Summer language programmes

The SIE Summer School in Italian language and culture is aimed at creating a true Venetian experience, by offering courses in Italian language that can be combined with modules on Italian culture such as art history, design, contemporary Venice, Italian literature and culture, as well as activities that put students in direct contact with life in Venice.

Language classes are held from Monday to Friday and are taught by qualified native language experts in classrooms with full multimedia access and air conditioning. Culture modules are generally taught in English for students taking A1 or A2 Italian, and in Italian for level B1 and higher.

Applications for our 2019 Summer School are open!

Summer School features

  • 50 or 70 hours of Italian language studies
  • 15 optional hours of cultural seminars and activities
  • the possiblity to sign up to group activities (for getting to know the city of Venice, and each other!)
  • shared accommodation (in double or triple rooms) can be provided at a student residence on request
  • final exam
  • certificate of participation with overall grade

Programmes will be activated for each level based on a minimum number of participants.

Please note that attendance is obligatory for a final certificate to be issued.

Language levels and dates

A1 / A2

July 15 - August 2, 2019

Each level runs for three weeks and consists of 50 hours of Italian language and an optional 15 hours of cultural seminars and activities (taught in English).


July 1 - 26, 2019

Each level runs for four weeks and consists of 70 hours of Italian language and an optional 15 hours of cultural seminars and activities (taught in Italian).


July 8 - August 2, 2019

Each level runs for four weeks and consists of 70 hours of Italian language and an optional 15 hours of cultural seminars and activities (taught in Italian).

Cultural modules

Our Summer School aims to provide participants with a comprehensive Italian language course combined with a particular cultural focus in order to improve general language skills while gaining insight into aspects of Italian and Venetian culture.

Module A "History of Italian art and architecture"

In the course of the lessons and through possible visits to the city’s main sites of interest, this cultural module will focus on a historical and stylistic analysis of Venice’s most meaningful works of art and architecture in order to gain a better understanding of what has come to constitute the myth of this enchanted city.

Dates: July 8th - 19th, 2019
Language: Italian

Module B "Italian literature through the ages"

This course will provide students with an introductory overview of Italian literature during its different political realities, with particular attention to the history of Venice. Students will read excerpts of some major literary works, in Italian wherever possible, and will have the opportunity to visit relevant sites in Venice including historical libraries such as the Fondazione Cini, the Biblioteca Correr, the Querini Stampalia or the Marciana library.

Dates:July 8th - 19th, 2019
Language: Italian

Module C "The Origins of Venice"

This course will trace the early origins of Venice from Altinum, the ancient Veneto coastal town with origins tracing back to Roman times. Following its devastation by barbarians in the high middle ages, the town was gradually abandoned by its inhabitants, who sought refuge on small islands in the Venetian lagoon. Students will have the chance to visit Torcello, the first island to be inhabited, and where two important and peculiar Medieval churches constructed out of beautiful marble stone from the ancient Mediterranean cities still stand today.

Dates: July 15 - 26, 2019
Language: English

Module D "Venetian Culture: art, theatre and literature in the lagoon city"

This module will provide an overview of the major cultural movements in Venice from the times of the Venetian Republic up until today. Students will visit important historically relevant places in Venice such as the Fenice Opera House, the Querini Stampalia Foundation or the Goldoni Theatre, among others, and learn of their cultural prominence within the long and fascinating history of the city of Venice. The aim of the course is to bring students closer to Italian culture by helping them to read into a city which is rich with stories through its visual, literal and musical culture.

Dates: July 22 - August 2, 2019
Language: English


July 1-7 July 8-14 July 15-21 July 22-28 July 29 - August 2
A1 A1 A1
A2 A2 A2
B1 B1 B1 B1
B2 B2 B2 B2
Module A Module A
Module B Module B
Module C Module C
Module D Module D


Shared accommodation in Venice's city centre at a student residence (shared double or triple room) can be reserved through the SIE. Students will be required to contact the accommodation provider for confirmation and payment following program confirmation. For specific needs or requests please let us know well in advance; requests may incur additional costs. 

