During the summer the School offers numerous opportunities to students from Ca’ Foscari and from all over the world. The SIE Summer School is an experience of intensive study within a community where learning means sharing interests and knowledge among students and teachers, as well as stimulating curiosity and passions that are often left out of the usual daily academic life.

Our pogrammes currently taking place:

Joint summer schools

Following a 10 year long tradition, the School organises joint programmes between Ca’ Foscari and Harvard University, Columbia University of New York, University of Ottawa, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, among others, which offer numerous courses in the humanities, and social and environmental sciences, as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities.


The SIE's summer programme of individual courses, Summer@SIE, is open to everyone and covers a wide range of topics:

Intensive Italian courses, programmes in Italian language and culture in Venice, "SeiXSIE" - short seminars and workshops taught in Italian, The Environment and Economics of Coastal Lagoons - a collaboration between the SIE, the University of Utrecht and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

Students enrolled in the Summer School have the possibility of taking part in a range of activities and events that allow them to get to experience the city of Venice, its lagoon, its history and architecture, its art and its culture, and can participate in the numerous cultural events organised by the University.

Bridge Term

The Bridge Term allows students with an undergraduate degree to obtain additional university credits or language requirements necessary for enrolling in a ”Laurea magistrale" (Master's degree) at Ca' Foscari University.

Applications are open now.


The foundation year offers courses in Italian language and culture, and the opportunity for prospective students to take additional preparatory courses for their future degree curricula at Ca’ Foscari or other higher education institutions.

A special eight-month long program is designed for Chinese students within the Marco Polo/Turandot project.

The 2017/2018 program will be available shortly.

In the field of languages, Italian is becoming increasingly requested by international students and by those with a passion for Italian culture and history. The School organises Italian language for non-native speakers as well as courses in Italian and Venetian culture, history, art and literature all year round.

During the semester the School offers Italian as a foreign language at any level (A1 to C1), as well as courses in English designed specifically for exchange students spending a study period at Ca' Foscari.

In summer 2017 the School offers intensive Italian courses and programmes in Italian language and culture.