Summer language programmes

The SIE Summer School in Italian language and culture is aimed at creating a true Venetian experience, by offering courses in Italian language combined with specific culture modules such as art history, Italian design, contemporary Venice, Italian literature and culture, as well as activities that put students in direct contact with life in Venice.

Participants can take programmes in beginner, elementary and intermediate Italian (held from Monday to Friday) which are taught by qualified native language experts in classrooms with full multimedia access and air conditioning. Culture modules are generally taught in English at beginner and elementary levels.

Our SIE summer language programmes allow participants to take an Italian language course with a particular cultural focus, aimed at improving general language skills while providing insight into aspects of Italian and Venetian culture. Each programme runs for two weeks and consists of:

  • 30 hours of Italian language studies
  • 10 additional hours of cultural seminars and activities
  • the possiblity to sign up to group activities (for getting to know the city of Venice, and each other!)
  • 13 nights accommodation

Programmes will be activated for each level based on a minimum number of participants.

Please note that attendance is obligatory for a final transcript to be issued.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Venice's city centre is included (shared double or triple room). For specific needs or requests please let us know well in advance; requests may incur additional costs.


Iacopo Tintoretto

The Iacopo Tintoretto language programme is offered at both beginner and elementary levels. Participants will spend 30 hours focusing on the Italian language at their chosen level, and 10 additional hours will be dedicated to providing an introduction to Italian art history within the context of the history of Venice (in English or in Italian, depending on the overall language level of students). 

Beginner level (June 11-22): for students with no prior knowledge of Italian, the course will cover the basic language functions such as making positive and negative statements, presenting people and things and introducing yourself, asking for and understanding basic personal information (age, work, address…), prepositions and location,  describing habits and daily activities, expressing date and time, possession and quantity.

Elementary level (June 25 - July 7): for students who have some experience with the Italian language, this elementary course will allow students with basic language skills to learn how to describe objects (shape, colour, size), to ask for and receive directions and indications for public transport, to express distance and duration, to talk about the weather, to express preferences, agreement and disagreement, to connect sentences. Students will also be introduced to the past and future tenses.

In the course of the lessons and through possible visits to the city’s main sites of interest, the introduction to Italian art history will focus on the historical and stylistic analysis of Venice’s most meaningful works of art and gain a better understanding of what has come to constitute the myth of this enchanted city.  

Beginner level: June 11-22, 2018
Elementary level: June 25 - July 7, 2018


Giuseppe Verdi

The Giuseppe Verdi language programme is offered at both beginner and elementary levels. Participants will spend 30 hours focusing on the Italian language at their chosen level, and 10 additional hours on the principal historical and cultural movements to have taken place in Italy and in Venice in particular (in English or in Italian, depending on the overall student language level). 

Beginner level (June 25 - July 7): for students with no prior knowledge of Italian, the course will cover the basic language functions such as making positive and negative statements, presenting people and things and introducing yourself, asking for and understanding basic personal information (age, work, address…), prepositions and location, describing habits and daily activities, expressing date and time, possession and quantity.

Elementary level (July 9-20): for students who have some experience with the Italian language, this elementary course will allow students with basic language skills to learn how to describe objects (shape, colour, size), to ask for and receive directions and indications for public transport, to express distance and duration, to talk about the weather, to express preferences, agreement and disagreement, to connect sentences. Students will also be introduced to the past and future tenses.

The cultural-historical segment of the programme will provide students with an overview of Venetian history from Medieval times up until today, as well as the opportunity to visit important historically relevant places in Venice such as the Fenice Opera House, the Querini Stampalia Foundation or the Goldoni Theatre, among others, and learn of their cultural prominence within the long and fascinating history of the city of Venice. The aim of the segment is to bring students closer to Italian culture by helping them to read into a city which is rich with stories through its visual, literal and musical culture.

Beginner level: June 25 - July 7, 2018
Elementary level: July 9-20, 2018


Carlo Scarpa

The Carlo Scarpa language programme offers 30 hours of intermediate level Italian language studies, and 10 additional hours of insights into Italian design and architecture (in Italian). 

For students who have already reached an elementary level of Italian, this course covers intermediate level language functions such as expressing and accepting requests, speaking over the phone, talking about health, expressing and asking about opinions or doubts, providing advice, expressing emotions, talking about repeated, continuous or habitual actions in the past (imperfect past tense).

