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Do you want to come to Italy to study? Why not come to the beautiful city of Venice?
Its impressive architecture, the canals, and all the bridges, streets and small walkways give it a unique atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.
But Venezia is so much more than just a backdrop for postcards: It's a city with a vibrant history that spans more than 1,600 years, with unrivalled cultural offerings and activities that will make your student life in the city unforgettable.
WHICH UNIVERSITY CAN YOU CHOOSE?
Venice has quite a few universities and institutions that welcome international students - for exchange semesters or complete degrees. If you're looking to study in Venice in English, most degree programmes will be offered by Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the largest local institution. Here is an overview:
Ca' Foscari University of Venice: Founded in 1868, Ca' Foscari has grown into a large university with around 20,000 students. They offer about 20-degree programmes in English in various academic disciplines, primarily Master's agenda but also a few Bachelor's. Expect high-quality teaching, as the university is ranked among the world's best, especially in fields like History, Languages and Economics. And in case you're wondering: Ca' Foscari means "palace of the Foscari family", which is the university's main building - and it looks as impressive as it sounds!
Venice International University (VIU): In a unique setup, VIU is an autonomous campus operated by 20 universities from around the world, such as LMU Munich, Exeter, and of course, its local neighbour, Ca' Foscari. Its primary offering is the "Globalization Program", which is not a standalone degree programme but a collection of courses available to students of VIU's 20 member universities.
Università Iuav di Venezia: Originally founded as an Architecture school, Iuav University now also offers fashion and design programmes. The MA in Architecture is the only English-taught degree.
Global Campus of Human Rights: This small institution offers the specialised English-taught European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.
For those with artistic or musical aspirations, Venice is also home to the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) and the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello.
WHAT CAREER CAN YOU FIND?
As a mid-sized city in Italy, Venice offers many career opportunities in various sectors and companies of all sizes - but in most cases, solid knowledge of Italian will be a prerequisite for a job. That said, most degree programmes will last two years (Master's) or three years (Bachelor's); while you might study in English, this means a lot of time to learn Italian if you are serious about staying after graduation.
WHERE IS IT? …
Venice is located in North-East Italy. Venice Marco Polo Airport is Italy's fifth-busiest and serves predominantly European destinations. By train, you can quickly connect between Venice and Bologna (ca. two hours) and Milan (ca. three hours), and even Rome is just four hours away.
This is one of the best parts about Venice: It's small enough to get everywhere by foot (or boat). And you have to, at least in the historical part, as there are no automobiles, and bikes would be impractical. The gondolas you know from movies are only used by tourists these days, but you'll frequently use the vaporetti ("water buses") or traghetti (larger gondolas where most people stand - to cross the Grand Canal).
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.