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Venice, Italy Project Center
Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term
Project Center Website: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: B term
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
B Term
Project Opportunities:
Fabio Carrera
Center Highlights:
Community Development, International, Urban
Shared apartments
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure, Language preparation in D term and during the summer preceding departure.
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

Venice 2014Location

Called the most beautiful city in the world, Venice features a haunting atmosphere that exudes the splendor of its past. A city without cars, filled with outstanding historical, artistic, and architectural heritage, Venice owes much of its uniqueness to its symbiotic relationship with the sea and the lagoon. 

Yet, despite its millenary history, the historic city of Venice is trying to adapt to 21st century lifestyles, while preserving its environmental, artistic, and cultural heritage. The rising cost of living in Venice has led to a dramatic exodus of its population, which decreased since WWII from 200,000 to 60,000, while tourism has ballooned to 12 million visitors per year. 

Venice is a microcosm that reflects and magnifies many of the issues confronting the rest of the world; at the same time it is a place that will allow you to experience a unique, more relaxed pace of living.


Since its founding in 1988, IQPs at the Venice Project Center provide an opportunity for students to see the implementation of their projects for the benefit of an entire city. Projects are conducted for Venetian, American, and international organizations and include environmental, socioeconomic, artistic, cultural, and technical concerns important to the revitalization of this historic city. 

Project Examples

The 130+ projects completed in Venice include in-depth studies of the canals of Venice that resulted in the publication of a book under the auspices of UNESCO; a number of projects on the preservation of Venetian art, resulting in the creation of a nonprofit organization called PreserVenice; several environmental studies on the lagoon ecosystem that contributed to the creation of an online Lagoon Atlas; a groundbreaking DNA study of the origins of the Veneti, in collaboration with National Geographic; and a variety of projects for the improvement of the urban quality of life in the city and the lagoon islands that have resulted, among other things, in the re-engineering of the Venetian cargo delivery system and the design of a vacuum sewer system to prevent discharges into the city’s canals.

Current projects are focusing on mobile and Internet technologies to allow local citizens and visitors to enjoy the city in a more intimate and personal way.


Project Center Website

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2015-2016 10/20/2014
01/12/2015 TBA TBA
B term 2016-2017 07/28/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed