School for International Education


New Geographies of Global Risk

A focus on the knowledge and competencies required for understanding the complexity of today’s global system and its main implications for economics, governance and policy.

Contemporary Art

A two-week module that provides students with up-to-date insight into the history and the present activities of the Venice Biennale in the framework of exhibition and curatorial studies.

Italian Language and Culture in Venice

This summer school is open to anyone who wishes to learn Italian at a beginner’s level, while enjoying some cultural activities throughout the city of Venice.

The Shape of Water

A hands-on exploration of the city that focuses on water, the element that most characterises the territory, through guided tours and lectures on archaeology, architecture, art and music history, and environmental science.

Ca’ Foscari - Harvard Summer School

The Ca’ Foscari – Harvard Summer School is a unique, unprecedented joint partnershp between two universities passionate about providing students with an international education of excellence. The programme is interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, offering courses taught by professors from both Ca' Foscari and Harvard to 60 students rigorously selected from both institutions.

Italian language

In the field of languages, Italian is becoming increasingly requested by international students and by those with a passion for Italian culture and history.
The School organises Italian language courses for non-native speakers all year round.

During the semester

Throughout the academic year the School offers Italian as a foreign language at any level (A1 to C2), as well as Italian language courses specifically for international students at Ca’ Foscari who are on Exchange programmes, or who are enrolled in degree programmes.

Summer courses

As part of the Summer School, students can take intensive Italian language courses combined with a variety of topics in Italian and Venetian culture, history, art and literature.

Courses for exchange students

Are you an Exchange student at Ca’ Foscari wanting to learn some Italian while you are in Venice? Are you looking for additional courses in English to add to your Learning Agreement?
We have courses designed just for you! Each semester we organise Italian language courses exclusively for Exchange students, as well as courses on Italian and Venetian history, literature and culture, each of which provides 6 ECTS.

Foundation Year

The Ca’ Foscari Foundation Year aims to prepare international students from all over the world for undergraduate studies at an Italian university.
Each student chooses a Study track in the area of interest for their future studies, combined with a language component that allows them to focus on reaching the language requirements for enrolling in a degree programme in either Italian or English.