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Originally established in 1868 as the first Business School in Italy, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is a modern university, which encompass a vast and varied array of undergraduate and graduate degrees, in addition to numerous PhD programmes and a wide selection of executive courses.

About Ca’ Foscari

Originally established as Italy’s first business school in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is now a multidisciplinary institution offering a wide range of study programmes in economics and management, foreign languages, the humanities and the sciences, and it has become one of the country’s top-ranked universities. Ca’ Foscari has a student body of 20,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, and hosts over 1,000 foreign students each year.

With a reputation for excellence in research, it has earned more of the EU’s coveted Marie Curie grants than any other Italian institution in recent years, and in the 2018 QS subject rankings, Ca’ Foscari is among the world’s top 150 universities for Modern Languages, in the top 200 for Economics & Econometrics and in the top 301-350 for graduate employability.


Ca’ Foscari University is located in the world-famous city of Venice, a unique urban centre situated in a lagoon on the north-eastern coast of Italy that is directly connected to the Adriatic Sea.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is built on an archipelago located in a shallow lagoon that comprises over 100 islands connected by footbridges. Since canals take the place of roads, people move around the city by foot and by boat. In fact, Venice is Europe’s largest modern urban car-free city.

Study Experience

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice’s study offer is divided into 8 Departments responsible for research and teaching activities of Bachelor’s and Master’s, 3 schools and the prestigious Collegio Internazionale (International College). Three other structures exist alongside these :

  • Ca' Foscari Graduate School, which coordinates Research Doctorates (PhDs);
  • Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, which organises Professional Master’s Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and other opportunities for executive education;
  • Ca’ Foscari School for International Education, which promotes intensive summer and autumn courses, orientation programmes, foundation year programmes and other extracurricular activities for Italian and international students.

Dedicated to providing students with a stimulating, competitive and cutting-edge education, Ca’ Foscari has created an extensive academic network of partner universities that spans the globe, and as a result, it offers a variety of joint and double bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has over 700 active international exchange agreements. As a consequence of the University’s dedication to nurturing an international academic community, Ca’ Foscari also offers a significant number of study programmes taught in English.

Student facilities and services

Ca’ Foscari’s main campus is located in the heart of Venice’s historic centre, but it also has additional campuses on the mainland. It offers students the use of 6 libraries, the School for International Education, the post-graduate Challenge School and a language study centre. It also has exhibition spaces, a theatre, a sports centre and canteens.

Ca’ Foscari assists students during their entire University career by offering a range of loans, grants and bursaries through its Financial Aid Office. Tailor-made support is available to international students, students who work and students with disabilities.


In order to strengthen the presence of international students and to enrich its global community , Ca’ Foscari is offering talented international students financial assistance in two forms:

  • tuition fee waivers–full exemption from payment of university tuition and fees
  • one-time scholarships of 5,000 EUR/each

For more information, please visit the webpage


Ca’ Foscari’s Housing Office is a service for Italian and international students, researchers, professors and administrative staff coming to study or work at Ca’ Foscari. It offers useful information and contacts to find suitable and convenient accommodation solutions in Venice and in the nearby area.

For more information, please visit the webpage.

Welcome Unit

The Welcome Unit offers a wide range of services dedicated to international students and faculty, such as guidance/information about and assistance with the recognition of academic qualifications, the visa application process and enrolment procedures. It also provides general information regarding the university’s student services, financial aid, housing, health services and transportation.

For more information, please visit the webpage.

Language Centre

The centre provides foreign language courses in English, French, Russian, Spanish and German at various levels.

Career Day

Career day is a full-day event dedicated to recruitment during which undergraduates and recent graduates can meet the managers of the participating companies and get to know the working world. Students can visit the stands of companies, distribute their CVs, take part in interviews and acquire information about the professional opportunities and career options open to them. Career Day also involves a range of workshops, seminars and company presentations.

Student life

Few other universities offer the opportunity to study and carry out research in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. At Ca' Foscari, cultural tradition and intellectual innovation are able to come together.

Studying at Ca’ Foscari provides an opportunity to study and live in a very unique city, 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 taste delicious food.

The University also organizes a lot of cultural events to bring students and staff together in a city which is like no other, a place where past meets innovation and your thirst for knowledge is stimulated by numerous initiatives. Living in Venice is living art, architecture, development, research, attention to the environment and discovering ancient traditions and different cultures.


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