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, literature/film, art history and conservation, and history. Experience the rich contemporary and historical culture of Venice, while also making rapid progress towards your academic goals.
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.
- The program offers many different courses from which to choose, with total point options ranging from 6-10 points for the summer
- All students are required to enroll in at least 2 courses
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
How to Apply
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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
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. All students must enroll in 2 courses.
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.
Language Courses (Summer 2018)
Italian [In Venice] O1121. Intensive Elementary Italian. 6 points
Instructor: Allison DeWitt
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;
identify basic cultural rituals and practices in the context of their occurrence.
Italian [In Venice] O1203. Intensive Intermediate Italian. 6 points
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Italian or the equivalent.
Instructor: Beatrice Mazzi
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.
Italiana: Introduction to Italian Culture, the Low, the High and the In-Between. 3 points
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Italian or the equivalent.
Instructor: Patrizia Palumbo
This course aims at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture and improving and refining their language skills, through writing, reading, speaking, and listening. This course is designed for students with different language skills and therefore will be open to students who have had one year or two years of Italian language instruction. Although the students will work on the same materials (articles, essays, poems, visual arts, music, and opera) and discuss the same topics, each assignment will include different levels of difficulty in order to be both appropriate and challenging for all the students in the class. This is a content based course in which the students will be exposed to the issues that are debated today in contemporary Italy, such as Italian identity, immigration, emigration, the cult of celebrity, and the deceptiveness of the brand Made in Italy. Naturally, considerable attention will be given to Venice, the marvelous city that will host the course. The students will learn about the distinctive traits of Venetian culture and compare them to those of other Italian cities.
ITALIAN CULTURE COURSES (SUMMER 2018)
Italian O4016. Mediterranean Venice: Living and Losing a Maritime Empire. 3 points.
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’ and the fate of Venice after ‘Venice’. Visits include the Correr Museum, the Doge’sPalace, the Arsenal, the Jewish Ghetto, the Campo Dei Greci, the Church of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, the Fondaco dei Turchi, and others. An one-day trip to Trieste will be optionally offered.
Italian O4490. Venice and Modernity: Screening La Serenissima. 3 points.
Instructor: Elizabeth Leake
This course will examine representations of Venice in film and literature in order to identify the forms of aesthetic modernism that emerge and become operative from within the specifically Venetian context. How do these modernist narrations engage with their location—imagined or otherwise--in Venice and its environs? Is there such a thing as Venetian regional modernism, and what are its parameters? What are their relations to modernism’s broader national iteration? To answer these questions, we will read texts by Boito, Mann, Dostoevsky, Calvino, and Marinetti. Our Friday morning sessions will be devoted to screening films by Fellini (Casanova), Visconti (Senso, White Nights, and Death in Venice), and Soldini (Bread and Tulips). We will visit some of the sites where they were filmed as time permits.
Counts toward the Italian Major/Concentration at Columbia.
Art History O4430. Art in Venice. 3 points.
Instructor: Caroline Wamsler
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.
Counts toward the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.
Art History O4432. Introduction to the Conservation of Venice's Built Heritage. 4 points.
Instructor: Mieke Van Molle
The course aims at providing participants with an understanding of the built heritage of Venice, its historical development, construction techniques and building materials and at gaining insight in the related conservation problems. Students are first introduced to the particular conservation problems of the city of Venice and its Lagoon environment. The course then addresses the historical growth and architectural development of Venice, its specific construction techniques and its great variety of stone materials, originating from all over the Mediterranean. It subsequently focuses on the conservation process, including the diagnostic survey, the different decay mechanisms and finally offering an overview of the conservation treatment. The course includes a series of guided walking tours and diversified site visits which will illustrate and complement class lectures.
Counts as a seminar for the Art History Major/Concentration at Columbia.
Art History O3310. Portraiture in Renaissance Venice. 3 points.
Instructor: Diane Bodart
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.
Art History. Technology in Art and Visual Communications. 3 points.
Instructor: Johanna Fassl
Please note this course is pending COI approval.
The course is designed as a field study in Venice and will focus mainly on optical instruments and technologies developed from the eighteenth century to the present day. It will begin by investigating the specific technology of the camera obscura and its use by Venetian painter Canaletto. A sketchbook in the Venetian Accademia suggests that Canaletto used a portable camera obscura, possibly putting it on a boat and floating down the Canal Grande, to create a mobile device for recording his city. Concurrently, this mobility has specific implications for the beholder of his works, as individual views are stitched together to create an imaginative rather than faithfully copied representation of Venice. Mobility is the center of investigation of technologies. Portable paint tubes allowed artists to work in the field in the nineteenth century, time-lapse photography and early cinema allowed images themselves to become mobile. Twentieth-century technology will be explored through the 16th International Exhibition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, using national and curated installations and collateral events as a primary resource. The course investigates the history of art with respect to the use of technology in creative production and considers both use and user of technology from an epistemological point of view. The course is interdisciplinary in its scope, incorporating theories from film, semiotics, cultural studies, as well as aspects of neuropsychology.
INSM O3920. Nobility & Civility: East and West. 3 points.
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.
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.
Art History O3431. Contemporary Art at the Biennale. 3 Points.
Instructor: Alexander Alberro
This course introduces the relationship between contemporary artistic practices and the 2017 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.
Music O3184. Venice and Its Musical Identity. 3 Points.
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 O4043 Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture: Venice and the Northern Italian Courts. 3 points.
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.
Grades and Transcripts
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 Creditin 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.
