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.


Preliminary evaluation for international students

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

Applications have to be submitted via the portal for international students apply.unive.it. More information is available on the following webpages: Preliminary evaluation for international students and Entry requirements for applicants holding an international qualification.

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.

Applicants waiting for their refugees status

Applicants residing in Italy and waiting for refugee status can enroll in single courses.
Once the refugee status is confirmed, applicants can enrol in a bachelor's or master's degree and ask for credit recognition of the exam(s) taken in single courses study path.

Tuition fees

Students having a refugee status are granted a tuition fee waiver except for the regional tax for financial aid and €16,00 stamp duty to be paid in order to be enrolled.

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

More information about enrollment procedure and deadlines here: Enrolment for EU students and equivalent.

Scholarships and Incentives

Incentives at Ca' Foscari

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.

More information can be found on the webpage: Scolarships and incentives.

External incentives

For the students with refugee status, the CRUI - Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane 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.
Students must be aware that these scholarships are incompatible with any other scholarship, according to the Italian Legislation.

The call comes out annually, during the summer in the CRUI website.

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

Other opportunities and resources

CIMEA for Refugees

The so-called CIMEA for Refugees issues free-of-charge Statements of Comparability for international 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.

More information about the procedures can be found on the webpage Refugees - Discover the CIMEA for Refugees service.

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: 04/06/2024