The Venice Course

The John Hall Venice Course

January – March annually since 1965

In 1965 my father, John Hall, launched the ‘Pre-University Interim Course’ (the ‘Gap Year’ had not been established then). The aim was – and still is – to immerse a group of intelligent and inquisitive students who had finished school and were taking time off before university or art school in, what was then, European culture. Now we are more global.

Lecture-based, with themes as varied as art, politics, music, cinema, literature, astrophysics, evolution, climate change and much more, attendance on the Venice course sets students apart, equipping them with experience, confidence and knowledge beyond the subjects that they have studied or intend to pursue. Plus, the invisible network of friends and contacts that last for life and the planting of seeds in the heart that has led many of our alumni to end up as leaders in the fields of art curation, writing, museums, broadcasting and conservation.

The John Hall Venice Course is unique. The heart of the experience is living as a resident, engaging in the life of an Italian city - a huge cultural mind-opener.

Not just another art tour but also the great European music tradition, world cinema, contemporary issues plus cookery, photography, painting and Italian.

Coming on our Venice Course takes less than 3 months out of the ‘year’. Most universities and Oxbridge colleges are in favour of a gap year if time is well spent: the Venice Course is well regarded as many of our lecturers are university professors. The others are curators, critics, composers, conductors and academics. All of them are employed as much for their charisma and ability to engage with students who might have no previous experience of the subjects as for their knowledge.

Our faculty is the envy of every university in the world as we can choose from them all and have the best. Our course is syllabus-free, academic but without coursework or tests.

With a world-class team of experts and privileged private visits, it is an inspirational life-changing experience impossible to get anywhere else.

Also, spending up to nine weeks with 30 or 40 like-minded individuals in the land of La Dolce Vita is fun! Click on the link below to get all the information.