Mobility programmes are back, meet some of our new international students
In 2020, the health situation put a halt on many things in our lives, including international mobility programmes. What hasn’t stopped, though, are Ca’ Foscari’s efforts to make our University a safe place to welcome new international students that have chosen Venice as their destination, following strict government measures to prevent the spread of the virus and abiding by the highest hygiene standards in all of our classrooms and buildings .
Although we offer online courses for those wishing to remain at home, we were extremely pleased to see that so many people decided to actually move to Venice for their mobility period.
Their excitement for this new adventure was matched only by our satisfaction in seeing our efforts paid off, so we decided to interview some of the newcomers to learn more about their stories and their expectations for the upcoming months.
Diana is an Erasmus student from Ukraine and she’s studying French, English and Spanish at her home university.
"Last year my friend told me she was travelling to Spain so I decided to also apply for the Erasmus programme and try a new cultural experience in a different country.
I’ve always been very interested in Italian culture and Venice is a beautiful place to live. Even though moving to a different country at this time could be difficult, I decided to live in Italy because distance learning is not as interesting and I also hope to make new friends while I’m here.
It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to travel and experience a new culture with its traditions and customs. I’m also interested in seeing the similarities and difference between Italian education and Ukrainian education".
Olga is a third-year Management student from Moscow, Russia.
"Our international services provided information about different universities. One of my friends was there several years ago and she was delighted with the experience and always spoke well about Ca’ foscari, saying it was the most exciting period of her life, so that really inspired me to come to Italy and specifically to Venice.
This city is magnificent, it has such a rich historical heritage and it’s different from all the other places I’ve seen. It will surely be a great journey that I’ll remember forever.
I chose to come here because i’m very interested in art and this is the perfect place for art lovers, I want to know more about painters, architecture etc
I hope to meet new interesting people, learn new cultural customs and see different approaches to study and education.
Even though this was a challenging year and it was very hard to get all the documents, I decided to come here anyway because this was my goal. I chose this programme at my home university specifically because it offered experiences abroad and I didn’t want to lose the chance to travel".
Saiyyna is an Economics and Management student from Russia
"I’ve never been to Italy before, that’s why I applied for an Erasmus scholarship and chose Venice as my destination, which I believe to be one of the most unique destinations in the world.
I’ve already travelled to Sweden for an exchange period, but I was curious to know more about Southern European culture. My goal is to explore and wander as much as possible!
I feel like being here is already a great achievement in itself, moving to a different country in the middle of a pandemic was not easy, but I felt the need to come here because Erasmus isn’t just about studying, it’s also a cultural experience where you get to learn new languages, taste local foods and meet new people, things that wouldn’t be possible if I had decided to follow online classes."
Phung Le Yen Vi comes from Vietnam and she’s currently studying English at the University of Hanoi
"When I signed up for the Erasmus scholarship and I got to review the various possible destinations, I was really impressed with Ca’ Foscari’s history and the beauty of its buildings. Of course, Venice also played a big role in my decision to come here, I think it’s the most romantic city in the world.
At my home university I took an Italian language course and I was so mesmerized by how passionate Italian people are about their culture and their food, which I can’t wait to try once my quarantine period is over.
I hope that professors and my fellow students will support me in the upcoming months, it takes a while to get used to being in a different country by yourself!
If the health situation allows it, I would love to travel around Italy and and Southern Europe in the near future!"
Darya Yaskevich is a Management student from Moscow, Russia.
"We’ve just arrived, so our first experience of the city was to carry our luggage around the city to the apartment. It’s so different from Moscow, we’re used to traffic, whereas here you can only walk or use vaporetti.
I decided my exchange destination firstly because I wanted to come to Europe, and Italy and the Italian language are so beautiful. Venice was a great opportunity for us to live in a completely different way.
We were a bit surprised to have to wear masks also outside, but we think it’s wise to be more cautious so that this situation can come to an early end.
We’d like to try all different kinds of food and we’d also like to speak the different kind of Italian they speak here. It would be cool to be able to speak in the same way at the end of my exchange programme!
