Tuition, room, 2 meals per day, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows, 'iMOB' travel card that allows free travel on all Venetian public transport.
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee (cooking and Italian language), laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.
Join us for an extraordinary summer experience in the stunning and historical city of Venice, Italy. The perfect location for high school study abroad students to become immersed in the rich culture and cutting-edge art world, Summerfuel Venice provides a unique opportunity to explore all that the city has to offer. Students will experience art face-to-face, both contemporary and old masters, with expert-guided visits to galleries, private collections, and the world-renowned Venice Biennale. Lectures, presentations, and tours from leading individuals in the art world, plus practical classes in painting, photography, and Italian cooking make for a special summer art program experience available to very few people.
In Venice, students share twin rooms in a family-run hotel in the Dorsoduro district of the city, minutes away from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Contemporary Art Collection of Francois Pinault at the Punta della Dogana. Housing is within easy walking distance of dining and classrooms. Summerfuel will use student responses to housing questionnaires to pair roommates. Senior staff will also live in residence and are available to help with any issues 24/7.
Venice is the perfect city to study abroad in. Like a college campus, there are no cars, buses, or trucks. Students walk nearly everywhere or use the water-bus system. The city is safe and contained, and the areas visited are largely free from tourist masses. The Dorsoduro district is filled with eateries, shops, and boutiques. Wander past ancient palaces, enchanting squares, and through narrow alleys opening to wide lagoon views - Venice is an enchanting place to spend your summer.
Throughout the Dorsoduro district and all of Venice, there is no shortage of mouth-watering cuisine to indulge in. Cafes, pubs, bistros, pizzerias, and ristorantes line the streets giving students a plethora of options to choose from. Breakfast and dinner are included in the program fee, and students will be responsible for their own lunches while on program. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process.
Study Abroad Italy
Learning in Venice
Learning in Venice is designed to be inspiring and hands-on. Lectures take place in air-conditioned rooms and include a wide array of topics, as well as a comprehensive introduction to Venetian art given by art historian, Charlie Hall. Students venture outside of the lecture hall with field trips, guided tours, and discussions with experts in the field from art curators, art historians, and art critics, to writers, journalists, and more.
Learning extends beyond the classroom in our summer art program, with visits throughout the city to private art collections, galleries, churches, and more to see paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Carpaccio. Tintoretto, Veronese, and Tiepolo amongst others.
Our team of international experts will guide tours through the Accademia Gallery, home to Venetian painting, Francois Pinault’s two major collections of contemporary art at the Palazzo Grassi, the Punta della Dogana, and the Prada Foundation. Students will enjoy private visits to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of 20th century art, and to The Basilica of Saint Mark to see incredible mosaics and golden treasures, free from the bustle of other visitors.
The Venice Biennale
Our study abroad Italy students will have the privilege to experience the Venice Biennale firsthand. The Venice Biennale is the world’s leading exposition of Contemporary Art, and every country that produces art is represented here. Whether in a national pavilion in the Giardini, the Arsenale, or in one of the many off-site pavilions scattered around Venice in palaces or churches, the Biennale is a spectacular sight to see. Students will be taken around the exhibitions by our team of critics, curators, dealers and an active contemporary artist.
Students will learn from an impressive and passionate faculty that represent the top experts in the art world. Each faculty member and lecturer is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to challenge and captivate students. Faculty help bring Venice to life and allow students to become fully immersed in the rich culture and arts that the city has to offer.
Jacky Klein: Director of Heni Publishing, former Executive Editor at Tate Publishing, broadcaster, writer of ‘What Is Contemporary Art? – a Children’s Guide’, and ‘Grayson Perry’
Nicholas Hall: Independent Art Dealer and Curator, New York
Louisa Buck: Art Critic, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Contemporary Art & Collecting
Tom Young: Painter
Thomas J. Price: Contemporary Artist
Xan Brooks: Film critic for The Guardian & The Observer
Ben Street: Art Historian, educator, lecturer, and writer
Mark Smith: Photographer
Charlie Hall: Art Historian
In addition to the plethora of art that students will get to experience firsthand, there will also be a series of talks on Italian Cinema given by Xan Brooks, film critic for The Guardian. Gregory Dowling, author and resident of Venice, will also discuss The Literary Image of Venice.
