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Venice, Italy

Program Description

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February 8: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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Experience Venice, Italy, one of the most unique and culturally rich cities in the world, through this three-credit course designed to help students explore the arts and humanities through interaction with one of Europe’s premier city-states. For over 1,000 years, La Serenissima – the republic of Venice – was at the forefront of commerce, politics and finance. From the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, most states were struggling with growing sufficient foodstuffs to feed their citizens, and many were in a near constant state of war. Venice was arguably the richest and most stable city in the western world during this time. The arts and humanities flourished in this environment, and we will investigate not only the cultural products, but discuss the circumstances that led to these phenomena. Further we will compare and contrast the arts and humanities in Venice to other western centers and also to our own age.

HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture: Venice Through the Ages will satisfy the Human Questions and Context requirement in the Arts and Humanities area of General Education.

Hear from previous students:

“My time in Venice was some of the happiest and explorative moments of my life. When I travel, I tend to stick to touristy areas and activities. When I traveled to Venice with this program, I was able to step out of my comfort zone and experience some of the most unique moments of my life. From seeing the behind the scenes of Venetian masks, to cooking in the home of an Italian couple, I was really immersed in a new culture for weeks. This time gives me deep nostalgia and I cannot express how thankful I am to have been a part of it. Truly will never forget the memories made here and all I learned along the way!” 

Madison Probst 

Venice Study Abroad, 2019 


“This was my first time ever outside of the United States and such a surreal experience for me. I could not have asked for a better instructor or better group of people to travel with. Three weeks seems like a short amount of time in the end, but it truly does not take much for it to stick with you for life.” 

Kiersten Dodson 

Venice Study Abroad, 2018 

Location Description

Our time in Venice will largely be spent in the streets, churches and squares learning how the Venetians integrated the arts and humanities into their world.  Students will experience Venice culture directly through music and theatrical performances, gallery events, arts and crafts demonstrations, architectural tours, and Italian cuisine. 

Throughout our time, students will be immersed in the magical and unforgettable ambience of Venice, Italy! 


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Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments with kitchens and internet access. Housing accommodations are centrally located, and public transportation is easily accessible. 

Students will be provided a weekly per diem allowance and several group meals will also be included.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will need a cell phone, a laptop or tablet, and a current passport.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

Open to all majors and class levels.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture: Venice through the Ages (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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