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.
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.
DAILY LIVING AND SCHEDULE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Bodart (Instructor for Portraiture in Renaissance Venice) was educated in Art History at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome and at the "École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" in Paris. The recipient of fellowships from the Académie de France (Villa Médicis) in Rome, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, and the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) in Florence, she was teaching at the University of Poitiers before coming to Columbia. Her research focuses on Renaissance and early modern art in Italy and in the Spanish Hapsburg Empire, with special attention to the relation between art and politics and between image theory and practice. Among other topics, her recent publications have concerned portraiture, public monument and urban space, reflection in Renaissance painting, and laughter in Renaissance art. Her book Pouvoirs du portrait sous les Habsbourg d'Espagne (Paris, 2011) received an award from the Académie Française.
Allison Dewitt (Instructor for Elementary Intensive Italian) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She holds a B.A. from New York University in Italian and German Literatures and an M.A. and M.Phil in Italian from Columbia. Since she began teaching at Columbia in 2013 Allison has been active with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Her work has focused on designing, implementing and evaluating innovative classroom assignments and she published and presented on the use of digital tools in the classroom. She has taught courses in Italian, Women and Gender Studies and Medieval Literature. Before beginning her PhD program she taught languages for Berlitz.
Her dissertation analyzes the use of geography in Dante’s Divine Comedy, specifically focused on representations of the Islamic world.
Johanna Fassl (Instructor for Technology in Art and Visual Communications) is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Communication and department chair at Franklin University Switzerland, in addition to being the director of Casa Muraro: Columbia University's Study Center in Venice. She received her PhD (with distinction) from Columbia University and has since been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a Mellon and Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research. Her areas of specialization include the art and architecture of Venice; her book Sacred Eloquence: Giambattista Tiepolo and the Rethoric of the Altarpiece was published with Peter Lang was in 2010.
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.
Beatrice Mazzi (Instructor for Intermediate Intensive Italian) 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.
Patrizia Palumbo (Instructor for Italiana: Introduction to Italian Culture, the Low, the High and the In-between) received a Laurea in Lettere from Università degli studi in Turin, Italy, and a Ph.D in Italian from Columbia University. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Italian culture. Currently, she is a Lecturer of Italian at the Department of Italian of Columbia University where she teaches courses on Italian language and culture.
Mieke Van Molle (Instructor for Introduction to the Conservation of Venice's Built Heritage) performs varied research and consultancy activities in the field of stone conservation and cultural heritage including several related publications. She holds a MA degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and specialized in conservation at ICCROM, the Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Rome and the Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique, Belgium.
She has worked as freelance conservator in Italy, Belgium and France, mainly in stone, stuccoes and mural paintings conservation. She collaborated with ICCROM from 1991 to 2009 for the development and implementation of international training programs on stone and mural paintings conservation, coordinating the last five ICCROM-UNESCO Venice International Stone Conservation Courses (1997-2009). Additionally, she taught stone conservation at the Università Internazionale dell’Arte, Venice from 2001-2004.
From 2005 to 2008 she was Head of the Permanent Office of the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, which included the coordination of conservation, research and cultural promotion projects financed by the Private Committees in the framework of the UNESCO-Private Committees Program for the Safeguarding of Venice, in close cooperation with the Superintendencies for the Care of Cultural Property.
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.
Konstantina Zanou (Instructor for Mediterranean Venice: Living and Losing a Maritime Empire) is Assistant Professor of Italian, specializing in Mediterranean Studies. She previously held visiting positions at the University of Nicosia Cyprus, New York University, Queen Mary University of London and Université Paris-Est Créteil. She has been a fellow of Fulbright, the Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the British School at Athens, the Centre for Advanced Studies Sofia Bulgaria, and the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus.
She is a historian of the long-19th century Mediterranean in a global context. Her research focuses on issues of intellectual and literary history (Enlightenment, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Philhellenism, Liberalism, Nationalism), biography and microhistory, with a special emphasis on Italy (the Risorgimento), the Venetian Republic, the Ottoman world, Greece, the Ionian Islands, and Russia. She is also a student of modern diasporas and of the trajectories and ideas of people on the move.
Irene Bulla (Program Coordinator) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian at Columbia University. She is currently completing her dissertation on the role of monstrosity in Italian and American fantastic literature. She holds an M.A. and a B.A. in English and German Literature and a B.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Culture. A native of Rome, Italy, before her PhD she lived and studied in Ireland and Australia. She has worked in the Venice program as both an instructor and a coordinator and she looks forward to joining the program this summer for the fourth time.
Sophia D'Addio (Program Coordinator) has worked for the Venice Summer Program since 2013, in both administrative and instructional capacities. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, specializing in Italian Renaissance painting with Prof. Michael Cole. Her research has been supported by a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant and a Mellon International Travel Fellowship, amongst others. She spent a semester abroad in Venice during her undergraduate degree, and since then has accumulated a decade of experience working with summer study abroad programs in Italy. In addition to her training as an art historian, Sophia has earned master's degrees in Italian and music performance; she still enjoys playing the violin and viola in her spare time.
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.
Program Fee Summer 2018: Includes tuition, housing, local transportation, and course-required excursions.
6 points: $8,966
7 points: $10,252
9 points: $12,824
Please see our cost breakdown for detailed information on additional estimated expenses.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
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 scholarship applicable to this program:
- The Finley Fellowship for Venetian Studies
For more general information and resources on financing your time abroad, please see the pages below: