International Master in Economics and Finance 
2nd level Professional Master's Programme - a.y. 2019/2020

The aim of the International Master in Economics and Finance (IMEF) is to train students to acquire a deeper and more sophisticated knowledge of the economic analysis of markets and financial institutions. The primary function of the Master is to facilitate the entry of students into the domestic and international labour market by providing them with the most recent investigation tools, at both theoretical and applied level, thus preparing specialists in the fields of the analysis of financial markets, risk management, banking and corporate finance.

QS World University Rankings 2019 - Accounting & Finance, Top 250
QS World University Rankings 2019 - Economics & Econometrics, Top 250


IMEF was born in 1998, from a fruitful collaboration between Venice International University, the Department of Economics of Ca' Foscari University, European Union - European Social Fund (ESF), Veneto Region, Italian Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, and various institutions from the financial sector. IMEF is currently managed by Ca' Foscari Department of Economics, in collaboration with the two main sponsors Generali and Prometeia, which are providing scholarships and contributing to students training, and other supporters.

Banca d'Italia
Banca IFIS
Banca Prealpi Credito Cooperativo
Doyen Investment Partners
Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Improvement (LEI)
San Marco Hotels Venezia

How to reach us

The IMEF courses are being held at the Department of Economics – Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The Department of Economics is located at the entrance of the San Giobbe Campus and is easy to reach from either the Venice ‘Marco Polo’ Airport or from the Venice ‘Santa Lucia’ train station or from Piazzale Roma, Venice road taxi and bus terminal.

From Marco Polo Venice Airport

From Venice ‘Marco Polo’ Airport, the easiest and cheapest way to reach the centre of Venice is by taking the Alilaguna waterbus, a direct service between the Marco Polo Airport and the Venice city centre. In order to get to the San Giobbe Campus, take the orange line (Linea ARANCIO) of the Alilaguna waterbus and get off at “GUGLIE” stop. The journey time is approximately 1 hour. From the waterbus stop “GUGLIE” please follow the route on the map.

In case you arrive at the Venice ‘Marco Polo’ Airport when the last Alilaguna waterbus to “GUGLIE” has already left, you can take the ACTV road bus n° 5 (orange bus) or ATVO road bus (blue bus) that end their journey at Piazzale Roma, the Venice road taxi and bus terminal. Both buses leave from the platforms outside the arrival hall of the Airport. The drive takes approx. 25 minutes. Information about the timetables and prices are available on the ACTV website or on the ATVO website.

From Piazzale Roma (road taxi and bus terminal) and from Venice ‘Santa Lucia’ train station

The San Giobbe Campus is easy to reach by walking from Piazzale Roma road taxi and bus terminal and from the Venice Santa Lucia train station. The walking distance is about 15minutes. Please refer to the map.

Otherwise it is possible to get to the San Giobbe Campus either from the train station or from Piazzale Roma by the ACTV waterbus route no. 5.2 (getting off at the stop “CREA”) or by route no. 4.2 (getting off at the stop “TRE ARCHI”). In both cases the San Giobbe Campus is just a short 2-3 minute walk from the stop. For more information, please refer to the ACTV website.

Presentation and objectives

The course will be conducted in English to encourage cooperation and interaction among students from different countries and the teaching staff which is recruited from the world's most renowned international academic institutions (CREST-INSEE, LBS, MIT, Princeton), as well as from public institutions (Banca d'Italia, European Banking Authority, European Central Bank, European Investment Fund) and business organizations (Generali, Intesa Sanpaolo, Prometeia, PwC) operating in the financial sector.

The Master in Economics and Finance programme:

  • provides participants with a strong foundation in the principles and practice of Economics and Finance;
  • furnishes participants with the analytical tools and new skills necessary to acquire a sound basis for financial decision-making;
  • helps individuals to enhance their management effectiveness in the field of Economics and Finance;
  • brings students into the practice of financial analysis by using the most operative packages, such as EViews®, Matlab® and R, and the database provided by Bloomberg® and Orbis®;
  • supports students in boosting their skill set with modules in the Bloomberg Lab on Economics, Fixed Income, Equities and Currencies. The Bloomberg Certification will substantially improve students marketability;
  • promotes Women's leadership by guaranteeing the membership at the LEI - Center for Women's Leadership and supporting the partecipation to the laboratories on Mentorship and Entrepreneurship for womens.

Loriana Pelizzon interviews Stephen Schaefer

The new Bloomberg Finance Lab in San Giobbe Economics Campus.


The International Master in Economics and Finance is a second level, post graduate programme, in accordance with the Italian University system. The International Master in Economics and Finance is a truly unique programme. No other school in Italy can offer a faculty of such high-standard international ranking. Here are some of the factors that make the Master’s in Economics and Finance outstanding:

1) Faculty

The faculty is recruited from the world’s most renowned international academic institutions of Economics and Finance, as well as from business organizations operating in the financial sector. The faculty’s aim is to widen and deepen participants’ understanding of financial concepts whilst empowering them with hands-on practical skills that can be applied in the real world.

2) Classmates

With no more than 20 participants representing many nationalities on the current program, participants will be enriched both in terms of work experience and cultural diversity, as well as through close interaction with instructors.

3) Career

Recruiting is favored by the organization of an internship for each student of the Master. IMEF counts on a wide range of contacts with European and Italian financial institutions who host our students for an internship period that can be interpreted as a trial period before definite employment.

Simone Varotto, past student in Economics and Business at Ca' Foscari, now Associate Professor of Finance, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading, explains how the University of Reading offers scholarships to IMEF students.

Paolo Tasca, past student of IMEF and now Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT), University College London.

Last update: 08/10/2019