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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
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Summer Break in Italy:
Water Resource Engineering in Venice


Program Overview

Ever more stringent environmental regulations, acute economic crises, aging infrastructure, expectations of climate change, and population growth have all increased the pressure on cities to find new ways to provide services efficiently to growing populations. There is keen interest, globally, in the development of high performance land- and waterscapes that are specially designed and/or reconfigured to provide valuable ecosystem services (benefits that humans derive from the land or water).

Interested in learning more about these important issues and topics? Join an interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, and practitioners for a late summer trip to Venice, Italy focusing on water, sustainability, and resilience in a contemporary and historical context. Our goal is to promote cross-cultural, multidisciplinary dialogue on this important topic.

Complimenting classroom activities will be held at Ca’ Tron, a 15th Century building facing Venice’s Grand Canal. Students will visit innovative natural wastewater treatment systems, Venice’s multi-billion dollar storm surge barrier, ancient fish farms and habitat restoration projects. Participants will learn how those living in this World Heritage City have adapted to life in a dynamic lagoon facing a changing climate.


The course is open to Drexel full-time and part-time students (for 3 course credits), as well as to non-degree seeking professionals, who will receive a Water Resource Sustainability Certificate upon completion the program. Everyone planning to travel to Venice will be asked to participate in 2-3 reading and online discussion activities, as preparation for the trip.  Venice waterways

All students will be registered for CIVE 564: Sustainable Water Resource Engineering 3 credits as part of their summer term course load. Undergraduate students must leave space for the 3 credits in their fall term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed per credit. The 3 credits for this program are not optional.

The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the university with an interest in water, cities, sustainability and related topics. It is also open to non-degree seeking professionals. All applicants will meet with Faculty Director Dr. Franco Montalto for an interview as part of the application process. Interviews will be scheduled with all applicants after the application deadline. Non-degree seeking professionals should contact Faculty Director Dr. Franco Montalto directly to express interest.

Faculty Director:  Dr. Franco Montalto

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: June 14, 2023
Departure Date: June 25, 2023

Tentative Itinerary:


Day Topic/Theme Time of Day Details
Day 1 Arrival Morning Arrive in Venice, Check into Gesuiti
    Evening Dinner together, location TBD
Day 2 Introduction Morning: Go to IUAV, review logistics (internet access, building hours, etc)  
      Welcome by Prof. Francesco Musco
      Introductory Lecture by Dr. Franco Montalto
      Screening of "Water Rooms"
      Fish Game
    Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
    Afternoon Overview of the Venice Lagoon, Prof. Antonio Rusconi
    Dinner on your own
Day 3 Venice Life & Barroer Morning Meet boat at the Zatteri Gesuati
    All day Exploring Venice with the Venetians (lunch included), includes trip to Moses Barrier
    Dinner on your own
Day 4 Visit to Biennale Morning Optional group Visit to Biennale
Day 5 Introduction to project Morning On your own
    Afternoon Introduction to project by Prof. Montalto
    Dinner On your own
Day 6 Traditional Water Management Morning Train to Mestre
      Bus ride to Po River Delta
      Visit to Consorzio di Bonifica, with Ing. Tosini
    Lunch lunch: Il Covo (Porto Tolle)
      Boat ride with fisherman Tiziano, leaving from Pontile dei Pescatori (Moceniga)
      Visit to valle di pesca, Cason di Valle Morosina
    Dinner on your own
Day 7 Sustainable Water Management Morning Vapporetto to Mazzorbo
      Visit to LIFE Vimine project with Prof. Alberto Barausse
    Lunch Lazzareto Nuovo
    Afternoon Tour of Lazzaretto Nuovo with presentation by Dr. Gerolamo Fazzini
    Dinner on your own
Day 8 Project Orientation Morning Travel back to Ca' Tron
      Introduction to Project by Prof. Musco
    Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
    Afternoon work on your own
    Dinner on your own
Day 9 Work Day Morning Travel back to Ca' Tron
      work on your own
    Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
    Afternoon work on your own
    Dinner on your own
Day 10 Final Presentations Morning Travel to Ca Tron
      Group presentations
    Lunch Bacaro Quebrado
    Dinner Final Group Dinner at Paradiso Perduto
Day 11 Free day   All day on your own, touring
Day 12 Work Day   Airport transfer to return to Philly


Program Fee: $2,380


Due March 1st: $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due May 1st:  $1,880 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations (shared rooms - each room has its own bathroom and kitchen)
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrance fees, tours, related program activities
  • Welcome/ farewell dinners 
  • Six lunches
  • Cultural excursions

Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Tuition for 3 credits (for GR students)
  • Round trip airfare $1,200
  • Meals  $400
  • Passport  $145
  • Spending Money $200
  • Course materials: $50
  • Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa

ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Matriculated students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.