During the summer the School offers numerous opportunities to students from Ca’ Foscari and from all over the world. The SIE Summer School is an experience of intensive study within a community where learning means sharing interests and knowledge among students and teachers, as well as stimulating curiosity and passions that are often left out of the usual daily academic life.

Joint summer schools

Following a 10 year long tradition, the School organises joint programmes between Ca’ Foscari and Harvard University, Columbia University of New York, University of Ottawa, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, among others, which offer numerous courses in the humanities, and social and environmental sciences, as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Each summer, the SIE also welcomes students from other partner Universities such as the University of International Business and Economics and Soochow University for short programmes which are tailor-made around the partner's specific academic and cultural requirements.


The SIE's summer programme of individual courses, Summer@SIE, is open to everyone and covers a wide range of topics such as intensive Italian language courses, programmes in Italian language and culture, "International School on Emergy Accounting" and more.

Students enrolled in the Summer School have the possibility of taking part in a range of activities and events that allow them to experience the city of Venice, its lagoon, its history and architecture, its art and its culture, and to participate in the numerous cultural events organised by the University.

In the field of languages, Italian is becoming increasingly requested by international students and by those with a passion for Italian culture and history. The School organises Italian language for non-native speakers as well as courses in Italian and Venetian culture, history, art and literature all year round.

During the semester

Throughout the academic year the School offers Italian as a foreign language at any level (A1 to C1), as well as Italian language and English-taught courses on Italian culture and history, designed specifically for exchange students spending a study period at Ca' Foscari.

Summer courses

As part of the Summer School, students can take intensive Italian courses or programmes in Italian language and culture.

We offer three year-long University Preparation Year programmes (Foundation programmes) aimed at providing students with a solid background in preparation of their studies at a University in Italy. Each programme offers a thematic study track combined with a language component and is designed for students coming from all over the world. 

Foundation Year

The Ca' Foscari Foundation Year is designed to give international students the chance to strengthen their academic background before beginning an undergraduate degree in English at a University in Italy. The programme offers courses on the English language, an introduction to Italian and general European history, as well as a basic introduction to the main disciplines of future study. Applications for the 2019/2020 academic year will open in early 2019.

Bridge Year

The Ca' Foscari Bridge year offers prospective students a full year of intensive Italian language study, and the opportunity to take additional preparatory courses for their future degree curricula at Ca’ Foscari or other higher education institutions. Applications for the 2019/2020 academic year will open in early 2019.

Marco Polo / Turandot

A special ten-month long programme is designed for Chinese students within the Marco Polo/Turandot program launched by CRUI. Applications have now closed for the upcoming 2018/2019 programme.