Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Ca' Foscari and Palazzo Giustinian, seat of Ca' Foscari University
Latin: Venetiarum universitas in domo Foscari
Established6 August 1868 (1868-08-06)
RectorTiziana Lippiello

45°26′04″N 12°19′35″E / 45.4345°N 12.3265°E / 45.4345; 12.3265

Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italian: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, simply Università Ca' Foscari) is a public university in Venice, Italy. Since its foundation in 1868, it has been housed in the Venetian Gothic palace of Ca' Foscari, from which it takes its name. The palace stands on the Grand Canal, between the Rialto and San Marco, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro.

Ca' Foscari became a full-fledged university in 1968. It currently has eight departments and almost 21,000 students. Ca' Foscari's teaching and research is centred around economics & business, humanities, and modern languages. In 2017 Ca' Foscari's economics department was ranked as Italy's 3rd best, surpassed by University of Bologna and University of Padua, while it in general ranked 5th out of 89 universities.


San Giobbe Campus
San Giobbe Campus

Ca' Foscari was founded as the "Regia Scuola Superiore di Commercio" (Royal High School of Commerce) by a Royal Decree dated 6 August 1868, and teaching commenced in December of the same year. The idea of establishing such a school had arisen after the annexation of the Veneto to the new Kingdom of Italy in 1866, and was promoted by three people in particular: the Jewish political economist Luigi Luzzatti, later Prime Minister of Italy; Edoardo Deodati, senator of the Kingdom of Italy and vice-president of the province of Venice; and the Sicilian political economist Francesco Ferrara, director of the school for its first thirty years.

The school was the first institute of higher education in commerce in Italy. It also had a diplomatic section to train and educate Diplomats and commercial consular staff for overseas service and international law. In addition, Ca' Foscari was also created to operate as a training college for secondary school teachers of commercial subjects. Foreign languages were taught from the start as well as the study of foreign cultures. The school was parallelled only by the Institut Supérieur de Commerce d'Anvers, founded in 1853 in Antwerp, Belgium. Today, Ca' Foscari is still a specialised university for the study of business economics, humanitites and international affairs, and teaches over 40 languages.

San Sebastiano Campus
San Sebastiano Campus

Following the establishment of a national syllabus for university teaching in 1935, the Istituto Superiore di Economia e Commercio di Venezia, as it was by then called, was authorised to award four-year laurea degrees. In 1968 it obtained university status, and the name was changed to Università degli Studi di Venezia. In the following year two new faculties were created, of industrial chemistry and of philosophy and letters.

Currently, Ca' Foscari hosts eight strategic research centers: the Center for Cultural Heritage and Technology, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, the European Centre for Living Technology, the Center for Humanities and Social Change, the Institute for Global Challenges, the Marco Polo Centre, the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, and the Venice Centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for Public Policies.


The university is divided into eight departments:

  • Economics
  • Philosophy and cultural heritage
  • Management
  • Environmental science, computer science and statistics
  • Molecular science and nanosystems
  • Linguistic and comparative cultural studies
  • Humanities
  • Asian and Mediterranean African studies

It also hosts the European Centre for Living Technology as well as a Law Center.


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World751–800 (2020)
THE World601–800 (2020)
USNWR Global941 (2020)

Ca' Foscari is ranked among the best universities in Italy, ranking 5th in 2017 out of 89 universities.

The QS World University Ranking by subject has placed Ca’ Foscari of Venice among the top 100 universities in the world for modern languages, among the top 150 in the world for humanities, and among the top 200 in the world for economics and management.

The university also ranked as the third best public university in Italy for their quality of research according to ANVUR (the National Agency for the Evaluation of University Research Systems) in 2018.

Notable alumni

Among the alumni of the university are:

See also

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