The Ca’ Foscari Foundation Year is a propedeutic year-long programme, designed to prepare international students for studying English-taught degree programmes at an Italian university. Students will take courses on modern European history, English and Italian language, as well as a basic introduction to the main disciplines of future study.
The Foundation Year programme runs throughout the academic year, from October 2019 until June 2020 (8 months).
The programme offers two main study tracks, each of which consists of 150 hours and an additional 230 hours of general preparation for studying at an Italian university on topics within modern European history, as well as English language and basic Italian.
This set of courses is designed for students wishing to apply for a degree course in English in the fields of economics, management or science. Four courses are offered: Mathematics, Introduction to Law, Critical Thinking, and Computer Science, for a total of 150 hours.
The course will explore the foundations of critical thinking, to provide awareness of our own beliefs about the world, where they come from and why we might have them—with a focus on how power and politics shape the ways that we understand the world, and how critical thinking can serve as a resource to empower people.
This set of courses is designed for students wishing to apply for a degree course in English in the fields of Humanities such as literature, languages, linguistics, art history. Four courses are offered: Italian Literature, History of Italian Art, Philosophy, and Introduction to Classics, for a total of 150 hours.
The course will provide an introduction to and a broad overview of the Italian literature through its key authors, from Dante Alighieri, through the Renaissance, to our days. Students will work on texts of world-known poets, novelists, playwrights, including “libretto d’opera”.
This course offers a chronological survey of the major artistic styles of Italian art from the Early medieval period up to the mid 1800s and the Neoclassical art. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify the main periods of Italian art history within their historical and cultural context and analyse the characteristics of prominent works of art.
This course will cover the development of Western philosophical thought throughout the ages, providing students with the key philosophical concepts and questions, as well as insights into the historical and theoretical context surrounding the development of the framework of Western philosophy, from its Greek origins up to modern day.
By increasing the student's knowledge of the major figures of Western philosophy (for example Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Saint Thomas, Spinoza, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Adorno, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Foucault, Derrida), the course will deepen their understanding of the approaches and schools of thought associated with those figures (metaphysics, idealism, materialism, rationalism, empiricism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, naturalism). By acquiring an understanding of both thinkers and thought, students will also be acquainted with a variety of philosophical issues, ranging from the mind-body problem and the idea of truth to the nature of beauty and goodness and the relation between human freedom and necessity.
Finally, the course is designed to enable students to read and analyse philosophical texts and topics. Using philosophical reasoning techniques, students will experience a significant improvement in critical thinking disposition and in analytical, argumentative, and problem-solving skills.
This course will provide an introduction to the history and literature of ancient Greece and Rome based on extracts from key authors and texts such as Homer, Virgil, Greek tragedy and Latin love poetry. By addressing these texts in their cultural and historical context, students will gain a basic knowledge of Classical culture and society. The course will help students identify the Classical roots of European culture, and of Italian culture within it.
All students take 60 hours of general background knowledge in modern European history, 70 hours of English (the equivalent of a B2 level) and 100 hours of Italian (A1-A2) in order to meet the entry requirements for studying at an Italian university (total of 230 hours).
This course will provide an overview of the major cultural and political developments that have defined modern and contemporary European history since the late 18th century, from the French Revolution and the rise of the Nation States, to Facism and the two World Wars, up until the recent dynamics following the end of the Cold War. At the end of the course students will have gained a general knowledge of the key concepts and main periods in modern and contemporary European history.
The Foundation Year is principally designed for students who have finished high school but who do not have the 12 years of schooling required to enrol at an Italian university and/or the formal qualification required for University entrance in their home country.
Students applying for the Foundation Year need to meet the following obligatory eligibility requirements:
You are eligible for the Foundation Year if you meet the above critieria, and are in one of the following specific situations:
Upon successful completion of the full Foundation Year, students will be eligible for enrolment at Ca' Foscari. Participation in the Foundation Year does not entitle students to directly access their chosen degree programme; students must take an entry test, where necessary.
Students can apply for their chosen degree programme through the. For further information on enrolment at Ca' Foscari as an international student please visit the .
NB: Eligibility for enrolment at other Italian Universities students is not guaranteed. Students who are planning on enrolling at other Universities or Tertiary Institutions must contact the appropriate office at the Institution in question.
Applications for the Foundation Year are now open.
The deadline for all applications is June 28th, 2019. Students requiring a visa are strongly advised to apply early.
Applicants will be contacted with confirmation of enrolment by July 26th, 2019.
For more information, please contact.
Total tuition is €5.000. Tuition includes all teaching activities (150 hours + 230 hours), tutorials and access to University facilities and services. Extra curricular activities, transport, accommodation and living expenses must be covered by the student.
Tuition costs are to be paid in two installments:
There are a restricted number of scholarships of €2.500 per student to be applied to the second installment of tuition. Students wishing to apply for a scholarship will be required to complete an additional procedure in which they will be evaluated on merit and motivation.
There are also fee waivers available for the highest-achieving students who enrol at Ca' Foscari following successful completion of the Foundation Year.
Further information will be available once applications open.
Foundation Year students receive comprehensive pre-departure arrival information and assistance with the visa process, and upon arrival will find out how to access students services at Ca’ Foscari such as fully equipped libraries (open late), student cafeterias, campus-wide wifi, the buddy programme for international students, and more.
The Housing Office can assist Foundation Year students with finding accommodation if needed: find out more on.
To find out more about what the University has to offer, read through the Ca' Foscari Welcome Guide.
Last update: 22/01/2019