College workshops

The International College, under the aegis of ASSI ("Alleanza delle Scuole Superiori d'Ateneo"), organizes the College Workshops and expands its educational offerings to interested students unenrolled in the College. 

The College Workshops are interdisciplinary and innovative courses, designed for motivated and high-achieving students who want a learning experience more in-depth and engaging than usually found in ordinary classes. Workshops are based on innovative teaching methods and delivered in an international environment. They give an opportunity to: 

  • meet other motivated and brilliant students, learning to study and work together; 
  • discover and experience Venice, a city historically multicultural and open to innovation.

The Workshops are open to all university students (specific restrictions are noted for each course), with special provisions for students enrolled in any Advanced School acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. One of their aims is to expand the ongoing cooperation within the network of the Italian University Advanced School.

Features: the College Workshops have a duration from 1 day to 5 days; they are held in English and may be on-site or online.


  • students enrolled in the Ca’ Foscari International College or in any Advanced School acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of University and Research;
  • Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. Ca’ Foscari students with suitable background and an academic performance comparable to College students.
  • high-performing students from Italy or abroad, with suitable background.

Admission requirements:

  • students (doctoral level included) enrolled in an Italian or foreign university - they are expected to be on track in their curricular studies;
  • B2 level or native speakers in English.

Some workshop may have a registration fee.  Admission to the workshop includes study material.
Any fee is waived for a limited number of students from any Advanced School. If the number of such applicants is high, their own School will be asked to designate by selection who will be offered the waiver.
Coffee breaks and light lunches, if in the program, are free of charge.

In general, students are accommodated:

  • in Camplus in Santa Marta, a university students’ residence opened in 2019 and located in the city center of Venice, close to the main University headquarters and 15 minutes away from the bus and railway stations;
  • or in another hotel situated in the city of Venice.

For Ca’ Foscari College students accommodation costs are free. For students from other Advanced School with a waiver fee, all accommodation costs will be covered.

Navigating the Information Landscape with Awareness  
31st May - 1st June 2024

Polo Rispoli, San Giobbe Economic Campus, Cannaregio 873, Venice

This workshop is tailored for college students and PhD candidates to enhance their understanding of the contemporary information landscape. The initiative aims to equip participants with essential skills for navigating the evolving world of information and understanding how news is produced, consumed, and disseminated in today's complex media environment.

Teaching methods: seminars, interactive sessions, collaborative working groups
Coordinators: Fabiana Zollo and Enrico Costa

  • Marianna Bruschi, Journalist, Editor-in-chief and Head of Digital at SkyTg24
  • Luca De Biase, Award-winning innovation journalist and essayist, Il Sole 24 Ore
  • Beatrice Mautino, Science communicator and essayist, Author and host of the podcast "Ci Vuole una Scienza" on Il Post
  • Emanuele Menietti, Journalist at Il Post, he specializes in science, technology and media

Language: English

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics

Research Communication Day  
3rd June 2024, 9.30 - 18.30

Sala Partesotti, Plesso E, Campus Economico San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873, Venezia

It is a one-day summer workshop tailored for college students and PhD candidates to introduce science communication theory and practice. The workshop will be part of the Research Communication Week at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice — an entire week of workshops and events engaging diverse audiences to increase awareness and understanding of science communication ( Thanks to the Research Communication Day, undergraduate and master's students will have the opportunity to participate for the first time in the educational offerings of the week.
The workshop will offer two practical sessions:

  1. how to share your science through captivating videos with Tullio Rossi
  2. social media for researchers with Mike Young

Teaching methods: hands-on workshops
Coordinators: Fabiana Zollo and Enrico Costa

  • Dr Tullio Rossi is an award-winning science communicator, marine biologist and graphic designer. As founder of the science communication agency "Animate Your Science", he helps researchers tell their story to the world. His engaging video animations and eye-catching graphics make science understandable for everyone, reaching millions of people around the world, thereby creating a real-life impact.
  • Mike Young is the former editor of the University Post media at the University of Copenhagen. Since 2016, he has helped scientists, university staff and communications professionals with the effective use of social media. He has held practical workshops throughout Europe and – via webinar – as far afield as Australia and the US.

