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  • Locations: Venice, Italy; Vicenza, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Italy:
Art and Architecture of Venice


Program Overview

The City of Venice; crowded, wet, and typically visited for no more than 48 hours on a commercially driven tour of the top three cities of Italy (including Rome & Florence). This intensive study tour will provide students with the opportunity to explore the dynamic blend of medieval, renaissance, baroque and modern architecture and urban design. The development and somewhat miraculous survival of Venice, built on long submerged sandbars in the large lagoon on the northwestern edge of the Adriatic, will be investigated and understood through the understanding of construction and restoration technology.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347 / INTR T580 Intensive Architectural Studies for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load as the credits are not optional.

Pre-requisites: ARCH 141, 142 & 143 or ARTH 101, 102 & 103 or by permission of the Instructors

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: 8 required summer term class sessions will be held on campus to learn about the history, art and architecture of Venice. Students will be assigned research topics and will be required to report on their research on site in Italy.

Rachel Schade
Thomas Kirchner

Program CalendarICA_VeniceItaly_CityWaterway

Arrival Date: September 5, 2021
Departure Date: September 18, 2021
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Summer Term Class Meetings:
Week 1, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 , Week 7, Week 8, Week 9

Itinerary Overview (Tentative)

Day 1: Arrive in Venice, Regata Storica Festival, historic boat race on the canal
Day 2: San Marco: Campanile di San Marco, Doge's Palace, Saint Marks Basilica, Riva degli Schiavoni
Day 3: Castello: Chiesa di SS Giovanni & Polo, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Scuola Di San Giorgio dei Schiavoni, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Querini Stampalia Foundaton, Campo San Francesco della Vigna
Day 4: Trip to Brenta and Mestre: Walk to Zattere Gesuati, take vaporetto to Termina Fusina Venezia
Bus to Villa Foscari/Malcontenta, Mira, Bus to Museo M9 in Mestre, Return to Venice
Day 5: Dorsoduro: Ca' Rezzonico, Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Galleria dell'Accademia, Santa Maria del Salute, Punta Dogana, Squero S. Trovaso, Santa Margherita
Day 6: Cannaregio: Ca' d'Oro, Palazzi, lunch at Despar (renovated theatre now supermarket), Jewish Ghetto, Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia
Day 7: train to Vicenza: Palladio Museum, walk around town, Villa Rotunda, Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Basilica Palladiana
Day 8: Santa Maria Maggiore: Tour church and cloisters, ascend campanile, Glass Museum
Day 9: train to Verona: Basilica di San Zeno, Roman Theatre, Piazza dell'Erbe, Juliet's House, Castelvecchio Museum
Day 10: San Marco II:  Museo Correr, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana, Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Campo San Stefano
Day 11: Biennale Giardini: Tour pavilions and sketching
Day 12: Biennale Arsenale: Tour exhibits and sketching
Day 13: Santa Croce & San Polo: Natural History Museum, Fondaco dei Turchi, Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio, Palazzo Mocenigo final dinner
Day 14: Depart for home

Program Fee - $1,620

Due May 1, 2021 - $500 Advance Payment
Due July 1, 2021 - $1,120 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations in Venice
  • Local transport including trains and coach bus
  • Breakfasts and 2 group dinners
  • Tours and program activities
  • Entry fees to all museums, exhibits, etc.
  • Day trips to neighboring towns
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare to Venice $1000
  • Passport $145
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Meals ($35/day) $420
  • International Student ID Card $25
  • Airport transfers $50
  • Incidental admissions fees $50
  • Course materials $75
  • Spending money $300
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Architecture & Interior sponsored scholarships or Drexel's standard ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry to Italy. Other nationalities should check the Italian Embassy website for visa requirements.
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.
  • Grading Scale
Excellent               Good                     Adequate                 Passing                  Failing
97-100 A+  (4.0)    87-90 B+  (3.33)   77-80 C+   (2.33)     67-70  D+ (1.33)     0-64   F (0.0)
94-97   A     (4.0)   84-87 B    (3.0)      74-77 C     (2.0)      64-67  D (1.0)
90-94   A-   (3.67)  80-84 B-   (2.67)    70-74 C-  

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.