My Year in Venice, Part 4: Ca’ Foscari

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

Whilst a lot of students at Ca’ Foscari have their lectures spread around the city, the Economics and Management students have their very own campus to themselves called ‘San Giobbe’. The campus is at the very top of Venice in the district, Cannaregio, and has its own ‘bar’ (canteen, as we English folk say), library and lecture halls (labelled as ‘Aula’ in Italian).

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The San Giobbe campus at Ca’ Foscari

With my accommodation being located in the very centre of Venice, it only took me 20 minutes to walk to San Giobbe. The walk is very pretty and crosses multiple bridges so you get your exercise in for the day!

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A view of BEC, the library at San Giobbe

Modules/Exams

The modules you will take in Venice are:

  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • International Business Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business Labour Law 1
  • Introduction to the Modern Firm 2
  • Research Project (my topic was ‘Testing the validity of the CAPM based on a sample of 10 stocks’)
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The entrance to the San Giobbe campus

All of the modules in Venice are very management-focused, compared to your first year studying at Reading where they are very finance-focused. I found this to be a nice change and the subjects were nice and easy to follow which meant less time studying and more time exploring Italy (…but ssshhhh!)

In comparison to the modules, the research project was completely finance-focused and relates back to the first year module ‘Introduction to Finance/Trading Simulation I’ where you are first introduced to the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). My supervisor, Monica Billio, helped me choose the topic and provided a lot of guidance throughout my analysis. Monica was also my econometrics lecturer so we integrated a lot of the content that we had covered from that particular module, which was useful.