Swiss-European Mobility Programme

Thanks to bilateral mobility agreements between non-EU universities and Ca’ Foscari, SEMP students are selected by their universities for participation in international cultural exchanges. Their stay in Venice will enhance their university education, increase their knowledge of other cultures and languages, and provide them with an important life experience.

Contacts and reservations

Procedures for your home university

To come to Ca' Foscari as a SEMP student, first of all you have to contact the International Relations Office of your university in order to:

  • make sure that your University has a valid bilateral exchange agreement with Ca' Foscari University (please check the list of partner universities);
  • ask your home university International Office the detailed procedure for selection and grant;
  • make sure that your home university send us your official nomination ( before the deadline.

Deadlines for nominations from partner universities

  • April 1st - SEMP incoming mobility for the first semester or whole academic year (arrival in September);
  • October 1st - SEMP incoming mobility for the second semester (arrival in January/February).

Procedures for SEMP students

After being officially nominated, SEMP incoming students receive Ca' Foscari Welcome Message, with a unique code (token) for the online registration.

Students have to prepare the following documents:

  • one passport-size photo (good quality, JPG format, 4MB max.);
  • transcript of records (prepared by the home university);
  • learning agreement;
  • English or Italian certificate (B2 level) - check the "Recognized certification" tab;
  • copy of a valid ID or passport.

Forms must be uploaded in the website for the online registration.

Original documents will be handed at the first meeting in Venice.

Deadlines for students' online registration

  • April 30th - SEMP mobility for the first semester or the full academic year (September arrivals); please, be informed that the deadline has been postponed to May 31st (for September 2020 arrivals only)
  • October 30th - SEMP mobility for the second semester (January arrivals).

Do not forget to:

  • have an identification document valid for foreign travel;
  • only for non-EU students: ask the Welcome Unit of Ca’ Foscari University ( for an official university acceptance letter for the VISA;
  • have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC card) issued by your National Health Authorities (for EU students) or another health insurance (for non-EU students);
  • take your appointment with the Welcome Unit in order to finalise your enrolment.

Appointments with the International Relations Office

  • In order to arrange an appointment with the International Relations Office click here and choose "Welcome Unit". Each appointment is individual.

Programmes and courses

  • SEMP incoming students can attend all the courses offered, as detailed in the Guideline for course catalogue 
    Ca' Foscari offers a great variety of courses entirely taught in English or with facilities in English (bibliography, final exam, support).
    Each course website presents all the details: professor's name and contacts, timetable, programme.  In case of mobility for research activities, the student won’t receive any credit at the end of the mobility period.

Changes to the Learning Agreement

  • In case you want to change the Learning Agreement you have to arrange a meeting with the Welcome Unit: the staff will check and sign your L.A., they will update your courses in your online career and they will send the signed document to your home University for the final approval.

Extension of stay

  • If you wish to request an extension of your study period at Ca’ Foscari University, you need to provide the Welcome Unit ( with the authorization from your home university (an e-mail will be enough).

In order to officially close your SEMP period in Venice, you have to take an appointment with the Welcome Unit.

The Welcome Unit staff will give you your final official certificate.

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 Counseling and 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 disabilities

Incoming students with disabilities / LD can count on the support of the Counseling and Welcome Unit.

Partner universities must report the students’ disabilities once they are nominated by submitting a declaration in English, containing the details about the services offered at the home university to support the students.

During the online registration on Ca’ Foscari website the incoming students will have to attach the following documents:

  • Certificate stating the disability / LD;
  • Declaration provided by the home university. 

The Counseling and Welcome Unit will report the situation to Ca’ Foscari Disabled Students Service, 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. 

Last update: 29/11/2022