Pursue your passion for photography and improve your skills in this course designed for intermediate and advanced students. Master the fundamentals of composition and explore your own style taking pictures around Venice and make sure that Instagram feed looks top notch. Course taught by Mark Smith, Venice resident and renowned international photographer.
Drawing & Painting
Designed for students of every level, this course focuses on the essential techniques of sketching and painting and takes advantage of the many picturesque neighborhoods in Venice. Under the guidance of landscape artist Tom Young, students strive to master the art of figure drawing, still life, portraits and abstractions.
A Summer Abroad in Italy
Once classes are over, students enjoy a full and varied scheduled of extracurricular activities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so students will never be at a loss for something to do. We also offer optional workshops to further enhance the Venice summer abroad experience.
Each weekend students will travel to fantastic, historic sites to make sure they see the best that Venice and the surrounding area has to offer.
Islands of the Lagoon; Torcello & Burano
Explore the Venetian lagoon as you venture out of Venice to these two small islands. Countless photo opportunities abound with the brightly-coloured fishermen's houses of Burano, and the abundant history of Torcello.
Often overlooked by visitors, Padua is one of Europe's greatest cultural and artistic destinations. Explore the breathtaking architecture and art galleries, wander the cobblestone streets, or enjoy the botanical gardens.
Cycle Tour of the Lido
Get a vaporetto to the Lido for a swim in the sea and to hang out on the fantastic beaches. Hire a bike and ride along the empty roads alongside the water.
Glass-making Factory on Murano
This Venetian island is world-renowned for its blown glass creations. Get a first-hand glimpse into one of the fascinating glass factories to see a demonstration on how this magnificent art is created.
Festival of Redentore
A chance to experience one of Venice's most genuine festivals, celebrated with a stunning display of fireworks.
Enhance your summer in Venice with one (or both!) of our Venice Workshops. Each workshop will meet once per week during the afternoon.
Italian Cooking, $200
Gain exciting insight into Italian food and culture. Under the guidance of a professional chef, learn recipes and techniques to prepare local favorites.
Italian Language, $200
Interested in improving your Italian even further? This course, taught by native Italian speakers, will give students the tools they need to thrive while they are in Italy. Conversational Italian will be the emphasis, with equal focus on both speaking and listening.
The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each program has two distinct specialist teams - one to manage residence life and one to manage academic success. Each staff member is carefully vetted using a written application, personal interview, professional reference check, and required background check.
RESIDENTIAL & SENIOR STAFF
At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our extraordinary program directors, staff, and faculty. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program. The senior staff consists of a Program Director and an Assistant Director. The Program Director, Charlie Hall, has been working with Summerfuel since 2005.
Residential Advisors (RAs) are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired to support and act as role models to our students. RAs are college upperclassmen or recent graduates with experience in residential life. They live in residence, with one RA for every ten students. RAs will always be available to organize activities, provide tours around Venice, answer questions, and make sure our students get the most out of their summer.
SAFETY & SUPERVISION
We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well-cared for and safe at all times:
No more than 1 to 10 residential staff to student ratio
Designated zone in which students can travel
Buddy system to ensure students never travel alone
Summerfuel programs are operated independent of their host institutions. Summerfuel host institutions and their respective offices are not responsible for the Summerfuel programs in any way.
Summerfuel programs are personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. All of our pre-college, study abroad, Spanish language immersion, social entrepreneurship, college admissions prep, and visual media programs are designed to broaden academic and personal horizons. Founded in 1984 with the goal of facilitating global understanding through unique educational summer programs for high school students through unique educational summer programs, we continue to offer programs that emphasize cultural engagement, travel, exploration, recreation, language study, academic enrichment, social engagement, responsibility, independence and personal growth.
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