Standard Italian on-campus courses

3rd Session April-June 2024

In the academic year 2023/2024, the Italian language courses of the 3rd session will be held on-campus.

Applications open from March 11th until March 25th 2024.

The courses cover all levels - from A1 to C2 -  according to the European Reference Framework (CEFR). They are held by highly qualified native speakers of Italian and offer students the opportunity to acquire all the skills needed to master Italian according to the selected course level.

Exchange students
Please note that these courses are not the same courses as those offered exclusively for exchange students. Exchange students at Ca' Foscari can enrol in courses reserved especially for them at the following web page.

Course features

Our courses will last 50 hours (A1 and A2 levels) or 70 hours (B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels). They aim at improving a full communicative competency and all language skills relevant to the level.

Levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

A1 and A2 level courses will last a total of 50 hours, each distributed in 10 weeks.

  • 10 weeks
  • 50 hours of language classes
  • extra online self-learning materials
  • final test for evaluation of skills 
  • no credits
  • fees according to category
  • final certificate of attendance and grade

B1, B2, C1 and C2 level courses will last a total of 70 hours each, distributed in 12 weeks.

  • 12 weeks
  • 70 hours of language classes
  • extra online self-learning materials
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • no credits
  • fees according to category
  • final certificate of attendance and grade

In the academic year 2023/2024 our Italian language courses will be available in three-month sessions in order to offer learning continuity and give students the chance to complete up to 3 levels, one after the other, per year.

The structure of the courses is as follows: 

  • First session: available ONLINE: September- December 2023
  • Second session: available ON CAMPUS: January- April 2024
  • Third session: available ON CAMPUS: April-June/July 2024

Customized courses

Upon request, the School can organise Italian language programmes for partner Universities which aim at creating a real experience of life in Venice. The programmes can be combined with courses on Venetian and Italian culture, and can include numerous activities such as guided visits of the city and its museums, excursions in the lagoon and its surroundings, cultural events organised by Ca’ Foscari (theatre, music, cinema, writers conferences....), and cultural workshops, among many others.

Contact us at  cfsie@unive.it to find out how!

Course schedule

Dates: April 8th - July 1st  2024
Day and time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 17:00 - 19:00 
Classroom: San Sebastiano
Instructor: da definire
Final test: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook: M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, A. Petri, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 1 (Premium edition with digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788853630698
or
M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, A. Petri, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 1 (edition without digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788416657728

Dates: April 9th - July 2nd 2023 
Day and time: Tuesdays and Fridays 17:00 - 19:00
Classroom: San Sebastiano
Instructor: to be defined
Final test: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook: M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 2 (Premium edition with digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788853630704
or
M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 2 (edition without digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788416657759

Dates: April 8th - July 1st 2024
Day and time: Mondays and Wednesdays 14:00 - 17:00
ClassroomSan Sebastiano
Instructor: to be defined
Final test: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook: M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 3 (Premium edition with digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788853630711
or
M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 3 (edition without digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788416943302

Dates: April 9th - June 28th 2024
Day and time: Tuesdays and Fridays 14:00 - 17:00
Classroom: San Sebastiano
Instructor: to be defined
Final exam: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook: M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 4 (Premium edition with digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788853630728
or
M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, D. Donati, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al Dente 4 (edition without digital resources), Casa delle Lingue, ISBN: 9788416943739

Dates: April 8th - June 28th 2024
Day and time: Mondays and Thursdays 14:00 - 17:00
ClassroomSan Sebastiano
Instructor: to be defined
Final exam: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook: G. Massei, R. Bellagamba, Nuovo Espresso 5, Alma Edizioni, EAN: 9788861827479

Dates: April 10th - July 3rd 2024 
Day and time: Wednesdays and Fridays 14:00 - 17:00
Classroom: Palazzina Briati
Instructor: to be defined
Final exam: to be defined
Office hours: to be defined
Textbook M. Guida, C. Pegoraro, Nuovo Espresso 6, Alma Edizioni, EAN: 9788861826106 or e-book version: EAN 9788861825079

Applications and fees

If you wish to sign up for one of our Italian courses please fill out this form and read carefully the requested information. It is very important to indicate your correct residency address, including street name and number, zip code and country of residency.

