Venice, Italy Project Center

Photo of Venice
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture

Called the most beautiful city in the world, Venice is a city filled with outstanding historical, artistic, and architectural heritage, and is adapting to 21st century lifestyles while preserving its environmental, artistic, and cultural heritage. The rising cost of living in Venice has led to a dramatic exodus of its population, which has decreased from 200,000 to 60,000 since World War II, while tourism has expanded to 12 million visitors per year. The city has a humid, subtropical climate with cool winters and very warm summers; average temperatures in November fall between 39°F and 53°F. 

Housing and Meals

WPI students in Venice will stay in WPI-arranged apartments throughout the city, which are typically furnished. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Though pasta is common in Italian cuisine, risotto, polenta, seafood, cheese, wine, and espresso are popular staples, as well. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns or dietary restrictions or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects

Past students at the Venice project center have:

  • Created a digital model of Venice streets and conducted pedestrian counts to identify congestion points
  • Designed a smartphone game exploring displaced artwork, demolished churches, and filled-in canals of Venice
  • Built a proposal for tourism management based on safety and occupancy standards