Enrollment of refugee students


Ca' Foscari welcomes refugees students with international qualifications and provides support throughout their academic careers, helping to foster an international community as Venice has done since its foundation. 

Refugees students who choose to enrol in one of Ca’ Foscari’s degree programmes can benefit from a wide range of services, events and initiatives. Before arriving at Ca’ Foscari, students can contact the Welcome Unit of the International Office for more information about enrolment procedures, the assessment of foreign academic qualifications, opportunities and how to become an active member of the Ca’ Foscari community.

Contacts and reservations

Preliminary evaluation

Refugees students who want to apply for a degree program at our institution must request a preliminary online evaluation, as students with an international qualification. Considering the Lisbon Convention Ca’ Foscari will consider these cases on an individual basis.

Holders of refugee status or subsidiary protection status with an international qualification who are not able to produce a complete file should contact us at   welcome@unive.it.

If you are still waiting for refugee status, you can enroll in single courses. Once your refugee status is confirmed, applicants can enrol in a bachelor's or master's degree and ask for credit recognition regarding the exam taken in single courses study path.

From the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon, 11.IV.1997):

Section VII – Recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation

Article VII

Each Party shall take all feasible and reasonable steps within the framework of its education system and in conformity with its constitutional, legal, and regulatory provisions to develop procedures designed to assess fairly and expeditiously whether refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation fulfil the relevant requirements for access to higher education, to further higher education programmes or to employment activities, even in cases in which the qualifications obtained in one of the Parties cannot be proven through documentary evidence.

Tuition fees

If you are a student having a refugee status and\or subsidiary protection status you may pay the regional tax for financial aid and €16,00 stamp duty only at the time of enrolment

  • Open-access bachelor’s and master’s degrees: 3rd of Octobre 2022.
  • Limited-access bachelor’s and master’s degrees: follow the procedures and deadlines of the related call for applications.


  • open-access bachelor’s degrees: from October 4th to November 2nd 2022 with additional €50,00 fee;
  • open-access master’s degrees: from November 15th to December 19th 2022 with additional €50,00 fee.

Students holding a status of refugee can be granted a tuition fee waiver for the entire duration of the degree programme.

Scholarships and Incentives

In order to ensure that everyone effectively has access to higher education, Ca' Foscari offers international students a variety of financial aid: scholarships, exemptions and reduction of fees, student loans, prizes for outstanding dissertations and other forms of concession.

For the students with refugee status, the CRUI in collaboration with Italian universities offers 100 annual scholarships. 
The entire amount of the scholarship will be paid in from the Ministry to the University directly, to cover the expenses for the housing and canteens services through the stipulation of an agreement with the Ente regionale per il Diritto allo Studio.
Please note that these scholarships are incompatible with each other according to the Italian Legislation.

Here you can find some useful links:

Call for applications 100 scholarships for students with international protection to enroll in Bachelor, Master degree and PhD programs in Italian Public Universities - A.Y. 2022/23

Official website where to submit the application: borsespi.laziodisco.it

Other opportunities and resources

The Credential Information Service (CIS) - CIMEA for Refugees which, thanks to the support of the Ministry for Universities and Research, issues free Statements of Comparability for foreign study qualifications to holders of international protection who have obtained the status of political asylum or subsidiary protection in Italy, subject to proof of such status, is now active at CIMEA.

The Credential Information Service (CIS) - CIMEA for Refugees uses the “Diplome” service to issue its certificates, making use of blockchain technology applied to the recognition of qualifications.

European Qualifications Passport for Refugees

The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a document providing an assessment of the higher education qualifications based on available documentation and a structured interview. It also presents information on the applicant’s work experience and language proficiency.

The document provides reliable information for integration and progression towards employment and admission to further studies.It is a specially developed assessment scheme for refugees, even for those who cannot fully document their qualifications.

Last update: 14/02/2024