About your course
What do my course fees include?
All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files / materials
  • Tickets to all museums and the Venice Biennale facilities during the program
  • European Cultural Centre catalogue 2017
  • Welcome and graduation events (welcoming breakfast and a boat ride)
  • Goodie bag with a map of Venice, notebook and a pen
  • Personalised graduation certificate
Will I receive a graduation certificate?
Yes, students will be awarded an European Cultural Academy Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course. N.B. ECA is a non-credit, non-degree professional program. University students will only get credits if their university has a partnership with ECA.
I will attend one week only. Will I still receive a certificate?
Yes, you will receive the certificate for the week(s) you attended.
Should I take any materials with me for the course?
You will receive all the necessary materials for the course. If you are joining for the "Art practices' week it might be useful to take a laptop (you will need it to prepare power point presentation by the end of the course).
How do you keep in touch with students during the course?
We usually create a WhatsApp group for all the participants. During the course we share pictures, schedule updates, useful links via the group.
Arriving and Departing
When should I arrive?
We recommend to arrive on Sunday before the course starts. We always start the course with a welcoming breakfast on Monday.
    How do I get from the airport to the centre of Venice?
    There are different ways to reach Venice.
    Shuttle bus
    We recommend to take a Shuttle bus to Piazzale Roma. The bus stop is right in front of the Arrival hall. The ticket costs 8 euro. You can buy the ticket from the conductor or at the ticket machine at the bus stop. Journey time to Piazzale Roma is only 20 minutes.
    Water Transport
    The water bus service is provided by the company Alilaguna. On exiting from the Arrivals hall, look for the covered walkway on the left and follow the walkway for 7 minutes until you reach the dock. The water bus stops in Venice at San Marco, Rialto, Fondamenta Nuove and Le Guglie. Journey time: F. Nove (38 minutes), Lido (58 minutes), San Marco (1 hour and 12 minutes), Rialto (57 minutes), Guglie (42 minutes).
    Water Taxi
    Taxi Service is provided by Cooperativa Artigiana Radiotaxi. Info & reservations: tel. 041 59 64 (24h service).

    If you booked accomodation via ECA, please send us your arrival time so we can meet you at the apartment. Please be aware that ECA accommodation is usually reserved from Sunday until Saturday.
    Meals are not included into the course fee. We recommend the following restaurant for lunch:
    Il Calice, Sestiere San Marco 1502, 30124 Venice.
    General information
    What clothes should I bring?
    It is very hot and humid in Venice. Please mind this when choosing your wardrobe. Do not forget sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat!
    What are the lesson times, and what happens outside of lessons?
    The lessons usually start at 10 am and last for about three hours with 15 minute pause in between. Afternoon sessions usually start at 2pm and last for about three hours. On Monday you will receive a goodie bag with our recommendations on what to do and where to go in Venice outside the class time.
    Will I have the opportunity to visit other places in Italy during my course?

    If you are staying for more than one week, we recommend you to visit Lido, Siena or Florence during the weekend.
    I need to see a doctor, where can I find one?

    If you need medical treatment, you can visit a general practitioner. You will have to make an appointment by telephone to consult the doctor at his or her practice. ECA staff can provide you with necessary contacts.
    Transport in Venice
    • Vaporetto – It is the fastest way to move around Venice. 7 days ticket costs 60 euros with unlimited travels.
    • Bus, People Mover and Tram – They are made to get to the historical Venice from the new neighbourhoods on the mainland.
    • Ferry Boat – To travel with your bike, car or motorbike across the Lagoon.
    • Venice Tourist Travel Card / Tourist pass – you can buy one for a period from 12-hours up to 7-days with a max price of 60 euros for one week; another option is the Rolling Venice Pack for people between the ages of 6 and 29: with discounts for many businesses, 3 days travel card and one day of wifi.
    For more info on transportation please visit the website:
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    call or whatsapp 0031.634.619.823 or
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