Marco Polo/Turandot

The Marco Polo and Turandot program was launched by CRUI, the Conference of Italian University Rectors. Its goal is to contribute to reinforcing scientific cooperation between Italy and Asia and to increase the number of Chinese students enrolled in Italian universities.

The aim of the program is to provide Chinese students with proficiency in Italian language and culture and to prepare them for enrolment at Italian Universities or Higher Education Institutions.

At Ca’ Foscari, the program is offered at the Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (SIE), a school which is dedicated to international students and programs.

Marco Polo/Turandot at Ca' Foscari University

The Italian language programme for Marco Polo/Turandot students is offered by Study in Venice,  an association which reunites four of Venice’s higher learning institutions: Ca’ Foscari UniversityIuav University, the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice, and the Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello”. The four institutions formed an association in 2017 with a view of work together and provide academic services to international students in Venice, including courses in Italian language and culture.

The programme is organised by the School for International Education at Ca' Foscari, a University which enjoys worldwide reputation in the field of language teaching, and has a strong decade-long tradition of research on language teaching and training for teachers of Italian as a foreign language.

The programme offers an innovative and pragmatic approach, focusing on the use of language in real communication. Core features include:

  • in-class lectures
  • language practice and support tutorials
  • in-depth workshops focused on diverse language aspects
  • Italian culture workshops and visits of museum and interest spots in Venice
  • language learning tandem with students enrolled in Ca’ Foscari’s Chinese classes

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the programme will run for 10 months from November 2020 until September 2021.

The course will be blended (web-based and face-to-face). Owing to the Covid-19 Health emergency, the course will be in e-learning mode until January, 31st 2021.
Subsequently, if the Health crisis should evolve favourably, students will be allowed to continue the course on-site, at our University venue, beginning February, 2021.

The course is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages as an intensive language course (at least 100 hours per month), with supervised mandatory attendance (web-based) and a 4 module structure with a final period of catch-up/enforcing work. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday in classrooms equipped for language teaching with full multimedia access.

Before the course starts students are required to take a placement test. Students will then be placed in classes of no more than 20-25 students based on the individual test results.

At the end of each module, an online test will be provided in order to check the improvements achieved and monitor any possible difficulty. Students will take a final test as last step of the course and will obtain a certificate of the skill level reached.

The enrollment fee also includes the Italian official language certification CILS (B1 or B2) that will be held in Ca’ Foscari by August, 2021 (special session).

Italian language

(online between November 2020 and January, 2021)

The language course is developed through 4 modules including classes, workshops, exercises and support tutoring for students.

The classes will be arranged according to a communicative approach and through a functional and notional method to meet the students’ requests for real communication needs. 

They will be held by native language experts in multimedia classrooms equipped with up-to-date devices for language learning.

The in-depth workshops are focused on the development of language skills according to standards of CILS tests: listening, reading and writing.

The Italian language and culture workshop offers some hours of Italian culture hints that describe our country and include visits in Venice and the surrounding area.

The tutoring hours are provided for language catch-up and enforcing of the skills acquired in class and for the development of speaking skills.

During the course, Chinese students will be required to take part in a language tandem programme with Chinese learning students from Ca’ Foscari. The purpose is to facilitate their integration in the Italian University background.

For the time frame of November 2020-January 2021, the online course will be held through streaming live classes and workshops on language skills by using Zoom programme.

Preparatory Courses

Thanks to our Study in Venice partners, alongside the Italian language course offered at the Ca’ Foscari School for International Education, students can choose to register for a package of preparatory courses, aimed at introducing them to their future area of study. Students can sign up to these courses upon arrival in Venice. 

Marco Polo students at Ca’ Foscari University:

Students who have pre-enrolled in a degree programme at Ca’ Foscari can take preparatory courses in economics, languages and linguistics, humanities, or science.

Marco Polo and Turandot students at Iuav University-Accademia-Conservatory:

Students who have pre-enrolled in a degree programme at IUAV, or at any of the Accademia or Conservatories will be able to take preparatory courses in architecture, music or art.

Attention! For the 2020/2021 academic year these courses will start if the Health situation will make it possible; more details will be available during the academic year.

Evaluation and certification

Evaluation will take place throughout the programme. Students will be tested at the end of each term so as to check progress and monitor any difficulties, and at the completion of the entire programme they will sit a final exam in order to receive a certification from the SIE. Students will also be able to sit the official Italian language certification CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) at Ca’ Foscari in August 2021. 

At the end of the programme students are expected to reach an intermediate level (B1 or B2).


Attendance is obligatory. A minimum of 70% of the attended hours is required to access the final test.


Applications for the Marco Polo/Turandot programme are open until September, 15th 2020.
Please fill in the form below and send it to with:

  • copy of your passport and 
  • Payment receipt of the enrollment fee

For further questions please contact the School 



The enrollment fee for the Italian language course is € 5000 (including registration for the CILS test)

Payment details

Payment must be made by bank transfer/wire to the following account:

Account name: Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (CFSIE)
Account number: 46603825
Bank name/address: Banca Popolare FRIULADRIA, San Marco 4121 Salizada San Luca, 30124 VENEZIA
IBAN: IT 96 U 05336 02020 000046603825Reference: "student name"
For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

Begin of classes

Classes will start on November, 18th 2020.

Last update: 21/04/2021