Studyportals placeholder

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

4.1 out of 5 (168 ratings / 53 reviews) Venice, Italy
Ca’ Foscari University is a public institution located in the heart of Venice, one of the world’s most inspiring cities. It is world-ranked in economics, management, modern languages, history and computer science, and the university offers  over 20 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes taught entirely in English.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (4)
Social Sciences (3)



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 welcomes students from abroad and helps them throughout their academic career, in line with the internationally oriented city of Venice it is part of Degree seeking students enrolled in Ca’ Foscari benefit from specific services, events and initiatives.


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.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
601 -100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
751 -50
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


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

Good points for Venice
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars
My university experience was good but honestly I had higher expectations. I think the university should be better organized and modernized. I've really liked the city and the locations.
Chinese language at Ca'Foscari university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
Chinese classes were very good, but I think they should make students practice more
Not so bad
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars
In general, I would say that my overall study experience was quite satisfactory: the subjects' range was wide, as it included not only Japanese language classes, but also provided a complete background's study of Japan, such as History, Literature, History of Arts, Asia's Philosophy and Religions, Japanese contemporary society and so on. If I had to criticize something of Ca' Foscari's academic...