visit exhibition spaces located in the historical pavilions of the giardini (fair gardens), the arsenale (a 16th century warehouse space now used to host sections of this contemporary art installations), and other temporary venues located throughout the city as we investigate not only the art, but also the unique spaces in which we encounter it. Beyond a focus on the history of the Venice Biennale, the course will introduce some of the key concepts of contemporary art as they have developed in the past three or so decades.

Counts toward the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Art History O4432. Introduction to the Conservation of Venice's Built Heritage. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Mieke Van Molle

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This course offers the unique opportunity to study the buildings, statues, and the built environment of Venice, and the challenges of conservation these structures face. Professor van Molle - a specialist in the field who has offered this much celebrated course in past years - will introduce students to historical construction techniques and building materials through case studies of specific buildings and sculptures, and will then focus on the conservation of these structures. Questions of sustainability, historic preservation, and conservation at the intersection of art and science lie at the center of this course which will take you to historic buildings and active conservation sites.

Counts as a seminar for the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Past Courses

Italian O4016. Mediterranean Venice: Living and Losing a Maritime Empire. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Konstantina Zanou

Venice is today a northeast province of the Italian state. For the largest part of its history, however, the city had very little to do with the rest of the Italian peninsula; it was instead the northwestern metropolis of an Eastern Mediterranean Empire, stretching all the way to (today’s) Croatia, Albania, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. By studying the history of Venice’s imperial past, the course aims precisely to relocate the students’ geographical and cultural perception of the city. Combining readings and documentaries with weekly walks and guided tours in the city, it invites students to explore themes such as the history of the Venetian Republic (and especially of the maritime state- stato da mar), Venice’s relations to the Ottoman world, the city’s ethnic and confessional diversity, the ‘myth of Venice’. Visits include the Correr Museum, the Doge’s Palace, the Arsenal, the Jewish Ghetto, the Campo Dei Greci, the Church of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni and others. An one-day trip to Trieste will be optionally offered.

Music O3184. Venice and Its Musical History. 3 Points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Giuseppe Gerbino

Throughout its history, Venice cultivated an idealized image of its political and civic identity. Music played a central role in the construction of the myth of the “Most Serene Republic” both through the prestige of the Venetian music establishment and as a symbol of social harmony and cohesion. This course explores the history of this unique bond between Venice and its musical self-fashioning as well as the construction of a nostalgic image of Venice’s past musical splendor in nineteenth and twentieth-century music.

Counts towards the Music major/concentration at Columbia.

Italian O3330. Awakening the Senses in an Italian City. 3 points

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Italian or the equivalent

Instructor: Maria Luisa Gozzi

In this course we will consider the different ways we can learn to use and express our senses while exploring Italy’s most sensational city – Venice. We will read Italian authors, listen to different kinds of music, as well as contemplate the sounds of specific sites within Venice; we’ll look at paintings, frescoes, architecture and landscapes to refine our appreciation of visual beauty; taste different typical Venetian and Italian food preparations; we will explore the link between smells and memories; we will also use our hands to experience various textures and tactile sensations around the city. We will become more aware of the way we perceive the world around us; and find the Italian words we need for these tasks; expressing ourselves also through images (photos and drawings) and recorded materials. Venice is the ideal place to appreciate sensorial experiences. Each class will have a component of exploring outside of the class our reaction to different stimuli. Materials and assignments will be designed and gauged to respect the inclinations and linguistic ability of each of the students who will enrolled.

INSM O3920. Nobility & Civility: East and West. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Jo Ann Cavallo

This interdisciplinary colloquium focuses on the examination and comparison of different cultural understandings of the concepts of nobility and civility as they appear throughout the ancient, medieval and early modern world. Our project involves the analysis of important philosophical, religious and literary texts from the East Asian, Indian, Islamic and Western traditions. A fundamental aim of this course will be the formulation of an intercultural perspective from which the core human concerns of nobility and civility, which these various traditions share, can be more coherently articulated. More generally, this course seeks to provide a model for integrated undergraduate education focusing on common human values and universal perennial issues while also recognizing cultural and historical differences.

