Summer Programs

The Department of Art History and Archaeology in conjunction with the Office of Global Programs offer students the opportunity to participate in programs around the world.

Summer Program in Italy: Archaeological Fieldwork at Hadrian's Villa

Columbia University offers a four-week summer program that provides undergraduate and graduate students with the unique opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian's Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Rome and the most important Roman villa. It synthesizes Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architectural and artistic traditions and has attracted scholarly attention for centuries. Click Here to learn more.


Faculty Directors: Prof. Francesco de Angelis, Prof. Marco Maiuro

Columbia Summer Program in Venice

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Italian offer a six week summer program based at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Italian culture and society through the study of its language, literature/film, art and built environment. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper appreciation of the richness of Venetian art history, art, and cultural traditions. To learn more about this opportunity and information on how to apply, please visit the Office of Global Programs Venice website.

Program Director: Caroline A. Wamsler



Columbia-Bogazici Byzantine Studies and Urban Mapping in Istanbul


This program is not currently offered

Columbia University and Boğaziçi University are offering a joint summer program for a select group of advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students which provides a unique opportunity to learn about the history, urban development, and historic monuments of the city of Byzantion-Constantinople-Istanbul through coursework and site visits that allow them to explore and understand Istanbul's modern topography as an exciting palimpsest of empires, cultures, and religions first hand. A research and fieldwork component adds practical experience in architectural site survey and documentation, still and panoramic photography, archival work, and issues of architectural conservation.

While previous coursework or experience in history, art history, or archaeology is preferred, the program can accommodate students with varying academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in understanding the evolution of the city of Istanbul through a historical and cultural lens. No prior knowledge of Turkish is required. Click Here to learn more.


Faculty Director: Prof. Holger A. Klein

Summer courses in the Department of Art History and Archaeology

The Department offers several courses for credit during two summer seassions each year. Click Here to learn more.