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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 15-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University
Program Description:
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Venice Biennale Sessions

The Venice Architecture Biennale is widely considered the world's most significant exposition of international architecture. Naturally, the United States has a permanent pavilion on the Biennale grounds.

During the course of the Biennale, educational programs, referred to as the "Biennale Sessions" are offered by an international array of universities. This year, ISU's Department of Architecture was invited to offer an educational program, which will consist of a three-day student workshop addressing temporary shelter for refugee and disaster relief in architecture and a one-day colloquium addressing issues related to agency and social responsibility of architects. In addition to the academic work the students will carry out, they will see first hand the work of internationally renowned architects as well as have the opportunity to come into contact with professionals in the field or architecture and design.

Descriptions of the workshop and colloquium are available here: 

Venice Biennale 1

Venice Biennale 2

Venice Biennale 3

Tentative 2018 Program Dates

Tuesday, September 11
Fly from Des Moines, Iowa to Venice, Italy

Wednesday, September 12
Morning: arrive in Venice

Thursday, September 13
Biennale Sessions workshop day 1

Friday, September 14
Biennale Sessions workshop day 2

Saturday, September 15
Biennale Sessions colloquium

Sunday, September 16
Free day in Venice

Monday, September 17

Tuesday, September 18
Fly from Venice, Italy to Des Moines, Iowa


Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Accepted into departmental program of study
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
In addition, the following requirement applies to this program:
  • Enrollment in Arch 401 IT for Fall 2018
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.


Non-U.S. citizens on either a F-1 or J-1 visa participants will need to appear in-person at the  Consulate General of Italy in Chicago to obtain a Schengen visa to participate on this program.   Please make the appointment as soon as possible and consider your course schedule when choosing the day(s) to travel to Chicago.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa because the program's duration is less than 90 days. The Director International Programs will contact all non-U.S. citizens and let them know if their nationality will require them to apply for a visa. Participants who need visas will be guided through the application process.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Costs and Financial Assistance

Budget information for the 2018 program is available here.

Participants can apply their financial aid packages to study in Venice and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the fall 2018 program is August 20, 2018. All students who are accepted to participate must either confirm or reject their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than September 3, 2018. Those students who confirm their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the penalties outlined below only if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty and any additional costs will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on October 20, 2018.
Date Withdrawal Penalty
After committing to offer in ISUAbroad and before September 10, 2018: $200.00 + any payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf
On or after September 10, 20168and before September 24, 2018: 50% of program fee + any payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf
On or after September 24, 2018: Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about this program should be directed to Deborah Hauptmann.