Language Sciences


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Program Description

This Language Sciences program offers you an advanced command of one of a range of foreign languages, including Albanian, Arabic, Czech, English, French, German, Italian Sign Language (LIS, including tactile sign language), modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish.

Depending on the curriculum you choose, you focus on a different area of study by applying an in-depth comparative approach: themes and teaching tools for teaching Italian to foreigners and foreign languages to Italians; advanced research tools for the analysis of language disorders and linguistic acquisition in case of deafness and bilingualism; the formal analysis of language; new technologies for the study of languages and linguistics; and culture and literature in the different phases of their development and the historical diachronic evolution of your focal language.

The modules are taught in multiple languages, including your chosen language of specialization and English. You can also strengthen your expertise in specific areas of language studies, such as the teaching of foreign languages and Italian as a foreign language, the psychology of development and learning applied to language, computer science and information processing systems in language processing, linguistic analysis of speech and deafness disorders, the most advanced linguistic theories and the study of competence and processing in typical and atypical situations (eye tracking).

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This program's two-year study plan helps you develop an advanced linguistic and cultural understanding of your chosen language as well as the ability to interact with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural research groups by pairing course work with a curricular internship and a final thesis.

Curricula available

  • English Linguistics (double degree)
  • Language Sciences (taught in English or in Italian)

Languages available for this program: 

Albanian, Czech, French, English, Italian Sign Language (LIS), Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese/Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, German, Swedish.


As a graduate, you'll be prepared to launch a career in linguistic education, international cooperation and international institutions and public services related to cross-cultural communication. Some of the career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Linguist or philologist
  • Language teacher
  • Media researcher
  • Consultant for multimedia publishing and communication
  • Italian Sign Language expert 
  • Researcher

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To be eligible for admission, you need to have completed 30 ECTS in the field of Language Sciences and 24 ECTS in the language on which you want to focus during the degree. For more specific information, check the program's official web page or contact us!

  • The Language Sciences Curriculum taught in English requires a certified B2-level knowledge of English.
  • The other paths and curricula require a certified B2-level knowledge of both Italian and English.
  • For all curricula, a Teaching Committee must assess your CV to make sure you have adequate personal preparation.
  • For the English Linguistics Curriculum, there is a separate admission procedure. For more information, please contact us!




Depending on your nationality, the fees range from 700 to 2100 Euros. To know how much your fee would be, contact us!

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

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

The regional government also offers financial aid for international students from low-income families for which you can apply after enrolment.


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!

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Last updated Oct 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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