Course counts as a Global Core requirement for Columbia students.

Art History. From Bellini to Tintoretto: Venetian Narrative Painting. 4 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Diane Bodart

This course will analyze the distinctive features of narrative painting in Renaissance Venice, examining the many narrative cycles that were realized for public palaces, confraternities or churches, by artists such as Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Palma il Giovane, Veronese or Tintoretto. Comparative examples will be taken from the fresco decorations on the terraferma in cities like Padua or Vicenza. Most of the classes will be held in situ in order to have a better understanding of the modalities of the paintings’ narrative discourses in relation to the frame structure of the walls and the architecture of the space.

Counts toward the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Italian O4043 Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture: Venice and the Northern Italian Courts. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

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Instructor: Jo Ann Cavallo

Renaissance Italy was a hub for cross-cultural interactions, reflected in various ways across literary genres. This course on Venice and the Northern Italian courts will pay special attention to the crossing of boundaries, whether socio-cultural, religious, linguistic, gendered, ethnic, or strictly geographical, in a range of fourteenth- to early seventeenth-century texts, such as travel writings, chivalric epic poetry, court literature, comedy, drama, dialogues, and the novella. Authors covered will include Marco Polo, Boiardo, Ariosto, Castiglione, Beolco, Giraldi Cinzio, Tasso, Tarabotti, and Galileo. Issues of propaganda and patronage, aesthetics and ideology, classicism and iconoclasm, will also be discussed.

Italian O3005: Discovering Venice: A Cultural Journey [in Italian]. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Two years of college-level Italian or the equivalent.

Instructor: Federica Franze

In this course we will engage in the discussion of some of the major cultural, literary and artistic aspects of Italy. Students will review the geography of Italy, while getting to know some of the differences in the culture and in the landscape of the Italian regions, with a closer look at Veneto and the Venice area and its culinary, artistic and artisanal products (i.e. in the Islands of Murano and Burano). We will approach the topic of traveling under both a practical and an abstract angle. Students will discover what it means to live in Venice, among bridges, Calli and buildings facing the water, learn how to take a vaporetto or tour with a Gondola, through a variety of oral and written exercises aimed to review, improve and expand their vocabulary. Among some of the cultural topics, will also be the Italian university system and students’ life. Students will also learn about current events discussing topics such as the current immigration waves in and out of Italy (immigrants from underdeveloped countries, and the so-called “brain drain”); politics, corruption and “the Mafie”; lastly, some challenging issues (civil unions, Jobs Act, migration and citizenship), which have been the object of recent political reforms. Music, clips from films, newspaper articles and short literary texts, will be used, but also field trips and short excursions will be organized to approach these themes. At the end of the course, students will have acquired a deeper knowledge of Italian contemporary life and culture, and improved both their written and oral communication skills, within specific socio-pragmatic areas.

Art History O3310. Portraiture in Renaissance Venice. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Diane Bodart

Columbia Summer in Venice | Undergraduate Global Engagement (13) Portraiture in Renaissance Venice Syllabus

From Bellini to Tintoretto, Venetian artists elaborated individual portraits that were to be an influential model in Renaissance art, while poets, from Bembo to Aretino, celebrated in their verses the perfect illusion of presence and life performed by these works. Nonetheless, the representation of the self in Venice was challenged by the corporative structure of the society and its political institutions: the image of the individual was often to integrate group portraits, while the Venetian woman was generally depicted as an ideal beauty. Through a cross-analysis of sources and works, the course will investigate this tension between the fashioning of the self and the construction of the social and political identity of Venice in the frame of its cosmopolitan world. The classes will be held in situ in order to train the students to analyze original works in their context.

Counts toward the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.

