ASI-CSULB Scholarship, Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, EOP Grant, Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Private Loans, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, SUG Grant, Veteran's Benefits
Areas of Study:
Communication and Media Studies, Comparative World Literature, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Global Migration Studies, International Studies, Italian Language and Culture, Philosophy
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia is a public Italian university situated within the historic center of Venice, Italy. Lectures are offered in old renivated buildings that have been transformed into university facilities. Established on August 6th, 1868 as a business school (the first in Italy and the second in Europe), it remains one of the top schools in Italy, offering a range of majors both taught both in English and Italian. The university has made prominent strides in collaborating with the city-wide and academic sectors by hosting international conferences regarding environmental issues, international human rights, and takes part in Venice's famed Biennale International Arts Exhibition. Ca' Foscari's campus is spread throughout Venice's historical center. Its main administration building was built in 1453 for then-doge Franceso Foscari and sits along the widest bend of the Grand Canal.
Watch the video below for more on Ca' Foscari's International Program.
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Campus: Today Ca’ Foscari University of Venice teaches approximately 20,000 students and covers four large scientific and cultural areas: Economics, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Humanities and Sciences. The International Exchange program is also ran in conjunction to Ca' Foscari's Erasmus Program, allowing CSULB students better interaction with students from all over the world. As of 2015, the school began its Discover Ca' Foscari, Enjoy Venice! program which integrates students into both the program and the city.
City: Venice, Italy (northeast)
Weather: Summer 65 F - 85 F Fall below 50 F Winter 40 F Spring 47 F - 65 F
Courses range from different academic disciplines. Grades are based on one interview-style oral exam (which ranged from 20-60 minutes each) or a written exam -- sometimes both. After the first exam period, students are able to redo their exam if they did not pass. Resits can happen two weeks after the initial exam period, and a second resit period happens three months later for a total of three chances to pass their exam. Instruction periods for each course can differ as classes can run on either a semester or quarter time period.
***To determine the CSULB equivalency for Italian course credits divide the credits by two (e.g., 6 ECTS credits equal 3 CSULB units).***
Exchange students may also enroll in courses at Venice International University. VIU is an international educational center which also partners with Ca' Foscari University. Through the connection between these two schools, CSULB students are able to attend classes at both institutions with the possibility of a combined schedule (e.g. two classes at Ca' Foscari and two classes at VIU). The catalog is primarily Humanities and Social Science courses, with professors from all over the world spending one semester in Venice teaching a single-subject. All courses are taught in English.
For more information about Venice International University and their catalog, click here.
***REMINDER: A faculty recommendtion from a language professor is not required if a student enrolls in all courses taught in English.***
The Housing Office is a service for Italian and international students to study or work at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Students can live in residences or research private apartments. For more information here
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply their award package to most semester or year long study abroad programs. Students are also eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).
Additional financing information can be found at this webpage.
I was fortunate enough to live with people who spoke both Italian and English. They often spoke Italian and dinners with friends were often in Italian as well. I really would recommend students have at least the four semesters under their belt. It's hard enough working around accent and slang, but people should be fine if they've been in Italian classes. I think I was prepared enough for living there. Certainly being around people who didn't speak English at all helped with my learning Italian.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.