​Exploring Venice: Art, Music, and Culture in La Serenissima

PDF FileVenice, Italy Study Abroad Flier

April 6 – 15, 2018

Join professors Shanon Zusman and Francesca Kemitch for a one week field study that will immerse students in the rich artistic and musical legacy of beautiful Venice, Italy.

Explore the six districts of Venice on foot and by boat and see first-hand landmarks such as the Basilica San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Campanile which have inspired artists for generations. View the magnificent art collections and get to know the works of Titian and Tintoretto among other Venetian artists. Trace the paths of Monteverdi and Vivaldi and become familiar with the works of these two composers who were responsible for the rise of public opera and the Baroque concerto. Visit a museum of musical instruments and attend a classical concert in the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà. Cross the Venetian Lagoon and watch glass being blown at Murano and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano.

Leisurely cruise the famous canals of Venice to find the Rialto Bridge, stopping off at the interesting markets along the way. Come to appreciate why this city is nicknamed "La Serenissima," the most serene republic.

Which Majors Would Benefit From a Trip to Venice?

This trip is great for students who want to experience an immersive exploration of Italy's history, art, music, and architecture.

  • History

  • Music

  • Art
  • Environmental and Global Studies

Travel Spots in Italy

Course Description

Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad – Venice, Italy– 1 unit

Students will explore the six districts of Venice on foot and by boat and see first-hand landmarks such as the Basilica San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale. Students will study the works of Titian and Tintoretto among other Venetian artists as well as the works of composers Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Students will attend a classical concert and tour a museum of musical instruments. There will be time to cruise the famous canals of Venice, stopping off at the interesting markets along the way.  A reading list will be supplied prior to the trip and there will be one class session on campus prior to departure.

Faculty Biographies

Info Sessions

  • Monday, 10/2/17 - Business 111 - 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Main Campus)

  • Wednesday, 10/11/17 - PAC 210 - 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Performing Arts Campus)

  • Monday, 10/16/17 - Business 111 - 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Main Campus)

  • Monday, 10/23/17 - Business 111 - 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Main Campus)
  • Monday, 10/30/17 - Business 111 - 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Main Campus)

Program Details

Program Costs

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Program Fee

Includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Venice, Italy, ground transportation, accommodation, cultural excursions, and mandatory iNext medical insurance


Program fee: First deposit due Friday November 3, 2017 by 12 noon: $1000

Balance due on Weds, January 3, 2018 by 3:30 pm

Program is non-refundable after January 3, 2018​.

Tuition for 1-Unit Course

$46 resident tuition

$355 non-resident tuition

International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.


Breakfast included daily

Budget for $45-$60 per day ($315-$400) for lunch and dinner

Total Estimated Costs


Additional Costs

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Personal spending money


Course Materials


Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)


Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport

Visa - US Citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy.

Permanent residents/F1 students may need a Schengen Visa to enter Italy

Minimum $66 but additional fees may apply

Please visit the Italian Consulte-Los Angeles website for more information.


SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships available from $500 to $1000.

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents need to apply for FAFSA to determine eligibility.

F-1 students also eligible (no FAFSA).

Payment Options

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)

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Dates to Remember

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Informational Sessions

Mon.,Oct 2nd BUS 111-2:30 pm

Wed., Oct 11th PAC 210-Performing Arts Campus
Mon., Oct 16th BUS 111- 11:15 am

Mon. Oct 23rd BUS 111 - 11:15 am
Mon., Oct 30th BUS 111 - 11:15 am


Application Deadlines and Payments

Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Initial Deposit to reserve space – $1000 due by noon

Friday November 3, 2017

Final Payment due Wednesday,

January 3, 2018 by 3:30 pm

Hours of acceptance for deposits:
Mon thru Thurs 8am-3:30pm

Fri 8am - 12 noon. 

Program is non-refundable after January 3, 2018​

Complete online application

Apply early to reserve your space!-CLOSED

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship

Last day to meet with Financial Aid Manager Stacy Neal

Friday November 17, 2017

Notification of scholarship amount by Friday,December 15, 2017

Scholarship may not be used toward initial deposit

Mandatory Forms

Friday, November 3, 2017

Online Study Abroad application-CLOSED

      U.S. Passport

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SMC student and take the offered course. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online at www.smc.edu/apply

  • All participants must be 18 years old by Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

  • Have a valid passport by Friday November 3, 2017. U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Italy. If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 visa student, please contact the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles to see if you will need a visa.

  • Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.

  • Note: No refunds after January 3, 2018