Studying Abroad

Opportunities to study abroad

Internationalization is one of the priorities of the University. The main objectives of the University are the inclusion in a prestigious network of universities, to offer even doctoral study opportunities and cultural and professional growth throughout the world and at the same time to create a learning environment and international research in Ca' Foscari.

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International Degrees

The PhD student has the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience at the international level, achieving the double degree: Joint Reasearch PhD Thesis (cotutela), or achieving the certification Doctor Europaeus.

The Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis is a unique form of internationalization as it applies only to PhD students and provides a qualification that is valued in two different countries. The process of a Joint Research PhD Thesis requires a research period at both of the partner universities. The PhD thesis, written under the supervision of two Supervisors/professors, is then discussed, also via electronic communication, in a single location in front of a committee composed of members from both universities.

In order for a PhD student to participate, it is necessary to draft an Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis with the following structure:

  • Framework Agreement is a general document that contains a brief description of the scientific disciplinary areas of collaboration between the partner universities, the planned activities and the ways in which these programs will be implemented;
  • Protocol for Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis is an individual document (relating to a single PhD student) and specifies the conditions agreed upon between the two universities regarding the research period and the eventual title.

Joint Research theses with France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland, have already been determined within the national Framework Agreement.

The complete list of the Agreements for Joint Research PhD Thesis in force is available on the web page Accordi di co-tutela attivi [IT].

How to proceed

The Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis is only for PhD students enrolled in their first or second year, who submit the application within 18 months of the start of courses at Ca’ Foscari.

We suggest you to apply within 1st year.

Exceptions may be made, but it is not permitted to apply for a Joint Research PhD Thesis once you have reached your third year of enrollment. All other forms of activation regarding the joint research PhD thesis are excluded.

Contacts

Incoming Joint Research PhD Thesis

  1. Enrollment in a PhD course at a foreign University;
  2. Identified at Ca’ Foscari by:

    1.  A PhD course referring to, from a scientific point of view, the PhD program that you are enrolled in abroad;
    2. one or more scientific references (Thesis Supervisor).

  3. Application accompanied by the required documentation submitted to PhD Office (via email at:  phd.office@unive.it) during the following times:

    • from October 1st – 31st
    • from February 1st – 28th
    • from June 1st - 30th

  4. Application examined by the appropriate Teaching Board of the PhD course at the end of each acceptance period;
  5. Signing of the Agreement by both institutions involved;
  6. Enrollment at Ca’ Foscari;
  7. Verification of research by the Thesis Supervisor and the Teaching Board of the PhD course both at the end of the period of admission for the next year and at the end of the final exam.

Specifically, in regards to the travel expenses sustained by members of the final Examination Board, all charges are the responsibility of the student’s home University.

Outgoing Joint Research PhD Thesis

  1. Identified at the foreign University by:

    1. A PhD course referring to, from a scientific point of view, the PhD program that you are enrolled in at Ca’ Foscari;
    2. one or more scientific references (Thesis Supervisor).
      It is recommended to the Phd student to contact the relevant departments of the institution chosen to verify compliance, timing and / or any anticipated constraints.

  2. Application accompanied by the required documentation submitted to PhD Office (via email at:  phd.office@unive.it) during the following times:

    • from October 1st – 31st
    • from February 1st – 28th
    • from June 1st - 30th

  3. Application examined by the appropriate Teaching Board of the PhD course at the end of each period of acceptance;
  4. Signing of the Agreement by both institutions involved;
  5. Enrollment at the foreign university.

The Doctor Europaeus Certificate is a further label attached to the PhD Degree issued nationwide. It is neither a supranational academic qualification nor a title awarded by international institutions. This certification relies on the clauses stipulated by the Confederation of European Union Rectors Conferences and is acknowledged by the European University Association.

The certificate is issued by Ca' Foscari University, after deliberation by the Teaching Board, provided that the following conditions have been met:

  • at least two professors from two higher education institutions of two European countries, other than the one where the PhD thesis will be defended, must give their judgement concerning the manuscript. These referees are appointed by the Teaching Board. In addition, the referee records must be attached to the final examination;
  • at least one member of the jury must come from a higher education institution in European countries, other than the one where the PhD thesis will be defended;
  • part of the defence must take place in one of the official languages, other than the one(s) of the country where the PhD thesis will be defended; 
  • the PhD thesis must partly have been prepared as a result of a period of research of at least one trimester spent in another European country.

For a list of partecipating European countries, see attached file.

Note: any PhD students interested in obtaining Doctor Europaeus are asked to contact the Teaching Board of the specific PhD.