This program is not offered in Summer 2018. Please contact Boston University Study Abroad ( for guidance on alternative program options.

The Venice Environmental Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to examine the economic and societal effects of both climate change and sea-level rise.The curriculum will use the history of the Venice lagoon, as well as its more recent modifications, to illustrate the issues connected with human-driven changes in coastal bays and estuaries, sea-level rise, and natural environmental dynamics. The program is offered during the summer semester from early June to mid July. Through two complementary courses, this program introduces the main processes driving change in the Venice lagoon and examines the challenges faced by the international community in developing and implementing policies to address its potential impacts. No background in Italian language is required and all courses are taught in English. During their time in Italy, students are placed in furnished apartments in Venice.

Required Courses

Students enroll in the following two courses.

  • CAS EE 348 Monitoring and Management of Coastal Wetlands, Lagoons and Estuaries (4 credits)
    • Introduction to processes driving change in coastal environments—climate change, sea-level rise. History and recent modifications of Venice lagoon will be studied through both remote-sensing and on-site observations with hands-on projects.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EE 349 Global Climate Change: Science, Economics and Policy (4)
    • Examines climate change and its policy challenges to the international community. Studies scientific basis, effects on economy and society, national interests in implementing policy. Euro-Mediterranean area case studies, including visits to Venice-area wetlands to see policy in action.
    • Syllabus
Program Residence

  • Fully furnished, shared apartments. Multiple occupancy bedrooms (typically double-occupancy rooms; a single room can be arranged for medical reasons, extra fees may apply), shared bathrooms.
  • Shared kitchen, stocked with all essential cooking and dining supplies.
  • No board included.
  • No dining hall available.
  • Laundry facilities are either in home (typically dryers are not available), or students will need to use a local laundromat.
  • BU Venice Center has common study and classroom spaces.


  • Summer Term: early June through mid July
  • Summer Term: March 1