I came here with a friend, which makes it easier, also emotionally, as it’s our first experience abroad. We’re separated from our families, but maybe in three months there’ll be the opportunity for them to come here and in any case we’re adults now and it’s a good chance to grow. This exchange is a great opportunity, we’re really excited because we wanted to come study abroad for some years, also because we wanted to try the European study plans, since they’re so flexible. I hope that the pandemic ends soon so that all can get the chance to study abroad as we did.
Our buddy is also very helpful, and we hope we can get to meet each other and get into the Italian-student-culture atmosphere."
Lea Bartoli is a Philosophy student from France
"I’ve decided to take Developmental Psychology and Gender Studies courses at Ca’ Foscari, I think those are very interesting fields of study. I chose to come to Venice because in the past I had already visited Southern Italy with my boyfriend and I fell in love with the place. So me and him both came to Venice this year, to enjoy the city together without any hurry.
We’re both from Corsica so our trip wasn’t very long, we arrived by ferry about three weeks ago.
I really like the city right now because there aren't any tourists around, but I have to say that open shops and bars would surely make it more lively.
We haven’t met other incoming students yet, but we’re planning to, perhaps even to learn some Italian together!
The situation is a little difficult because of Corona, but I hope we’ll be able to meet new people soon, because learning about the place and getting to know Venice isn’t the same thing when there’s just the two of us."
Yulia is studying World Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow
"I travelled around Italy in the past and I fell in love with the country and wanted to come back, so living and studying in Italy is just perfect.
I’ve never had a doubt about wanting to move here to attend classes, because I applied to the programme not just to study but also to experience a new way of living and a different culture.
I had an exchange experience in the USA while I was in High School, I adored it and I absolutely wanted to repeat it in another country and learn from other people.
I know I’ll definitely enjoy the architecture and the overall culture in Venice, and I’m very excited to learn more - if the health situation allows it, I’d also love to meet and hang out with Italian students.
It’s interesting to compare Europe and Russia and see how universities work abroad and I’m curious to see if the Italian educational system can give me more opportunities when it comes to exploring different fields I wouldn’t have been able to consider in Russia.
One of the reasons why I decided to come to Italy is also to explore the country, so I hope that the situation will allow me to travel around a little.
I love travelling because you see how different people can live, their different routines - perhaps their way is easier or more efficient, so I can always learn and take something I like into my life."
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, as part of its institutional aims and in fulfillment of the obligations set forth in article 13 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 ("Regulation"), gives you information regarding the processing of personal data collected by cookies and/or similar technologies when you visit the www.unive.it website (“Website”). Cookies are small pieces of information that a website sends to the user’s device where it is automatically stored and then sent back to the same website or to a third party every time that the website is visited using the same device.
In this notice, the term “cookie” will mean cookies as defined above as well as any other similar tracking technology used in the Website.
1. Data Controller
The data controller is Ca' Foscari University of Venice, with headquarters in Dorsoduro n. 3246, 30123 Venice (VE), legally represented by the Rector pro tempore.
2. Data Protection Officer
The University has appointed a "Data Protection Officer" ("DPO"), who can be contacted by writing to the email address: email@example.com or to the following address: Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Data Protection Officer, Dorsoduro n. 3246, 30123 Venice (VE).
3. Types of cookies, data collect, purposes and legal basis
The cookies used on the website are (please refer to the cookie list for specific information on each cookie):
essential cookies: cookies that are necessary to support the login system and the access to the “Personal Area” of the Website as well as to remember users’ cookie preferences.
