Summer intensive Italian courses

The SIE offers a succession of intensive Italian language courses over the summer months, open to anyone interested in studying Italian in a short period of time.

Courses for A1 - beginner and A2 - elementary level consist of 50 hours of language teaching and take place over 3 weeks.
For B1 (pre-intermediate) and B2 (intermediate) each course consists of 70 hours of language teaching over 4 weeks.

Lessons will be held from Monday to Friday and are taught by qualified native language experts in classrooms with full multimedia access and air conditioning and with classes which are made up of no more than 25 students.

Upon conclusion of each module, students take a final test and will receive a certificate of participation. Please note that University credits are not provided; students coming from other Universities will need to request credit recognition at their home university.

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

Enrol now: applications are open until 5 days before the course starts.

Schedule 2018

  • Level A1 "Beginners" - June 11-29, 3 weeks
  • Level A2 “elementary” - July 2-20, 3 weeks
  • Level B1 "pre-intermediate” - June 11 - July 6, 4 weeks
  • Level B2 "intermediate" - July 9 - August 3, 4 weeks

For students interested in taking level C1 and higher, the School can activate a separate class if there is sufficient demand. Please contact the School to express interest.


Students wishing to find accommodation in Venice for the summer period can contact the following hostels/student residences:

Other summer courses

Over the summer, the SIE also offers programmes in Italian language and culture in Venice which in addition to offering Italian language courses, also provide classes in art history, literature, design, and more, as well as cultural activities which aim to give students the chance to experience life in Venice while learning about its culture and history. For further information please see the webpage.

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!

CILS certification

Students who wish to certifiy their level of Italian as a second language can take the CILS (Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera) exam at the Ca' Foscari International School for Education (SIE), in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Siena during two periods of the year, in June and December.

The SIE organises preparatory courses for the CILS exam for levels B1, B2 and C1. For further information please see the webpage.


  • A1 level course - 3 weeks, 50 hours: €480,00
  • A2 level course - 3 weeks, 50 hours: €480,00
  • B1 level course - 4 weeks, 70 hours: €670,00
  • B2 level course - 4 weeks, 70 hours: €670,00

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

Reduced fees are available for students enrolling in more than one module. For further information contact the school office.

Regularly enrolled students and exchange students at Ca’ Foscari will receive a discount of 50% for each course.


To apply for the summer session Italian language courses students must first take the placement test for all levels. To take the placement test please visit the CLA website online and follow the instructions. NB: you must first register.

To enrol students must fill out the online form (specifying the level they reached in the placement test) and pay the course fee in full at least 5 days prior to the beginning of each course.

Once all applications have been received, courses are activated if they meet a minimum number of participants. Applicants will receive a confirmation email from the School by the following dates:

  • May 25  (levels A1 and B1 - start date June 11);
  • June 10 (level A2  - start date July 2);
  • June 17 (level B2 - start date July 9).

Please do not make the payment until you know that your course has been activated.

If you have trouble with the online form please contact us at

CLA Registration

  • Choose your category (in Italian: the relevant categories are “Ca’ Foscari affiliated”, “Other institutions/study programmes” and “External”
  • Enter in your personal details
  • You will receive your ID number (Matricola) and password

CLA Placement test

Activities >  Take the placement test > Placement test > Test di piazzamento di Italiano > Inizia il test > Scegliere livello (choose your starting level)


Youy will be required to confirm your place by sending through receipt of (full) payment to with “Intensive Italian courses - confirmation” in the email’s subject line 5 days before the course starts at the latest.

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: "Payment for summer Italian courses 2017/2018"

For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

Payment deadline

You will be required to confirm your place 5 days before the course starts at the latest.

  • A1 - Beginners: Wednesday June 6th
  • A2 - Elementary: Wednesday June 27th
  • B1- Pre-intermediate: Wednesday June 6th
  • B2 - Intermediate: Wednesday July 4th

Last update: 20/02/2019