Academic year: 2017/2018

Level of qualification

Bachelor's Degree Programme

Ministerial degree code

L-11 (Modern Languages and Civilisations)

Double/Joint Degree


Department of Asian and North African Studies, Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini, Dorsoduro 3462, 30123 Venice (Italy)
For further information please contact the Department Teaching Office,

Head of studies

Prof. Carolina Negri (Teaching Committee Coordinator,



Access to the programme

Programmed, 790 available places in which:

  • Chinese curriculum: 270 places;
  • Korean curriculum: 80 places;
  • Japanese curriculum: 270 places;
  • Sub continental Indian curriculum: 40 places;
  • Near and Middle East curriculum: 130 places.

With regards to all available places, there 10 places reserved for Non-EU foreign students with residence abroad, of which 5 places are reserved for Chinese students, with residence in China, part of the Marco Polo Project.

Admission test: Italian language, logical skills, English language and basic knowledge pertaining to the chosen curriculum.

A certified knowledge of English language at least at level B1 is also required.

Admission requirements

In addition to a successful outcome of the admission test, a previous suitable background is required. Each curriculum needs a specific knowledge , which the student should  have before enrolling  the university, in order to attend the course successfully.

If the result of the test is negative, the student can enroll, but he/she receives a Supplementary Educational Debt (OFA), which means that the student must fill any gaps in his/ her background through specific activities organized by the University.

More information on OFA for this programme is available on the webpage dedicated to admission tests.

Learning outcomes

The course plans to develop the relative linguistic abilities of two oriental languages with different levels of understanding according to the selected curriculum, and offer a solid understanding of the cultures and societies of these Bachelor’s languages. Furthermore, it requires an in-depth understanding of the English language or the acquisition of basic skills of written and spoken French, and the critical-interpretive study of Italian literature. Through focused exercises, students will also be able to master the principal informatics and telematic tools, with possible reference to the specifications in the linguistic area of expertise.

The objectives will be achieved through study programmes, each one with a specific route, aimed at training cultural mediators that have good linguistic preparation supplied with a profound understanding of the cultural patrimony of the Asian and Mediterranean African countries, and, according to personal interests or with a perspective of enrolling in a Master’s degree, also obtain skills in the philological, economic-legal and historic-social fields.  

Language courses available:

  • China curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Chinese
  • Korea curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Korean
  • Japan curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Japanese
    Second languages for the China, Korea and Japan curricula (1 year): Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Modern Greek, Persian, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Indian Sub-continent curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Hindi
    Second language (for 2 years): Arabic, Chinese, Persian
    Near and Middle East curriculum 

Two languages for 3 years, to choose between: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish
Other languages that you can include among the offered modules (according to the curriculum): Georgian, modern Greek, Tibetan, Vietnamese.

Curricula available

  • China
  • Indian Subcontinent
  • Japan
  • Near and Middle East
  • South Korea

Occupational profiles

Bachelor’s Degree students will be able to work in the intercultural communication field and interest themselves professionally into various sectors, both public and private, including cultural and museum bodies, national and communal public institutions, and international organizations. They will also be able to engaged in the writing and translation of texts with cultural relevance and with linguistic assistance at companies and other entities. Finally, they will be able to develop professions linked to the organization and promotion of cultural and artistic events (exhibitions, expositions, festivals etc) and work for businesses and other companies interesting in the Asian and Mediterranean market.



Examination assessment and graduation

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
Knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral exams during the entire university career.
The degree exam consists in preparing a paper/thesis, evaluated according to methods similar to those of written exams but not in the presence of the student. The supervisor may require an oral discussion of the paper/thesis, in case he/she considers it to be necessary.

Access to further studies

Professional Master’s Programmes (1st level) and Master's Degree Programmes