Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Ca' Foscari University of Venice is a public university in Venice, Italy; it is usually known simply as Università Ca' Foscari. Since its foundation in 1868 it has been housed in the Venetian Gothic palace of Ca' Foscari, from which it takes its name.

Top reasons to study here

  • Ca’ Foscari offers numerous study and internship opportunities abroad, open to both its own students and to foreign students choosing to study in Venice.
  • Ca’ Foscari’s lecture rooms and halls are the ideal setting for exhibitions, and scientific and cultural events.
  • This is a service providing guided tours to get to know the University’s historical palaces in Venice.



Founded on August 6, 1868 as the “Scuola Superiore di Commercio” (Advanced School for Commerce), Ca' Foscari was the first Italian institution to deal with advanced education in Business and Economics. The original main office is still found in the grand gothic palace “volta de canal” (on the bend of the Grand Canal), in the heart of Venice.


Ca’ Foscari is ranked third in Italy for the excellence of its research, and it has earned so many of the coveted European Commission Marie Curie research fellowships that it is one of Europe’s ten most successful universities in this regard. Globally, the QS world university rankings place Ca’ Foscari among the world’s top 100 universities for Modern Languages, the top 150 for History, and the top 250 for the study of Economics & Econometrics.


Innovation, investing in talent, support to researchers and the development of international collaborations; these are just some of the activities that make Ca’ Foscari’s more competitive in the global arena and influential in information sharing.


Ca’ Foscari offers targeted services to support, guide and orient you through the world of work, giving you the opportunity to make direct contact with international companies, develop your skills through specific workshops on self-entrepreneurship and transversal skills. You can participate in recruiting and job orientation events, receive assistance and guidance in writing and creating your video CV.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Ca’ Foscari University Foundation, an instrumental body of the University, is available not only to the University but also to companies and external bodies, to provide design and management consultancies for art exhibitions and corporate and institutional events.

Housing services

  • The Housing Office is a service for Italian and international students, researchers, professors and administrative staff coming to study or work at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
  • The office can help you look for a suitable and convenient accommodation in student residences, flats or hotels that hold an agreement with Ca’ Foscari University.
  • The Housing Office matches the needs and preferences of the applicants with the available accommodations. It may also help you look for a temporary lodging and give useful information about Venice accommodation.

Library services

The University Library System (SBA) includes 4 main libraries (Arts and Humanities, Economics and Management, Languages and Cultures, Science and Technology), holding about 1 million books and 4,400 periodicals and providing access to a wide range of electronic resources.

ICT services

  • Access to the Ca' Foscari WiFi network is reserved exclusively for: students, staff, accredited guests and guests belonging to eduroam member organisations.
  • Ca’ Foscari users can access for free the Wi-Fi network of the Venice City Council (VeniceConnected) by using the same username and password provided when they registered on the Ca’ Foscari website.

Student Life

Campus life

The San Servolo Campus has all the necessary structures to carry out the university activities: modern operational classrooms with internet Wi-Fi connection, an auditorium, a computer room, a digital laboratory, a library, a cafeteria, a bar, accommodation, sports fields and a large park.

Sports facilities

The University Sports Centre of Venice (CUS) offers university students the possibility to participate in a wide variety of sports: judo and personal defence, aerobics and other kinds of gymnastics, fitness, volleyball, basketball, tennis, handball and five-aside-football. There is also a sauna. In the city centre and on the mainland there are also sports facilities for rowing and 'voga alla veneta', sailing, canoeing and kayaking, golf, horse riding, free climbing and swimming.

Student clubs

Ca' Foscari students who wish to take part in leisure, learning, cultural support activities or organize and manage study groups may form associations of at least 30 students. Registered student associations may request funding for their initiatives: announcement for the allocation of funds are made twice a year.

Student Reviews

A great experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My overall study experience was great. Everything works very well in my university, even though it is very overcrowded sometimes and there is no space to sit for everyone in class.

Overall Good Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall the University teaching staff and supporting staff is quite good. The courses are well organized but other issues like making a bank accounts and getting the permit card is being problematic.

University life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Life at your university is extra ordenerry. It provides good environment for students to learn and deliver in the field. Study of theory and practice of practicals as well. I recomment new students to come and complete your higher education in this well reputed university.

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