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The school was the first institute of higher education in commerce in Italy, and was immediately considered as a national rather than a regional institution. International relations were one of the main focus of this new university and in fact, foreign languages were taught from the very first day. Moreover, one of the main aims of this new School of Commerce was to educate future consular staff for overseas service. As a result of this, foreign languages were taught from the start. During Fascism, the University was authorised to teach and award degrees. In 1968 it obtained university status, and the name was changed to Università degli Studi di Venezia.
In 1964 the department of Oriental Languages was created and languages such as Hindi, Arabic and Turkish started to be taught. Nowadays, Ca' Foscari is considered one of the best Universities in Italy where you can study foreign languages.
Many important people such as journalist Lilli Gruber and the director of the national broadcasting service (RAI) Antonio Campo dall'Orto have studied at Ca' Foscari.
The University main buildings are housed in the Gotic palace of Ca' Foscari which was the house of the doge Francesco Foscari in the 1400s.