Traineeship and substitute activities

In the field of the aforementioned “Other formative activities”, the study plan assigns 6 Formal University Credits (ECTS) to educational training and orientation

The ECTS relative to educational training and orientation can be acquired through different types of activities, up until students reach the necessary quota of 6 ECTS. The range of activities through which students may choose are listed below. Only the activities that are mentioned can be taken into consideration by the Didactic College for accrediting ECTS provided by the educational training and orientation. 

Recognition in credits of the placement/internship activities and of the substituted activities are based on the request from the student, according to the principle that 25 documented hours (understood as the time passed both whilst working at this institute developing the activity and from an eventual time quota managed autonomously to produce written work) corresponds to 1 ECTS.


Current agreements

Ca’ Foscari has activated numerous agreements with public and private firms available to host formative placements for their students. They can be carried out within a maximum of 150 hours, equivalent to 6 ECTS.

To activate the procedure for starting a placement students must first contact Ca’ Foscari Internship Office and then agree a training project with the members of the Teaching Committee for placements (listed in the Scholars page on the Presentation menu). The training project must then be signed in three copies of the corresponding modules (leaving with them a fourth copy, even if it is not provided in the instructions of the Internship Office). Once you have concluded the placement, the same representative must sign the conclusive report that must then be delivered to the Internship Office to obtain the ECTS.

If, after having consulted the pre-existing list of the firms that have already activated an agreement with Ca’ Foscari to host formative placements, the student does not find the name of a company in which they want to carry out their placement, the student can propose an agreement with another firm following the instructions included in the “Agreement” section on the Activate an internship web page.

Substitute Activities for the placement

Substitute activities

Only the activities mentioned in this page are considered valid by the Didactic College for the accreditation of ECTS expected for fulfilling “educational training and orientation”. Students cannot be accredited activities only recognised by the Didactic College from other degree programmes. In case of doubt, the matter is addressed by the members of the Didactic College representing the placements (listed on the Scholars page on the Presentation menu).

The number of ECTS accredited to each activity carried out by the placement are established by the Didactic College and are previously announced to students in the relative documentation for each activity, or can be requested by the scholar representing the same activity. 

Upon finishing the activity, students must have the form for the understanding of the activities carried out by the placement filled out by the representative scholar for the single activity carried out and then must hand it in to the Humanities Campus upon reaching the number of ECTS expected from the study plan together with the rest of the documentation.

Responsible: Prof. Franz Fischer (+39 041 234 9863) 

Description: the Department of Humanities of Ca’ Foscari (Prof. Franz Fischer, reference teacher) and the research group of the Engineering Historical Memory project
( directed by Dr. Andrea Nanetti at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (see Microsoft Research Blog and PLOS who published it on Twitter) offer students of the Master in Digital and Public Humanities a 150-hour Internship Replacement Activity (6CFU) to collaborate to the implementation of online applications aimed at the digital exploration of Marco Polo's Travels and Fra Mauro's world map.
Fra Mauro's world map is the most important cartographic monument for the study of late medieval Afro-Eurasia. Marco Polo's Travel Account is the most famous Western ethnography of late medieval Eurasia. Students will be engaged in the activity of identifying "stories" present in the sources that can be explored online on EHM. The activity consists in verifying the narratives and integrating the names of places, goods, and institutions already interactively available on EHM into a new database for “stories”. For the “stories” set in Venice or related to cultural heritage accessible to the students in Venice, the students will be encouraged to create short videos (1-5 minutes) with their own portable devices (e.g., phones, tablets) to be uploaded to EHM. The activity will be carried out in English.


  • English language proficiency (both at a written and spoken level)
  • knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Hours and credits:

  • Online attendance: 3 hours
  • Individual work: 147 hours (online)
  • Total: 150 hours
    Attending students will earn 6 cfu.

Final assessment: validation of the database for the online application.

Calendar: each student can begin the activity at any time, according to his/her need.
Students who are interested in the activity are invited to make contact with Prof. Fischer.
The activity will begin with a three hours online seminar, during which EHM will be presented, together with indications about the collaboration to the research. Students will then complete the 147 individual hours online. During the activity they will be helped and supported by a Ca’ Foscari tutor as well as by members of the group of research Engineering Historical Memory (history and informatics scholars).



To consult the available substitute activities, visit the Italian page.

Substitute exams (only for part-time students)

Part-time students can request the Didactic College to substitute the placement with an exam (to carry out only after having agreed it with their own College) without having to modify their study plan. Forms are available from the members of the Didactic College representatives for placements (listed on the Scholars page on the Presentation menu).

Last update: 15/06/2021