Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Venice, Italy
Ca' Foscari University, established on August 6th, 1868 as a Business School (the first in Italy and the second in Europe), is a public university based in Venice, in northern Italy.
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Why should I study here at Ca' Foscari University of Venice?

  1. Academic excellence Studying at Foscari means living a unique experience in the cultural and artistic heart of Venice. one of the worlds most interesting cities. Ca Foscari has a nationally and internationally outstanding reputation for academic excellence in the fields of teaching and research. It was placed second in the 2010 ranking of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
  2. Cultural events It actively participates in Venetian cultural life, organizing 800 events every year, collaborating with other prestigious cultural institutions and organizing successful art exhibitions at Ca Foscari Esposizioni- the exhibition space in the main building.
  3. International network Ca Foscari has drawn up over 250 international cooperation agreements with Universities from all over the world, with the aim of promoting mobility for education and research. The University actively participates in European programmes for technological research, education and training, with projects involving partner institutions from all continents.
  4. Several international programmes Ca Foscari students can choose among many international Double/Joint Degree Programmes and English-taught Degree Programmes

The university at a glance 2011/2012

  • 20,000 students
  • 4,000 new enrolments per year
  • 3,300 graduates per year
  • 1,700 professors, lecturers, native language teachers and administrative staff
  • 15 First Cycle Degree Programmes
  • 30 Second Cycle Degree Programmes
  • 31 Specialist Masters Programmes
  • 16 Research Doctorate Programmes
  • 9 Summer and Autumn Schools
  • 1 Learning Centre Library, 4 subject-related Libraries, 7 Departmental Libraries

About Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Today Ca’ Foscari University of Venice teaches approximately 20,000 students and covers four large scientific and cultural areas (corresponding to the four Faculties in force until 2010): Economics, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Humanities and Sciences.

Since the academic year 2011/2012 the university has been organized into 8 Departments and 6 Interdepartmental Schools, responsible for research and teaching activities of First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes. Three university structures exist alongside these:

  • Ca' Foscari Graduate School, which coordinates Research Doctorates;
  • Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, which organises Specialist Master’s Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and other courses for continuing education;
  • Ca’ Foscari Summer School, which promotes intensive summer and autumn courses and other extracurricular activities for Italian and international students.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice also offers English-taught programmes and double/joint degrees, which along with numerous cooperation agreements with European and extra-European institutions and universities, enrich the international focus that has always been a feature of the university, increasing the mobility of students, researchers and professors.

Skills in the fields of teaching, research and innovation are integrated by a wide cultural programme, thanks to a busy calendar of conventions, exhibitions, film, theatre and radio dates, aimed both at Ca’ Foscari community and the entire world.


Ca Foscari assists students during their entire University career, providing access for qualified students to benefits through the Financial Aid Office, and responding to the needs of working students, foreign students and students with disabilities through its specialized offices. The Housing Office helps international students to search suitable and affordable accommodation in Venice.

Ca Foscari promotes student-involvement in social issues and in local sustainable development projects. Students are recruited to fill appropriate temporary positions with the university.

Our International Office offers a range of useful support services and specialized staff to help you. Keep in touch with your tutor, read your Welcome Guide and become involved in the Buddy Program and in activities during the welcome days organized for you. Discover the University and get a good start learning and living at Ca Foscari.

Student facilities:

  • Wireless access to the network
  • Free e-mail, Internet access, and homepage for staff and students
  • Personalized services accessible online
  • Hundreds of PC stations
  • Language courses
  • Course guidance, mentors, tutors
  • University Library System ( with approximately 1 million books)
  • Bank Account and Italian fiscal code
  • Health Insurance
  • Eating facilities (ESU)
  • Ca Foscari Campus Store
  • App for iPhone (search cafoscari or università venezia in Apples App Store)
  • Social networking: twitter/facebook/youcafoscari on youtube

Student life at Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Venice is the place where people from all over the world congregate. Studying at Ca Foscari provides an opportunity to study and live in one of the worlds most interesting cities, where you can wander for hours and even enjoy getting lost, have a Spritz in one of Venice beautiful squares, visit the world famous museums and exhibitions, travel by boat through the smaller islands of the lagoon, enjoy the Lido beaches and enjoy our fresh Adriatic fish and other Venice specialties.

A number of international and local partnerships with civic, educational and cultural institutions, and over 800 events organized each year make Ca Foscari one of the most active promoters of cultural events in the Italian university system.

At Ca Foscari you can find:

  • Theatre, music, film workshops for Ca Foscaris students
  • International exhibitions in the Ca Foscari Exhibition area
  • Radio Ca Foscari, the Universitys web radio
  • Sport facilities at the Venice University Sports Centre
  • University Orchestra and Choir
  • The yearly Venetian University Boat Race
  • Student groups and associations
  • Lectures by internationally recognized scholars and cultural figures
  • Incroci di Civiltà (Cultural Crossroads), Venice literary festival
  • Digital week, a full week of events and workshops devoted to the digital world
  • Short Film Festival, the first such university organized festival in Europe, created and organized by a university.

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Master's Programmes at Ca' Foscari University of Venice

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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Ca' Foscari University of Venice!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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