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Language and Civilisation of Asia and Mediterranean Africa

Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVenice - ITALY

Field(s) of study: Cultural Management
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 2 061 €

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 100
Places available per academic year: 200

Program Language

  • Italian

Course length: 

  • 2 years (24 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+3 years
A Level+4 years
A Level+5 years

NOTICE: You can apply for this Degree Programme through only if you are an international student. Here follows the categories considered:

  • EU citizens and EU-equated citizens
  • Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit
  • Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with an Italian qualification
  • Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy
  • Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

Italian citizens with Italian qualifications must follow a different procedure. For more info please visit:

The course provides you with a high command of an Asian or Mediterranean African language and advance knowledge of the related cultural realities, ranging from literature to history, from philosophy to religions, and sociology to art and archeology. The choice of languages are Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Persian and Turkish.

You will acquire a solid understanding of the field of classical traditions of the civilisations studied together with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary socio-cultural realities.

The course will be taught in the language of specialisation and in English.

The skills acquired will allow you to establish yourself in various areas of high professionalism: in international organisations for the protection of artistic and cultural heritage, in museums, libraries, public and private art collections if you choose the classic path. If you choose the modern and contemporary path you can specialise in organising and promoting cultural and artistic events, in consulting for social and educational services for welcoming and integrating non-EU citizens, or in activities related to the development and organisation of forms of sustainable tourism in East Asia and the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the countries of Mediterranean Africa.


The Master's Degree programme in Language and Civilisation of Asia and Mediterranean Africa aims to model students that possess a solid understanding of a language in Asia or Mediterranean Africa (including micro languages). The linguistic understanding should be integrated with an advanced understanding of relative literature, history and cultural reality, and in their different dimensions (historical, philosophical, religious, social, institutional, archeological, artistic). Each piece of knowledge will be acquired both through teachings aimed at training cultural operators in the classicist sense who, in addition to the mastery of a modern Asian or Mediterranean Africa language, will also have a solid background in the field of classical traditions of civilizations studied (literature, philology and textual exegesis, figurative and performing arts, and religious/philosophical traditions); and through teachings aimed at training cultural operators in the modern field who, in addition to the mastery of a modern Asian or Mediterranean Africa language, will have a solid understanding of the socio-cultural contemporary realities of the studied countries, and their different aspects (literature, art, cinema, processes of cultural production, problems with gender and identity, elaborations of contemporary thought). In the Master's Degree programme, teaching will be carried out with linguistic variety, from the specialised language to the vehicular one (english).

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 gained by students will be assessed through written and oral exams during their entire university career.    
The final exam consists in writing a thesis, which must possess the characters of originality, exhaustive documentation and scientific investigation and which will be discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.

Course format: 

Curricula available

  • China
    Language: Chinese
  • Japan
    Language: Japanese
  • The Near and Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent
    Language: to be chosen between Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Turkish

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

The Master's Degree graduates will be able to commit to organisms of artistic and cultural heritage protection, in the field of editing, authorities of public and private museums, libraries and art collections, or will be able to carry out professions linked to communication (journalism), organisation and promotion of artistic and cultural events, to consultancy in social and educational services of reception and integration of third country nationals, and to activities related to the development and organization of forms of sustainable tourism in Eastern Asia, the Near and Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Mediterranean Africa.

Entry requirements

Entry qualification : Bachelor diploma (or higher)

For Academic year 2018/19, admission onto the Master's Degree programme in Language and Civilisation of Asia and Mediterranean Africa requires:

  • an adequate personal preparation;
  • specific curricula requirements, matured with the obtainment of a definite number of credits in certain disciplinary fields;
  • understanding of English language at level B2: the list of certifications and cases of exemption are available on the dedicated web page. Each knowledge will be verified by the office at the moment of enrolment.


Admission criteria: 

Admission to the programme is subjected to the evaluation of the minimum curricular requirements and personal preparation, which is checked through the pre-evaluation procedure.
For students holding qualifications gained abroad: a minimum three-year degree is required.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.
You will need official translations along with verified copies of the original documents.
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 legalised or bear the Apostille stamp certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and submitted in the original or certified copy.

You do not need to legalise the documents if:

  • the qualification has been awarded by one of the signatory Countries of the European Convention of Brussels of 25 May, 1987 - Law 106/1990 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy);
  • the qualification has been awarded by a German institution, following the Italo-German Convention on the exemption from legalization of public documents - Law 176/1973.

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

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.

B2 level of English language is also required.
We accept the following international exams:

  • IELTS 4.0-5.0
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86

Admission to an open access Master's Degree course does not involve a selection process. However, you are required to have an adequate personal preparation and hold specific requisites. In this case, the Teaching Committee of reference will carry out an assessment.

A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B2 is also required.

Course cost description: 

Cost of the Degree Programme :

  • EU students: 2061€ 
  • Non-EU students from OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland and Turkey): 2100€ 
  • 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.