Italian Language, Culture and Architecture



Program Description

Learn about the unique city surrounded by water while interacting with locals and exploring its fascinating landscapes and  glorious history. 

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 4, 2024 May 11, 2024 June 22, 2024


See program cost details below for fees and payment deadlines.

Information Sheet

Open to All academic disciplines
Language of Instruction English and Italian
Level of Study Undergraduate and Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Italian language, Culture, Architecture
Sponsoring College Arts and Letters
Education Abroad Contact Brendan Richardson


Program Course Offerings:

  • ITA 2952: Beginning Italian Level 1 or 2 (4 credits)  
  • ITA 3952: Intermediate-Advance Italian Level 1 or 2 (4 credits)
  • ITT 3956: Venice and Its Reflections (3 credits)
  • ARC 4950: Architecture in Venice (3 credits)

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students participating on the program are required to take two courses for a total of at least 6 credits. 

Program Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information 


Program Faculty Leader(s): 

Education Abroad Contact: Brendan Richardson

Dr. Emanuele Pettener (Italian language), Associate Director

John Sandell (architecture),

Phone number: 561-297-3227

Dr. Ilaria Serra (ITT 3956),



Travel Documentation

*Important notice* Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S.


Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.


Students will reside in shared apartments with kitchen, basic cooking utensils and linens included.  

           bridge               venice           mountain


Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$3,233.00 + tuition for the summer courses/credits required for the program (FAU in-state and out-of-state tuition rates apply)

Program cost payment deadlines:

  • First program fee payment due on February 14, 2024: $1,500.00
  • Second (final) program fee payment due on March 10, 2024: $1,733.00

All approved participants will be sent the link to pay online by Education Abroad via email before deadlines. Payments cannot be deferred. Plan accordingly. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations in Venice from check-in through check-out date
  • 5 group meals
  • Museum and cultural activities
  • Day long excursions to the Dolomites mountains
  • Day long excursion TBA 
  • Venetian resident fare for local transportation
  • International Health Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • International flight
  • $200 administrative fee due at time of application
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Lunches and most dinners 
  • Personal spending money

Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.