Grades and Transcripts

Grading Policy

Click here for the Columbia summer program grading policies.


Upon successful completion of the program, grades are entered into Columbia's online grading system.

No credit is granted to students who do not complete the full program.

All courses taken on the program are converted to an American grading scale and transmitted to students as follows:

Columbia students: Grades appear on SSOL and your transcript as semester grades from courses taken at Columbia. For more information, please see the section on Academic Credit in Steps to Study Abroad.

Barnard students: Grades appear on eBear and your transcript as any semester grades from courses taken at Barnard. For more information, please see the section on Credit and Transcripts for Barnard Students on our Barnard student pages.

Non-Columbia students: can request electronic transcripts online through the Columbia University registrar.

Life in Venice


Students live in program housing. They share furnished apartments which are located throughout the main island of Venice in various neighborhoods from Canareggio to Castello. Students may be housed in groups of 2-5, and mostly live in shared, double rooms within the apartments. They also have the opportunity to visit each other and thus, explore different neighborhoods and gain a sense of how the city fabric works.


Students are responsible for their own meals. Venice has many restaurants, bars, cafes, and pasticceries and students have the opportunity to shop at the local markets and frequent the bars and restaurants in their neighborhood on a regular basis.

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Ca' Foscari also has two student cafeterias which offer low-cost meals. They are located about 10 minutes from the classrooms. The hours are limited.


To complement the academic experience, activities designed to introduce students to the local culture are planned. Past activities have included an introduction to Venetian rowing, introduction to wine cultivation and production and a wine tasting, a visit with Save Venice (a local conservation group), biking around the Lido, weekly group dinners, Italian conversation gatherings, museum tours, and sestieri tours.

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Field Trips

Regular field trips around the Veneto are scheduled as part of the academic program for the art history course and some trips and activities are incorporated into the Italian literature and culture course. Excursions have included an exploration of various Palladian villas, a day in Padova, and a trip to Verona.


This program has a very full schedule and students should expect to devote most of their time in Venice to the program and complementary activities. Classes are during the weekdays and so students are able to travel on the weekends if they choose to do so.

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Venice, in Italian Venezia, is considered by many the most beautiful city in the world. Founded over 1500 years ago, the Venetian Republic rose to become the main European center of trade between the East and West. At the height of its power, it controlled an empire that extended north to the Dolomites and south as far as Cyprus. This is where Marco Polo set off for his historic voyage to Italy.

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It is in a unique position, built on an archipelago of islets or shoals, a few kilometers from the mainland, in a lagoon protected from the open sea by the natural island of the Lido. The city is comprised of over 117 small islands, 150 canals, and more than 400 bridges. The buildings of Venice are either on natural islands or on piles of pine driven down about 7.5 meters beneath the water to a solid bed of compressed sand and clay. There are no cars; waterbuses, gondolas, and boats provide the only means of transport along a system, the main thoroughfare being the Grand Canal, lined with splendid palaces. Venice's urban fabric has not changed since the late eighteenth century, giving it a remarkably peaceful and enchanting atmosphere. One of the best ways to explore the city is to walk. It only takes one hour to get from east to west, enjoying the main attractions and discovering unique remnants of Venice's grand past in almost every corner.

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Host Institution

Established in 1868, University Ca' Foscari of Venice is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. It includes four schools (called Facoltà) in Economics and Business, Humanities, Sciences, and Foreign Languages and Literature which is divided in Western and Oriental studies. Ca' Foscari University has 20,000 students and it offers 30 bachelor's degrees and 53 masters degrees.

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The University is located in historical buildings throughout the city of Venice which is the home of many cultural and prominent institutions such as the Biennale of Arts, the Fondazione Cini, the University of Architecture, and many others. All of them share programs and activities with Ca' Foscari University.



