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Università Iuav di Venezia

Country: Italy

City: Venice, Italy


Type of school: Public Universities


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One of the first Architecture Schools in Italy (established in 1926), the Università Iuav di Venezia is a ‘themed’ university totally focusing on design. It is a dedicated place for teaching, specialisation and field research in design of living space and environments such as buildings, cities, landscapes, regions as well as design of every-day use objects, cultural, theatrical, multimedia events, fashion and graphics. 


The University has entered into agreements with a number of institutions and cultural subjects in Venice, in the region and abroad (La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, Palazzo Grassi, Musei Civici Veneziani, teatro Due di Parma, theatres in Rome and Turin, Triennale di Torino, Philadelphia Museum, New York University, MIT of Boston) that involved and still involve students in artistic, design and theatrical productions.


Iuav invests a lot in research concerning issues related to the city, region and environment, landscape, infrastructure and mobility, protection and conservation, sustainable design, history of architecture, the new frontiers of design, arts and theatre. 


The University boasts a system of studios equipped with high specialist equipment and expertise, also made available to external clients, along with a library heritage within the architecture and urban planning fields that is a crucial point of reference on a national basis.


About 5,000 students attend this University (admission to the various degree programmes is limited, which is an essential requirement needed to guarantee teaching quality). International Exchange Programmes arecurrently being offered in cooperation with 130 European universities for the promotion of students’, researchers’ and faculty’s mobility, with a view to developing a common European citizenship, exchange of good practices and sharing of researches. Furthermore, the Università Iuav di Venezia has also established cooperation and exchange relationships with non-EU institutions and universities with which has entered into over 60 agreements aiming at students’ mobility.


Studying at the Iuav means living in an environment that is open to what is happening throughout the world. It means coming face-to-face with authoritative voices in the fields of architecture, regional planning, arts and design: Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo Aymonino, Manfredo Tafuri, Vittorio Gregotti, Gino Valle, Aldo Rossi, Giovanni Astengo, Giancarlo De Carlo, Tadao Ando, and Richard Serra have all been part of our school’s history.

The Università Iuav di Venezia is organised into three departments: “Architecture, Construction and Conservation”, "Design and Planning in Complex Environments”, "Architecture and Arts".


Educational programmes, courses and activities are divided into 5 undergraduate degree programmes and 8 graduate degree programmes that are project-driven in fields of architecture, design, fashion, visual arts, urban and regional planning, theatre, in addition to a number of postgraduate specialisation programmes, advanced specialisation courses and 8 research doctorates.


Iuav has successfully devised a unique learning mode that is especially suitable to transmitting project knowledge: workshops are in fact a real workshop for experiencing and learning under the direct guidance of high-calibre professionals and professors in the practice and design teaching fields.


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>> Inte.S.E. Project - Integration of International Students


Inte.S.E. Project is a web portal to promote and facilitate the integration of international students in the Italian universities. Online and intensive courses on Italian language, culture, economics are offered to find solutions to various problems encountered while living in a foreign country.


Visit the Inte.S.E. web portal at and fill in the registration form to share your university and life experiences, participate in the forums and the web seminars, attend the online courses and take advantage of all the free services provided by this website!


>> sport


In sports, too, Venice is special. Iuav challenges against Ca’ Foscari every year in the traditional Regata Storica: an event that recalls the famous regatta between Oxford and Cambridge (in Venice, however, the 8-person boats are the same as ones used in the Maritime Republics’ Palio).


The university sports centre, Cus, organizes a wide range of recreational and sports activites.


>> enjoying the city


Studying at the Università Iuav di Venezia means living in Venice, one of the most fascinating cities in the world for anyone involved in the design professions. Studying at Iuav means living stimulating intellectual experiences at the crossroads of different artistic, cultural and lifestyle trends. 


Studying at Iuav means participating, as spectators and actors, in prestigious events: the Biennales of Art, Architecture, Film, Theatre and Music; musical and theatre productions at La Fenice and the Malibran; major exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi, the Guggenheim Foundation and Punta della Dogana, and taking advantage of important alliances with the city’s major cultural institutions.

The admission of foreign students is governed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Education – MIUR (regulations for 2016-2017, in Italian).


>> EU applicants (including non-EU applicants holding residency in Italy)

EU applicants include:

  • EU residents
  • non-EU citizens holding residency in Italy
  • Italians holding degrees abroad
  • political refugees
  • foreign diplomats in Italy
  • applicants holding dual citizienship
  • citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Republic of San Marino


EU applicants are subject to the same procedures and deadlines as Italian citizens.

EU applications are accepted online

for undergraduate degree programme:

  • in Urban and regional planning: 31 May > 22 Ago 2016
  • in Industrial Design and Multimedia: 31 May > 22 Ago 2016
  • in Architecture:
  • in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts: 31 May > 22 Ago 2016


for graduate programme:

  • in Theatre sciences and techniques: 31 May > 05 Sept 2016
  • in City and Environment: Planning and Policies: 28 May > 3 Sept 2016
  • in Architecture: 31 May > 14 Sept 2016
  • in Fashion and Visual Arts: 31 May > 05 Sept 2016
  • in Industrial Design and Multimedia: 31 May > 05 Sept 2016


>> non-EU applicants holding residency abroad

Non-EU applicants holding residency abroad must apply through the Italian diplomatic services in their country of residence: 23 march > 07 July 2016


If you have questions about becoming a fulltime student or attending a single course at the Università Iuav di Venezia please contact:


Orientation Office
Università Iuav di Venezia
Santa Croce, 601 – Campo della Lana
30135 Venezia

tel:  +39 041 257 1720-1739
fax:  +39 041 257 1760

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