Iuav University of Venice

4.0 out of 5 (63 ratings / 63 reviews) Venice, Italy
Università Iuav di Venezia is one of the leading public universities in the field of architecture, design, fashion, visual arts, planning and urban design.  Iuav is an international university that offers courses and internships both in Italy and abroad and encourages student exchanges. It is a widely recognised School of Excellence in an unparalleled city – Venice.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Università Iuav di Venezia was established in 1926 as one of the first Architecture Schools in Italy. To this day, it still maintains its status of uniqueness. It is a design themed university focusing on the teaching, research and practice in the design of living spaces and environments and in the design of everyday use objects, of fashion and graphics.


Syllabuses, courses and learning and workshop activities are organised in 4 undergraduate degree programmes and 6 graduate degree programmes covering the fields of architecture, design, fashion, visual arts, urban and regional planning and theatre. In addition, Iuav offers advanced specialisation courses and 8 PhDs. A learning technique unique to Iuav is the workshop, which is meant to offer learning opportunities and work experience under the direct supervision of high-profile professionals and teachers.


Iuav has established agreements with important Italian and foreign cultural institutions, museums and universities such as La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, Palazzo Grassi, Musei Civici Veneziani, Triennale di Milano, Parsons School of Design, MIT, IIT, CCA, Tongji University. Iuav students are involved with all of these institutions on a regular basis. Iuav is committed to invest in research and development on issues related to the city, the territory and environment, the landscape, infrastructures and mobility, environmental protection and conservation, sustainable design, the history of architecture, new frontiers of design, and arts. 


Iuav is an international university that offers courses and internships both in Italy and abroad and encourages student exchanges. It teaches the knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure successful entry into the world’s job market.

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Student services

Orientation is managed by Student recruitment and orientation office.

Housing services

Iuav is a public university and is currently partner with ESU Venezia, an official regional organisation that manages the student residences and canteens and reserves places in residences for students regularly enroling at University or attending an exchange programme. Students can apply for housing upon or prior to their arrival in Venice. 

Library services

The university library houses one of the most important and exhaustive collections, which is growing and being updated continuously, of books, databases and journals especially focusing on architecture, design, fashion and the arts, and urban planning, printed and digital.

More than 3600 periodicals are also part of the. 

ICT services

All Iuav facilities have WiFi access for students and staff. Iuav offers photography and other up to date multimedia labs.

Medical services


Student Life

Campus life

Buildings are located in the historical district of the city of Venice. Students can easily access all services available in the city and public transportation. Facilities are also closely located to the cafeteria by ESU Venezia.

Sports facilities

Iuav students can access all sporting facilities offered by CUS Venezia, the official joint sporting center of Venetian universities.

Student clubs

Senato degli Studenti, the student senate, organizes many events and activities for students and ensures representation of all students in the official government organization of the university.


Iuav is a nationally accredited public university. The English-taught MA provides education and training for internationally oriented architects, in accordance with the Directive of the European Parliament 2005/36/CE. MA is a prerequisite to take the Italian State Exam to qualify as licensed architects. Iuav Career Service helps postgraduates to find the most suitable opportunities for internships and land future jobs, both in Italy and abroad.

Student Reviews

Another way to think architecture
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university in Venice has in its program a very loaded history discipline and all the courses lead the student over the standard way of thinking.

Education vs Campus infrastructure
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

In terms of education. The level of education that thought in IUAV is high. Most of the professors are currently working as architects. So the suggestions from them are significantly important, especially considering the experience they have. Sometimes we had lectures that were held by the principal architects from the leading architectural studios. In terms of the...

Architecture is mix of idea , theory , philosophy
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

i am very much honoured to study at iuav it was a great exploration about architecture in every aspect the curriculum of course covered all feilds in architecture from sustainable urban planning to product designing iam now doing my thesis research on recycling concrete in a way to bring sustainable concrete uses i construction


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