Alexander Alberro (Instructor for Contemporary Art at the Biennale) is the Virginia Bloedel Wright '51 Professor of Art History at Barnard College. His areas of specialization are modern and contemporary European, U.S., and Latin American art, as well as the history of photography. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His recent lecture courses include "Histories of Photography"; "Early Modernism and the Crisis of Representation"; “In and Around Abstract Expressionism”; and “Directions in Contemporary Art.” Recent seminars include "Contemporary Photography and Camera Work"; "Spectatorship, Participation and Interaction in Contemporary Art"; " Contemporary Art and the Global Turn"; and "Abstract Art and its Legacies in Latin America." Professor Alberro's writings have been published in a broad range of journals and exhibition catalogues, and translated into numerous languages.

Elizabeth Leake (Instructor for Venice and Modernity: Screening La Serenissima) is a professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Italian Department at Columbia. Her research interests include Twentieth Century narrative and theatre, psychoanalytic, ideological, and disability studies in Italian literature, fascist Italy, Italian cinema, and early Danish cinema. She is a recipient of the Modern Language Association Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for her book The Reinvention of Ignazio Silone (2003) and The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars 2001. Her latest book, After Words: Suicide and Authorship in Twentieth Century Italy, was published in February 2011. Her current research project is a comparative study of representations of cognitive disability among American, Danish, and Italian poets; she is also co-authoring a book on Italian confine.

Isabella Livorni (Instructor for Intermediate Intensive Italian) is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian and comparative literature at Columbia University. She graduated from Barnard College in 2015, with a degree in Italian and music. Isabella grew up between the U.S. and Italy, and is a native bilingual speaker of both Italian and English. At Columbia, she has taught Elementary and Intermediate Italian. She has also taught Italian at the A and B CEFR levels through the Italian American Committee on Education, under the supervision of the Consulate General of Italy in New York. As a teacher, she places emphasis on actively reflecting on the language learning process, developing metacognitive tools to aid in second language acquisition, and encouraging students to take charge of their own language learning and communicative objectives. As a scholar, she researches the intersection of poetry and ethnomusicology in the Fifties and Sixties.

Caroline Wamsler (Instructor for Art in Venice) is an instructor in the Art and Archeology Department at Columbia University. A specialist on fourteenth-century Venice she received her PhD in art history from Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on the trecento-painting program in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. Beyond her interest in the municipal imagery in Renaissance Italy, she has worked on the Venetian city garden and public/private spaces in the urban fabric of Venice. In addition to Columbia she has been a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University, Bard College and Vassar College offering courses focused on the medieval through the baroque period in Europe. She also serves on the board of Trustees of The New York Botanical Garden and Millbrook School.

Andy Wyatt (Instructor for Intensive Elementary Italian) is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Italian at Columbia University. He graduated from Kent State University in 2016 with a B.A. in English with minors in Italian and Ancient, Medieval & Renaissance Studies. He subsequently worked as a student advisor for Kent State University in Florence. He received an M.A. in Italian from Columbia in 2018. His research interests include the modern Italian novel, modernity in Italy, and intellectual history in certain areas of the Mediterranean, such as Trieste.


Beatrice Mazzi (Program Coordinator) is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies and Comparative Literature and Society. She earned her BA summa cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Perugia where she was awarded the Erasmus grant and spent a semester at the University of Sevilla (Spain). She holds a MA in Literary Translation from the University of Turin (2010), and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University College of London (2010). Before joining Columbia in 2015, she has worked as an Italian language instructor for several American programs in Florence and as special programs coordinator for the International Center of the University of Oklahoma.

Her research focuses on Italian contemporary literature, life stories and testimony with an emphasis on gender and feminist issues. Although literature remains her main field of study, oral history, documentary and photography are among her areas of interest.

