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.

Each module consists of 40 hours of language teaching and takes place over 2 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.

Schedule 2017

  • Level A1 "Beginners" - June 19-30 // July 3-14 (two course options)
  • Level A2 “elementary” - July 3-14 // July 17-28 (two course options)
  • Level B1.1 “first pre-intermediate” - June 19-30 // July 17-28 (two course options)
  • Level B1.2 “second pre-intermediate” - July 3-14 // July 31 - August 11 (two course options)
  • Level B2.1 "first intermediate" - July 17-28
  • Level B2.2 "second intermediate" - July 31 - August 11

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.

June 19-30 July 3-14 July 17-28 July 31 - August 11
A1 A2 B1.1 B1.2
A1 A2
B1.1 B1.2 B2.1 B2.2


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 University’s Language Center (CLA), 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.


Each individual module (2 weeks, 40 hours): €400

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).

For students enrolling in more than one module:

  • 2 modules: € 720
  • 3 modules: € 960
  • 4 modules: € 1.120

Regularly enrolled students and exchange students at Ca’ Foscari will receive a discount of 20%.