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.
Throughout the academic year the School offers Italian as a foreign language at any level (A1 to C1), as well as Italian language and English-taught courses on Italian culture and history, designed specifically for exchange students spending a study period at Ca' Foscari.
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.
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.
Each summer, the SIE also welcomes students from other partner Universities such as the University of International Business and Economics and Soochow University for short programmes which are tailor-made around the partner's specific academic and cultural requirements.
The SIE's summer programme of individual courses, Summer@SIE, is open to everyone and covers a wide range of topics such as intensive Italian language courses, programmes in Italian language and culture, "SeiXSIE" - short seminars and workshops taught in Italian, the environment and economics of coastal lagoons, and a short film "bootcamp".
Students enrolled in the Summer School have the possibility of taking part in a range of activities and events that allow them to experience the city of Venice, its lagoon, its history and architecture, its art and its culture, and to participate in the numerous cultural events organised by the University.
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.
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. Information on the upcoming program for the 2018/2019 academic year will be available shortly.
A special ten or eleven-month long foundation program is designed for Chinese students within the Marco Polo/Turandot. The 2017/2018 program will commence in November 2017.