  • €30 double or triple room per night
  • €35 single room per night

Reservations will be made for check-in on the Sunday before the programme starts, and check-out the Saturday after the programme finishes. Please note that prices are approximate and will be confirmed once the booking has been reserved.

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 to find out how!

The School organises a variety of activities which aim to give participants the opportunity to "live" Venice, to learn about its rich culture, past and present, and to get to know each other at the same time.

Sign up to these activities through the application form; once applications close we will let you know whether the activity will take place (they will be activated based on a minimum number of participants).

In 2019 the School is offering the following activities:

  • International Art Exhibition: Biennale di Venezia - a 3 day pass with a guided visit of the main exhibition space (€40)
  • City walking tour - an insider’s guide to the history of the city centre (€30)
  • Dragonboating through the canals - experience Venice from the water (€40)
  • Guided visit to Murano and Burano islands (€30)
  • Museum pass + a guided visit (€57)
    The museum pass can be used for one entry to the following:

    • St Mark’s Square Museums: Doge’s Palace, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Archaeological Museum, Correr Museum and current exhibition
    • Venice Civic Museums:Museum of Natural History, Ca’ Rezzonico, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Glass Museum of Murano, Ca’ Pesaro, and Lace Museum of Burano

Fees 2019

  • Italian language course A1 or A2 (50 hours, 3 weeks): €500
  • Italian language course B1 or B2 (70 hours, 4 weeks): €700
  • Cultural module (15 hours): €200

Programme costs cover all instruction (additional tutorial hours can be scheduled if requested), student administration (including the issue of a final transcript) and orientation. All participants will have access to the University Wifi network in all University buildings (including at the libraries and the cafeterias).

Participants who require accommodation can reserve accommodation at a student residence through the application form. NB: the student will be required to contact the accommodation and confirm the booking at a later stage.

Students at Ca' Foscari

Students enrolled at Ca' Foscari, or who are visiting for a period of time (exchange students, joint/double degree students, visiting students), will receive a 20% discount on the programme cost (not including accommodation).

Application, confirmation and payment

Placement Test

For levels A2, B1 and B2, before completing the application form, you must first take the placement test in order to check your Italian knowledge. If you are instead applying for A1 you do not need to take it.

The test can be taken online at the website ClaOnline at any moment and it is necessary to first register, at the end of which you will receive login details in order to take the test. The level you are assigned is the level of the class you should enrol in.

Please read the guide below on how to register at ClaOnline and then take the placement test. For additional assistance you can contact us by email.

file pdfRegistration at ClaOnline and the Placement Test


Applications are open until May 31st.

Step 1: In order for your application to be complete your must do all of the following before the application deadline: May 31st, 2019

  1. Take the placement test (levels A2, B1, B2);
  2. Complete the online application form;
  3. Pay the programme fee
  4. Send receipt of payment to:

Step 2: Following the application deadline you will be sent an email confirming your programme as well as any extra group activities you have registered for. NB: if the programme you registered for is not activated by us you will be reimbursed for the full amount transferred.

Step 3: Following this confirmation email students who have reserved accommodation will be contacted with details on how to confirm the booking.

NB: If you are unable to access the online form please email the School for a printable application form

Do you need a visa?

If you need a tourist visa we can prepare you an invitation letter. You are strongly advised to apply early and contact us in advance!

Payment details

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: "ILCV 2019 - student name"
For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

NB: students must send confirmation of payment to

Withdrawal Policy

  • Students can withdraw from the programme with full reimbursement up until May 31st, 2019.
  • Students withdrawing between June 1st and June 14th will receive 75% reimbursement.
  • Students withdrawing between June 15th and  June 21st will receive 50% reimbursement.
  • Any withdrawal from June 21st onwards will not be reimbursed.

Last update: 21/03/2019