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
  • Students planning on enrolling at Ca' Foscari University but who do not have 12 years of schooling at the end of high school

2020/2021 Bridge Year

Starting from the 2020/2021 academic year, the Ca' Foscari Bridge Year will be offered within our Foundation Year programme.

Students will take around 700 hours of classes including lectures, exams, tutorials and workshops, covering the following modules:

  1. General curriculum taught in English (for all students): modern Italian history, critical thinking and academic skills for University preparation 
  2. Study Track taught in English - Economics, Science, Humanities or Architecture, Art & Design
  3. Language module - International option (English) or Bridge option (Italian)

Upon completion of the programme, and depending on the student's starting level of Italian language, students planning on enrolling in an Italian-taught undergraduate degree programme are expected to reach a B1 or B2 level of Italian through the Bridge option.

For further information on the 2020/2021 program please see the Foundation Year webpage.


The programme runs throughout the academic year, from November 2019 until August 2020 (10 months).

The Bridge Year offers two blocks of courses: an Italian language component of around 800 contact hours, and an optional thematic study track made up of four 30 hour courses, (120 contact hours in total).

Study Tracks

Study tracks will run from February 2020 until August 2020. Each study track consists of 4 courses for a total of 120 hours, and will be activated based on a minimum number of enrolments for each track.

Economics and Science (Ca’ Foscari)

Elements of Constitutional Law

This course will cover the principal elements of Italian constitutional law from the historical context in which it arose, its establishment, its qualities and characteristics, the forms of State and Government and the relationships between the two, as well as social rights and implications within the economy and international relations.

Elements of Economics and Management

This course is divided into two main modules and aims to provide students with the fundamental concepts of micro- and macro- economics that will be required during the first year of undergraduate studies. The first module on micro-economics will cover basic notions and definitions such as markets, domand and supply and market equilibrium. The second module introduces the main variables and actors (the Government, the central banks, foreign trade) in macroeconomics and how they interact.


This course provides the background necessary for enrolment in introductory undergraduate Mathematics courses and covers: mathematical terms, axioms and theorems; natural, rational and real numbers; algorithms, algebra and polynomials; elements, sets and operations; functions; equations and inequalities; geometry.

Computer Science

The aim of this course is to teach students how to resolve a variety of issues by developing skills in data analysis, elaboration and communication through the use of IT tools. Students will learn the steps in making decisions along with electronic data manipulation and the principal support tools and procedures utilised within computer science.

Humanities (Ca’ Foscari)

Introduction to Comparative Literature

This course offers a gradual approach to literary texts in various languages and cultures in which students will read, analyse, interpret and contextualise the works within their respective historical and cultural contexts. Students will become familiar with analyis techniques as well as with sources and bibliographical tools, both online and traditional.

Introduction to International Studies

This course will begin with an introduction to the international system and to international relations, and will then go on to present students with the fundamental notions concerning the history of international relations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, leading into the 21st century, focusing in particular on political and economic relationships between the main actors and on the principal social and cultural changes that have influenced international law and policy in this period.

Introduction to Linguistics

This course provides students with a basic background in the main subject areas required for undergraduate studies in languages and linguistics. It offers an overview of general linguistics and philology through literature in the field as well as with the support of analytical tools so that the student will not only examine the course content, but will also become familiar will the specific lexicon used.

Introduction to Art History

This course offers a chronological survey of the major artistic styles of Italian art from the Early medieval period up to the mid 1800s and the Neoclassical art. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify the main periods of Italian art history within their historical and cultural context and analyse the characteristics of prominent works of art.

Architecture and Design (IUAV)

Introduction to Italian Architecture

This course, through different modules, aims to develop knowledge and skills in order to face the Italian admission test for all BA programmes in Architecture.
Different modules are focusing on:

  1. art and architectural history;
  2. design workshop;
  3. physics and mathematics.

Introduction to industrial design

Starting from a theoretical module about what industrial design means, this course aims to improve knowledge and skills in order to face the IUAV admission test for Product and Visual Design and Interior Design BA programmes (taught in Italian).

Different modules are focusing on:

  1. industrial design history;
  2. product design and visual communication;
  3. drawning sessions (product and interior design).

Two admission test simulations will take place by the end of the course.

Introduction to Fashion Design

Studying fashion and visual arts requires sacrifice.
This course, considering all pecularities of IUAV fashion and visual arts BA programmes, is focusing on:

  1. fashion history;
  2. modern art history;
  3. Italian art and fashion system;

Introduction to planning and urban design

This course is focusing on different issues related to the modern planning and urban design: climate change, energy, place identity, city and territory resilience, social equality and inclusion, participation, management of specific applications for planning and urban design in ICT.

Last update: 12/01/2021