Summer intensive Italian courses

Suspension of courses

All the summer intensive Italian courses are suspended.


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.


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

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.

Last update: 25/02/2021