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Ca' Foscari is usually deemed as one of Italy's most international-friendly universities. In fact, a great number of foreign students study there and have the chance to have the time of their lives while also learning something more about Italy. I’ve asked them about their experience in Venice.
One of the main issues international students encounter before moving to Venice is accommodation. As in every touristic city in the world, in Venice apartments are quite expensive and not always that nice. Ca’ Foscari has created an Housing Office in order to assist students who wish to move to Venice to attend university.
Another issue is the language: Italian is not so well known across the world. I wouldn't mind about that as people at Ca' Foscari speak English excellently and Italian is not that hard to learn, especially if your native language is French, Spanish, Greek or Romanian. Moreover, apart from the very touristic areas, people are very nice and helpful. Another problem is making friends: don’t worry we, as Italians, are quite friendly and you won’t end up alone!
One of the (many) perks of living in Venice, apart from the fact that you’re literally breathing Art, is its safety: you won’t see cars around and the only public transport available are vaporetti, waters which work like pretty much every other bus or metro. As for healthcare, if you’re an European or Euro-zone citizen, your medical fees are covered by the Italian National Health Service and you don’t need to worry about money. On the contrary, if you’re coming from outiside the Euro-Zone you will be required to provide evidence of a health insurance coverage.
Last but not least: how to deal with acqua alta? The high tide is a phenomenon which generally takes place in wintertime, but only exceptionally high waters affect the whole town and usually the high tide lasts only a couple of hours. People are alerted by acoustic signals and the city council usually orders to put up platforms along the main streets to allow passage. If the tide is over 120 cm you will need a pair of wellies, otherwise you’ll get soaked! However, it is possible to download an app named Hi!Tide which predicts tides.