Joint Master's Degree in English and American Studies

The English-taught Master’s Degree in English and American Studies confers an international Double Degree (within the Joint European Master’s Programme) to highly motivated students with a background in English and American Studies and a strong record of academic success. It offers specialized academic training in English and American Studies focusing on the three core topics of literature, linguistics and cultural studies. The universities in the consortium Bamberg (Germany), Graz (Austria), Krakow (Poland) New York (mobility partner only - USA), Paris Diderot (France), Pécs (Hungary - mobility partner only), and Venice (Italy) are working together to guarantee a high quality international curriculum with regional aspects.

Students interested in the programme must apply to one of the consortium partners as their home university. The mobility semester can be spent at any of the partner institutions. Places are allocated according to available resources.

Summer School will also be offered on an annual basis to allow students to further specialize and gather additional university credits (ECTS).

On the successful completion of the programme students will be awarded a jointly conferred Master's Degree automatically recognized in the countries of all consortium partners



Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies: prof. David John Newbold

International Relations Office

Students enrolled at Ca' Foscari

The programme aims at promoting cultural exchange between countries and developing strong professional skills in humanities. A key aspect of the project is the Joint Degree in English and American Studies. Students will be able to develop advanced language skills and international cultural knowledge in the field of English and American Studies which should facilitate access to a wide range of international professional positions.

Required competences

Students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English and/or American Studies worth 180 ECTS. Students holding a Bachelor’s Degree in a different study field can be admitted after a pre-evaluation of adequacy of their previous education.

The application should be accompanied by one of the following linguistic certifications:

  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) PASS
  • Michigan ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English) PASS
  • Trinity ISE 3 (Integrated Skills in English) PASS
  • Pearson PTE Academic MINIMUM SCORE 76
  • TOEFL Internet-based test MINIMUM SCORE 100

Application and deadlines

To take part in the pre-selections of the European Joint Degree in English and American Studies you must follow the online procedures described on the official Joint Degree website.

Ca’ Foscari students asking for Italian/English exam certificates should see details on the page dedicated to certificates, graduation diplomas and supplements.

Students enrolled in other universities should ask their university to release exam certificates in English.

Selections take place yearly; the call for applications for the academic year 2020/21 will be opened from January 14th, 2020, until March 31st, 2020. More information on the application procedure is available on the programme’s website.

Partner institutions

We inform you that acceptance of the applications from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice does not involve immediate acceptance to the programme since the definitive selection will be made by all the partner universities. When submitting the application you must enter the partner universities where you would like to spend the mobility semester, in order of preference. The mobility semester will be assigned on the basis of a merit ranking and availability of places at the partner institutions. Therefore final allocation may differ from your choice.

As soon as you receive the admission letter from the European Joint Master's Degree in English and American Studies, you must follow the procedure with particular attention to deadlines.


University of Graz
Prof. Dr. Roberta Maierhofer, M.A Department of American Studies,
Dr. Nancy Campbell, M.A., Department of English Studies,

Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg
Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka, Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft,
Prof. Susan Brahler, Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft,

University of Pécs
Dr. Gabriella Voo,

City College of the City University of New York (mobility partner only)
Prof. Andras Kisery, Department of English,

Université Paris Diderot, France
Prof. Francois de Chantal,

Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Prof. Władysław Witalisz,


In the pre-established enrolment period in Master’s Degree, you must go to the Enrolment Office and submit the requested documents for registration to a Master’s Degree.

To take part in the project, you must choose between a Master’s Degree in European, American and Postcolonial Language and Literature (LLEAP) or in Language Sciences (SL).

Study Plan

After enrolment you must complete your study plan. For the Master’s Degree in European, American and Postcolonial Language and Literature you must choose between two specializations: "English and American Literary Studies" or "English and American Cultural Studies". For the Master’s Degree in Language Sciences you must choose the study curriculum "English Linguistics". These specializations are recognized by all the partner universities and will allow you to study abroad for a semester. For further information please visit the Master’s Degree website.

We recommend you to contact the programme coordinators in Venice (Prof. David John Newbold and Prof. Emma Sdegno) to decide which exams to take abroad (this also applies to Erasmus students). You should visit the website of the partner university where you will spend the international mobility semester for any academic information.

Mobility Semester

Erasmus Outgoing Students
If you are granted an Erasmus scholarship, you will have to send the agreed documents. We advise you to visit the dedicated page at Erasmus + and to be in contact with the International Outgoing Mobility Office. All the documentation has to be sent via fax (+39 041 234 7567) or via e-mail (

Non Erasmus Outgoing Students
If you have already benefited from an Erasmus grant during your Bachelor’s Degree or if your destination university is the City College of New York, you must complete the following documents.

You can contact the contact the coordinating professor to ask more information about the scholarship options.

Before leaving

  • Learning agreement, completed and signed, indicating the study programme you want to achieve abroad; to be delivered to the international Outgoing mobility Office;
  • Application form (subscription form to the foreign university) and Accommodation Form (subscription form to the foreign university) that you will have to download from the host university’s website and send to the same university in accordance with the modalities and deadlines defined.


Arriving abroad

As soon as you arrive at the host university, you must go to the International Relations Office to give the following documents and get them signed:

  • Learning agreement;
  • Changes to the Learning Agreement, if you want to modify the programme you had presented before leaving (the modifications must be approved by the professors coordinating the project both at the home university and at the host university, possibly prior to the beginning of the courses);
  • the confirmation for the international mobility period;
  • the Extension of the international mobility period, if you want to extend your compulsory international mobility semester. We remind you that the extension request must be first submitted to the Joint Degree contact person at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Prof. Newbold) and depends on the acceptance of the request by the host university.

All the documents must be sent via fax (+39 041 234 7567) or via e-mail (

By your return in Italy

By your return in Italy, you must have completed and have asked the host university to sign the second part of the confirmation of international mobility period.

Return to Italy

Once back in Italy you must present the following documents to the International Relations Office:

  • the confirmation of international mobility period on which the entire period of mobility is indicated must be sent by registered mail or delivered in person, within 15 days after the return to Italy.
  • Learning agreement and, if there is one, the original copy of the changes to the Learning Agreement form, signed, with the Transcript of records, the certificate of exams taken.

Once your online career is updated you can go to the Career Office for the registration of the exams taken.

Request to graduate

In order to present the request to graduate, you must follow the standard procedure for all Ca’ Foscari students. You will be conferred a joint degree legally recognized in all the countries of the Partner Universities. Together with the Master’s Degree you will be conferred a Diploma Supplement compiled both in Italian and English.

Master’s Thesis

The topic of the Master’s Thesis must be agreed with a supervisor, a Ca’ Foscari professor specialized in American/English literature/culture, linguistics or philology. The supervisor is supported by an external second reader from one of the partner institutions except the university in which the student spent their international mobility period. The second reader will send a report and an evaluation of the thesis to the examining board. 

To find a second reader, and for further information on the procedure and on the nature of the thesis, you should contact the programme coordinator, Prof. Newbold.

Last update: 27/02/2020