VIU will offer an exceptional range of Intensive Graduate Activities in 2022. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2022, and apply early to guarantee their place.

The programs are the outcome of intense collaboration among the universities and have been developed based on the mandate of the member universities through the VIU Academic Council.

There are three types of intensive graduate activity at VIU.

  • VIU International PhD Academy
    Interdisciplinary intensive programs on major societal challenges, with a parallel training program in transversal skills to prepare advanced PhDs for research careers in academia or in the private sector.
  • VIU Graduate Seminars
    Thematic intensive seminars, on a focused topic approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. The aim is to support early-career PhDs who are beginning their research and to facilitate interdepartmental cooperation. Significant cooperation among departments in the member universities is expected.
  • VIU Summer/Winter Schools
    VIU supports the development of VIU Summer Schools, which are intensive taught programs that are offered each year. They are addressed to students of varying levels; check each program brochure. The Schools are also open to applicants outside of the VIU membership.

PhD Academies

new banner VIU PhD Academy Cities and Water in a Time of Climate Change 2022 DEFCities and Water in a Time of Climate Change 
February 14-18, 2022
(postponed from 2020)







banner VIU PhD academy What is a People 2022 DEFWhat is a People? Social, Political, and Legal Controversies 
March 28 - April 1, 2022
(postponed from 2021 | applications closed)






banner VIU PhD Academy Light its nature and its us 2022 DEFLight: its Nature and its Use 
May 3-7, 2021 | Postponed May 2-6, 2022
(postponed from 2020 | applications closed)







Area studies boxThe State of the Art of Area Studies 
June 13-17, 2022 

Applications closed



Graduate Seminars 

banner Geoenvironmental_DataLearning from Geoenvironmental Data: Tools for a Changing Planet
May 23-27, 2022

Applications closed





banner Geoenvironmental_DataDefining the Human in Environmental Humanities
June 6-11, 2022

Applications closed





Activism and Social MovementsActivism and Social Movements






Activism and Social MovementsScience Communication Today: Challenges and Opportunities in the SDGs Era
September 12-16, 2022

Call for applications
December 1, 2021 – May 12, 2022





Digital CitizenshipDigital Citizenship: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of a Digitalized Society
Virtual Sessions: August 29 – November 21, 2022
On Campus:November 28 – December 3, 2022

Call for applications
December 1, 2021 – June 15, 2022




Winter/ Summer Schools

life course copVIU/LIVES Winter School on Life Course and Vulnerabilities
March 7-11, 2022





Migration and GenderMigration and Gender: a Legal and Literary Perspective
May 16-21, 2022

Applications closed





ageing 2022Summer Institute on Ageing
June 13-17, 2022

Applications closed






ageing 2017The Age Criterion in the Allocation of Limited Resources During a Pandemic. Ethical, Clinical, Economic and Legal Evaluation
June 20-24, 2022

Applications closed



ageing 2017Organizing for Sustainable Futures: Micro and Macro-Institutional Conditions of Transformation
June 27-30, 2022

Applications closed





Advanced Transportation Advanced Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management
June 27 – July 2, 2022

Applications closed





VIU Summer School Global ShakespeareGlobal Shakespeare: Othello’s Venice in the World
July 4-9, 2022

Applications closed





VIU Summer School Global ShakespeareErnest Hemingway’s Presence in Venice & in the World, Now and Then






Critical Infrastructure Resilience_03Critical Infrastructure Resilience
July 18-22, 2022

Applications closed






Science DiplomacyScience Diplomacy: Improving Capacity of Science to Inform Policy
July 18-23, 2022

Applications closed




Films in VeniceFilms in Venice and Filming Venice
August 29 – September 7, 2022

Applications closed