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.

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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 50 universities for Classics Ancient History, the top 100 for Modern Languages, the top 150 for History, the top 200 for Economics & Econometrics, Geography and Linguistics, and the top 300 for the study of Accounting and Finance.


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 International Welcome Unit offers a wide range of services for international beneficiaries, such as guidance and assistance for enrolment procedures, recognition of academic qualifications, the visa application process, residency permit, student services, health issues, and transportation. For more information, please visit the webpage.

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

It’s true when they say that Venice is a place like no other – one where history collides with innovation and where inspiration lies around every corner. Ca’ Foscari’s main campus is located in the heart of Venice’s historic center, but it also has additional campuses on the mainland.

While many of our university buildings are historic, they are all equipped with modern technology. What is more, our Economics Campus was completely renovated just a few years ago and our Scientific Campus is brand new.

The University offers students the use of:

  • 6 libraries,
  • free Wi-Fi in all of our buildings,
  • a language study center,
  • exhibition spaces,
  • a theatre,
  • a sports center,
  • canteens in many locations of Venice and on the mainland.

Sports facilities

Are you an athlete who does not want to abandon the sport during your studies? Do you love to try new experiences? The University Sports Centre of Venice (CUS) has everything for you, at special prices for students!

Among the most important are:

  • Judo and personal defence
  • Aerobics, yoga, and different kinds of gymnastics
  • Volleyball, basketball, handball and five-aside-football teams
  • Tennis, golf, horse-riding and free climbing
  • Rowing, 'voga alla veneta', sailing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming pool, acquagym e scubadiving
  • Sauna and lots more!

Student clubs

Ca’ Foscari guarantees students a well-rounded study experience through its provision a large variety of sports activities and student associations:

  • Erasmus Student Network (ESN): With over 12,000 members from 36 countries, it promotes international networking
  • University Sports Centre (CUS): it offers the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports and be part of the Universtity teams
  • Radio Ca’ Foscari
  • University Choir and Orchestra
  • Shylock University Theatre Centre (CUT): a cultural association aimed at promoting technical-artistic innovation in the field of theatrical performance. It organizes training and experimental workshops, hosts visiting productions and shows
  • ..and much more, come and try it!

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was a good experience at first, but as I am studying for the second year, I am noticing many things that are not suitable for the time of education I want to receive. I think that the courses are not well-thought, because many times I find myself passionate about the topics I am studying but the teaching methods are in most cases based on the exam. Furthermore, many...

Venice is always amazing!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying in Venice is a unique experience. The university organizes many cultural initiatives and conferences. Students may engage in interesting multidisciplinary courses as well as in different types of associations. However, I wish I had more information about opportunities outside the university.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

at this university I had the opportunity to learn and know the basics of economics, I entered a new world of management, the professors always encouraged me, but what was not good was the fact that the university cannot help us with practice

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