Department of
Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies


Study with us more than 20 languages from Europe and America

The Department offers a unique opportunity to specialize in one or more languages throughout the degree programme.

"It is exciting to see the growth of Portuguese learners in Venice" - prof. João Costa

Interview with João Costa, researcher on educational linguistics and visiting professor at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies.

Interview with the Visiting Professor Koen Stapelbroek

Koen Straperlbroek, professor of history and political theory at Rotterdam, chose the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies to research and teach Italian history.

VEASYT, digital solutions for accessible communication

It is a Ca' Foscari University of Venice spin-off that was created to enhance the skills of the Department in the field of linguistic and sensory accessibility.

Welcome message from Antonio Trampus, Director of the Department

"Our research involves three areas: European and international languages and cultures; linguistics, philology and language teaching; and international studies.
Our research is enriched by staff mobility programmes, seminars, and innovative laboratories.”

Antonio Trampus,
Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies





Our research

Research areas

Our department has a strong interdisciplinary vocation. Our high-level research revolves around twenty-two languages and literatures (Albanian, Anglo-American English, Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French, British English, Hispanic-American Spanish, LIS/Italian Sign Language, Tactile LIS, Modern Greek, Polish, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Peninsular Spanish, Swedish and German). It also involves literary theory and comparative literature, language teaching, linguistics, politics and history. 

Our research activities and scientific projects adopt a double — local and international — perspective and mainly involve three areas: literary and cultural studies; linguistic, philological and language teaching studies; and political-international studies. 

The Department is internationally renowned for the importance of its research, and it has been recognised as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.


Research projects
RIGHTS - Respect Is the Goal, Hate speech Threats Sport integrity Resources for intercultural communication in sport to counter intolerance

Coordinator: Fabio Caon
Duration: 2020-2022

Shades of Black - The Darker Shades of Black. The Value of Skin Colour in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Slave and Labour Markets, 1750-1886

Coordinator: Rolf Petri; Ricercatrice: Giulia Bonazza
Duration: 2020-2023