As the result of a partnership agreement signed by Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in November 2018, Ca' Foscari has established an Information Corner on HSE’s Moscow campus whose main goals are:

  • cultural, educational activities and research in the HSE community;
  • to enhance exchange and cooperation between the two universities.

Set up your consultation with the representative

Valeria Brandina

Ca' Foscari representative in HSE

(schedule an online appointment, contacting via email/phone number)
+7 985 817 01 79


Students of the Master's programme 'Business and Politics in Modern Asia' now have the opportunity to study in the programme of Ca' Foscari University ‘Language and Management in China' for a year. On completion of their studies, students will get diplomas of both universities.
September 30, 2020
Ca' Foscari will launch 6 new programmes in the 2020/21 academic year. Four of them are taught in English.
February 06, 2020
Ca’ Foscari and HSE signed an agreement Erasmus + ICM, which gives grants for mobility to students and teaching staff. The project is valid until July 2022, there are 5 places available for mobility for HSE students
January 15, 2020
On June 25-28 HSE Lyceum students participated in the Discover Ca' Foscari Week. The students attended lectures on various subjects, learned about Ca’ Foscari student life and participated in a rich cultural programme prepared by the university.
July 02, 2019
As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.
June 20, 2019

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Discover Ca' Foscari

Originally established as Italy’s first business school in 1868, Ca' Foscari University of Venice is now a multidisciplinary institution offering a wide range of study programmes in economics and management, modern languages, the humanities and the sciences.

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 200 for Linguistics and Geography, the top 250 for the study of Economics&Econometrics, Accounting&Finance, the top 300 for Business&Management studies.

Ca' Foscari is located in the awe-inspiring city of Venice. With canals and boats instead of streets and cars, this city’s truly singular historic center has been a vibrant place of cultural and economic exchange for over a millennium, and the beauty of its art and architecture has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ca' Foscari has approximately 23,000 students and hosts over 1,300 international students each year. In the firm belief that higher education and cutting-edge research must be innovative and international, the university has forged an extensive academic network of partner universities spanning the globe, allowing it to offer a variety of joint and double bachelor’s and master’s degrees and over 700 active exchange agreements with institutions all over the world.

Ca' Foscari also prepares its students for the competitive global workplace and fosters an international, inclusive academic community by offering study programs taught in English at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Ca' Foscari at Glance


23,000 students, including 1,300 international students

1,300 professors, lecturers and administrative staff

100 visiting professors each year

Study Programmes

18 bachelor’s degrees (3 years)

36 master’s degrees (2 years)

16 doctoral degrees (3 years)

25 professional master’s programs (1 year)


15,000+ internship agreements in Italy and abroad

700+ student exchange agreements

26 double and joint degrees

2 Summer Schools in partnership with Harvard University (USA) and Columbia University (USA)

2 International Seminar Programmes in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (Canada) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)


8 Departments

University preparatory year

Ca' Foscari University provides the opportunity to carry out a preparatory year before beginning a bachelor’s degree. This year of study, which is taught in English with an opportunity to add a language modul in Italian, is right for you if:

  • You will have fewer than 12 years of schooling 
upon completing high school (12 years are required in order to enroll in a bachelor’s degree in Italy) 

  • You studied in the American school system and will not have the three Advanced Placement exams required to enrol in university in Italy 

  • You need to improve your foreign language skills before beginning your university studies abroad (Ca' Foscari’s principal languages of instruction are Italian and English)

Ca' Foscari’s university preparatory year is 
open to anyone, regardless of where a student intends to enrol in university. The programme 
is particularly popular with students intending 
to enroll in one of the three other institutions that, together with Ca' Foscari, form the Study in Venice consortium: IUAV University (architecture and design), the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello (music) and the Accademia di Belle Arti (fine arts and design).

For more information, contact the School for International Education by writing to cfsie@unive.it

  • Foundation Year

 Language of instruction: English


The Ca' Foscari Foundation Year is for students who wish to prepare for enrolment at an Italian University. It provides you with an adequate mastery of English and a basic knowledge of the main disciplines of your future study area. In addition, if your chosen degree programme requires you to take an admission test, the Foundation Year prepares you to do so.


The programme offers a general curriculum for University preparation to all students, as well as 4 Study Tracks that aim to provide students an elementary background in the subjects they are interested in pursuing during their undergraduate studies. Students also take a language module in either Italian or English, depending on the degree programme they are planning on enrolling in.

All Study Tracks and the general curriculum are offered in English. Students are therefore required to already have a certified B1 language level (according to the CEFR).

In order to pass Foundation Year and obtain the final certificate, students must successfully complete each of the three learning modules:

  1. General curriculum: Modern and Contemporary Italian history, Critical Thinking and academic skills for University preparation
  2. Study Track: Economics, Science, Humanities or Architecture, Art & Design
  3. Language module: International Option (English) or Bridge Option (Italian)

Classes run from October through June, and your learning is assessed throughout the year on the basis of class participation, essay writing, presentations and tests. 

Cost: € 5,000 
 (ask more about special rates for HSE students).

English Taught Degrees and Curricula

Ca' Foscari University of Venice offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes and curricula taught in English.

All programmes (in English and in Italian) are availible here.

  • Economics and Management
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts and Humanities

Professional 1-year Master

Professional Master’s Programmes at 1st, 2nd or Executive level are one-year courses with a high vocational content involving sectoral experts, lecturers and enterprises. They are intended for recent graduates as well as for professionals wishing to enhance existing competences or acquire new skills that will allow them to progress in their careers.

Вusiness strategies and internationalisation

First level

Finance, Tax System and Contracts

Second level

Land Management, Environment and Safety

Second level