Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was founded in 1868 as the first Italian Business College. The main building of the university (Ca’ Foscari Palace) is placed in a strategic position on the bend of the Grand Canal, in the heart of the city. Today, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice teaches approximately 20,000 students and covers four large scientific and cultural areas (corresponding to the four Faculties in force until 2010): Economics, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Humanities and Sciences.
Since the academic year 2011/2012 the university has been organized into 8 Departments and 6 Interdepartmental Schools, responsible for research and teaching activities of First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes. Three university structures exist alongside these: Ca’ Foscari Graduate School, which coordinates Research Doctorates; Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, which organises Specialist Master’s Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and other courses for continuing education; Ca’ Foscari Summer School, which promotes intensive summer and autumn courses and other extracurricular activities for Italian and international students.
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice also offers English-taught programmes and double/joint degrees, which along with numerous cooperation agreements with European and extra-European institutions and universities, enrich the international focus that has always been a feature of the university, increasing the mobility of students, researchers and professors.
Skills in the fields of teaching, research and innovation are integrated by a wide cultural programme, thanks to a busy calendar of conventions, exhibitions, film, theatre and radio dates, aimed both at Ca’ Foscari community and the entire world.