Venice is a living museum that 300,000 people call home. The wealth of the Venetian Republic came from trade and as a man-made island, Venice grew into a prime stop on the historic trade routes between Europe, Asia and the Middle East during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This wealth made Venice into a center for the arts and music. Called Queen of the Adriatic, The City of Canals, and Serenissima, Venice is like no other place in the world. The entire city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lexia’s program allows students to explore not only the deep cultural heritage of Venice but also the rapid changes of the modern era. The challenges of managing tourism, rising sea levels, and a sinking city make this place a unique environment in which to explore the complexities of ecological and cultural change.
"My study abroad experience was the best experience of my life. Lexia really opened us up to learning about the culture of another country, which is something a lot of other study abroad programs don’t necessarily focus on."