Within view of the famed St Mark’s Basilica across the
Venetian Lagoon, is the remarkable island of San Servolo.
Once the monastic home to a group of Benedictine monks
and nuns for over 500 years, and later used as a military
hospital and mental sanatorium, the island is now the home
of Venice International University (VIU).
In response to the growing popularity of study abroad opportunities
in Europe, Korea University has recently joined
the VIU in February 2018, to provide excellent opportunities
for professors and students to teach, study and live in the
unique environment that is Venice; a place with a truly remarkable
cultural heritage in an ecologically fragile environment.
As part of the VIU consortium, KU students will benefit from
academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students,
research programs and projects, and topic-specific
training programs. Taking advantage of its international
membership from 19 institutions in 12 different countries,
each program is intentionally developed across disciplines,
languages, and cultures, making interdisciplinary studies a
hallmark of the VIU experience.
VIU also works with industry, academia and government
partners to provide internship opportunities, summer school
programs, workshops and seminars for students. By pooling
member resources VIU facilitates the exchange of knowledge,
expertise and talent necessary to address key global
challenges, while assisting students to foster the skill-sets
needed to work across disciplines, to react with nimbleness
and flexibility and to gain a broad intellectual vision.
"KU is excited to be the first Korean university
to join the VIU consortium to provide our
students with an exciting opportunity to live,
study and learn in the exceptional environment
that is Venice." - Prof. Jaeho Yeom,
President, Korea University
Each member university submits an annual subscription fee
which contributes to the operating costs of VIU and to the
travel and housing allowance paid to visiting professors.
In addition, each university may send up to 20 students
per semester to study, along with two professors per year
to teach. Professors may also participate in the Summer
School and Graduate Seminars at VIU, as well as host students
from member universities for research internships.
Member universities are also able to share the Venice experience
with their alumni, friends and donors by utilizing VIU
resources for their own special events and activities.
- [Spring 2018 Vol 16 KU The Future Newsletter], published by Office of International Affairs at Korea University