With particular reference to “Made in Italy”, a label that is synonymous with high-quality, innovative creativity and immaculate execution, the segment of the programme dedicated to design and architecture will provide an overview of Italian design in all its forms, and will investigate how its fundamentals can be seen in Venetian artistic production and architecture.

Intermediate level: July 9-20, 2018


Italo Calvino

The Italo Calvino language programme offers 30 hours of intermediate level Italian language studies and 10 additional hours of Italian literature

For students who have already reached an elementary level of Italian, this course covers intermediate level language functions such as expressing and accepting requests, speaking over the phone, talking about health, expressing and asking about opinions or doubts, providing advice, expressing emotions, talking about repeated, continuous or habitual actions in the past (imperfect past tense).

The literature segment will provide students with an introductory overview of Italian literature during its different political realities, with particular attention to the history of Venice. Students will read excerpts of some major literary works, in Italian wherever possible, and will have the opportunity to visit relevant sites in Venice including historical libraries such as the Fondazione Cini, the Biblioteca Correr, the Querini Stampalia or the Marciana library.

Intermediate level: July 23 - August 3, 2018


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!

The School organises a variety of activities which aim to give participants the opportunity to "live" Venice, to learn about its rich culture, past and present, and to get to know each other at the same time.

Sign up to these activities through the application form; once applications close we will let you know whether the activity will take place (they will be activated based on a minimum number of participants).

In 2018 the School is offering the following activities:

  • International Art Exhibition: Biennale d'Architettura - a 3 day pass with a guided visit of the main exhibition space (€34)
  • City walking tour - an insider’s guide to the history of the city centre (€30)
  • Dragonboating through the canals - experience Venice from the water (€40)
  • Guided visit to Murano and Burano islands (€30)
  • Museum pass + a guided visit (€57)
    The museum pass can be used for one entry to the following:

    • St Mark’s Square Museums: Doge’s Palace, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Archaeological Museum, Correr Museum and current exhibition
    • Venice Civic Museums:Museum of Natural History, Ca’ Rezzonico, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Glass Museum of Murano, Ca’ Pesaro, and Lace Museum of Burano

Public Transport in Venice

Participants are highly recommended to purchase a "Venezia Unica City Pass" for use on the public transport system in Venice (vaporetti). The cards can be requested at the main ACTV offices at Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto and Rialto. The card costs €50 and can then be loaded with either a monthly pass (€37) or a "carnet" of 10 tickets (€14).*

For more information please see the ACTV website.

*Current prices as of January, 2018

Fees 2018

Each programme costs €1,250. Programmes include:

  • 30 hours of Italian language studies
  • 10 hours of cultural seminars and activities
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Student administration
  • University wifi access 

Programme costs cover all instruction (additional tutorial hours can be scheduled if requested), student administration (including the issue of a final transcript) and orientation. All participants will have access to the University Wifi network in all University buildings (including the libraries and the cafeterias).

Participants who do not require accommodation pay €760 and can request this option in the application form.

Students at Ca' Foscari

Students enrolled at Ca' Foscari, or who are visiting for a period of time (exchange students, joint/double degree students, visiting students), will receive a 20% discount on the programme cost (not including accommodation).


Application, confirmation and payment

Applications for "Jacopo Tintoretto" and "Giuseppe Verdi" have now closed. 

Applications are still open for "Carlo Scarpa" and "Italo Calvino"-- Deadline: 23 June 2018

NB: If you are unable to access the online form please email the School for a printable application form  summerschool.international@unive.it.

Applications

Step 1: In order for your application to be complete your must do all of the following before the application deadline: June 23rd, 2018.

  1. Complete the online application form;
  2. Pay 50% of the programme fee (€625 with accommodation / €380 without accommodation / €304 Exchange students, no accommodation);
  3. Send receipt of payment to:  summerschool.international@unive.it.

Step 2: Following the application deadline you will be sent an email confirming your programme as well as any extra group activities you have registered for.

Step 3: Following this confirmation email you are required to:

  1. Pay the remainder of your fees (50% + any additional group activities);
  2. Send receipt of payment to  summerschool.international@unive.it 10 days before the programme starts, as follows:

    • Carlo Scarpa Intermediate (July 9-20): June 29th, 2018
    • Italo Calvino Intermediate (July 23 - August 3): July 13th, 2018

NB: Please note that if the programme you registered for is not activated you will be reimbursed for the full amount transferred.


Payment details

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: "ILCV 2018 - student name"

For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

NB: students must send confirmation of payment to  summerschool.international@unive.it

Last update: 08/06/2018