Language: English

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics

Taking care of Venice  
18th - 21st June, 2024

Polo Rispoli, San Giobbe Economic Campus, Cannaregio 873, Venice

Ethics and practices of maintenance, repair and mending in the Heritage City

The goal of the research laboratory is to investigate and document through artistic languages the various "practices of care" developed in Venice over the past decade to preserve the city's heritage, essence, and livelihood. The focus will be on practices initiated by community groups and local organizations, in contrast to large-scale projects proposed by governmental bodies.
The laboratory will combine theoretical exploration (through academic lectures and interdisciplinary class discussions with lead scholars) and practical applications (through immersive field investigations in urban initiatives of “practices of care” accompanied by an artist-mentor).

Teaching methods: Academic and art-based research methods.The research laboratory will combine academic lectures and interdisciplinary class discussions with lead scholars (on day 1 and 4) with field research experience by groups of students. The field research will incorporate visual outputs produced by accompanying artists—filmmakers, photographers, and illustrators—who will partner with each student group. The collaborative presentation weaves together social science-style analysis with artistic expressions. 
Coordinators: Maria Lusiani
Host faculty: Maria Lusiani and Fabrizio Panozzo;
Junior host faculty: Camilla Ferri (Venice School of Management).
Invited speakers (to be confirmed): 

  • Giovanni Allegretti (University of Coimbra) 
  • Ash Amin (Cambridge University);
  • Martin Kornberger (University of Vienna);
  • Chiara Pusetti (University of Lisbon)
  • Karen Till (National University of Ireland).

Artist-mentors: to be selected.
Language: English

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Management

Network Econometrics  
1st July - 5th July 2024

San Giobbe Economic Campus, San Giobbe, Venice

The workshop provides participants with models and tools from graph theory to analyse various effects of social, economic, and political interaction. The program hosts leading scholars who will teach network modelling and inference research as well as their applications to different fields.
The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Department of Economics, the Venice Center for Risk Analytics for Public Policies, and the Italian Society of Econometrics.
Further information on the website of  SIdE - Network Econometrics.

Teaching methods: lectures that blend theory with practical applications encourage active participation and comprehension. Interactive Tutorials with real-world network data will foster deeper understanding where students can apply concepts in real-time, supported by immediate feedback and guidance. Group work will promote teamwork and peer learning.
CoordinatorsRoberto Casarin

  • Emanuele Aliverti, University of Padova
  • Angela Andreella, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Monica Billio, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Roberto Casarin,Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Mariangela Guidolin, University of Padova
  • Matteo Iacopini, Queen Mary University of London
  • Luca Rossini, University of Milan
  • Veronica Vinciotti, University of Trento

Language: English

Why you should attend
Partecipants will learn:

  • basics in graph theory and its application to network data 
  • network data visualization and their statistical description with different softwares
  • basic and advanced statistical network modelling

Requirements: participants will use their laptops with MATLAB, R and GEPHI already installed on them. The Course requires full-time attendance. Participation is incompatible with other simultaneous activities (e.g., preparation of other exams).
Lectures and tutorials will be in English, with the following (provisional) schedule:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30-13.00, 15.00-18.30. 

Membership in SIdE (Italian Society of Econometrics) is mandatory: the annual membership fee is Euro 80 except for high school students. They will only have to pay the fee in advance which will be reimbursed by their  Advanced School of origin after acceptance to the workshop.
Participants: 25 places in total, 5 of which are reserved for students from Italian Advanced Schools.
Deadline for registration

  • registration open until 12th May
  • notification of acceptance will be posted by the 21th May
  • deadline for Fee Payment: 31th May

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Economics
VERA, Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies
SIdE, Società italiana di econometria

Network Studies and Societal Challenges  
8th - 10th July, 2024

Aula Saraceno, Polo Rispoli,  San Giobbe Economic Campus, Cannaregio 873, Venice

This workshop studies how a network governance approach can aid in describing, studying, and tackling societal challenges. We invite young scholars interested in this perspective to submit short papers and research proposals.
The workshop intends to engage senior Master’s and early-stage PhD students from various disciplines (management, economics, humanities, political science, sociology etc.)  about the unique dynamics of such networks. 
Attendants may apply as “auditors” and attend the lecture sessions, or as “participants” who submit a short paper or research proposal (max. 3000 words) to be discussed during the hands-on sessions, receiving high-quality feedback from the invited speakers and their peers.

