Standard Italian courses

The School for International Education offers Italian language courses, from A1 (Beginners) up to C2 (Advanced) all year round. Courses are open to everyone, teachers are native-tongue language instructors, and exercises are held in rooms with full multimedia access.

Course features

Levels A1, A2, C1, C2:

  • 10 weeks
  • 50 hours of language classes + 10 hours of self access (autonomous study)
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • NO credits
  • fees according to category

Levels B1 and B2:

  • 13 weeks divided into 2 modules: B1.1 / B1.2, B2.1 / B2.2
  • Each module: 40 hours of language classes + 8 hours of self access (autonomous study)
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • NO credits
  • fees according to category
  • it is possible to enrol in only one of the individual modules

To complete a full B1 or B2 level students need both modules: 80 hours of classes + 16 hours of self access (13 weeks total). Students paying the "full rate" and the "partially reduced B" rate will receive a reduction on the second module they enrol in.

Levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

Exchange students

Please note that these courses are not the same courses as those offered exclusively for exchange students. Exchange students at Ca' Foscari, or at other higher education institutions in Venice can enrol in courses reserved especially for them at the following web page.

Course schedules

First semester courses start on September 18th, 2017 except for the A1 Beginners (evening class) which starts on October 5th - end dates vary according to the individual level.

A1 - Beginners (day class)

Dates: September 19 - November 23
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00am - 11:30am
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week + 10 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 20
Instructor: Elena Ballarin
Final exam: approximately the last week of November - Lab Self access 1
Office hour timetable: Tuesday from 11.30am - 12.30pm, San Sebastiano - Room 117
Textbooks: "Nuovo contatto A1" Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri
di R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni, Loescher Editore - ISBN 978-88-58-30860-8

A1 - Beginners (evening class) from October 5th

Dates: October 5 - December 11
Day and time: Monday / Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week + 10 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Final exam: approximately from December the 12th; Lab Self Access 1
Textbooks:
"Nuovo contatto A1" Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri
di R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni, Loescher Editore - ISBN 978-88-58-30860-8

Classrooms: San Sebastiano
Instructor: Giacomo Gardin, Room 20
Instructor: Alessia Cavalera, Room 4
Instructor: Barbara Bonadio, Room 14/24

B1.1 - First pre-intermediate

Dates: September 18 - October 30
Day and time: Monday / Wednesday 9:00am - 12noon
Course schedule: 12 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours + 8 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: Elena Ballarin
Final exam: approximately the last week of October - Lab Self access 1
Office hour timetable: Tuesday from 11.30am - 12.30 pm, Sab Sebastiano - Room 117
Textbooks: "Nuovo Contatto B1", Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri  
R. Bozzone Costa, M. Piantoni, C. Ghezzi, Loescher editore - ISBN: 978-88-58-30865-3  volume+1CD audio+1DVD

B1.2 - Second pre-intermediate

Dates: November 6 - December 15
Day and time: Monday / Wednesday 9:00am - 12noon
Course schedule: 12 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours + 8 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: Elena Ballarin
Textbooks: "Nuovo Contatto B1", Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri 
di R. Bozzone Costa, M. Piantoni, C. Ghezzi, Loescher editore - ISBN: 978-88-58-30865-3  volume+1CD audio+1DVD

B2.1 - First intermediate

Dates: September 19 - October 31
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00am - 12noon
Course schedule: 12 classes, 3 hours each twice a week; 1 final class for 4 hours + 8 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: Paola Begotti
Office hour timetable: TBA
Final exam: approximately in the first week of November
Textbooks: "Nuovo Contatto B2" Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri
di M. Piantoni, R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, Loescher Editore - ISBN: 978-88-58-30866-0

B2.2 Second Intermediate

Dates: November 7 - December 15
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00am - 12noon
Course schedule: 12 classes, 3 hours each twice a week; 1 final class for 4 hours + 8 hours of autonomous “self-access” study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Aula 12
Instructor: Paola Begotti
Final test: approximately it will be between the 18th and 22nd of December
Textbooks: "Nuovo Contatto B2" Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri
di M. Piantoni, R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, Loescher Editore - ISBN: 978-88-58-30866-0

