Harvard Summer Program in Venice, Italy

Dates, tuition, and course information for the program will be posted here by December. 

Explore Venice, Italy, one of Europe's most important nexuses.  

Investigate European and American art, culture, history, and economics alongside Harvard University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice students and faculty. This collaborative, multidisciplinary program brings together two prestigious universities to deepen your understanding of Venice—a city with a rich history and an environment unlike any other.

You experience the unique culture, art, and history of Venice through workshops, excursions, and field trips, as well as participation in the local community. With a diverse array of course offerings to choose from, you will have the opportunity to engage in a multi-disciplinary exploration of Venice and of historical and contemporary Western society.

Program Structure

The first two weeks of the program are designed to give you hands-on experiences of Venice. You will participate in a variety of guided activities and workshops on topics such as Italian fashion and design, Venetian mask making, the traditional rowing technique, Voga, and Venetian cooking. 

You then enroll in two courses (to be announced in December). Please note that course enrollments are dependent on availability, and final course enrollment is determined by the Summer School Registrar's Office upon your enrollment in the program. 

Course information to be announced

The 2018 Venice, Italy, program course information will be announced here when available. 

Where You Live and Study

The lagoon city of Venice, la Serenissima, was for centuries a cultural and commercial center of Europe, and a vital link between East and West. Now it is the site of an educational crossroads and this multidisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty from Harvard University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.


You stay in the newly renovated dormitory "We_Crociferi." All rooms are doubles or triples and have air conditioning and internet. With the exception of breakfast, which is provided in the dorms, you are responsible for your own meals. All rooms include a kitchenette so that you have the opportunity to cook meals.

Venice has many restaurants, bars, cafes, and pasticciere. You have the opportunity to shop at the local markets and frequent the restaurants and bars in your neighborhood. Cafeterias offering low-cost meals are another popular option.

How to Apply

The application will be available in early December 2017. 

Before applying, review How to Apply.

Application materials include: 

  1. A personal statement of interest in the program
    • Your statement should describe your overall academic interests and your reasons for wanting to study in Venice this summer. In your statement, discuss any relevant coursework you have taken and address how you think your experience in Venice will shape your intellectual and social development.
  2. Transcripts
    • Harvard College applicants: You may submit an unofficial transcript accessed from my.harvard.edu.
    • Non-Harvard applicants: Submit an official transcript from your university.
  3. A $50 nonrefundable application fee

Note: Interviews may be requested.

All application materials are due January 25, 2018. You will be notified of admission decisions by mid- to late-February. 


The program fee, to be announced, includes tuition, accommodation, scheduled excursions and activities, and some meals.  

See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options. 

Student budget

In addition to the program fee, you will need to budget for a number of personal expenses: 

  • International airfare ($1,300 to $1,600)
  • Local transportation ($200)
  • Lunches, dinners, and some breakfasts ($2,000)
  • Course materials ($250)
  • Personal expenditures, laundry, communications, and miscellaneous ($300)

Please note: The amounts are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not listed here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal spending habits and currency exchange rates. If you have specific questions about budgeting, please contact the program directly.

Additional information