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Language Sciences - Language Sciences Curriculum

Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2020 
September 2021 
September 2022 

Program description

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Language Sciences

This programme offers you an advanced command of one of a range of foreign languages, including Albanian, Arabic, Czech, English, French, German, Italian Sign Language (LIS, including tactile sign language), modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish. Depending on the curriculum you choose, you focus on a different area of study by applying an in-depth comparative approach: the themes and teaching tools for teaching Italian to foreigners and foreign languages to Italians; advanced research tools for the analysis of language disorders and linguistic acquisition in case of deafness and bilingualism; the formal analysis of language; new technologies for the study of languages and linguistics; and culture and literature in the different phases of their development and the historical-diachronic evolution of your focal language. The modules are taught in multiple languages, including your chosen language of specialisation and English.
You can also strengthen your expertise in specific areas of language studies, such as the teaching of foreign languages and Italian as a foreign language, the psychology of development and learning applied to language, computer science and information processing systems in language processing, linguistic analysis of speech and deafness disorders, the most advanced linguistic theories and the study of competence and processing in typical and atypical situations (eye tracking).


Albanian, Arabic, Czech, English, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian Sign Language (LIS), Polish, Portuguese/Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish.


• English Linguistics (Double Degree) (taught in Italian and English)

• Language Sciences (taught in Italian OR English)


European joint master English and American Studies: Otto-Friedrich Universität – Bamberg (Germany); Karl-Franzens Universität – Graz (Austria); Pécsi Tudományegyetem – Pécs (Hungary); Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 (France). The selection procedure is managed by a consortium through a dedicated portal.

Double degree with the Goethe-Universität (Germany). Ca’ Foscari issues a yearly call for applications for this double degree programme.

Admission requirements

• Candidates must be assessed to confirm their possession of the minimum curricular and experiential requirements.

• The English Linguistics curriculum has a separate admission procedure; please see the programme web page for details.

• The Language Sciences path requires a certified B2-level knowledge of English.

• For the other paths and curricula, a certified B2-level knowledge of Italian and a certified B2-level knowledge of English is required.

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Tuition fees

Request information to learn about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities.

Depending on the nationality, the fees range from 700 to 2,100 Euros.

Scholarships & funding

In order to make the choice of studying at Ca’ Foscari more affordable, the university offers high-achieving students the following forms of financial assistance:

• renewable fee waivers

• one-time scholarships of €5,000

For the 2019/20 academic year, 100 fee waivers and 90 scholarships were available. If you choose to apply for one or both options, you will be compared to other applicants and ranked according to various factors, including your overall academic average. For more information, and to see the calls for applications once they
are posted, visit Ca’ Foscari’s online application system at
Once enrolled, students from low-income families can also request financial aid from the regional government.


Graduates of this programme will receive a Master's Degree in Language Sciences.

Continuing studies

Graduates are prepared for work in linguistic education, international cooperation and international institutions and public services related to cross-cultural communication. Possible career opportunities include:

• Translator

• Interpreter

• Linguist or philologist

• Language teacher

• Media researcher

• Consultant for multimedia publishing and communication

• Italian Sign Language expert

• Researcher

About this institute

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

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...

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