C1 - First advanced

Dates: September 19 - November 23
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week + 10 hours of autonomous "self access" study
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: Anna Toscano
Final exam: approximately in the last week of November
Office hour timetable: Wednesday from 4.00-5.00pm, San Sebastiano - Room 117
Textbooks: "Nuovo Contatto C1" Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri
R. Bozzone Costa, M. Piantoni, E. Scaramelli, C. Ghezzi, - Loescher editore - ISBN: 978-88-58-30310-8 volume+1CD audio+1DVD

Attendance certificates

  • Attendance certificate: for students who attend a minimum of 70% of all language classes (35 hours in 50 hour courses; 28 hours in 40 hour courses), as well as all autonomous self access hours, but who do not take, or pass the final exam
  • Attendance certificate with final grade: for students who attend a minimum of 70% of all language classes (35 hours in 50 hour courses; 28 hours in 40 hour courses), as well as all autonomous self access hours, and who take and passed the final exam

CILS certification

Students who wish to certifiy their level of Italian as a second language can take the CILS (Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera) exam at the University’s Language Center (CLA), in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Siena during two periods of the year, in June and December.

The SIE organises preparatory courses for the CILS exam for levels B1, B2 and C1. For further information please see the webpage.


Italian language courses for partner Universities

Upon request, the School can organise Italian language programmes for partner Universities which aim to create a true experience of life in Venice. The programmes can be combined with courses on Venetian and Italian culture, and can include numerous activities such as guided visits of the city and its museums, excursions in the lagoon and its surroundings, cultural events organised by Ca’ Foscari (theatre, music, cinema, writers conferences....), and cultural workshops, among many others.

Contact us to find out how!

Fee structure - 2017/2018 Academic Year

Fees for the Italian language classes are structured as follows:

Fully reduced rate 75%

  • All students enrolled at Ca’ Foscari who are up to date with their University fees
  • Students from foreign institutions enrolled in exchange programmes with Ca’ Foscari (Erasmus, Overseas, Double/Joint Degree, Erasmus Mundus)

Partially reduced (A) 50%

  • Other university students
  • Ca’ Foscari scholarship and research fellows

Partially reduced (B) 25%

  • Teachers, researchers, visiting staff from other universities
  • Returning CFSIE or CLA students (for who has previously taken classes at the CFSIE or the CLA)

NB: the full rate applies for all applicants who do not fall under one of the above categories.

Type of course Fully reduced Partially reduced (A) Partially reduced (B) Full fee
40 hours (I module) €100 €200 €300 €400
40 hours (II module) €100 €200 €250 €250
50 hours €100 €200 €300 €400

How to enrol

To enrol in the standard italian courses modules B1.2 or B2.2, students must fill out the application form by November the 2nd, 2017. Once all applications have been received, the School will send a confirmation email. A maximum of 25 students per class will be admitted to each course. Students will be assigned to their classes based on the order in which the applications were received.

N.B. If you've not attended modules B1.1 or B2.1 you must first take the placement test in order to ceck your italian knowledge. To take the placement test please visit the CLA website online and follow the instructions. NB: you must first register.

CLA Registration:
Choose your category (in Italian: the relevant

categories are “Ca’ Foscari affiliated”, “Other institutions/study

programmes” and “External”
Enter in your personal details
You will receive your ID number (Matricola) and password

CLA Placement test:
Activities

>  Take the placement test > Placement test > Test di

piazzamento di Italiano > Inizia il test > Scegliere livello

(choose your starting level)

If you have trouble with the online form please contact us at cfsie@unive.it.

Course withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw from the language courses, you are required to notify the School during the first week of classes (no later than following the first two lessons). Students who officially withdraw by this date can request a 50% refund of the admission fees.


How to pay

You will be required to confirm your place for moduls B1.2 or B2.2 by sending through receipt of (full) payment to  cfsie@unive.it with “Enrolment Italian [LEVEL] - confirmation” in the email’s subject line by November 5, 2017.

Payment must be made by bank transfer/wire to the following account:

Account name: Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (CFSIE)
Account number: 46603825
Bank name/address: Banca Popolare FRIULADRIA, San Marco 4121 Salizada San Luca, 30124 VENEZIA
IBAN: IT 96 U 05336 02020 000046603825
Reference: "Payment for italian courses: modules B1.2 or B2.2 - I semester"

For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.