Venice, Italy Project Center (IQP)
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. Venice has a humid subtropical climate with cool winters and very warm summers. Average temperatures in November fall between 39°F and 53°F.
WPI students in Venice will stay in WPI-arranged apartments throughout the city. Typically, apartments are all furnished and have equipped kitchens, showers, washing machines (but no dryer), and wireless internet. Some apartments may have a TV, but landline phones are not available in any apartment. Most beds are twin-sized; bedding is provided, however towels are not. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Though pasta is common in Italian cuisine, the country has a lot more to offer as well. Many dishes rely on simplicity and may have only four to eight ingredients. Venice in particular is known for its risotto, polenta, and seafood. Cheese, wine, and espresso are very popular staples of Italian cuisine as well. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Venice students have:
- Created a digital model of Venice streets, conducting pedestrian counts to identify congestion points
- Designed a smartphone game exploring displaced artwork, demolished churches, and filled-in canals of Venice
- Built a proposal for tourism management based on safety and occupancy standards
Learn more about past projects on the Project Center's website: Venice Project Center Website
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Venice can be found here: Venice Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Venice Project Center Website
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State