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  • Program Description

    Hofstra in Venice Program

    Program Description

    Hofstra in Venice Program
    January 7-25, 2018

    Join us as we celebrate our 25th year in this magical city

    She is the Shakespeare of cities – unchallenged, incomparable, and beyond envy.”

    – John Addington Symonds

    The city of Venice, whose allure, beauty and mystery have been incessantly described, photographed and filmed, is the uncompromising setting for this three-week, interdisciplinary program offered in January 2087 by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

    Join us as we celebrate this city's artistic and historical richness and explore her timeless myths and paradoxes.


    • Two afternoons a week devoted to cultural tours around Venice.
    • Two free weekends to enjoy travel to other cities such as Florence, Rome, Milan and Bologna.
    • Day boating excursion to Venice’s outer islands of Murano, Torcello and Burano.
    • Exclusive hotel accommodations at the Mercurio hotel.
    • Evening dining (Monday through Thursday) at Taverna San Trovaso, a popular Venetian  restaurant.
  • Program Details

    Hofstra in Venice Program

    Program Details

    Hofstra in Venice Program
    January 7-25, 2018

    Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

    Application Information
    For an application, please visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on "Study Abroad Applications" under the "Useful Resources" tab. Download and complete the Hofstra in Venice Program application and the four (4) necessary forms. Bring the completed application, necessary forms and $400 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by October 6, 2017.

    COSTS *
    The program fee of $3,699 covers round- trip airfare, transfers, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts, evening meals (Monday through Thursday and at least one Sunday), cultural tours within Venice and a day boating excursion to Venice's outer islands of Murano, Torcello and Burano.

    In addition to the program fee, students pay standard Hofstra tuition and fees for a three-credit course.

    *The program fee quoted above is subject to change.


    For further information about the program, please contact:
    Professor Maria Luisa Fixell, Director,
    107 Roosevelt Hall
    130 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY  11549
    (T) 516-463-4765
    (F) 516-463-4832
    Email:  Maria.L.Fixell[at]hofstra.edu

  • Available Courses

    Hofstra in Venice Program

    Available Courses

    Hofstra in Venice Program
    January 7-25, 2018

    • Art History 152: Venetian Art and Architecture (in English; satisfies the Art History elective for Fine Arts and Art History majors/ minors; Instructor: Professor Monica Gambarotto), 3 s.h.
    • Comparative Literature 151: The Aesthetics of Italian Food Culture or, To Feast is to Feel Italian (in English; may be used in partial fulfillment of the special language option; satisfies the LT distribution requirement. Instructor: Professor Pellegrino D’Acierno), 3 s.h.
    • History 108: Renaissance Europe:  Sex, Crime and Violence in the Republic of Venice
      (in English; satisfies the HP distribution requirement.  Instructor: Professor Stanislao Pugliese), 3 s.h.
    • Italian 3: Intermediate Italian (prerequisite: Italian 2; Instructor: Professor Maria Fixell), 3 s.h.
    • Comparative Literature 151: Masking Identity – The Culture of Masks in Venice and Japan (in English; may be used in partial fulfillment of the special language option; satisfies the LT distribution requirement; may satisfy major credit in Asian Studies, Japanese and Comparative Literature. Instructor: Professor Patricia Welch), 3 s.h.

    All courses meet Monday-Thursday mornings. Class work and discussion will be supplemented by visits to artistic and historical sites. No previous knowledge of Italian is required for Art History, Comparative Literature and History.


"Venice was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. It was a blessing to experience the culture and the art of Venice. It is in this magical city that I had the opportunity to meet friends that I will have forever."

- Kurt Krogermeier, Venice 2017

"The Hofstra in Venice Program was the most enriching experience of my life! During my three weeks abroad, I learned a lot about the Italian culture, met and bonded with wonderful people and visited other parts of Italy and Europe. I cannot wait to go back and visit La Serenissima.

-Sarah Caze, Venice 2013

"The Hofstra in Venice Program gives you the opportunity to fully submerge yourself into this unique Italian culture and city. Every corner holds a new adventure and magnificent sights to see. The energy from both the professors and classmates made the trip one of a kind, and allows you to really experience what Venice has to offer."

- Justin Kadan, Venice 2017

"Traveling the world opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking. I have come back from the Venice Program a more responsible and mature person. Venice is unlike any city in the world and thrives on its rich history and culture. There is something original around every Venetian corner, and let's not forget the delicious food!"

- Parker Junger, Venice 2014

"The Venice Program was one of the best experiences of not only my college years, but of my life. My Italian Food culture course allowed me to fully grasp and understand the Italian and Venetian way of life. I could not have thought of a better way to spend my winter session break!"

-Mikaela Ryan, Venice 2015

"The Venice Program was the best 3 weeks of my life! I had the opportunity to enjoy a truly Venetian experience! During my time in Venice, I had the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture and embark on adventures that I would have never dreamt of doing before the trip. I am very thankful that this was my first trip abroad and I look forward to the many programs that will follow."

-Robert Venero, Venice 2017

"Studying in Venice exceeded my expectations more than I thought possible. I could fit so many experiences into one week and can honestly say I am forever changed by the new friendships and endless memories made. I think it is so important to be globally minded today and this program was a stepping stone for me to begin my lifetime of travels. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any student!"

-Emily Szachnowicz, Venice 2017

"Deciding to spend my winter break in Venice was one of the best d decisions I have ever made. I loved everything about my cultural experience, from the beautiful sights and tourist attractions to the friendly people and delicious food! I made so many lifelong friends and lasting memories and am incredibly grateful that I chose the Venice Program!"

-Sarah Fishbach, Venice 2014

"Hofstra in Venice was an unforgettable experience that has left me with life-long memories and a great new group of friends. Having the opportunity to travel around Italy taught me so much about the culture and lifestyle. This program was a life-changing experience that led me to discover a new sense of self. I look forward to returning to Venice and even traveling beyond."

-Michele Moryc, Venice 2015