School for International Education

We offer 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 2020/2021 academic year are now open.

N.B. The 2020/21 Foundation Year will be held online for the first semester; the second semester will be in presence in Venice according to the development of the global health situation; should it not be possible, the entire programme will be held online.

Marco Polo / Turandot

A special ten-month long programme is designed for Chinese students within the Marco Polo/Turandot program launched by CRUI.

Applications for the 2020/2021 academic year are now open.


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 C2), as well as Italian language, 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 language courses combined with a variety of topics in Italian culture.

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.

Update for Summer 2020

We are currently reviewing the feasibility of running our Summer Schools in 2020 given the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Each webpage will be updated as information comes available.