Internationalization is one of the priorities of the University. The main objectives of the University are the inclusion in a prestigious network of universities, to offer even doctoral study opportunities and cultural and professional growth throughout the world and at the same time to create a learning environment and international research in Ca' Foscari.
The PhD student has the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience at the international level, achieving the double degree: Joint Reasearch PhD Thesis (cotutela), or achieving the certification Doctor Europaeus.
The Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis is a unique form of internationalization as it applies only to PhD students and provides a qualification that is valued in two different countries. The process of a Joint Research PhD Thesis requires a research period at both of the partner universities. The PhD thesis, written under the supervision of two Supervisors/professors, is then discussed, also via electronic communication, in a single location in front of a committee composed of members from both universities.
In order for a PhD student to participate, it is necessary to draft an Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis with the following structure:
Joint Research theses with France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland, have already been determined within the national Framework Agreement.
The complete list of the Agreements for Joint Research PhD Thesis in force is available on the web page Accordi di co-tutela attivi [IT].
The Agreement for Joint Research PhD Thesis is only for PhD students enrolled in their first or second year, who submit the application within 18 months of the start of courses at Ca’ Foscari.
We suggest you to apply within 1st year.
Exceptions may be made, but it is not permitted to apply for a Joint Research PhD Thesis once you have reached your third year of enrollment. All other forms of activation regarding the joint research PhD thesis are excluded.
Specifically, in regards to the travel expenses sustained by members of the final Examination Board, all charges are the responsibility of the student’s home University.
The Doctor Europaeus Certificate is a further label attached to the PhD Degree issued nationwide. It is neither a supranational academic qualification nor a title awarded by international institutions. This certification relies on the clauses stipulated by the Confederation of European Union Rectors Conferences and is acknowledged by the European University Association.
The certificate is issued by Ca' Foscari University, after deliberation by the Teaching Board, provided that the following conditions have been met:
For a list of partecipating European countries, see attached file.
Note: any PhD students interested in obtaining Doctor Europaeus are asked to contact the Teaching Board of the specific PhD.