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Xu Lu, university and much more: social media and Venezia Football Club

Posted On 20/06/2022

Xu Lu is one of the students who has recently been an intern in Study in Venice. Before saying 'see you soon' and wishing her all the best for her bright future, we asked her to tell us something about her experience in Venice.

Hello everybody, my name is Xu Lu, I am an international student enrolled in the Master's degree in Language and Management to China at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. It is a pleasure to be a Ca’ Foscari student and to study in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Italy.

Although I’ve only been here for 7 months, I’m actually in the second year of the Master’s degree program. Due to Covid-19, I didn’t come to Venice when it was supposed to at the beginning, however, thanks to the technical support of the Ca’Foscari staff, all lessons were available in live streaming or recorded for those students who were unable to attend in person.

It’s very pleasant to study at Ca’Foscari. Here you can arrange your own student life independently, for example, I can plan my own study plan, choose whether to attend classes in person or online depending on my life and job commitments, and choose the exam session based on my own preferences. Ca’Foscari is a university which offers a lot of autonomy and freedom, and this allows you to set your own path.

At Ca’Foscari, not only did I study but I also tested myself in other areas. If you’re brave enough whether on campus or in the classroom, you have the chance to find future career opportunities. Once, in the course “Economics of Sports Companies”, the director of the marketing department of the local football team - Venezia Football Club - was invited to give a lecture in class. Since I have always been interested in economics within sports, especially in football, when the seminar was over I asked him a few questions about his idea of opening up to the Chinese market via Chinese social media. Surprisingly, he invited me to visit the Venezia FC headquarters and share my ideas on how to enter the Chinese market with his staff. With my professional skills and passion for sports, I’ve always wanted to work in the football industry. This was the first time I had a real chance to communicate with professionals in this sector, who provided me with advice and a lot of encouragement for planning my future career.

During this period, I worked as an intern at the international office of Ca’ Foscari: I was in charge of managing the university official accounts on Chinese social media, translating important news from Italian and English into Chinese, and producing vlog videos about typical Italian holidays and life. I am very happy to do this job, because as a Chinese student in Italy, I want to share Italian life and culture with the Chinese public, especially during this difficult time for Chinese people to travel in Italy, I hope to contribute to the cultural exchange between these countries.

In conclusion, I am sure that the strong international vocation of Ca’Foscari has positively influenced my training as a person and my vision of the world.