Teach at Venice International University

UNIL is part of the Venice International University (VIU), an international network of 21 universities based on the island of San Servolo in Venice. A member of the UNIL teaching staff can teach there each semester.


Every year, the partner universities produce a programme aimed at preparing students to tackle current global problems. The autumn semester (September to December) focuses on human and social sciences, while the spring semester (March to May) is dedicated to environmental issues. Classes are held on the island of San Servolo.

The partner universities send a member of teaching staff to VIU on secondment each semester and can send between 10 and 15 students. Classes are delivered in English.

Why teach at VIU?
  • Discover a unique intercultural institution;
  • Take the opportunity to network with academics from partner institutions from all over the world.

Interview with Martina Avanza lien_externe_2.jpg, a member of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, who taught at VIU in 2015.

General information about VIU

  • Senior Lecturer 1 (MER 1) or professor status
  • Formal agreement from the Deanship
  • Willingness to teach in English
  • Financial support from UNIL for travel and accommodation costs
  • Practical assistance from VIU, particularly for finding accommodation

Your classes at UNIL will be covered while you are in Venice.

  1. Contact the International Relations Office to arrange a meeting;
  2. Respond to the call for applications sent out by the International Relations Office to eligible members of teaching staff at the start of the semester.
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Mr Emmanuel Cenuse
Tel.: +41 21 692 20 46