Venice International University

Venice International University (VIU) is something unique in the academic world – a consortium of 17 universities from all over the world with an autonomous campus on the island of San Servolo, Venice.

Tor Vergata joined the network in 2016 and all the students regularly enrolled in a Degree course at our University can apply for an exchange semester at VIU, granted with a 1.000 euro scholarship. As well as the students, professors teaching a course at Tor Vergata can apply for a lectureship in Venice.


The mission of VIU is to foster cooperation among VIU member institutions while facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas, by developing, promoting and organising joint academic, research and training/capacity-building programmes. VIU thereby contributes to, and is an integral part of the internationalisation strategies of the member organisations.

Role of universities today

Universities today must play a strategic role in addressing the new global challenges: sustainable development, climate change and energy, food and water security, urban growth, welfare, ageing populations, the widening gap between rich and poor, global ethics, protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, human rights, equality, democratization, peace and conflict, global governance, cyber-security. Some of these critical global issues can be predicted, others arise unexpectedly and suddenly, and traditional training is not necessarily the best way to find solutions. Today’s students need to develop different skills, must be able to work across disciplines, to react with great flexibility and a broad intellectual range.

Common campus

The common campus in Venice creates a sense of community that favors consensus building. Programs are drawn up collegially together, across disciplines, continents, languages and cultures. Students encounter a truly intercultural experience at VIU.


One of the advantages is to be in Venice, a living laboratory in a fragile environment with a remarkable cultural heritage where students and professors can directly experience and become aware of some of the common challenges.

Research triangle

Since its foundation in 1995, VIU has increasingly worked to promote the research triangle of stakeholders – industry, academia and government – through research projects, advanced training programs targeting professionals and policy-makers, internships for university students and by inviting experts in chosen fields to recount their experience to VIU students.

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