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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
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Drexel Fall Break in Italy: Water Resource Engineering in Venice

Venice

Program Overview

Ever more stringent environmental regulations, acute economic crises, aging infrastructure, expectations of climate change, and population growth have all increased the pressure on cities to find new ways to provide services efficiently to growing populations. There is keen interest, globally, in the development of high performance land- and waterscapes that are specially designed and/or reconfigured to provide valuable ecosystem services (benefits that humans derive from the land or water).

Interested in learning more about these important issues and topics? Join an interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, and practitioners for a late summer trip to Venice, Italy focusing on water, sustainability, and resilience in a contemporary and historical context. Our goal is to promote cross-cultural, multidisciplinary dialogue on this important topic.

Complimenting classroom activities will be held at Ca’ Tron, a 15th Century building facing Venice’s Grand Canal. Students will visit innovative natural wastewater treatment systems, Venice’s multi-billion dollar storm surge barrier, ancient fish farms and habitat restoration projects. Participants will learn how those living in this World Heritage City have adapted to life in a dynamic lagoon facing a changing climate.
 


Academics

Credit/Registration
The course is open to Drexel full-time and part-time students (for 3 course credits), as well as to non-degree seeking professionals, who will receive a Water Resource Sustainability Certificate upon completion the program. Everyone planning to travel to Venice will be asked to participate in 2-3 reading and online discussion activities, as preparation for the trip.  Course will be taught in English.

All students will be registered for 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Undergraduate students must leave space for the 3 credits in their fall term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed per credit. The 3 credits for this program are not optional. 

Pre-requisite
The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the university with an interest in water, cities, sustainability and related topics. It is also open to non-degree seeking professionals. All applicants will meet with Faculty Director Dr. Franco Montalto for an interview as part of the application process. Interviews will be scheduled with all applicants after the application deadline. Non-degree seeking professionals should contact Faculty Director Dr. Franco Montalto directly to express interest by April 1st. 

Faculty Director
Dr. Franco Montalto


Program CalendarVenice waterways

Arrival Date: September 8, 2019
Departure Date: September 21, 2019

Tentative Itinerary:
 

Day Date Topic/Theme Time of Day Details
Sunday 9/8/2019 Arrival Morning Arrive in Venice, Check into Gesuiti
      Evening Dinner together, location TBD
Monday 9/9/2019 Introduction Morning: Go to IUAV, review logistics (internet access, building hours, etc)  
        Welcome by Prof. Francesco Musco
        Introductory Lecture by Dr. Franco Montalto
        Screening of "Water Rooms"
        Fish Game
      Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
      Afternoon Overview of the Venice Lagoon, Prof. Antonio Rusconi
      Dinner on your own
Tuesday 9/10/2019 Venice Life Morning Meet boat at the Zatteri Gesuati
      All day Exploring Venice with the Venetians (lunch included)
      Dinner on your own
Wednesday 9/11/2019 Tour of storm surge barrier Morning Walk to Arsenale
        Tour of Arsenale by CVN
      Afternoon Boat tour of Moses Barrier and lagoon ecology by Dr. Davide Tagliapietra
      Dinner on your own
Thursday 9/12/2019 Traditional Water Management Morning Train to Mestre
        Bus ride to Po River Delta
        Visit to Consorzio di Bonifica, with Ing. Tosini
      Lunch lunch: Il Covo (Porto Tolle)
        Boat ride with fisherman Tiziano, leaving from Pontile dei Pescatori (Moceniga)
        Visit to valle di pesca, Cason di Valle Morosina
      Dinner on your own
Friday 9/13/2019 Sustainable Water Management Morning Vapporetto to Mazzorbo
        Visit to LIFE Vimine project with Prof. Alberto Barausse
      Lunch Lazzareto Nuovo
      Afternoon Tour of Lazzaretto Nuovo with presentation by Dr. Gerolamo Fazzini
      Dinner on your own
Saturday 9/14/2019 Visit to Biennale Morning Optional group Visit to Biennale
Sunday 9/15/2019 Free Day   All day on your own
Monday 9/16/2019 Project Orientation Morning Travel back to Ca' Tron
        Introduction to Project by Prof. Musco
      Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
      Afternoon work on your own
      Dinner on your own
Tuesday 9/17/2019 Work Day Morning Travel back to Ca' Tron
        work on your own
      Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
      Afternoon work on your own
      Dinner on your own
Wednesday 9/18/2019 Update on Progress Morning Travel back to Ca' Tron
        Progress report
      Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
      Dinner on your own
Thursday 9/19/2019 Work Day All day work on your own
Friday 9/20/2019 Final Presentations Morning Travel to Ca Tron
        Group presentations
      Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
      Dinner Final Group Dinner at Paradiso Perduto
Saturday 9/21/2019 Project conclusion   Airport transfer to return to Philly


 

Program Fee 2019: $1680

 

Due July 12th: $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 30th:  $1180 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Apartment accommodations (shared rooms - each room has its own bathroom and kitchen)
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrance fees, tours, related program activities
  • Welcome/ farewell dinners 
  • Six lunches
  • Cultural excursions

Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Tuition for three credits (for GR students)
  • Round trip airfare $1,400
  • Meals  $520
  • Passport  $145
  • Spending Money $200
  • Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa

More Information

  • Students will be housed in apartment-style housing in the Collegio Gesuiti, a historical building located in Cannaregio, one of Venice’s five boroughs, and across the Grand Canal from Ca’ Tron. The program will provide students with vaporetto (boat bus) passes, allowing them to explore all of the treasures this city has to offer in their spare time.
     
  • Program must meet minimum enrollment of 10 students for the program to run 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 07/12/2019 07/15/2019 09/08/2019 09/21/2019