The City and the Water

University of Pisa
10 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available

About this program

The City and the Water

The International Summer School “The City and the Water”, since 2014, is a Design Full-Time Workshop, aimed at investigating the complex relationships between the built environment and the water, in its broadest meaning of environmental resource, and therefore including seaside, rivers, lakes and water resources.

The Summer School is organized in 10 days and hosted in Pisa by the Department of Energy, Systems, Territory, and Constructions Engineering of the University of Pisa.

Students will be engaged in the development of a project on a case study, with the support of teachers and tutors of the Universities of Pisa and visiting professors of other national and international schools of architecture and landscape design.

The Summer School is organized in 10 days. The first 5 days are primarily aimed at the critical reading and knowledge of the area chosen as a case study - The waterfronts of Pisa: The sea and the Arno river -, in order to identify its value and criticisms. In the other days, students will work for the development of a project of enhancement on the area chosen as a case study both at architectural, urban and technological scale. For the whole period, lessons will be opportunely organized in order to give theoretical and methodological supports for the development of the projects.

The ideas and drawings elaborated during the International Summer School will be presented in a public exhibition.

Admission requirements

The International Summer School is open to university students of Architecture, Building Engineering, Urban Planning, Design, Design Institutes, Landscape Design, and also to young professionals and artists from all EU and non-EU countries.

Each participant is invited to bring their own laptop and their preferred drawing materials; however, basic drawing materials will be provided.

A minimum of 15 participants, and a maximum of 30, is required for the activation of the International Summer School.

Student participants will be selected on the basis of their scholastic performance (average score in examinations, graduation score for postgraduate candidates) and their suitability for the program; for professionals the selection will be based on the affinity to the subjects carried out of what is declared on the CV. Personnel. In case of ex aequo, priority will be offered to foreign students and according to the order of application.


  • 15 April 2023: registration deadline
  • 20 April 2023: notication of admitted and the awarding of the scholarship
  • 30 April 2023: deadline for the fee payment
  • By 15 June 2023 the right of withdrawal may be exercised without penalty and without having to specify the reasons. The withdrawal must be communicated to the secretariat of the University of Pisa Summer School by e-mail. Following withdrawal, exercised as above, we will re-credit any amounts paid.
    After the deadline indicated above, withdrawal is permitted by paying a penalty corresponding to 60% of the registration fee already paid.
    In case of cancellation of the Summer School, the fees already paid will be refunded net of bank charges.

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Tuition fees: 750 euro



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Summer Courses & Master Programs at University of Pisa, Italy

Established in 1343, the University of Pisa is an internationally-renown public institution, ranking among the top eight Italian universities and top 300 universities world-wide. The university has 20 departments with many high-level research centers, such as: Agriculture Astrophysics Computer science...

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Why study at University of Pisa

Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. Famous alumni of the University include Galileo Galilei, 3 Nobel prize winners and 2 Fields medalist.It is amongst the top 3 universities in Italy (ARWU).Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern center for teaching and advanced research.Pisa offers international students the unique opportunity to study and experience the richness of Italian history and culture in a beautiful and stimulating environment. Famous across the world for the Leaning Tower, almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city. Its strategic geographical location, the international airport and the excellent rail connections offer the possibility of weekend trips to other parts of Italy and Europe.

The Foundation Course

A one-year programme taught exclusively in English, which bridges the gap between High School and University studies and it equips students with the appropriate academic grounding for an Italian degree at the University of Pisa.This programme is aimed at International students who have 11 or 10 years of schooling and have successfully completed High School and at American students who have not taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses during the last year of High School nor have attended 2 years of College

Summer Schools

Intensive academic courses for international students and also for graduates.They mostly last from 1 to 6 weeks and take place in an international context, with students and lecturers coming from various parts of the world and all lectures delivered in English.They are characterized by nonconventional teaching formats (workshops, tutorials, excursions, cultural events, business testimonials, etc.) and a multidisciplinary approach. Professors are experts in their areas and have a keen interest in what they do.Summer Schools meet strict academic regulations: each grants at least 3 ECTS credits and the participants who successfully pass the final exams will receive an official academic transcript.

Contact info

University of Pisa

Lungarno Pacinotti 43
56126 Pisa

Phone no: +39 050 221 2111

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