Incoming Visiting Students

Ca' Foscari University of Venice encourages international students to broaden their academic experience by allowing them to spend a study or research period at Ca’ Foscari University as Visiting Students.

Contacts and reservations

Who can apply

The Visiting Student status can be granted to:

  • students enrolled in international universities, regardless of their previous participation in mobility programmes, who would like to take courses offered by Ca' Foscari University.
    The applicants shall be currently enrolled at their home institution:
    • in a First Cycle Degree Programme requiring for entry the possession of a school leaving certificate;
    • in a Second Cycle Degree Programme requiring for entry the possession of a First Cycle Degree, or an equivalent degree from a programme lasting at least 3 years.
  • students enrolled in international universities who wish to conduct an independent research activity, whether aimed at completing a final thesis or not, in educational areas under study at Ca' Foscari or attend doctoral courses, through the guidance of an academic tutor.
    The applicants shall be currently enrolled at their home institution in a Second Cycle or Third Cycle (i.e. Research Doctorate) Degree Programme. If the degree programme they are enrolled in is a Single Cycle Degree Programme, they must be enrolled at least in the fourth year of it.

Admission procedures

The international students interested in this programme shall submit their application form to the Counseling and Welcome Unit by writing an email to:

The following documents shall be submitted along with the application form duly signed:

  • passport copy (For EU students: a valid ID);
  • a presentation letter written by the student in Italian or English stating their research/study intentions; the letter must be co-signed by a Professor or an Academic Tutor at the student’s home university;
  • a certificate of enrolment in your current degree programme, in Italian or English;
  • English or Italian certificate (B2 level) - check the "Recognized certification" tab; PhD students are not required to submit the English language certificate
  • those students willing to conduct an independent research activity shall produce a presentation letter in English or Italian written by a professor from the student's home institution identifying the research subjects to be studied at Ca' Foscari.

The applicant shall submit his/her application along with the above listed documents to the e-mail address

The Counseling and Welcome Unit will then contact the candidates by email containing all the details on the enrolment procedures in detail.

Application deadlines

  • May 1st - visiting students for the first semester or full academic year (September arrivals);
  • November 1st - visiting students for the second semester (January arrivals).

Enrolment fees

Visiting Student shall pay an enrolment fee, once his/her application has been accepted by the Admission Committee and no later than the beginning of the semester at Ca' Foscari University.

  • In order to attend courses at Ca' Foscari, the Visiting Student shall pay the following enrolment fees:
    • EUR 240.00 for each course worth 6 university credits or less;
    • EUR 300.00 for each course worth 7 university credits or more, or for courses including a laboratory activity;


keeping in mind that a maximum of 60 university credits can be obtained each academic year.

  • For research activities, the enrolment is free of charge for periods of stay under 30 days;
  • For research activities, the enrolment fee is EUR 200.00 for periods of stay between 31 days and 6 months;
  • Fees are not refundable.

The enrollment also requires the payment of 2 revenue stamps worth 16,00€ each.

Available teaching activities

  • Visiting Students who wish to take part in any course at Ca' Foscari University may attend classes and other educational activities from all First or Second Cycle Degree Programmes (they will be admitted to courses with limited enrolment only after verifying if any spots are available).
    For the list of the courses with lessons or other facilities in English (bibliography, final exam or student support in English), please visit this webpage.
    For the list of all the courses provided by Ca' Foscari University and their syllabi, please visit this page.
  • Visiting Students wishing to conduct an independent research activity, whether aimed at completing the final thesis of their degree programme, or attend doctoral courses may request to be supported by a university tutor of Ca' Foscari by submitting a letter of presentation written and signed by a professor at their home institution.
    For information about the educational activities of Ca' Foscari Graduate School, please visit the website page concerning PhD Programmes. Each request will be verified and approved by the PhD Program Coordinator in charge.

Please notice that the teaching language used in each course is listed in the educational programmes as published annually and available on the university website. For those courses or research activities in the area of foreign languages or linguistics, educational activities may be conducted in the target language.

Facilities and charges

Visiting Students have the same rights and can take advantage of the same facilities as the other students of Ca' Foscari University of Venice: they can take final exams, use the libraries and computer laboratories of the University, take part in the student associations, access the university canteens with a discount, benefit from accident insurance, etc. Moreover they can ask for support in the search of accommodation in Venice through the University’s Housing Office.

Expenses for travel, meals, accommodation, health insurance and medical care, not to mention for books and the eventual VISA required to enter and stay in Italy.

Certifications and transcripts

  • At the end of their study period at Ca' Foscari, Visiting Students who have taken exams at Ca' Foscari University can ask the Welcome Unit for a transcript of records . The document will list the exams taken, number of university credits earned and other information required in order for the home institution to recognize and grant the student credits for the courses and other educational activities completed at Ca' Foscari. It is issued by the Counseling and Welcome Unit, and requires a EUR 16.00 revenue stamp to be valid.
  • Visiting Students conducting independent research activities can receive a written declaration regarding the research they have completed signed by their Ca' Foscari academic tutor. Upon request from the student's home university, said tutor can be invited for the discussion of the final thesis based on the student's research activity.

