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The Ca’Foscari University of Venice is situated on the Grand Canal between Rialto and St Mark’s in a fifteenth century palace and is the University of Venice.

The University was the first in Italy to cater for commerce, business and economics though has now also diversified into other subject areas such as faculties in science, languages and letters and philosophy. The institute was founded in 1868 and gained university status exactly one hundred years later in 1968. It has around 10,000 students. (

The International University of Venice was founded in the mid-nineties and is an association made up of ten universities. Located on San Servolo, a lagoon island between the city centre and Lido island, the centre aims to manage research centres and higher education and welcomes students and researchers from all over the world.

All graduate and undergraduate courses have recognised credits and are tutored in the English language. (

The IUAV (Venice Architecture University Institute) is located in the Santa Croce sestieri of Venice and is the only university solely dedicated to its particular sphere of knowledge – the design and planning of all the earth’s living environments such as buildings and cities. The school was founded in 1926, has approximately 8,000 students and offers a wide-range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. (

Did you Know?!?

The University of Venice has a library system allowing for access to over 700,000 books.

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