Caroline Wamsler (Program Director) has been the Venice Summer Program Director since 2016. She is an instructor in the Art and Archeology Department at Columbia University. A specialist on fourteenth-century Venice she received her PhD in art history from Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on the trecento-painting program in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. Beyond her interest in the municipal imagery in Renaissance Italy, she has worked on the Venetian city garden and public/private spaces in the urban fabric of Venice. In addition to Columbia she has been a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University, Bard College and Vassar College offering courses focused on the medieval through the baroque period in Europe. She also serves on the board of Trustees of The New York Botanical Garden and Millbrook School.

Financial Considerations

Program Costs

*Summer 2022 Tuition and Fees

Please see our cost breakdown for detailed information.

*Tuition and fees are subject to the Board of Trustees' approval and may change.


If you are on financial aid, check to see if it can be applied to studying abroad. In general summer financial aid is not available to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering students, but may be available to School of General Studies students. Non-Columbia students should check with their home schools for funding availability.

Funding Your Summer in Venice

Columbia undergraduate and Barnard students may apply for the following scholarships applicable to this program:

  • Columbia Summer in Venice | Undergraduate Global Engagement (19)The Finley Fellowship for Venetian Studies

Global Learning Scholarship

The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) is pleased to announce Global Learning Scholarships to help students fund their participation in this program. If awarded, these partial scholarships will be applied toward tuition charges for this program.


  • Open to Columbia University and non-Columbia undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need

  • Recipients must be accepted to this Columbia-led program

To Apply:

After starting a program application, complete the “Global Learning Scholarship” questionnaire in your UGE account.

Scholarship Applications Due:

March 27 (closes at 11:59 pm EST)

For more general information and resources on financing your time abroad, please see the pages below:

  • Columbia Students
  • Barnard Students
  • Non-Columbia Students
  • Graduate Students

Withdrawal Policy

If you decide to withdraw from the program once it has already started, please be aware of the financial consequences and the office policies by clicking here.

Find Out More

Learn more about the Venice program from the Resident Director, instructors and program staff. Watch a recorded information session from March 22, 2022:

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Resources for Accepted Students

  • Passports and Visas
  • Health and Safety
  • Identity and Diversity Abroad
  • CU Course Registration and Housing
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  • Cultural Awareness


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A summer school provides a focused academic environment with smaller classes and fewer learning hours. Because the duration of the study is limited, teachers usually set very precise study goals. You will immerse yourself in a subject and gain a solid grounding in the subject matter.

Can anyone go to Harvard summer school? ›

To apply, you must: Be at least 18 years old. Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student. Be in good academic standing.

What are the most competitive summer programs for high schoolers? ›

Most Prestigious Summer Programs for High School Students
  • Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) ...
  • Research Science Institute (RSI) ...
  • Program in Mathematics for Young Student (PROMYS) ...
  • The Summer Science Program (SSP) ...
  • Boys/Girls State. ...
  • Boys/Girls Nation. ...
  • Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)
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Is Columbia SPS respected? ›

As one of 20 prestigious schools affiliated with Columbia University, the School of Professional Studies (SPS) is expanding the reach and impact of an Ivy League education so more students can take their education and careers to the next level.

Is Columbia SHP prestigious? ›

The Columbia SHP is one of the most elite science and math-focused high school honors programs in the country.

Is Columbia academically rigorous? ›

Excel in Challenging Courses

Like all Ivy League universities, Columbia is academically rigorous. To demonstrate that you can succeed at Columbia, you must show that you can excel in the most challenging courses available at your high school.

How long is Columbia summer Program? ›

Columbia offers 2-week and 1-week sessions in the Summer.

Is Columbia summer program online? ›

Dive into an Ivy League education this summer with Columbia's world-class instructors, and a dynamic online learning platform. Interact with Columbia instructors and experts in their fields.

What extracurriculars that impress Ivy Leagues? ›

The best extracurricular activities for the Ivies
  • Starting a club. Many students struggle to find an extracurricular activity that picks their interests. ...
  • Participate in a summer program. ...
  • Competing in academic events. ...
  • Writing for the school newspaper. ...
  • Joining the theater program. ...
  • Doing an internship.

