Venice International University

The University of Padua is a member of the Venice International University (Viu) consortium: a group of universities from all over the world sharing a common campus in Venice.
These Universities devise study programs collegially to prepare their students to face the global challenges of today.

Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexibility of approach, an open mind and creative thinking.

At Viu the official language is English.

  VIU Global Virtual Exchange, June 2021

The Venice International University offers to all students enrolled across its partner universities the opportunity to participate into a Virtual Exchange activity on the following topics:

  • intercultural communications
  • culture(s) and imagination
  • gender and sexuality
  • migration, race and religion  

The activity will be held in June 2021.

Participation is open to students of all Degree Courses and years of study. Applications close on May 30.

Further information

  Globalization Program A.Y. 2021 - 2022

The Globalization Program brings together talented, motivated students from the 17 member Universities, which are part of the VIU consortium, in a truly multicultural, international and interdisciplinary environment.

The program is open to undergraduate and master’s students from the member universities. The courses are English-taught by professors from the member universities and are recognized for credit. Attendance is compulsory in all courses.

The program provides a powerful learning experience in which students develop their capacity for critical thinking and creative problem solving. Students of the Globalization Program are thus better prepared for graduate and professional study and for careers in new and emerging fields.

Students registered in any degree programs at one of VIU's member universities are eligible to apply for the Globalization Program. Exchange students at Università degli Studi di Padova are also eligible to apply.

A set of core courses is available every semester, focusing on three themes:

  •  Italy - courses that showcase Venetian and Italian life, culture, art and history.
  •  Cultures of the World - courses that examine the cultures of the world; courses that make the most of the intercultural classroom.
  •  Global challenges- courses that address current, global issues, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The specialization track courses will focus on Environmental management and Sustainable development.
The interdisciplinary courses are structured as seminars and require interaction in research, so as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among students from different academic and cultural backgrounds.

The Globalization Program includes two semesters (fall and spring) of study. Each semester offers from 3 to 6 courses.

Scholarships are available to support internships in Italy and worldwide mobility for research, and this year also to support Residency of Globalization Program students.
Students selected for the research internships and worldwide mobility are awarded a scholarship which will partially cover travel and living costs.

The application procedures differ depending on the student home university.

Deadline for preregistration to first semester: September 8, 2021

Please check VIU website

  Worldwide mobility
deadline for applications: 18 July, 2021

For students in any of the member universities in the second year of their Master’s degree (laurea magistrale), who intend pursuing research for their Master’s thesis in themes related to the Globalization Program, and for advanced undergraduate students who are studying for a 4-year bachelor degree, who intend undertaking a final research thesis/project for credit.

Successful applicants attend the semester of courses at VIU and compete for internships abroad, supported by scholarships.

Mobility period
The reasearch mobilities are for two to four months and start and end dates are fixed in collaboration with the host organization and depending on the projects which the students will pursue, and are usually completed by the end of December in the academic year following the courses at VIU (September-December for Spring students and March-December for Fall students).  

Students interested in applying for the Research Internships and Mobility program must complete at least two courses at VIU, during the same semester. VIU will also accept applications from students who have already completed at least two courses in the previous semester.


Call for Applications  

  VIU Intensive Graduate Activities in 2021

Calls for applications will be opened on December 5, 2020