Italian Language and Culture in Venice

The SIE Summer School in Italian language and culture is aimed at creating a true Venetian experience, by offering a course in Italian language  combined with an English-taught module on Italian culture that includes tours of cultural and historical locations in the city of Venice accompanied by our University Faculty.

Summer School features

  • 40 hours of Italian language studies
  • 10 hours of cultural seminars and activities
  • the possiblity to sign up to group activities (for getting to know the city of Venice, and each other!)
  • final exam
  • certificate of participation with overall grade

Please note that attendance is obligatory for a final certificate to be issued.

Language classes are held from Monday to Friday and are taught by qualified native language experts in classrooms with full multimedia access and air conditioning. The culture module is taught in English.

Programme modules and dates


July 8 - 19, 2024

Our Italian language and culture programme is designed for participants with no previous knowledge of the Italian language, or for those who wish to review basic A1 skills. The Summer School aims to provide participants with a comprehensive Italian language course combined with a particular cultural focus in order to improve general language skills while gaining insight into aspects of Italian and Venetian culture.

Language Module

The Italian language component is a 40-hour module (at the A1 level) and will cover the basic language functions such as making positive and negative statements, presenting people and things and introducing yourself, asking for and understanding basic personal information (age, work, address…), prepositions and location, describing habits and daily activities, expressing date and time, possession and quantity.

Cultural module

This module is made of an additional 10 hours dedicated to providing an introduction to Italian art history within the context of the history of Venice. In the course of the lessons and through possible visits to the city’s main sites of interest, the introduction to Italian art history will focus on the historical and stylistic analysis of Venice’s most meaningful works of art and gain a better understanding of what has come to constitute the myth of this enchanted city.

Applications, Fees and Arrival Information


Applications for the Summer School in Italian Language and Culture in Venice are now open.

All necessary details of fees and the application process are available on this webpage along with information on pre-departure, accommodation and our campus.


Tuiton fees: €700

Students enrolled in a partner university are eligible for a €100 discount. For eligibility criteria please read the Call for Applications once it has been published.

N.B tuition fees do not cover accommodation.

Arrival Info

Students will receive comprehensive pre-arrival information by email, and important dates and indications will be available on Summer@SIE webpage.

The School organises a variety of activities which aim to give participants the opportunity to "live" Venice, to learn about its rich culture, past and present, and to get to know each other at the same time.

Sign up to these activities through the application form; once applications close we will let you know whether the activity will take place (they will be activated based on a minimum number of participants).

The activity descriptions and schedule will be published here.


Last update: 21/05/2024