University profile

Ca'Foscari University of Venice

2016/17 edition

About Ca'Foscari University of Venice

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Ca' Foscari University of Venice has built its reputation as one of Europe's finest through its expansive selection of courses, specialising in disciplines such as foreign languages, the humanities, economics and management, and environmental science. The University's main campus traces its origins as the home of the prestigious Venetian family Foscari, and has since become the symbol of outstanding quality and innovation in teaching and research.

Ca' Foscari's prestige and distinction have come about not only through the recognition of its rich academic history, but also through its ability to quickly and effectively place its students in the job market, earning it a place amongst Italy's top three universities.

With its 16 Bachelor's degrees, 29 MAs, 34 Professional Master's programmes and several PhD programmes, Ca' Foscari offers an impressive array of courses of study which include numerous international and interdepartmental collaborations. In addition, our new Summer School provides a unique opportunity for students to follow courses taught in foreign languages by teaching professionals from all over the world.


It offers comprehensive, in-depth programmes for the study of classical and modern Eastern languages within their cultural, religious, artistic, social and historical contexts. A particular emphasis is placed on examining the political, economic and legal systems of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, since an intimate cultural and social understanding is fundamental to accurate and effective communication.

Graduates from this Department are able to operate with flexibility in the complex global economic environment. The main study and research areas include not only economics and finance, but also legal and social issues, as well as quantitative analysis and development of decision making tools.

It provides innovative approaches to the analysis and management of information and environmental systems, underpinning sustainable development and preservation of the cultural heritage.

It is an innovative department for the development of interdisciplinary programmes concerning the various humanistic subjects: history, archaeology, art history, classical and Middle Eastern studies, as well as Medieval Latin, Romance and Byzantine studies, Italian studies, linguistics, religious studies, geography, philology, communication and text sciences.

It focuses on the study of linguistics, foreign languages and cultures, taking account of their contacts and development within and among larger complex cultural systems. Comparative linguistics and cultural studies are key intellectual tools for research of a theoretical nature, as well as for a concrete understanding of our increasingly more multilingual and multicultural societies.

It develops scientific knowledge and skills for the management of companies of any size, type and field of activity. Classroom study is integrated with counselling and tutorials focusing upon development of entrepreneurship and leadership for new enterprises.

It combines traditional areas in the field of chemistry and integrated studies on renewable energy sources, green chemistry, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies.

It focuses on the relationships between philosophy and social, psychological, cognitive, anthropological and pedagogical sciences. Moreover it includes historical, art historical and cultural research, dealing with conservation, maintenance and management of the cultural heritage.


English language support

A minimum knowledge of English at level B2 is required to enrol in our programmes.

Facilities and support arrangements

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Fees, funding and costs

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The historical seat of the university is Ca’ Foscari, a Venetian Gothic palace overlooking the widest bend of the Grand Canal (in Venetian dialect, Ca’ is the abbreviated form of ‘casa’, which means ‘house’ in Italian). The palace lie in the ‘sestiere’ of Dorsoduro, one of the six large neighbourhoods that the city is divided into. Ca' Foscari is the oldest building in the world to have received LEED EB: O&M certification.

Contact details

+39 (0)41 234 7572
Dorsoduro 3246
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