Is Harvard Summer School the same as Harvard? ›

Harvard Summer School, founded in 1871, is a summer school run by Harvard University. It serves more than 5,000 students per year.
Harvard Summer School.
Parent institutionHarvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Division of Continuing Education
DeanSandra Naddaff
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Are Ivy League summer programs selective? ›

Selectivity: The program is very selective, with around an 8% acceptance rate. Students must be nominated by their high school before they can apply, then must complete an online application. Students must include a transcript and two letters of recommendation from teachers.

Which IVYS are easiest to get into? ›

Cornell is considered the "easiest" Ivy League to get into because it has the highest Ivy League acceptance rate. While it's easier, statistically speaking, to get into Cornell, it's still challenging. It's also important to remember that students apply directly to one of Cornell's eight undergraduate colleges.

What is the easiest to get into Ivy League? ›

Based on the information provided above, you probably noticed that Cornell University has the highest acceptance rates out of all the Ivy League schools and can therefore be classified as the easiest Ivy league school to get into.

What is the highest Ivy League acceptance rate? ›

Acceptance Rates by Ivy League School
  • Princeton University - 4.4% Acceptance Rate. ...
  • Harvard University - 4.0% Acceptance Rate. ...
  • Columbia University- 3.9% Acceptance Rate. ...
  • Yale University - 4.6% Acceptance Rate. ...
  • The University of Pennsylvania - 5.9% Acceptance Rate. ...
  • Dartmouth College - 6.2% Acceptance Rate.
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What GPA is required for Columbia? ›

A 3.0 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

What GPA is good for Columbia? ›

To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1560 SAT or a 35 ACT. You should also have a 4.12 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score.

Is Columbia University better than NYU? ›

Both NYU and Columbia are well known and prestigious. Columbia is part of the Ivy League which is considered very prestigious in the US and abroad. Because Columbia has a lower admission rate than NYU, there is a general perception that Columbia is more prestigious than NYU.

Does getting a Columbia interview mean anything? ›

As interviews are not a required part of the application process, students who do not interview will not be at a disadvantage, according to Columbia's website. Instead, interviewing at Columbia is an opportunity to learn more about the college experience from someone who has been there firsthand.

Is Columbia free for international students? ›

International students commencing graduate programs at Columbia are eligible for a few departmental scholarships, credited towards tuition fees. Unlike undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships are limited and not offered to all admitted students.

Is Colombia good for international students? ›

Colombia is one of the world's largest growing economies. Its established educational system and wide range of academic and research programs attract thousands of international students every year.

What are 3 things Columbia is known for? ›

Colombia is known for its significant natural resources, modern cities, and a diverse culture. The government has made great strides in recent years to secure peace with revolutionaries, minimize crime, and protect its strong democratic institutions and the country boasts at growing economy.

Is Columbia a prestigious college? ›

Columbia University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, ranked 7th overall in the US. It is located on an amazing campus in New York, NY, with extremely selective admissions. It is a middle sized university with full-time enrollment of 7,971 undergraduate students.

What are 3 Interesting Facts About Columbia University? ›

Columbia was the first school in the US to grant the M.D. degree. The Pulitzer Prize is administered annually by Columbia. Columbia has the second most Nobel Prize-winning affiliates in the country (the first being Harvard). Columbia College didn't admit women until 1983.

Is Columbia University an elite school? ›

Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City.

What is the first hardest school to get into? ›

Total Admitted: 1,954

With a record-low admission rate of just 3.19% for the class of 2026, Harvard currently ranks as the most difficult school to get into.

Where does Columbia rank in the Ivy League? ›

List of the Ivy League Schools
NameLocationNational University Ranking
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH12
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI13 (tie)
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY17
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY18 (tie)
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What is the Columbia scandal? ›

Math professor Michael Thaddeus accused Columbia of using false data to rise up the college rankings. He tells Rachel Sharp why the real lesson from the scandal is that the ranking system must be scrapped.

