Standard Italian courses

The School for International Education offers Italian language courses, from A1 (Beginners) up to C2 (Fluency) all year round. Courses are open to everyone, teachers are native language instructors, and exercises are held in rooms with full multimedia facilities.

Course features

Levels A1 and A2:

  • 10 weeks
  • 50 hours of language classes
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • no credits
  • fees according to category

Levels B1, B2, C1 and C2:

  • 12 weeks
  • 70 hours of language classes
  • final test for competency evaluation only
  • no credits
  • fees according to category

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

Exchange students

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

Course schedules

Standard Italian courses for the 2019/2020 Academic Year are scheduled in three sessions in order to ensure greater continuity in learning, and to allow applicants to complete more than one level/course consecutively during the academic year.

Enrolment is open from the August 19 to September 6, 2019.

Session First courses start from September 16, 2019 onward and finish according to the structure of each level, as follows:

A1 - Beginners (day class)

Dates: September 18 - November 29
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 09:00am - 11:30am
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: TBA
Final exam: Approximately during the week from 2 to 6 December 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: Date and time to be defined - San Sebastiano, Room 117
Textbooks: M. F. Diaco, M. G. Tommasini, Spazio Italia A1, Manuale 1 + Eserciziario 1,  Livello A1, 2015, Loescher  ISBN 9788820133481

A1 - Beginners (evening class)

Dates: September 16 - November 25
Day and time: Monday / Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classroom: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: to be defined
Final exam
: Approximately during the week from 2 to 6 December 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: Date and time to be defined - San Sebastiano, Room 117
Textbooks: M. F. Diaco, M. G. Tommasini, Spazio Italia A1, Manuale 1 + Eserciziario 1,  Livello A1, 2015, Loescher  ISBN 9788820133481

A2 - Elementary

Dates: September 18 - November 29
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 09:00am - 11:30am
Course schedule: 20 classes, 2½ hours each twice a week
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately during the week from 2 to 6 December 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: Date and time to be defined - San Sebastiano, Room 117
Textbooks: M. F. Diaco, M. G. Tommasini, Spazio Italia A2, Manuale 2 + Eserciziario 2,  Livello A2, 2015, Loescher ISBN 9788820133498

B1 - Pre Intermediate

Dates: September 18 - December 11
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 11:30am-02:30pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately during the week from 16 to 20 of December, 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: Date and time to be defined; in San Sebastiano, Room 117
Textbooks: M. F. Diaco, M. G. Tommasini, Spazio Italia B1, Manuale 3 + Eserciziario 3,  Livello B1, 2015, Loescher  ISBN 9788820133504

B2 - Intermediate

Dates: September 18 - December 11
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 02:30pm-5:30pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 12
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately during the week from 16 to 20 of December, 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: M. F. Diaco, M. G. Tommasini, Spazio Italia B2, Manuale 4 + Eserciziario 4,  Livello B2, 2015, Loescher  ISBN 9788820133511

C1 - Advanced

Dates:  September 18 - December 11
Day and time: Wednesday / Friday 02:30pm-5:30pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 13
Instructor: TBA
Final exam
: approximately during the week  from 16 to 20 of December, 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab (CMM)
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - day and time to be define
Textbooks: R. Bozzone Costa, M. Piantoni, E. Scaramelli, C. Ghezzi, Nuovo Contatto C1, 2013, ISBN 9788858303108

C2 - Fluency

Dates: September 17 - December 11
Day and time: Tuesady / Friday 11:30am-02:30pm
Course schedule: 22 classes, 3 hours each twice a week, 1 final class for 4 hours
Classrooms: San Sebastiano, Room 12 (Tuesday) and Room 13 (Friday)
Instructor: TBA
Final exam: approximately during the week from 16 to 20 of December, 2019 - San Sebastiano, Multimedia Lab CMM
Office hours: San Sebastiano, Room 117 - Day and time to be defined
Textbooks: M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco Italiano C2, 2010, Mondadori Education, ISBN 9788800208512

NB: The Italian courses provided for the Summer intensive session, will start from July 1, 2019 with the Pre intermediate - level B1 followed by other levels. Courses will finish according to the structure of each level. Courses will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached. Please check here for more details.


Italian language courses for partner Universities

Upon request, the School can organise Italian language programmes for partner Universities which aim to create a true 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!

Have you ever taken a standard Italian language course at the SIE?

Yes, I am a returning student

Welcome back! In order to proceed with enrolment in your next Italian language course the first thing you need to do as a returning student is fill out the form online. Please follow the steps outlined below.

Course enrolment: returning student

Here are 4 simple steps to follow in order to enrol in the upcoming session of our standard Italian courses:

  1. Fill in the online form by entering or updating your personal data, your enrolment number "Matricola" and specifying the level you want to enrol in.
  2. Wait for our email confirming that your level will be regularly activated. Remember that levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrolments is reached.
  3. Pay the enrolment fee (once you have received our email confirmation) by bank transfer/wire and by sending the receipt of (full) payment to  cfsie@unive.it with “Enrolment Italian [LEVEL] - confirmation”. Please note that payment details and deadlines can be found in the section "Fees and Payment".
  4. Check that your online records have been updated in your "Personal Area" - please allow a few days for our office to finalize and complete your enrolment.

