Today's globalized world needs flexible minds, able to move across disciplines, capable of tackling challenges with innovative humanistic approaches while recognizing the importance of environmental and economic sustainability and natural and cultural heritage and understanding, while communicating and working with people from other cultures.

Multicultural, International & Interdisciplinary
This program brings together talented, motivated students from the member universities in a truly multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary environment. Students enjoy a powerful learning experience in which they develop their capacity for critical thinking, working across disciplines, creatively embracing new ideas.

Each term 140+ students (Bachelor or Master level) take part, choosing from a course offering of 20+ courses which are English-taught by visiting professors from the member universities and are recognized for credit.

Courses on the three core topics are on offer every semester. There are six specialization tracks with three available in alternate semesters.


courses that critically analyze Venetian and Italian life, culture, art, and history

- History of Venice

- Italian Contemporary History in Films

- Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice 

Cultures of the World

courses that examine the cultures of the world; courses that make the most of the intercultural classroom

- Intercultural Communication 

- Gender Studies

- Comparing East and West 

Global Challenges

courses that address current, global issues, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective

- Identity, Heritage and Globalization 

- Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights

- Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development 


3-6 courses will be available in each track and will vary each semester.  

Economics, Management and Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage 
The aim of this specialization track is to introduce students to concepts such as Natural and Cultural Heritage, both tangible and intangible; to the challenges posed by their management, preservation and development, in relation to development policies and/or citizenship issues. 3-5 courses are typically offered in this track. 

Science and Society   (NEW in 2021)
The aim is to explore critically the role and impact of science, technology and innovation within society, and conversely how society, politics and culture affect scientific research and innovation. Courses may examine Science as a profession and the role of scientists as stakeholders within society, or may scrutinize the ethics of science, and explore the many relevant societal issues including science and education, science communication and civic engagement; the economics, sociology and anthropology of science; representation of science in literature and the arts; citizen science and open science; responsible research and innovation.

History and Memory (NEW in 2021)

This specialization track is intended to offer opportunities to develop an up-to-date understanding of history, historical research and consciousness, Collective and individual memory and forgetting, with their ethical and political implications, in their micro and macro dimensions.

3-6 courses will be available in each track and will vary each semester. 

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 
The aim of this specialization track is to develop awareness of Sustainability concepts and issues, applied to the Environment and the Economy, learning about sustainable practices and management, adopting ethical and cultural approaches. Courses may provide tools of analysis of Environmental changes and of impact valuation (including digital tools), knowledge about policies, law and governance; climate change; sustainable energy; food and water security; corporate social responsibility and industrial ecology; the role of lead firms in fostering environmental innovation; justice and development.

Cities and Global Change (NEW in 2021)
This specialization track focuses on the cities as places where human activities are concentrated, as the chief causes of, and solutions to, anthropogenic global change, providing students with a critical view on the nature of cities and social, economic, political, cultural global change, their interrelation, the way in which cities address problems and opportunities emerging from such change (climate change, transport and mobility, democracy and participation, education, multiculturalism, migration and population trends, tourism, land use, urban poverty) and the tools available for governance of change.

Environmental Humanities  (NEW in 2021)
This track aims to capture existing conjunctions across environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, and political ecology, while also seeking to integrate debates thus far largely shaped by different disciplinary contexts. Environmental Humanities can help to organize humanistic research, to open up new forms of interdisciplinarity, both within the humanities and in collaboration with the
social and natural sciences, and to shape public debate and policies on environmental issues.