Ca' Foscari Departments and Schools
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is one of the best universities in Italy and the first to implement the latest Italian university reform. Studying at Ca' Foscari is a special and unforgettable experience, full of cultural stimuli and opportunities for your personal growth. Venice offers a unique setting, in which art, culture, history, economy, ancient traditions and progress merge, providing students, faculty and university staff with an exclusive living and learning environment.
Starting from 2011/2012 academic year, Ca’ Foscari organization and educational programmes are run by the following structures:
- 8 Departments;
- 6 Interdepartmental Schools;
- Ca' Foscari Challenge School (CFCS);
- Ca' Foscari Summer School (CFSS);
- Ca' Foscari Graduate School.
For further information concerning the educational programmes for 2011/2012 a.y. (First and Second Cyle Degree Programmes, Specialist Master's Programmes, Research Doctorates) please visit the web menu www.unive.it/programmes_courses.
The new 8 Departments are the heart of the university: as a matter of fact they promote, coordinate and organize teaching and research activities of the educational programmes they are responsible for. Following the latest university reform in effect at Ca' Foscari since the academic year 2011/2012 and the resulting abolition of Faculties, the new Departments have come to take a key role in the university system, also through the decentralization of many administrative and financial procedures.
- Department of Asian and North African Studies
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.
- Department of Economics
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.
- Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics
It provides innovative approaches to the analysis and management of information and environmental systems, underpinning sustainable development and preservation of the cultural heritage.
- Department of Humanities
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.
- Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies
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.
- Department of Management
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.
- Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems
It combines traditional areas in the field of chemistry and integrated studies on renewable energy sources, green chemistry, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies.
- Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage
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.
- School of Asian Studies and Business Management
It offers innovative programmes combining linguistic and cultural knowledge of Asian and North African cultures and skills in business administration.
- School of Cultural Production and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage
It offers interdisciplinary programmes within the branches of cultural production and performing arts, conservation and protection of the cultural heritage, restoration technologies, economics and management of cultural activities.
- School of International Relations
It focuses on the field of international relations and allows students to develop linguistic skills and knowledge of economics, law, and politics.
- School of Social Work and Public Policies
It focuses on the various fields of social sciences, public service and multicultural studies.
These are supported by two other schools:
- School of Economics, Languages and Entrepreneurship
Based in Treviso, a branch campus of Ca' Foscari University, it deals with specific economic-linguistic sectors, such as international trade and entrepreneurship, linguistic and cultural mediation, interpreting and translation.
- School of Sustainability of Environmental and Tourism Systems
It integrates knowledge in scientific, economic and cultural fields necessary for approaching the challenging global environment.
Furthermore 3 more University Schools have been established:
- Ca’ Foscari Challenge School (CFCS)
It coordinates continuing education programmes (Specialist Master’s Programmes and other advanced training courses): postgraduate programmes, usually addressed to fresh graduates; executive programmes, addressed to individuals who are already in the work market and are looking for new competences; MBA/DBA, for people who already have an educational and professional experience and wish to acquire managerial skills; other educational opportunities to develop specific skills, including the use of new media.
- Ca’ Foscari Summer School (CFSS)
It promotes, manages and coordinates summer/autumn intensive educational activities for both Ca’ Foscari students and other Italian and international students.
- Ca' Foscari Graduate School
It coordinates Research Doctorates (PhD programmes), covering several fields for which Ca’ Foscari research and excellence is globally well-known.