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Study Economics at the oldest Graduate Business School in Italy

Ca’ Foscari has a long tradition in graduate teaching in Economics: the university was founded in 1868 as the 'Royal High School of Commerce', it's the oldest business school in Italy and the second oldest in Europe.

Nowadays, the high-quality graduate courses offered by the Department of Economics, taught entirely in English, generate flexible experts able to face and work in the complex scenario of world economics, either in the private, public or non-profit sector.

The Department of Economics offers graduate programmes taught entirely in English:

MPhil in Economics and Finance
Curriculum Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM)
This two-year programme aims at producing graduates equipped with in-depth knowledge of the economic, quantitative, management and legal disciplines. The Models and Methods in Economics and Management curriculum, fully taught in English, is associated with the Joint Degree Programme in Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics – Erasmus Mundus (QEM).
Curriculum Finance
This two-year programme aims at producing proficient experts able to tackle the main issues related to financial markets and the administrative management of banks and financial institutions. At the end of their course, selected students can be awarded a double degree in Economy, Econometrics and Finance (Aix-Marseille University, France), or in Economie et Ingénierie Financière (Université Paris-Dauphine, France), or in Financial Analytics (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA).

MPhil in Global Development and Entrepreneurship
This master’s degree programme, located in Treviso, offers an interdisciplinary course, aimed at deepening the peculiarities of the Global Development processes integrating the economic, mathematical, statistical, legal, geographical and cultural knowledge necessary to interact with international markets, paying specific attention to the emerging ones. The two curricula (Entrepreneurship and Global Markets) aim at training experts in the analysis markets globalization and international economics, ready to support the processes of entrepreneurial growth through managerial and financial training and capable of combining the culture and economy of development and internationalization. Selected students can obtain a Double Degree with the École Management of Strasbourg.

Ca Foscari Palace
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International Master in Economics and Finance
This one-year programme features the highest ranked international faculty and teaching, and trains students to acquire a deeper and advanced knowledge of financial markets and institutions. The faculty is recruited from the world's most renowned international academic institutions of Economics and Finance, as well as from business organizations operating in the financial sector. It offers internships in the main European and Italian financial institutions, achieving a 100% placement rate.

Graduate students' life in 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

Elisa Orlandi, grad student in Economics and Finance, a trainee at VERA Academy*

[* VERA Academy is the advanced training programme that gives talented students of master's degree courses the opportunity to work with the researchers of the VERA Centre on their research projects. The Centre offers internship grants for activities of research assistance, useful also for developing the master degree thesis and participating in ongoing research projects.]

Why did you apply for an internship at VERA Academy?
I think that VERA Academy is an amazing opportunity for students to see the academic world from the inside. I worked together with highly qualified researchers and I improved my research skills, especially thanks to the close collaboration with the professor in charge of my project. Further, I developed skills that helped me to better manage time and deadlines, making sure that the high-quality standards required were always met.

Would you recommend this experience to other students?
I highly recommend this internship program to those students who would like to continue their university studies with a PhD program. In fact, besides providing the opportunity to apply what I learned during my master’s studies, it also offered a first glimpse on research and how researchers develop and manage their projects.

What are your plans for the near future?
After this training experience, I decided to pursue an academic career and my plan now is to apply for a PhD Program in Economics.

Tanja Baccega, MSc in Economics and Finance, Financial Data Analyst - Structured Finance, Moody’s Corporation, Frankfurt am Main

Why did you choose to specialize in Finance?
Whether aware or not, people do use finance in their everyday life and studying finance can be a valuable support. Indeed, studying finance gives you the tools not only for a future career in the financial services sector, but also to carry out tasks in our everyday life.

And why at Ca’ Foscari?
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has an excellent reputation in this field. Besides, students learn through different methods, especially through practical activities and projects that the Department of Economics provides during the courses and which allow students to experience situations similar to the real working environment.

How would you describe your experience as a Finance student?
My experience as a student at the Department of Economics was extremely positive. The time I spent at the university was highly intellectually satisfying, yet very demanding as I needed to work under tight deadlines and I had to confront challenging topics. Nevertheless, university studies are just the first step in professional life but I am sure that the years I spent at Ca’ Foscari allowed me to develop both professional and intellectual skills that now I deploy on a daily basis in my work in finance.


Department of Economics
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Economics Campus of San Giobbe
Cannaregio 873 - 30121 Venice - Italy

For more information on enrolment and financial support, please visit our website

Web: www.unive.it/dep.economics

Email: didattica.economia@unive.it