Erasmus+ study programme

The Erasmus+ study programme offers students from countries which have joined the Erasmus+ program the opportunity to come to Ca’ Foscari to study and conduct research in the beautiful city of Venice. During their stay in Venice, students will have the chance to deepen their university education, increase their knowledge of foreign cultures and languages, and live a significant life experience.
They will also benefit from high learning resources, wide offer of activities and events and support services. It is a great opportunity for personal, academic and social development.

Contacts and reservations

Home institution procedures

To be nominated as an Erasmus+ incoming student, please make sure to contact the International Office of your home institution first. In particular:

  • make sure there is a valid inter-institutional agreement for your study field between your home institution and Ca’ Foscari (I VENEZIA01);
  • be informed about selection procedure and financial support;
  • make sure that the official nomination from your home institution is forwarded to Ca’ Foscari University’s Welcome Unit ( incoming.mobility@unive.it) before the deadline.

Deadlines for nominations by partner institutions:

  • April 1st - Erasmus+ Incoming mobility for the first semester or full academic year (September arrivals);
  • October 1st - Erasmus+ Incoming mobility for the second semester (January arrivals).

Procedures for Erasmus+ incoming students

After being officially nominated, Erasmus+ Incoming students will receive Ca' Foscari University’s Welcome Message, with a unique code (token) needed in order to start their online application.

To register correctly, students have to prepare beforehand, and then upload, the following documents:

  • transcript of records (certificate prepared by the home university);
  • learning Agreement: thanks to the Erasmus Without paper it is advised to fill out the’Online Learning Agreement (OLA) through the dashboard platform; if your home university does not use the OLA platform or a similar software, we kindly ask you to use the Learning Agreement before the mobility form attached to this page;
  • English or Italian certificate (B2 level) - check the "Recognized certification" tab; native English speakers do not have to submit any language certificate;
  • copy of a valid ID or passport.

The documents, except for the OLA, must be uploaded during the online registration procedure.

Deadlines for students' online application (please, mind that it is u to your home university to send us your nomination!):

  • April 30th - Erasmus+ Incoming mobility for the first semester or full academic year (September arrivals); 
  • October 30th - Erasmus+ Incoming mobility for the second semester (January arrivals).

In order to get a VISA for study purposes, 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 for a semester/year abroad.

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 checking the Guidelines in attachment.

Please, do not forget to select: “I WANT TO SPEND A PERIOD OF MOBILITY FOR STUDY/TRAINEESHIP”.

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].

General procedures:

  • have an identification document valid for foreign travel;
  • for non-EU students only : please, apply for your VISA for study purpose (contact:  incoming.mobility@unive.it).
  • 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);  should you need any assistance please contact  immigrationteam@unive.it or check the link 

Learning Agreement, Courses and programmes:

  • Fill out your Learning Agreement before the mobility by choosing among the courses offered by Ca’ Foscari and following the Guideline for course catalogue. You may also choose among free Italian courses and courses regarding Italian and Venetian Culture;
  • If you are about to attend your mobility for research activities, please fill out the Learning Agreement for research activities. Remember that you will not receive any ECTS at the end of your mobility period.
  • Erasmus+ Incoming students must choose courses according to the Department they are enrolled in at Ca’ Foscari University; at least 70% of the courses should belong to the Department. Ca' Foscari offers various courses taught entirely in English or with English resources (bibliography, exam in English. Course details (professor, times, programme) can be found in the relevant course webpage. In case of mobility for research activities, the student won’t receive any credit at the end of the mobility period.

Appointments with the Welcome Unit

  • Arrange an appointment with the International Relations Office (choose "Welcome Unit"). Each appointment is individual.

Changes to the Learning Agreement

  • If you need to change your Learning Agreement, you will be able to do so directly through the OLA platform; if your home university does not use the platform, we kindly ask you to fill out the During the Mobility form attached to this page. 

Extension of the Erasmus+ stay

  • If you wish to request an extension of your Erasmus+ study period at Ca’ Foscari University, please contact your home university first to make sure you are allowed to do it. Once you have arranged your extension of stay with your home university, please contact the Welcome Unit ( incoming.mobility@unive.it). Please, use the blank form “extension of stay” in attachment.

In order to finalize the procedures regarding the conclusion of your mobility, you should send an email with “END OF MOBILITY” as object to the Welcome Unit ( incoming.mobility@unive.it).

Please, do not forget to attach:

  • your Learning Agreement Before the Mobility and Learning Agreement During the Mobility with all the signatures required (Student signature, Home University signature, Ca’ Foscari Academic Coordinator signature). Remember that all the exams you have taken during your mobility need to be included in your Learning Agreements;
  • the list of all the exams you have taken (course code, course title, exam date, grade, number of ECTS, Professor in charge).

Finally, the Welcome Unit Staff will send you your official Confirmation of Stay and Transcript of Records.

Confirmation of Stay

This document reports:

  • the Date of your Arrival at Ca’ Foscari, which corresponds to one of our Welcome Days;
  • the Date of your Departure from Ca’ Foscari, which corresponds to the last academic activity the student accomplishes at Ca’ Foscari University (normally, the date of the last exam).

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. 

Last update: 28/02/2023