Study Abroad


Hofstra in Venice Program
January 5 – 23, 2020

Dimensional Communications has generously contributed $3,000 toward a scholarship for financial assistance to a Hofstra in Venice student

“She is the Shakespeare of cities – unchallenged, incomparable, and beyond envy.”
– John Addington Symonds

Learn About the Program

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 2019 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 which include double occupancy rooms and delicious breakfast served Monday-Sunday.
  • Evening dining (Monday through Thursday and one Sunday) at Taverna San Trovaso, a popular Venetian restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Italian 3: Intermediate Italian (prerequisite: Italian 2; Instructor: Professor Maria Fixell), 3 s.h.
  • CLL 151: Cross Cultural Explorations of Food Narratives (in English; may be used in partial fulfillment of the special language option in Japanese; satisfies the LT/CC distribution; may satisfy the major requirements 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.

Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

For an application, please visit 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 $500 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by October 17, 2018.

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.

In Our Students' Words

"The Venice 2018 program was the perfect trip; it gave me just enough structure not to be scared, but just enough freedom to do what I wanted. It was the perfect introduction to Venice and all of Italy, and I can’t wait to return!"
- Jason Belanger

"Participating in the Hofstra in Venice 2018 program was one of the best decisions I made at Hofstra!  I had the opportunity to study the history of Venice and was most fortunate to visit the same locations that we talked about in our class. I also took full advantage of weekend independent travel and visited other cities such as Bologna, Florence, and Verona! I made long-lasting friendships during this three-week trip and memories that will last a lifetime."
- Katie Rozek

“The Hofstra in Venice program was a life-changing experience that I will never forget! My friends and I visited many cities during weekend travel, and I could use my Italian with Venetians, Romans, and Florentines!"
– Juliana Beck

 “Studying in Venice gave me the opportunity to experience another culture and develop a new sense of independence. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and have memories I will treasure forever!”
– Anna Paterson

 “I believe that the Venice program was one of the best experiences of my life! I was most fortunate to see so many beautiful sites during the Art History class. On weekends, I visited Florence, Pisa, and Rome. The program gave me the opportunity to connect with other Hofstra students who have become good friends.”
– Daniel Littleton

“Studying abroad in Venice was the best decision I made. Not only did I form a close-knit group of friends from Hofstra that I still talk to today, but I created bonds with people from around the world. Studying abroad as a freshman was a truly enriching experience and one I will never forget!”
– Marisa Skurka

“Being part of the Hofstra in Venice 2018 program was one of the best decisions of my college career.  I made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. After leaving this magical city, I find myself wondering when I will return to “La Serenissima.”
– Michael Meyerback

“The Venice program is life-changing! The Art History course was one of, if not the best class I have taken at Hofstra. To be able to physically visit and see our learning in action was such a successful immersive technique. The excursions, the hotel, our nightly restaurant, everyone and everything we crossed paths with went well beyond my expectations. This program has ignited my hunger to travel and experience more cultures!”
– Grace Aroune

“Studying in Venice as a freshman was a life-changing experience. I gained a greater sense of self as I made lasting friendships and lifelong memories. I cannot wait to study abroad for a semester!”
– Allegra Larrea