If you are a first time SIE user, please upload your ID (identity document) and a passport-sized picture of yours.

You are also requested to indicate your status (student, PhD student, professor, etc) so we can determine the right fee. It is also necessary to upload a document certifying that what you have declared is true.

If you think your level is over A1, please upload an internationally recognized certificate providing evidence of the Italian skills you have acquired so far. The certificate must be one of these: CILS, PLIDA, CELI or ROMA TRE, otherwise you will have to take a placement test with instructions that will be forwarded at a second stage.

Applications open from March 11th until March 25th 2024

Fee structure - 2023/2024 Academic Year

  • A1 (50 hours): full rate € 400 / partially reduced rate* € 200 / reduced rate** € 130
  • A2 (50 hours): full rate € 400 / partially reduced rate* € 200 / reduced rate** € 130
  • B1 (70 hours): full rate € 560 / partially reduced rate* € 280 / reduced rate** € 180
  • B2 (70 hours): full rate € 560 / partially reduced rate* € 280 / reduced rate** € 180
  • C1 (70 hours): full rate € 560 / partially reduced rate* € 280 / reduced rate** € 180
  • C2 (70 hours): full rate € 560 / partially reduced rate* € 280 / reduced rate** € 180

Full rate:

  • external applicants and all users not falling into the below mentioned categories (including Ca' Foscari students graduated more than 6 months before)

*Partially reduced rate:

  • Other partner Italian or international university students (e.g. IUAV, Accademia, visiting students, etc)
  • Teachers, researchers, visiting staff from other partner universities
  • Returning CFSIE or CLA students (for who has previously taken classes at the CFSIE or the CLA)
  • Ca' Foscari students graduated no more than 6 months before
  • High school students from the age of 16

**Fully reduced rate:

  • All students enrolled at Ca’ Foscari who are up to date with their University fees
  • Ca’ Foscari scholarship and research fellows, professors, administrative personnel, CEL at Ca' Foscari (Registration fees for these users will be covered by Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Students from foreign institutions enrolled in exchange programmes with Ca’ Foscari (Erasmus, Overseas, Double/Joint Degree, Erasmus Mundus)

People from Ukraine are allowed to attend for free under specific circumstances. For more information please contact us at  cfsie@unive.it

How to pay

You will be required to confirm your place for Italian language courses by sending through receipt of (full) payment to  cfsie@unive.it with “Enrolment Italian [LEVEL] - confirmation” in the email’s subject line.
Please Note: You will be required to finalize your payment only after receiving our confirmation email.

Payment must be made according to our instructions and by clicking on a link that will be sent to you via email.

Refunds

Refunds are granted only in case the course has not been provided or in the event of objective and documented impossibility for the applicants to participate (severe medical conditions, serious family problems). In this case the paperwork must be sent within the first week from the beginning of classes.

Certificates

The School for International Education (SIE) issues certificates in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. In order to receive a certificate for a language course students must attend the entire course, and take the final test or sit an interview with one of the language instructors.

  • Attendance certificate: for students who attend a minimum of 70% of all language classes (49 hours in 70 hour courses; 35 hours in 50 hour courses), but who do not take, or pass the final exam
  • Attendance certificate with final grade: for students who attend a minimum of 70% of all language classes (49 hours in 70 hour courses; 35 hours in 50 hour courses), and who take and pass the final exam.

In collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Siena, the School for International Education is an officially recognised examiner for the CILS exam ("Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera). Students who wish to certifiy their level of Italian as a second language can take the CILS exam at the SIE in several session throughout the year. Upcoming dates will be available shortly.

The SIE also organises preparatory courses for the CILS exam for levels B1, B2 and C1.

For further information see the webpage.

For further information contact  cfsie@unive.it.

Last update: 21/02/2024