Personal data associated with these cookie is: user’s IP address, date and time of the visit, means of data transfer, requested resource, response, response size in byte, link connected to the user requesting the resource, user’s operating system, browser and device used. The legal basis for this processing activity is represented by art. 6.1.b) (“performance of a service asked by the data subject”) and art. 6.1.e) of the Regulation (“execution of a task of public interest or connected to the exercise of public powers''). Being the University is a public body and it is required to have a website where the users can find useful information on its activities (artt. 53 e 54 D.lgs. n. 82/2005). You can disable these cookies at any time by clicking on the “click here to change your cookie preferences” button, this action will only have an effect on the navigation of the Personal Area.
analytics cookies: cookies that collect aggregated and statistical data on the navigation of the Website aimed at measuring the number of visits for each page of the Websites as well as the performance and the usability of the Website. The analytics cookies used on the Website are “Web Analytics Italia” set by the Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AGID). Personal data associated with these cookies is: user’s IP address, date and time of the visit, means of data transfer, requested resource, response, response size in byte, link connected to the user requesting the resource, user’s operating system, browser and device used, number of pages visited, ecc. The legal basis for this processing activity is represented by art. 6.1.e) of the Regulation (“execution of a task of public interest or connected to the exercise of public powers''), as the University aims at collecting statistical data on the visits of its Website pages especially with regards to the pages of “Amministrazione Trasparente”. You can disable these cookies at any time by clicking on the “click here to change your cookie preferences” button, this action will have no effect on your navigation.
third party cookies (social media and profiling): these cookies are set by third parties that collect the data in order to analyze the navigation and the preferences of the users. On the website, there are cookies set by Facebook called Facebook-Pixel, aimed at collecting data to target promotional content to specific users, and by Google namely Google-Youtube that allow users to watch Youtube videos on the Website and the University to measure the performance of its communication campaigns. These cookies are managed by Facebook and Google respectively and the University only processes anonymous and statistical information collected by them, who act as joint controllers on the basis of the CJEU ruling n. C-210/16 (5 June 2018). The legal basis for this processing activity is represented by art. 6.1.a) of the Regulation (“consent of the data subject''). The first time you land on the Website, a banner pops up asking whether you consent to enable these cookies. If you do not consent or withdraw consent at a later time through the “click here to change your cookie preferences” button, this will have no effect on your navigation.
You can always manage your cookie preferences through the browser setting. If you disable all cookies, please note that some activities on the website will not be possible anymore (i.e. the ones on the pages accessible in the Personal Area). To find out more on how to manage cookies through browser settings, please visit:
The processing of personal data will be carried out by authorized employees (in compliance with Article 29 of the Regulation and art. 2-quaterdecies of D. lgs. 196/2003), with the use of computerized procedures, adopting appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect them from unauthorized or illegal access, destruction, loss of integrity and confidentiality, even if accidental in nature.
5. Data retention
For information on the retention period of each cookie, please refer to the list below.
6. Recipients and categories of recipients of personal data and data transfer outside the European Economic Area
For the purposes set out above, in addition to specifically authorized employees and collaborators of the University, personal data may also be processed by those who execute outsourced activities on behalf of the University in their capacity as data processors (the updated list is available at: https://www.unive.it/pag/36643/).
Personal data collected by third party cookies may be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in compliance with the provisions of the Regulation.
7. Data subjects rights and how to exercise them
As a data subject, you have the right to obtain from the University, in the cases provided for by the Regulation, the access, the rectification and the erasure of your personal data as well as ask for the limitation of the processing of your personal data or to object to the data processing itself (articles 15 and following of the Regulation). The request can be submitted, without any particular formal procedures, by contacting the Data Protection Officer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a communication to the following address: Ca' Foscari University of Venice - Data Protection Officer, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice. Alternatively, you can contact the Data Controller, by writing a PEC (certified email) to email@example.com.
Data subjects, who believe that the processing of their personal data is in violation of the provisions of the Regulation, have the right to file a complaint with the Data Protection Authority, as provided for by art. 77 of the Regulation, or to take legal action (art. 79 of the Regulation).
Appendix on social media:
In addition to the privacy notice published at: www.unive.it/pag/29567, the University provides you with information on the processing of your personal data collected through its social media pages (Facebook, Instagram). In particular, the University only processes anonymous and statistical information collected by the social media providers, who act as joint controllers on the basis of the CJEU ruling n. C-210/16 (5 June 2018). Moreover, the University informs you that when you leave a comment or a post on its social media pages, it will process your data only to administer your request/comment.
Last updated: 27/07/2022
List of cookies
Last update of the list of cookies: 27/7/2022
They maintain the session data of the SingleSignOn.