The Ca’ Foscari Foundation Year is an 8-month English-taught program designed to prepare international students like you to enrol in an undergraduate degree program taught in either English or Italian at an Italian university.
The Foundation Year is right for you if:
upon completing high school you will have fewer than the 12 years of schooling required to enrol in a bachelor’s degree in Italy
you want to improve your English or Italian language skills before beginning an undergraduate degree at an Italian university
you studied in the American school system and will not have the three Advanced Placement exams required to enrol in university in Italy
you studied in the British school system and will not have the three A-levels required to enrol in university in Italy
Language of instruction: English
The program pairs a general curriculum focused on university preparation with a focused study track aimed at providing you with an elementary background in the field in which you want to carry out your undergraduate studies. You also take a language module in either Italian or English, depending on the language in which you'd like your bachelor's degree to be taught.
The general curriculum and all four available study tracks are taught in English, so to enrol you must already have a certified B1-level knowledge of this language (according to the CEFR, B1 is "lower intermediate").
In order to complete the Foundation Year and obtain the final certificate, you will carry out three learning modules:
General curriculum: Modern and Contemporary Italian history, Critical Thinking and academic skills for University preparation
Study track (you choose one of the four): Economics & Management; Science; Humanities & Arts; OR Architecture, Art & Design
Language module: International Option (bolstering your knowledge of English) or Bridge Option (learning Italian)
Total tuition is €5,000. The tuition fees cover all teaching and tutorials as well as university administrative and support services. Extra-curricular activities, transportation, accommodation and living expenses are at your expense.
Merit-based tuition fee reductions available: to know more, contact Ca' Foscari's School for International Education!
The Foundation Year runs from October though June.
Life at Ca' Foscari is both rewarding and stimulating thanks to a wide range of activities and events organized by the university as well as the students themselves. You can get involved in student clubs and sports, as well as take advantage of everything the city itself has to offer, from international cultural events to some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. Plus, if you choose to live in Venice's historic center, you'll surely appreciate living locally and sustainably thanks to the fact that distances are manageable and there are no cars or traffic to compete with.
To get an insider's perspective on university life at Ca' Foscari, why not book an online chat with a current international student?
Also be sure to check out our international student Instagram account, @studentlifeinvenice for a window onto life at Ca' Foscari!