Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Venice, Italy

No. Students: 20,000 No. of Academic staff: 1,700
Funding type: Public
  • Venice / Italy
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to 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


Established on August 6th, 1868 as a Royal Business College, Ca Foscari University was the first educational institution in Italy to offer higher education in business and economics.

Ca Foscari International College of the Ca Foscari University of Venice offers undergraduate courses to promising young students showing outstanding skills and merit, for interdisciplinary competencies and a highly international outlook. The programme is characterized by the creation of a community living together in a dedicated location in Venice-Italy. Scholarships covering the full cost of fees and accommodation for the academic year are provided.

Educational Offer and Organization

Since 2011/2012 a.y. Ca Foscari educational offer has been organised in First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes, Master's Degree Programmes (2 years) and PhD Programmes which refer directly to the 8 new Departments (Asian and North African Studies; Economics; Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics; Humanities; Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies; Management; Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems; Philosophy and Cultural Heritage), 6 Interdepartmental Schools (Asian Studies and Business Management; Cultural Production and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage; Global Development; International Relations; Social Work and Public Policies; Sustainability of Environmental and Tourism Systems) and the Ca Foscari Challenge School, Ca Foscari Summer School and Graduate School.

The main building is Ca Foscari Palace, the Venetian-Gothic building located on the largest bend of the Grand Canal.

Cycles system

Following a recent reform, Italian Universities now confer three main degrees, patterned along the three-level scheme common to several education systems across the world.

The first-level degree is a three-year Laurea. This is an undergraduate program equivalent to a Bachelor. The second-level degree is a two-year Laurea Specialistica. This is a graduate program equivalent to a Master. Possession of a first-level degree is required to access the Laurea Specialistica.

The third-level degree is a three-year Dottorato di Ricerca. This is a post-graduate program equivalent to a Ph.D. Possession of a second-level degree is required to access the Dottorato di Ricerca.

In addition to these main degrees, the system allows for two intermediate degrees known as Master program. This terminology is unfortunate, because it can lead to misunderstanding. The Master universitario di primo livello is a one-year graduate program which is open to holders of a first-level degree. The Master universitario di secondo livello is a one-year graduate program which is open to holders of a second-level degree.


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

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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