Bridge Year

The Ca’ Foscari Bridge Year aims to improve the study experience of international students at Italian universities by providing an adequate mastery of the Italian language and a solid background knowledge of the main disciplines of future study.

Who should take the Bridge Year?

  • Students wanting to improve their Italian language skills before beginning their studies at a university in Italy
  • Students wanting to strengthen their background knowledge in the discipline they are planning to study


The Bridge Year programme offers two blocks of courses: an Italian language component and a thematic study track. Depending on your needs you can choose to take one or both blocks.

Italian language block

The Italian language block consists of 800 hours of intensive Italian language study over the course of the academic year. Classes run from October 2019 until August 2020 (10 months) and at the end of the programme students are expected to reach an upper intermediate level (B2 according to the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

Registration for the exam required in order to achieve official Italian language certification (CILS exam) is included.

4-Course Package block

Students choose one of three study tracks, each of which offers four 30-hour courses, totalling 120 hours of thematic study:

  • (A) Economics and Science (Ca’ Foscari)
  • (B) Humanities (Ca’ Foscari)
  • (C) Architecture, Design, Fashion, Urban Planning (IUAV)

Courses will run from February 2020 until August 2020 (7 months) and will be activated based on a minimum number of enrolments for each subject area.


Applications for the Bridge Year will open online in early 2019.

Students requiring a visa are strongly advised to apply early.

For more information, please contact

Bridge Year students receive comprehensive pre-departure arrival information and assistance with the visa process, and upon arrival will find out how to access students services at Ca’ Foscari such as fully equipped libraries (open late), student cafeterias, campus-wide wifi, the buddy programme for international students, and more.

To find out more about what the University has to offer, read through the Ca' Foscari Welcome Guide.


The Housing Office can assist Bridge Year students with finding accommodation if needed: find out more on their webpage.

Completing the Bridge Year

Following successful completion of the Bridge Year international students wishing to enrol at Ca' Foscari can apply for their chosen degree programme through the Ca' Foscari Welcome office

NB: Participation in the Bridge Year does not entitle students to directly access their chosen degree programme; students must take an entry test, where necessary.

For further information on enrolment at Ca' Foscari as an international student please visit the webpage.

Students who are planning on enrolling at other Universities or Tertiary Institutions must contact the appropriate office at the Institution in question.

Enrolment in your Master's degree

Before enrolling in a Master's degree at Ca' Foscari, EU and non-EU students holding an international qualification must first request a preliminary online evaluation of their qualifications.

Last update: 16/01/2019