Transcript of Records

As soon as your exam results have been registered at the end of the study period in Venice, a Transcript of Records will be issued by the Welcome Unit; this document includes the list of the exams the student has passed at Ca’ Foscari and a conversion of the grades according to the ECTS scale.

The ECTS grades are generated automatically upon the creation of your transcript by taking into account the results obtained by all of the students who have taken the same exam at Ca' Foscari in the last three years.

Here is an example of how the calculation works: Mario Lopez received a grade of 19/30 on the "English Language" exam associated with the code LT005P.

The percentage of Ca' Foscari students who obtained the same grade on the same exam in the last three years is 2%, which on the ECTS scale is interpreted as an E.

The formula used in this conversion process can be found in the ECTS guide published by the European Commission.

Please, be informed that only exams with a passing grade will be reported in the final Transcript of Records.

Incoming students with special needs

Incoming students with special needs can count on the support of the Welcome Unit.

After the official acceptance of the nominations, students will be asked to fill out a google form reporting their requests and attaching relevant certificates regarding their health.

The Welcome Unit will report the situation to Ca’ Foscari Inclusivity Service Unit, which can provide the following services:

  • Assistance during the exam, Tutor support (if requested);
  • Additional study time or mediation with professors in agreeing on the most suitable exam modality;
  • Initial support in familiarizing with the university buildings where the students’ lessons are held, the libraries and the administration offices;
  • Reservation of seats in the classrooms and potential help in obtaining the study materials and lectures notes. 

How to apply for a visa for study purpose - for NON-EU students

Starting from a.y. 2020/21 in order to get a VISA for study, students need to apply to the Universitaly portal: this tool has been designed for international students willing to study in Italy both for an entire study cycle or or just for a mobility.

This procedure do not concern citizens of Countries in the European Union, as well as from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See.

In order to apply to the Universitaly portal, we warmly recommend to check the Guideline in attachment.

Please, does not forget to select: “VISITING STUDENTS AND FREE MOVERS”.

Please, remember also to upload your Acceptance Letter while applying.

Once you have completed the procedure on the Universitaly portal, the International Office staff will check your applications which will be then forwarded by the system to the competent Embassies/Consulates. Each VISA application will be processed according to the relative methods and time frames of each Country diplomatic institution.

Please, mind that that the Universitaly application is compulsory but does not guarantee or imply any automatic right to the issuing of the relative study visa, which is the exclusive responsibility of the competent embassy or consulate.

Read the list of Italian embassies and consulates abroad [ITA].

Special Agreement with the University of Klagenfurt (Austria)

Ca'Foscari University of Venice has recently signed an agreement with the University of Klagenfurt (Austria): according to this new agreement, students coming from the Austrian University will be allowed to spend the second semester of this current academic year (2021/22) in Ca' Foscari, with no tuition fees.

This initiative involves 10 students who are officially nominated by the University of Klagenfurt by January 20th, 2022.



IMACS - International Master in Cinema Studies Consortium

Ca' Foscari University of Venice is part of the IMACS consortium: thanks to this partnership, the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage will be welcoming students in the frame of the MA History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage.

The educational offer of the Department (see attachment) will ensure a broad range of modules as part of the IMACS’ maquette taken from two master programmes, so as to perfectly cover the disciplinary areas characterising the International Master. They are:

The students will also be able to attend Italian language courses offered by the Ca’ Foscari University School for International Education.

The requirements can be found on the Admission webpage, as well as all the details about the Department, the courses and the admission procedure.

In order to apply, students are required to contact their home university coordinators and Ca’ Foscari University coordinators as well as the Counseling and Welcome Unit.


Local coordinators for the IMACS programme:

Counselling and Welcome Unit

Applicants are required to submit:

  • copy of a valid ID/Passport
  • language certificate – B2 level
  • transcript of records or Enrolment Certificate of their Home University
  • Learning Agreement duly signed by their Home University Coordinator (a blank form will be provided by email).

For NON-EU students: if you come from a NON-EU Country, you will be required to apply for a VISA for study.

The students will be supported in the search for accommodation by the Housing Office (

Students with special needs will be supported by the Financial Aid Unit (

Once arrived, students will be asked to fill in the Confirmation of Arrival module (a blank form will be provided by email) and to send copy of it to

Each student can contact the Professors during office hours for any doubt regarding the courses, and the Counselling and Welcome Office for any doubt regarding their mobility.

The students will receive a Transcript of Records stating the exams they passed (minimum to pass: 18/30) with the respective grades and ECTS conversion.

They will also have to fill in the Confirmation of Departure module (a blank form will be provided by email) and to send copy of it to:

  • Enrollment fee: 200 €
  • Revenue stamp for enrollment: 16 € for the enrollment fee 

Last update: 18/01/2023