What is the lowest Ivy League school? ›

What Are the Cheapest Ivy League Schools? The cheapest Ivy League schools include The University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and Princeton University.

Why did Columbia ranks drop? ›

Columbia University Drops to #18 from #2 in U.S. News Ranking. Columbia University dropped to the #18 from the #2 spot in the U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings after admitting it had submitted inaccurate data in earlier years — the university has not ranked as low as #18 since 1988.

Is Columbia hard to get into? ›

Columbia is very selective. For the class of 2023, the school received 42,569 applications and accepted 2,247 for an acceptance rate of 5.2%. According to the U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges rankings, Columbia is tied for third among the best institutions of higher learning in the nation.

What is the hardest college to get into? ›

Harvard ranked as the toughest school in the country to get into. It has a 5% acceptance rate, according to Niche. Stanford came in second on the list— with an acceptance rate of 5% as well. However, it accepts students with slightly lower test scores, Niche says.

Is Columbia University in the top 10%? ›

Columbia University's ranking among the top universities in the US fell from second to the 18th position in 2022-23, shows the latest report by US News and World Report.

Is it hard to get into Ivy League summer programs? ›

As with universities, the more popular the summer program, the harder it is to get into. Generally, those offered by an Ivy League school are the most difficult to qualify for yet the most rewarding. That's why it's important to choose programs within your field of interest to increase your chances of getting in.

How competitive are summer research programs? ›

These tend to be very competitive; hundreds, even thousands of students can apply for only a handful of positions. However, with some proactivity and strong planning, diligent undergraduate students can get accepted onto these prestigious programs.

How hard is it to get into summer science program? ›

Generally, freshmen and seniors in high school aren't eligible for acceptance. SSP accepts students who are at the top of their classes and earning high grades in some of the more advanced science and math courses available. Students are also encouraged to aim for high standardized test scores.

What are the easiest IVYS to get into? ›

Cornell University

Out of all the Ivy League schools, Cornell has the highest admissions rate: 8.7%. For reference, you should be aware that 84.2% of Cornell matriculants were in the top 10% of their graduating class and 96.4% of Cornell matriculants were in the top 25% of their graduating class.

Which of the Ivy League is easiest to get into for grad school? ›

Cornell is considered the "easiest" Ivy League to get into because it has the highest Ivy League acceptance rate. While it's easier, statistically speaking, to get into Cornell, it's still challenging. It's also important to remember that students apply directly to one of Cornell's eight undergraduate colleges.

How hard is it to get into cosmos summer program? ›

Application Process

Usually, COSMOS students have a GPA of 3.5 or above. All applicants must complete an online application as well as one personal statement. You're required to have at least one teacher recommendation but a second one is highly suggested.

Does summer research count as work experience? ›

Does research count as work experience? Post-graduate research definitely counts as work experience. If you held a graduate research assistant position, you can list that in your regular work experience section, including the employer, dates, and relevant accomplishments.

How do you list summer research on a resume? ›

Provide the employer details about your role in the research project. Describe the research itself and results from the research. Specify the nature of the research, for example, if you collected data or conducted experiments. Remember to share if the research was published or other accomplishments.

Does summer school increase your GPA? ›

Raise Their GPA

While letting an elective class go and not retaking it is an option, summer school grades replace the failing grade already earned. That will raise your teen's GPA.

Can summer courses boost GPA? ›

Take Summer Classes

Taking summer classes may seem like a drag, but it is one of the best things you can do to boost your GPA. When you retake a course during the summer, you are likely to be in a smaller class. That will give you more one-on-one time with the instructor.

How many people get accepted into SSP? ›

Is admissions very selective? A. In recent years the admission rate has been around 10%, so definitely have an alternate plan for your summer.

Can anyone go to Harvard Summer School? ›

To apply, you must: Be at least 18 years old. Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student. Be in good academic standing.


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