No, I am enrolling at the SIE for the first time

Welcome to the SIE! In order to proceed with enrolment in our standard Italian courses as a first-time student, please follow the steps outlined below.

N.B. If you already have unive credentials, go directly to step 2. 

Course enrolment: first-time student

  1. Register online at Ca' Foscari, by filling out your personal data, permanent address (official residency), Tax payer code, etc. Please be careful to indicate any double names and surnames so that the computer system can generate a regular tax payer code. At the end of the registration process you will receive a username and a password with which you can sign up to your Italian language course. NB: You do not need to do this step if you are already registered or have ever been a student at Ca' Foscari. If you have forgotten your username and password you can recover them here [ITA].

  1. Fill in the enrolment form online to enrol in the courses by selecting: "Enrolment to unlimited admission programmes", followed by "Continuing Education" and finally "School for International Education". Remember to confirm your choices on all windows that open during the procedure. You will be required to upload a photo (good quality, close-up passport-photo size) in .jpeg format, and then specify the following information in the window called "Questionario":

    1. what type of student you are (which determines your fees)
    2. which language course you wish to enrol in. N.B. This information is merely indicative, you will be enrolled in the class corresponding to your placement test result (step 3).  If you are an absolute beginner, please choose A1 level.

    For further information on the enrolment process please read the Guide to Enrolment.
    ATTENTION! Within approx. 24 hours, you will receive by email your temporary account for your placement test (step 3)

  1. Take the online placement test. Go to the SIE Moodle Platform and log in with your temporay account (step...). The test result will establish your course level. If you are an absolute beginner, you do not need to take the test.
  1. Wait for our confirmation email that your course has been activated. Remember that courses are only activated if a minimum number of participants is reached.
  2. Pay for your course once you have received the confirmation email - payment details can be found in the next section. Remember that you must send receipt of (full) payment to  cfsie@unive.it
  3. Check that your online records have been updated in your "Personal Area" - please allow one week for our office to finalize and complete your enrolment. Filling out the enrolment form does not lead to automatic enrolment. Enrolment will only be confirmed once we have received your receipt of payment, which must be sent to  cfsie@unive.it.

Once you are officially enrolled you will receive the following: 

  • Enrolment number ("Matricola"): you are required to have an individual enrolment number so your exams can be registered 
  • User ID: you need this to log in to your Personal Area along with your password
  • Password: your password is activated the same day it is issued. If you do not remember it you can go to the access page of your Personal Area to recover it. From your Personal Area you can access a number of services such as printing certificates, register for exams, update your data and so on. 
  • Email address: your email address is free and allows you to be in contact with the University. You will receive all important information from us here, such as exam results, updates, opportunities, and other general information. It will  be active the day after you have been enrolled. 

Registrations for the first session of standard Italian courses are open until September 6, 2019.


Course withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw from the language courses, you are required to notify the School during the first week of classes (no later than following the first two lessons). Students who officially withdraw by this date will be eligible for partial reimbursement. The SIE reserves the right to withhold 50% of the admission fees.

Fee structure - 2019/2020 Academic Year

Type of course Fully reduced Partially reduced (A) Partially reduced (B) Full fee
50 hours €100 €200 €300 €400
70 hours €140 €280 €420 €560

Fully reduced rate 75%

  • All students enrolled at Ca’ Foscari who are up to date with their University fees
  • Students from foreign institutions enrolled in exchange programmes with Ca’ Foscari (Erasmus, Overseas, Double/Joint Degree, Erasmus Mundus)

Partially reduced (A) 50%

  • Other university students (e.g. IUAV, Accademia, IED, visiting students, etc)
  • 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)
  • Family member of a researcher, professor, administrative personnel, CEL, PhD, research fellow at Ca' Foscari

Partially reduced (B) 25%

  • Teachers, researchers, visiting staff from other universities
  • Returning CFSIE or CLA students (for who has previously taken classes at the CFSIE or the CLA)

NB: the full rate applies for all applicants who do not fall under one of the above categories.

Enrolling in more than one course

If you want to enrol in more than one session in any one year there is a 15% discount for the second course and a 20% discount for the third course depending on the level of enrolment and the respective fee structure.


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 from 10 and no later to 16 September, 2019.
Please Note: You will be required to finalize your payment only after receiving our confirmation email.

Payment must be made by bank transfer/wire to the following account:

Account name: Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (CFSIE)
Account number: 46603825
Bank name/address: Banca Popolare FRIULADRIA, San Marco 4121 Salizada San Luca, 30124 VENEZIA
IBAN: IT 96 U 05336 02020 000046603825
Reference: "[NAME SURNAME] Standard Italian course"
SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326
All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to do a bank transfer/wire we suggest:

  • to refine the bank transfer going to a bank counter of the reference bank (Banca popolare FRIULADRIA) and handing cash to the cashier. Remember to bring with you the Italian Tax payer code and your Passport/Identity Card.

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 certificates

  • 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 passed the final exam

CILS certification

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: 08/10/2019