Who we are

Studenti a San Sebastiano

The Ca’ Foscari School for International Education promotes learning in a cross-cultural environment at a University whose long and distinguished history of international exchanges inspires our present commitment to create an international community of students and teachers in Venice.

The School provides University-level instruction within academic programmes that include courses in English for exchange students, graduate seminar programmes, as well as a Bridge Term and a foundation year for prospective students at Ca’ Foscari University or other higher education institutions.

The School has  a long-standing reputation for organising joint Summer Schools with prestigious international universities such as those with Harvard University and Columbia University of New York, which have been in place for more than a decade. Also offered during the summer is the comprehensive programme Summer@SIE: individual summer courses open to everyone on a range of engaging and innovative topics, from Giotto to Carlo Scarpa, from design to mindfulness, from journalism to Italian culture.

Italian language and culture plays an important role in all of the School's programmes, with students being encouraged to experience Venice and its lagoon, its art, architecture, history and culture through guided tours of the city and its museums, excursions, and boat trips, providing a true contact with the Venetian natural and cultural environment. The School also offers semester-long courses as well as summer intensive courses in Italian language, preparatory courses for CILS certification, and summer programmes which combine Italian language with culture modules and a variety of activities around the city.

Students attending the School are also invited to participate in the various cultural activities offered by the city and by Ca’ Foscari, such as conversations with writers, a short film and a literature festival, theatre, music, films, and many more.

These are the reasons why we pride ourselves on making our international students feel truly welcome at Ca’ Foscari and in Venice.

Interested in organising a partnership programme with us?

We are constantly seeking to widen our network through the implementation of cooperative relationships which encourage scientific and cultural exchange and which have as their central aim the development of internationalisation opportunities for the entire University body of teachers, students and staff. 

Following on from the former Ca' Foscari Summer School, the SIE organises programmes on a variety of themes throughout the year in collaboration with partner Universities. Within the programmes the School takes care of the overall organisation and arrival in Venice, the scheduling and teaching support, promotion and communication, as well as the organisation of cultural and social activities.

If your University is interested in launching a collaboration with the School for International Education, contact us for further information.


Last update: 04/10/2018