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Art in Italy

Program Details

The program will consist of daily group studio work sessions, visits to art-historical sites throughout the city and beyond, including a day-trip to Padua: where students will see the work of Giotto and his frescoes in the Arena Chapel. Extensive time will be spent at the Venice Biennale, one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world. As host city for the Biennale, Venice is a unique resource for students of art, providing access to historical art of the highest importance. The opportunity to study art and art-history in an immersive program with creating a portfolio of work, and in a dynamic city of historic and contemporary import to enhance and sharpen the educational experience.


  • Student participants can be of any age group (18+), as long as they are willing and able to meet the moderate physical demands of traversing extensively as part of the program. Students must also be willing to share apartment accommodations with several other students.


  • Venice, Italy

Program Dates:

May 5, 2022 - May 26, 2022


Cost: $3,958 (Airfare NOT included)

Deposit: $500

Payment Schedule:

Dec. 3, 2021 - $600
Jan. 7, 2022 - $600
Feb. 4, 2022 - $600
March 4, 2022 - $600
April 1, 2022 - $600
May 4, 2022 - $458* - Final payment

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 24 hours after registration. As always, you can pay with a credit card as well. To keep our trip costs low, we encourage the use of ACH Bank Transfers, or payments by cash or check whenever possible.

Includes: room and board, international transportation, domestic transportation, excursions, and some meals.

Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and most meals.


The program will span three full weeks in Italy, with travel days additional at beginning and end. Plan attending all Orientation sessions starting in Spring 2022. Please contact Matthew Choberka or Joshua Winegar for details on the Itinerary.

Academic Courses

  • ART 3800 (3): Travel-study Studio: Venice, the City as Studio
  • ARTH 3850 (4): Travel-study Art History: Contemporary Art at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022

Program Directors

Matthew Choberka, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, will co-teach the studio and contemporary art components of this program, planning and leading program sessions throughout the city and on excursions. He originated the Art in Italy: Venice program for WSU in 2007, and has taught studio courses from the introductory to the advanced collegiate levels at both Weber State and Indiana University. Having taught students in Italy previously, with a working knowledge of the logistics of such a program, Matthew will serve as Program Director.

Joshua Winegar, Assistant Professor of Visual Art, will co-teach the studio and contemporary art components of the program, also planning and leading program sessions.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.