Comparative International Relations


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Program Description

This Comparative International Relations program is the only one in Italy focused on International Relations that provides you with a rich understanding of international law and economics while deepening your knowledge of languages and foreign cultures. It immerses you in linguistic and cultural studies regarding Europe, Asia and the Atlantic world, something Ca’ Foscari has done since its founding in 1868, and empowers you to explore, understand and analyze international relations through juridical, economic, historical and political lenses. By the end of the program, you will be able to fluently communicate in both English and a second language as well as elaborate coherent strategies aimed at solving problems on an international scale.

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The two-year study program equips you with a solid linguistic training as well as a familiarity with international law and economics through a combination of course work, a thesis and a curricular internship, which can be carried out in Italy or abroad.

You have 5 study paths, or curricula, to choose from, two of which are taught exclusively in English:

  • European Union Studies (ENG)
  • Global studies (ENG)
  • Americas (ITA)
  • East Asian (ITA)
  • Eastern Europe (ITA)

Each curriculum provides you with in-depth knowledge of a specific geopolitical area by exploring its political, cultural, geographic and sociological dynamics.

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As a graduate with an in-depth understanding of the complex dynamics of international relations as well as a nuanced familiarity with a specific geographic area, you will be prepared to assume a position of responsibility at businesses and organizations operating in international markets, local government and regional bodies, or at national and international institutes, agencies, foundations and study centers. 

Career opportunities can be found in the following fields, among others:

  • Public relations consultancy 
  • Journalism and broadcasting 
  • International marketing
  • Image management
  • Public service


  • To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy certain curricular requirements. You therefore must have completed 36 ECTS in specific study areas, including Economics, Law, Political Science, Social Science and History. For more specific information, please consult the program's official web page or contact us!
  • You need a certified B2-level knowledge of English.
  • A Teaching Committee assesses your CV to make sure you have adequate personal preparation. In addition, you must declare a B1-level knowledge of ONE of the following languages: French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.


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Depending on your nationality, the fees range from 700 to 1900 Euros. To know how much your fee would be, contact us!

For high-achieving international students, Ca' Foscari offers:

  • renewable fee waivers
  • one-time scholarships of €5,000

The regional government also offers financial aid for international students from low-income families.


Life at Ca' Foscari is both rewarding and stimulating thanks to a wide range of activities and events organized by the university as well as the students themselves. You can get involved in student clubs and sports, as well as take advantage of everything the city itself has to offer, from international cultural events to some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. Plus, if you choose to live in Venice's historic center, you'll surely enjoy living locally and sustainably thanks to the fact that distances are manageable and there are no cars or traffic to compete with.

To get an insider's perspective, why not book an online chat with a current international student?

Also be sure to check out our international student Instagram account, @studentlifeinvenice for a window onto life at Ca' Foscari!


Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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 programs in economics and manage ... Read More

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 programs in economics and management, modern languages, the humanities and the sciences. Globally, the QS World University Rankings place Ca’ Foscari among the top 100 universities for Modern Languages, the top 150 for History, the best 200 for Linguistics and Geography, and the top 250 for Economics and Econometrics as well as Accounting and Finance. Read less
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