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Study Economics at the oldest Business School in Italy

Ca’ Foscari has a long tradition of teaching in Economics: the university was founded in 1868 as a Business School, and is the oldest in Italy and the second oldest in Europe.

Nowadays, the graduate courses in the Department of Economics generate experts extremely capable of working in the complex scenario of world economics, either in the private or public sector or in the non-profit field.

The Department of Economics offers four postgraduate programmes taught entirely in English:

MPhil in Economics and Finance (two tracks)

Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM) curriculum
This two-year programme aims to produce graduates equipped with in-depth knowledge of economic disciplines, quantitative instruments, management and legal disciplines. The curriculum is associated with the Joint Degree Programme in Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics – Erasmus Mundus (QEM).

Finance curriculum
This two-year programme aims to produce proficient experts able to tackle the main financial issues relating to financial markets and the administrative management of banks and financial institutions. At the end of their course, students can be awarded a double degree thanks to a specific agreement with Aix-Marseille University and Paris Dauphine University.

MPhil in Global Development and Entrepreneurship (two tracks)

Global Markets curriculum
This curriculum provides an interdisciplinary preparation focused on global development processes integrating competences and knowledge necessary to interact with international markets, paying particular attention to the emerging ones and to the recent migratory phenomena with economic and political impacts.

Entrepreneurship curriculum
This curriculum aims to train experts ready to support the processes of entrepreneurial growth, especially for SMEs, through managerial and financial training, capable of combining culture and economy of development and internationalization.

Both tracks allow selected students to obtain a double degree with EM Strasbourg Business School.

Ca Foscari Palace

International Master in Economics and Finance

This one-year programme features the highest ranking international faculty and learning and trains students to acquire a deeper and more sophisticated knowledge of financial markets and institutions. The emphasis will be placed on the study areas of risk management, banking, corporate finance and asset allocation. The course will be conducted in English to encourage cooperation and interaction among students from different countries and the teaching staff, which is recruited from the world's most renowned international academic institutions of Economics and Finance, as well as from business organisations operating in the financial sector. Among the sponsors of the programme are companies such as Allianz, Bank of Italy, Generali, Prometeia, KPMG and PWC. The programme offers internships in the main European and Italian financial institutions and achieves 100% placement.

PhD in Economics

The PhD programme in Economics is a four-year doctoral programme. In the first year, students attend a series of advanced lectures on tools, core and research topics in economics and finance with exams and assignments. During the second, third and fourth years, students concentrate on writing their dissertation. Students are then encouraged to enter the international job market for economists.

The main entrance and walkway between the classrooms of the Economic Campus

Top Reasons to study Economics at Ca’ Foscari

•  High-quality teaching and graduate programmes
•  Over 200 international partnerships with foreign universities
•  Involvement in International and European funded research projects
•  Opportunity to live in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
•  Fun student life in a unique young and vibrant atmosphere

Student Profiles

 'I am currently a research officer at Department of
 Economics in Ca’Foscari and I will start a new life as
 an assistant professor in China soon.
 'Undoubtedly, the experience of my PhD in Ca’ Foscari
 is one of the most unforgettable and amazing
 memories in my life.
 'During our PhD programme, we had excellent
 courses to deepen our research skills and we also
 have had a lot of chances to practice teaching skills as
 a teaching assistant, which will be really useful for our
 future career in Academia or elsewhere.
 'Moreover, all PhD students are encouraged to attend
 conferences and spend some time in other great universities to develop an international network and cooperate with other researchers.
'As an international student, the part I enjoyed the most during my PhD is the warm and friendly atmosphere of our department and the social time that I spent with the other PhD students. Studying and living in Venice is a very special and joyful experience.'

Yao Pan
Graduated with a PhD in Economics, 2018

'As a QEM student, I had the opportunity to be a student of two prestigious universities in Europe: Sorbonne University and Ca´Foscari University of Venice.
'In Ca´Foscari, I appreciated the advice and guidance received from my thesis supervisors that showed their genuine commitment to my work. They were always available to help and to provide me with valuable suggestions thanks to their deep and up-to-date knowledge on the topics at hand.
'Further, I had the opportunity to write my master thesis in collaboration with a second supervisor from another department.  Being that Ca´Foscari is a multidisciplinary university, it is possible to combine the strengths of different areas and approach research using other perspectives to enrich our work.
'I am currently working for a multinational company, which offers investment decision tools to institutional clients as part of the Analytical Quality Assurance team, a job I started after finishing the QEM master. Next year, I will start a PhD program in Economics in a top university in the United States, thanks to the encouragement and support of various QEM professors I worked with both throughout the program and during the whole application process.'

Laura Hurtado, graduated with a Master Degree in Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics as part of the Erasmus Mundus Master, 2017


Department of Economics — Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Economics Campus San Giobbe
Cannaregio 873 - 30121 Venezia - Italy
Web: www.unive.it/dep.economics
Email: didattica.economia@unive.it
Tel: +39 041 234 9125

For more information on enrolment and financial support, please visit our website at www.unive.it/english