Standard Italian courses

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

Course features

Levels A1 and A2:

  • 10 weeks
  • 50 hours of language classes
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • no credits
  • fees according to category

Levels B1, B2, C1 and C2:

  • 12 weeks
  • 70 hours of language classes
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • no credits
  • fees according to category

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

Standard Italian courses for the 2018/2019 Academic Year are scheduled in three sessions in order to ensure greater continuity in learning, and to allow applicants to complete more than one level/course consecutively during the academic year.

Session One courses start from September 17, 2018 onward and finish according to the structure of each level, as follows:

A1 - Beginners (day class) - start date September 18

Dates: September 18 - November 22
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00am - 11:30am
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: TBA
Final exam: approximately the last week of November - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - date and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

A1 - Beginners (evening class) - start date September 17

Dates: September 17 - November 22
Day and time: Monday / Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately last week of November - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - date and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

A1 - Beginners (evening class) - start date October 1st

Dates: October 1st - December 7
Day and time: Monday / Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 22
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: December 10th - 14th - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - date and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

A2 - Elementary

Dates: September 19 - November 23
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 12:00pm-2:30pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13 (wednesday) and Room 18 (friday)
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately last week of November - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - date and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

B1 - Pre Intermediate

Dates: September 19 - December 5
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13 (wednesday) and Room 18 (friday)
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: between 10 to 14 December, 2018 - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

B2 - Intermediate

Dates: September 18 - December 4
Day and time: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: between 10 to 14 December, 2018 - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

C1 - Advanced

Dates: September 19 - December 5
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13 (wednesday) and Room 18 (friday)
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: between 10 to 14 December, 2018 - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

C2 - Fluency

Dates: September 17 - December 3
Day and time: Monday / Wednesday 4:30pm-7:30pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13 (monday) and Room 20 (wednesday)
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: between 10 to 14 December, 2018 - San Sebastiano, Lab Self Access 3 (SA3)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: TBA

NB: The Italian courses provided for the second and third session, will start on January 14 and April 8, 2019, respectively. Courses will finish according to the structure of each level. Courses will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.


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 at  cfsie@unive.it to find out how!

Placement Test

Before completing the application form, you must first take the placement test in order to check your Italian knowledge.

The test can be taken online at any moment and it is necessary to first register at ClaOnline, at the end of which you will receive login details in order to take the test. The level you are assigned is the level of the class you should enrol in.

Please read the guide below on how to register at ClaOnline and then take the placement test. For additional assistance you can email  cfsie@unive.it.

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Course Enrolment

Once you have completed the placement test, you can proceed with the course enrolment. The procedure for the 2018/2019 Academic Year is completely online and requires the following steps:

  1. Registration on the University website;
  2. Submission of the enrolment request form ("Questionario");
  3. Payment of the enrolment fee once the course has been activated;
  4. Complete enrolment with the administrative office of School for International Education

You can register for the I session of standard Italian courses (Sept-Dec) by August 31st, 2018.

1. Registration on the Ca' Foscari website

In order to register for your courses you must first register at Ca' Foscari, where you will be asked to fill out your personal information. At the end of the registration process you will receive a username and a password with which you can sign up to your Italian language course.

NB: You do not need to do this step if you are already or have ever been a student at Ca' Foscari 

If you have forgotten your username and password you can recover them here [IT].

2. Submit your enrolment form

In order to enrol in your Italian language courses you need to sign in to your personal Area with the Username and Password you were given in the previous step.

The enrolment form requires you to upload a photograph (in passport form, frontal and clear) in .jpeg, and specify the following information:

  • Type of student (which determines your course fee)
  • Profession
  • Native language and other languages known
  • The placement test result
  • Language level you want to enrol in

NB: This part of the enrolment prcoedure is in Italian: please read the "Guide to Enrolment" below carefully.

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3. Payment

Once the course you wish to enrol in has been activated you will receive a confirmation email. You should only pay for your course once you have received this email - payment details can be found in the next section. Remember that course are only activated if a minimum number of participants is reached.

4. Completion of Enrolment

Filling out the enrolment form does not lead to automatic enrolment. Enrolment will only be confirmed once we have received your receipt of payment, which must be sent to  cfsie@unive.it.

Once you are officially enrolled you will receive the following: 

  • Enrolment number ("Matricola"): you are required to have an individual enrolment number so your exams can be registered 
  • User ID: you need this to log in to your Personal Area along with your password
  • Password: your password is activated the same day it is issued. If you do not remember it you can go to the access page of your Personal Area to recover it. From your Personal Area you can access a number of services such as printing certificates, register for exams, update your data and so on. 
  • Email address: your email address is free and allows you to be in contact with the University. You will receive all important information from us here, such as exam results, updates, opportunities, and other general information. It will  be active the day after you have been enrolled. 

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 will be eligible for partial reimbursement. The SIE reserves the right to withhold 50% of the admission fees.

Fee structure - 2018/2019 Academic Year

Type of course Fully reduced Partially reduced (A) Partially reduced (B) Full fee
50 hours €100 €200 €300 €400
70 hours €140 €280 €420 €560

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, professors, administrative personnel, CEL, PhD student at Ca' Foscari
  • Family member of a researcher, professor, administrative personnel, CEL, PhD, research fellow at Ca' Foscari

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.

Enrolling in more than one course

If you want to enrol in more than one session in any one year there is a 15% discount for the second course and a 20% discount for the third course depending on the level of enrolment and the respective fee structure.


How to pay

You will be required to confirm your place for italian language courses by sending through receipt of (full) payment to  cfsie@unive.it with “Enrolment Italian [LEVEL] - confirmation” in the email’s subject line by September 7, 2018.

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: "[NAME SURNAME] Standard Italian course"
SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

Certificates

The School for International Education (SIE) issues certificates in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. In order to receive a certificate for a language course students must attend the entire course, and take the final test or sit an interview with one of the language instructors. 

Attendance certificates

  • Attendance certificate: for students who attend a minimum of 70% of all language classes (49 hours in 70 hour courses; 35 hours in 50 hour courses), 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 (49 hours in 70 hour courses; 35 hours in 50 hour courses), and who take and passed the final exam

CILS certification

Starting this Autumn (2018/2019), in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Siena, the School for International Education will be an officially recognised examiner for the CILS exam ("Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera). Students who wish to certifiy their level of Italian as a second language can take the CILS exam at the SIE during two periods of the year, in June and December. Upcoming dates will be available shortly.

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

For further information contact  cfsie@unive.it 

Last update: 06/08/2018