VIU will offer a wide range of Intensive Graduate Activities in 2023. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2023, and apply early to guarantee their place.

The programs are the outcome of intense collaboration among the universities and have been developed based on the mandate of the member universities through the VIU Academic Council.

There are three types of intensive graduate activity at VIU.

  • VIU International PhD Academy
    Interdisciplinary intensive programs on major societal challenges, with a parallel training program in transversal skills to prepare advanced PhDs for research careers in academia or in the private sector.
  • VIU Graduate Seminars
    Thematic intensive seminars, on a focused topic approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. The aim is to support early-career PhDs who are beginning their research and to facilitate interdepartmental cooperation. Significant cooperation among departments in the member universities is expected.
  • VIU Summer/Winter Schools
    VIU supports the development of VIU Summer Schools, which are intensive taught programs that are offered each year. They are addressed to students of varying levels; check each program brochure. The Schools are also open to applicants outside of the VIU membership.

PhD Academies

new banner VIU PhD Academy Cities and Water in a Time of Climate Change 2022 DEFPracticing New Imaginaries: ‘Re-presencing’ Venice in the Time of Climate Change
July 3-8, 2023

The online applications are currently closed, however a few places are still available. If you're interested, please write to:






banner VIU PhD academy What is a People 2022 DEFImproving Research Practice and Transversal Skills for Young Scholars
September 11-15, 2023

Call for applications:
December 1, 2022 – May 15, 2023





Summer Schools

ageing 2017Organizing for Sustainable Futures: Micro and Macro-Institutional Conditions of Transformation 
June 5-8, 2023 | 7th Edition

Call for applications: closed






ageing 2023Summer Institute on Ageing | The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in old age
June 5-9, 2023 | 10th edition

Rolling admissions:
open until May 15, 2023 






banner VIU Summer School Digital Art History Summer Institute 2023 defDigital Art History Summer Institute | Exhibiting Hidden Histories: Bringing Art History Projects to Publics through Digital Exhibitions and XR
June 5-16, 2023 | 7th edition

Call for applications: Closed






ethics and health care 2023Ethics and Health Care
June 12-16, 2023
Rolling admissions:
open until May 1, 2023 






Linguistic Landscapes 2023Linguistic Landscapes: Using Signs and Symbols to Translate Cities
June 26-30, 2023

Call for applications: Closed






Advanced Transportation 2023Advanced Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management
June 19-23, 2023 | 2nd Edition

Call for applications: Closed






VIU Summer School Global Shakespeare 2023Global Shakespeare: Othello’s Venice in the World
July 3-8, 2023 | 2nd Edition

Call for applications: Cancelled






VIU Summer School Hemingway 2023Ernest Hemingway’s Presence in Venice & in the World, Now and Then
July 10-15, 2023

Call for applications: Cancelled






Science DiplomacyScience Diplomacy in the age of Climate Change
July 17-22, 2023 | 2nd Edition

Rolling admissions open





Films in Venice 2023Films in Venice and Filming Venice
August 28 – September 6, 2023 | 5th Edition

Call for applications:
April 19 – May 30, 2023






Migration and GenderMigration and Gender: Legal, Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives
September 18-22, 2023 | 2nd Edition

Rolling admissions:
open until June 30, 2023