Teaching methods: Frontal sessions are led by distinguished scholars in the field of network governance. Immersive hands-on workshops actively engage participants over research papers or proposals related to network governance. Facilitated by invited scholars, these sessions provide a platform for participants to apply theoretical concepts, exchange ideas, and receive constructive feedback.
Coordinators: Anna Moretti
Project managers: Emin Altun, Alessandro Gaballo

Hosts: Anna Moretti and Francesco Zirpoli (Venice School of Management).
Invited speakers:

  • Patrick Kenis (Tilburg University)
  • Elisabeth Mueller (Bundeswehr University Munich)
  • Leon Oerlemans (Tilburg University)
  • Elisa Operti (ESSEC Business School)
  • Jill Purdy (Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma)

Language: English

Why you should attend
Attendants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of network governance theories and their applications in addressing contemporary societal challenges.
Participants will analyze and evaluate their research papers or proposals, demonstrating the ability to critically assess theoretical arguments and empirical evidence.
They will collaborate with peers from diverse academic backgrounds, engaging in interdisciplinary discussions.
Requirements: attendants must be either graduate school students, or early-stage doctoral students with academic backgrounds in management, economics, political science, sociology, or related disciplines.
Participants: 30 students, with 10 places reserved to students from the Advanced Schools.
Deadline for registration:

  • registration open until 15th May (17:00 CET)
  • acceptance will be notified by 25th May
  • accepted students need to confirm by 31th May

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Management

Dis/Re-Orient: theories, methods, practices  
29th - 31st August, 2024

Room A and room C - Department of Asian and North African Studies,  Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini, Dorsoduro 3462, Venice

Workshop in Critical Area Studies

Area studies is an interdisciplinary field developed to analyze and interpret other cultures in the context of the Cold War years (1945-1989). It has undergone a profound transformation after the rise of Asia in the last 30 years has changed the role of specific Asian countries in international arrangements, the world economy and about global issues.
This workshop has been designed to promote interdisciplinary exchanges between Area studies and disciplines under the academic guidance of eminent scholars. The 3-day on-campus workshop will merge traditional and innovative teaching methods, featuring guest lectures from invited scholars (morning sessions) and guided readings and discussions (afternoon sessions), moderated by the workshop organizers and facilitators. Site visits to physical outcomes of contemporary global cultural exchanges in Venice (e.g. Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s works in the city) will be offered. 

Teaching methods: invited speakers will give a lecture and provide a reading list. Students’ active participation is required. The speakers’ suggested readings combined, if necessary, with those of the workshop organizers, will be the basis for the communal readings and guided discussion sessions during the 3-day workshop. Invited speakers will be asked to attend the discussion sessions and offer comments and suggestions for those students interested in a specific field. During the afternoon sessions, discussion will focus on theories and methods that might serve the students’ research aims. 
CoordinatorsMarco Zappa
Invited speakers: 

  • Claudia Derichs (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Jens Sejrup (University of Copenhagen)
  • Pamela McElwee (Rutgers University)
  • Ayşe Zarakol (Cambridge)


  • Marco Zappa
  • Giulia Dugar
  • Kie Sanada

Language: English

Why you should attend

  • to engage with an innovative perspective on world affairs informed by research in and on Asia
  • to build the foundations of a non-Euro/US-centered epistemology that may inform a different approach to social, political science and ecology
  • to develop a critical toolbox for research in relevant disciplines beyond Area and Asian Studies
  • to develop a cooperative approach to research, as well as writing and presentation skills

Students will acquire a better understanding of phenomena of global relevance from a non-European/non-US perspective, broadening the scope of the students’ own research and of their academic interest.
Furthermore, they will attain a new knowledge of the city of Venice and of its heritage through under the lens of global and transborder interactions and exchanges in the 20th and 21st century.
Participants will be asked to submit a research proposal and develop their research idea in a brief report to be submitted after the end of the workshop.
Requirements: being a student at an Advanced School (BA or MA-level), or an enrolled MA student of Ca’ Foscari from any disciplinary area. Active participation; open-mindedness, curiosity and an interest for the topics presented during the 3-days (International relations, political ecology, anthropology, architecture and cultural heritage). Prior field research experience is not mandatory, but appreciated.
Participants: 15, of which: 8 places reserved for BA and MA-level students of Advanced Schools; students who are working on their final essays and theses will be given priority; 7 places open to Ca’ Foscari MA-level students from any disciplinary area.
Deadline for registration:

  • registration open until 31st May
  • acceptance will be notified by 14th June; accepted students will receive a registration link
  • registrations must be completed by 21st June

How to apply: applications should contain a CV and a motivation letter, clearly stating the students’ interest and a possible research outline concerning Asia. They must be sent to

In partnership with

Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Asian and North African Studies

Last update: 15/05/2024