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Language, Culture and Society of Asia and Mediterranean Africa (Bachelor's Degree)

Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVenice - ITALY

Field(s) of study: Humanities, Languages
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Bachelorsbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: -- €
Course cost: 1 844 €

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 870
Places available per academic year: 790

Program Language

  • Italian

Course length: 

  • 3 years (36 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level

The programme plans to develop the relative linguistic abilities of two Asian languages with different sets of skills according to the selected curriculum, and offers a solid understanding of the cultures and societies of these Bachelor's languages. Furthermore, it offers an in-depth understanding of the English language or the acquisition of basic skills of written and spoken French, and the critical-interpretive study of Italian literature. Through dedicated exercises, students will also be able to master the principal informatics and telematic tools, with possible reference to the specifications in the linguistic area of expertise.

Language courses available:

  • China curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Chinese
  • Korea curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Korean
  • Japan curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Japanese
    Second languages for the China, Korea and Japan curricula (1 year): Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Modern Greek, Persian, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Vietnamese.
  • Indian Sub-continent curriculum
    Language for 3 years: Hindi
    Second language (for 2 years): Arabic, Chinese, Persian.
  • Near and Middle East curriculum
    Two languages for 3 years, to choose between: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish.

Other languages that you can include among the offered modules (according to the curriculum): Georgian, modern Greek, Tibetan, Vietnamese

This Bachelor's Degree Programme allows students to achieve good proficiency in two East Asian language (see Curricula), basic knowledge of their respective literatures, as well as a solid grounding in the cultures and societies of the relevant countries.

In addition, students will have command of written and spoken English and French, and basics of history and civilisation. Graduates will be able to use the main IT and electronic communication tools relating to the specific linguistic areas of competence. An Italian literature course is also available.

Curricula and Language courses available:

  • China Curriculum 
    Three-year language: Chinese
  • Korea Curriculum
    Three-year language: Korean
  • Japan Curriculum
    Three-year language: Japanese
    Second language for the China, Korea and Japan curricula (for one year): Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Modern Greek, Persian, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Indian Sub-Continent Curriculum
    Three-year language: Hindi
    Second language (for two years): Arabic, Chinese, Persian
  • Near and Middle East Curriculum

Two languages for three years, chosen from: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish Other languages that can be studied (according to the curriculum) include: Georgian, Marathi, Modern Greek, Tibetan and Vietnamese.

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.

Knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral exams during the entire university career.

The degree exam consists in preparing a paper/thesis, evaluated according to methods similar to those of written exams but not in the presence of the student. The supervisor may require an oral discussion of the paper/thesis, in case he/she considers it to be necessary.


Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

Bachelor's Degree graduates will be able to work in the intercultural communication field and interest themselves professionally into various sectors, both public and private, including cultural and museum bodies, national and communal public institutions, and international organizations.
They will also be able to write and translate texts with cultural relevance and with linguistic assistance at companies and other entities.
Finally, they will be able to develop professions linked to the organization and promotion of cultural and artistic events (exhibitions, expositions, festivals...) and work for businesses and other companies interesting in the Asian and Mediterranean market.

Entry requirements

Entry qualification: High school / secondary education (or higher)
Language Requirements


B2 level is required.

As proof of Italian language level we accept the following international exams:

  • CELI
  • CILS

Please notice that students lacking suitable certification in Italian will have to take a preliminary Italian language test, held every academic year at the beginning of September.

The following students do not need to submit evidence of Italian language proficiency: Italian mother-tongue students, EU students (wherever resident), non-EU students who have been living in Italy for at least a year.


B1 level of English language is also required.

We accept the following international exams:

  • IELTS 4.0-5.0
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86

Please notice that students lacking certification in English will be required to fulfill the requirement in the first year of studies.

In order to enrol in limited admission degree programmes students must first pass a selection procedure. Successful applicants will be included in a Selection List.

Admission to this degree programme is subjected to an entry test of Italian language, logical skills, English language and basic knowledge pertaining to the chosen curriculum. A certified knowledge of English language at least at level B1 is also required.

For more information, please consult the Admission Call on the programme website

Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:

For NON-EU students residing outside Europe, the admission test will consist of participating in an interview with our Professors via Skype in order to verify the entry requirements and also the motivational and cultural skills acquired.

Admission criteria: 

Students must have attended school for at least 12 years.

Students coming from countries where admission test to university is compulsory, must also submit a certificate attesting that they have passed it (i.e. Concurso Vestibular, Gao Kao minimum score 380, Pruebas de Selectividad, Veveosi Prosvasis, ecc.).

The admission to this BA is subjected to an entry test.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school/university. If yours is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy - either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. The entry qualification documents must also be legalized or bear the Apostille stamp certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and submitted in the original or certified copy. Documents issued by European countries joining international conventions (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia, Estonia and Germany) are exempt from legalization or Apostille.

You must bring the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.


Course cost description: 

Cost of the Degree Programme :

  • EU students: 1844€ 
  • Non-EU students from OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland and Turkey): 1900€ 
  • Non-EU students from developing countries ( 700€
  • Students from all other countries: 1200€

In addition, Ca' Foscari offers students a variety of forms of financial aid: scholarships, exemptions and reduction of fees, student loans, prizes for outstanding dissertations and other forms of concession.
Some of the student loans involve agreements with banks allowing students to pay tuition fees on favourable terms. The most deserving students are entitled to an interest-free advance repayable a year after graduation.  
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in forms of student collaborations involving paid jobs within the university.