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Program Structure and Course Credits

All courses are taught by the director or specialists residing in Italy and are open to study group students only.  Instruction is in English except for the language component. Colgate's affiliation with the University of Venice gives students access to the University’s dining halls and libraries. In addition, several other excellent libraries in Venice are open to students. The study group is also affiliated with the Venice Institute where it rents classroom space.

Students are required to register for the four study-group courses and are not permitted to exercise the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option.  All students will take Italian language at the appropriate level, as described below.

Italian Language (Italian 122Y, 201Y or 202Y)
These language courses are designed to improve students' ability to understand, speak, read, and write Italian. Considerable emphasis on conversational practice on selected aspects of contemporary life in Italy. Italian 202Y includes literary readings as well. Taught by local adjuncts.

The Arts of Venice During the Golden Age (Art History 311Y; Music 311Y) 
A study of the history and artistic achievements of Venice, especially music, architecture and painting from 1200-1900.  Attendance at local concerts and visits to churches, museums, and other monuments in the area.  Concentration credit in Music.

The Archaeology of Italy (Classics 234Y) 
A study of Italian archaeology and the basic concepts and methods that archaeologists use to investigate the past. A week-long field trip to Pompeii and Rome, as well as other shorter trips, will be taken in conjunction with this course. Concentration credit in Classics.

The Italian Opera Tradition (Music 313Y)
An introduction to music drama, concentrating on six operas representing all important periods of the Italian tradition.  Composers include Monteverdi, Mozart, and Verdi.  Particular operas studied are determined according to what is offered in the opera houses in and around Venice in Fall 2015. Concentration credit in Music.

Calendar and Deadlines

All students interested in applying should plan on attending the informational session. The deadline for applications to the Fall 2014 Venice Study Group is Friday, November 7, 2014. Applications are on the Colgate University Off-Campus Study/International Programs’ website and are submitted online. Student notification of selection will occur in late December 2014.

Passports and Visas

You must confirm that your passport is valid through March 2016. All students participating on the Venice Study Group will be required to obtain a long-stay student visa. With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with the Italian government’s visa requirements. If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off-Campus Study/International Programs, 101 Lathrop, and International Student Services, 103C Lathrop Hall, to learn as much as you can about the regulations. For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.

Program Dates

Venice Study Group Dates: late August - late December 2015. The calendar includes two vacation breaks.

Informational Sessions

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. and
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Both sessions  will meet in Dana 122.

More Information

For more information, please contact Professor Joseph Swain  (228-7644),105 Dana or by e-mail at